Dead Island: Riptide
Most folks actually consider Dead Island: Riptide, Dead Island 2. Which does kind of make sense as this was the follow up to the original and so far, Dead Island 2 still does seem like a very long way away!
Despite not actually being called Dead Island 2, Dead Island: Riptide takes place just after the first game. Without giving away spoilers here, the characters that survived the experience in the first game ended up on a brand-new island and once again have to fight in order to survive.
I have to admit that the story this time around really did not do a ton for me and it felt like it was rehashing much of what happened in the first game. It was said that this game started out as an expansion pack rather than a sequel and I can kind of see that.
Dead Island: Riptide is once again set in a “tropical paradise” no matter if you are outside or in an indoor environment the game looks good. They did play it rather safe with the style of the game as there is not really anything that I would say is radically new here. However, at the same time what the game does do it does it very well and I especially love how decayed some of the zombies are in this game.
The sound in Dead Island: Riptide is actually something I feel it does not get the credit it deserves for. The smash of slamming something against a zombie’s head is incredibly satisfying. On the flip side, the groans and noises the undead make are quite unsettling.
Let me start by saying that if you loved what the original Dead Island offered you are going to love Dead Island: Riptide. This game is offering more of the same which is not really a bad thing if you as me as the first game was a lot of fun. You will still be going from area to area looking for new things that you can loot so you can make some kick butt weapons. You will be wanting to level up as quickly as possible and you will want to make sure you do all you can to survive. I think survival horror/RPG is the best way to describe this series and Dead Island: Riptide is offering more of that kind of action.
This game plays very well and it is a fun experience. However, remember when I said this was said to originally be an expansion to the first game? Well, the very similar gameplay does support this theory if you ask me.
Playing with friends this time is better though. I love the different characters that this series has and in Dead Island: Riptide. I actually felt that picking a certain character over another did make a difference.
The game is also very clever in the way it dishes out the undead for you to fight. The zombies get harder and harder as you level up, but when you play with people you can be at all different levels. Well, the game is smart in the way it will adjust the difficulty of the zombies to suit the different levels that players are at in a game.
Final Thoughts On Dead Island: Riptide
This may seem like a rather negative review of Dead Island: Riptide, but let me state that this is a fun game. I liked the first Dead Island game so I liked this one, I just feel that they did not really change enough things to really make this one stand out on its own. Still, it is well worth checking out, especially if you enjoyed the first game.
- Plenty of areas to explore
- The different characters are fun to play as
- There is so much blood!
- Looting is a lot of fun
- Playing with friends makes the game even better
- Not much new over the first game at all
- It does feel like a 1.5 more than a full sequel