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Video Game Review: Dead Island Riptide (Xbox 360)

dead-island-riptide-x360-asTagline: “Only The Dead Survive”


Rated M

Released April 23, 2013 (US)

Production Companies: Deep Silver & Techland

The Dead Island heroes escaped in a helicopter to the safety of a military ship, but when a furious storm hits, the virus suddenly spreads leaving hope drowning in the rising tides.




Zombie themed video games have always been big time sellers.  I have played a few of them myself including the Walking Dead games, the Left 4 Dead series and the first Dead Island game.  I recently picked up the second installment of the Dead Island series, Dead Island Riptide.

The graphics in Dead Island Riptide are much better than the ones in the first game.  Much like Dead Island, Dead Island Riptide is mainly a melee weapon style game.  You are started off with some flimsy knives, but guns do become available fairly early in the game.  Although guns are available, ammo is very limited and not that easy to find once you run out.

Much like Dead Island, you are plopped on an island over run by zombies and you go out on your own.  I like that you’re on your own, but I don’t at the same time.  Characters played by the computer can slow you down and get in your way, but there are so many zombies, a little help would be nice.  You can join other players that are close to you if you are playing on Live (this is with Xbox 360, I’m not sure about other consoles).

Not only is the island over run with zombies, but they are usually in large groups and very fast moving.  There are also different types of zombies. Infected, walkers, thugs, butchers, floaters, suiciders, grenadiers, drowners, and wrestlers.  Each type of zombie has different abilities, strength levels and so on.  For a complete list of zombie types and describtions, click here. There are  It can get kind of difficult to accomplish the mission you are on and to stay alive with mostly melee weapons.  I do enjoy the overall challenging level of the game.

The kills of the zombies and the attacks on survivors are pretty gory.  I can see why this game is rated M.  Not to sound like a psycho, but I enjoyed the level of gore.  What is a horror/zombie themed game without an impressive amount of gore?

Overall, I like Dead Island Riptide.  The average critic rating is 6.4 out of 10.  I give this game an 8 out of 10 for amazing graphics, story line and the challenging level of difficulty.  I recommend this game to anyone that enjoyed the first game in the series, the Left 4 Dead series or The Walking Dead games.  If there is to be another installment to the Dead Island series, I will definitely check it out.

If you don’t already have this game and you’d like to pick it up or learn more about it and you don’t feel like going out, you can pick it up from GameStop.com or Amazon.com for all gaming consoles.  Both sites are about the same in price and very reasonable.