In the making for about five years, Dead Island is finally out. Read on for my first impressions of the game after about seven hours of play.
Let's get this out of the way first. Reviews for this game are all over the place. High scores are generally going to console versions, while the lowest scores are typically for the PC version. As mentioned here, publisher Deep Silver accidentally pushed what may have been a dev build of the game to Steam. By all reports, this build was unstable, glitchy, and just kind of a mess in general. The proper version has since been added and OH MY GOD! It's pretty incredible.
|Funny, from up here you can't even see the flesh-eating monsters....|
|That oar's not for paddling... well, paddling asses maybe...|
Hoo yeah! In case you missed that last bit, I picked up a meat cleaver, chucked it at a zombie, and it CUT HER FREAKING ARM OFF! So excellent! So far, I like this game a lot! Open world, brutal melee combat, and some awesome RPG elements too! That's right! This was an element of the game that didn't really seem to get much publicity. The game actually plays much more like an RPG than I expected, with damage and EXP numbers flying up, weapon degradation and modification, and honest to goodness skill trees!
That's all for my first impressions. I'll be playing the game for the next week or so, and I'll post my review shortly thereafter.
Rock and his family actually have a zombie apocalypse
|I love killing zombies...|