VIDEO | X360, PS3, PC Monday, April 22, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Our videos of Dead Island Riptide

Our videos of Dead Island Riptide

After playing through Dead Island: Riptide, we must say we had a lot of fun once again, but we have to warn you that this new episode looks more like Dead Island 1.1 than Dead Island 1.5. Because the game plays it safe by proposing the exact same experience as the first game (minus a few additions like the nice hub defense missions), many will probably dismiss it or at least wait until a price drop. Now depending on how much you enjoyed yourself when playing Dead Island, Riptide is a good way to have your share of zombie fun this year which, after the disastrous Survival Instincts, is definitely something. Check out our videos of the PC version and don't mind the few frame drops you can see, they are due to Fraps and Mirilis Action!

Note: The PC version has no AA option, just like in the first Dead Island, and there aren't a lot of things you can tweak in the in-game menu unfortunately.

Introduction
Arrival
Stroll
Tunnels 1
Tunnels 2
Boss

All comments

Commented on 2013-04-22 12:00:41
Lighting seems to have improved, but yeah, shame about the continued lack of options.
Commented on 2013-04-22 13:26:25
I'm very interestet in this.
It's fine if the gameplay is the same as in the last one.
But how much time is one play-through?
Commented on 2013-04-22 13:39:04 In reply to damnax
It took me 18 hours to complete it. I didn't do all the sidequests nor did I get all the collectibles, but I took my time exploring the environments and I helped a good number of people. Also I used my imported character from the first game, so he was pretty leveled up by the end.
Commented on 2013-04-22 13:45:54
I haven't played the first one. Should I get that for 15.00 or buy this one.
Commented on 2013-04-22 15:03:02 In reply to vansant
Get neither.
The reason I am like this towards this game is, why did Skyrim get so much guff over glitches and problems and this gets a free pass?
You shouldn't run across this many glitches and horrible irregularities in a 15 hour game. I watched a friend playing the original for only half an hour and came away with tears of laughter. Even the 10 year old Source engine looks better than this mess.
Commented on 2013-04-22 16:02:18 In reply to andrewsqual
You're wrong. The game looks more than ok for an open world game and I haven't had any glitches myself when playing both episodes on PC. First game was great despite its flaws, second game is too similar but it's not a bad game either.

Vansant : you should go for the first one I think.
Commented on 2013-04-22 16:13:19 In reply to vansant
Posted by vansant
I haven't played the first one. Should I get that for 15.00 or buy this one.
if you intend to play it solo. i wouldn't bother with either. co-op however it's incredibly fun. the glitches becomes less annoying, more hilarious. solo it was awful though
Commented on 2013-04-22 16:29:09 In reply to Driftwood
buying this when get paid, first game was good solid fun game, solo or co-op, and some of the mods you could get are great
Commented on 2013-04-22 19:08:26 In reply to KORNdog
I guess that would definitely be me out then as I barely ever play online.
But the Source engine isn't better than this broken Chrome one Driftwood? Eh no, that is a hard fact right there.
Commented on 2013-04-22 19:13:29 In reply to andrewsqual
Dead Island looks way better than HL² or even Left4Dead - which is no achievement considering how old HL² is (and I'm probably one of HL²'s biggest fan, just not one that's blind apparently :p). Dead Island looks good enough, and though it's rough around the edges, the engine does its job. Now if you really want to keep comparing Dead Island to Left4Dead, imagine what Valve's game would look like if it featured open environments as in Techland's title. If you want to talk about dated 3D engines, then talk about COD and its tiny corridors. Also, though it might be a surprise to you, games are not all about graphics. I prefer playing Dead Island's single player campaign instead of having to play through the awful capiagn of say BF3 (which does not even look good on consoles anyway).
Commented on 2013-04-22 20:55:43
Only real glitches I had with the first game were with the interface, but they were fixed pretty quickly. Nothing major, and the game was a blast on co-op. In motion the games look fine, but it's disappointing that the settings haven't finally been added.

With that said I think reception for this will be mixed given the early reviews and it being more or less an expansion. I'm not sure Deep Silver will be able to build up enough steam with this franchise to warrant a next-gen sequel and that's disappointing.
Commented on 2013-04-22 23:10:01 In reply to andrewsqual
Posted by andrewsqual
Get neither.
The reason I am like this towards this game is, why did Skyrim get so much guff over glitches and problems and this gets a free pass?
You shouldn't run across this many glitches and horrible irregularities in a 15 hour game. I watched a friend playing the original for only half an hour and came away with tears of laughter. Even the 10 year old Source engine looks better than this mess.
The only "guff" I heard about Skyrim was the save game bloat issue, which for me made the game essentially unplayable. I think it got more attention than Dead Island because it is one of the most popular and adored game series out there, and hence it under a constant microscope.

I put 40 hours into the original Dead Island, and never had a single issue other than the random graphical glitch. In huge open world games, you are going to get those. It is the price you pay for more dynamic gameplay and greater options.

I personally won't be buying this, since I played the original to death and this is just a glorified expansion pack trying for a quick cash in. I did get a ton of enjoyment out of DI though, and thought it looked pretty damn impressive considering the scale. Care to explain what was so horrible as to make you despise that game? People tend to write you off if you just say something sucks without explaining why. What were the game destroying glitches you found?
Commented on 2013-04-23 01:34:01
Wow most review sites are tearing this turd up, what a glitchy game and false overhyped fluff... but see there are a lot of zombie games so the field is fair game, if a game sucks you cannot defend it anymore.
Commented on 2013-04-23 08:17:32 In reply to Akumajo
Posted by Akumajo
Wow most review sites are tearing this turd up, what a glitchy game and false overhyped fluff... but see there are a lot of zombie games so the field is fair game, if a game sucks you cannot defend it anymore.
Play the game and then your opinion might be of value. Game is entertaining and fun, it's not glitchier than most AAA open world games and yet it's not a big budget kind of title. I can say that because I have played Dead Island Riptide for more than 18 hours.

I have read some of the negative reviews, and some are particularly unfair in terms of expectations. Some things which are reproached here are never mentioned in games like Assassin's Creed 3 for example, which is all the more surprising as it is also plagued with glitches and redundant gameplay (not to mention poor story). Dead Island Riptide is by no means a must buy, but it's a very decent game whose main flaw is to offer the very same experience as the previous one (wait, much like Gears of War Judgment or God of War Ascension when compared to their "elders"). And I don't see where there has ever been hype over this franchise, except a long time ago when they released their famous trailer before the first DI shipped.

I'll take an example you should understand. If you compare to your precious Ken games, Dead Island Riptide is even a true jewel, a joy to play and a technical marvel. "If a game sucks you cannot defend it anymore", how about you take your own advice? ;)

To sum up, those who liked Dead Island will enjoy Riptide, but should wait until a price drop on Steam (which shouldn't be long considering the series is not that famous among players), since this is more an add-on than a sequel. Unless the console versions are really plagued with technical issues, the same can be said about them.
Commented on 2013-04-24 01:08:32 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Play the game and then your opinion might be of value. Game is entertaining and fun, it's not glitchier than most AAA open world games and yet it's not a big budget kind of title. I can say that because I have played Dead Island Riptide for more than 18 hours.

I have read some of the negative reviews, and some are particularly unfair in terms of expectations. Some things which are reproached here are never mentioned in games like Assassin's Creed 3 for example, which is all the more surprising as it is also plagued with glitches and redundant gameplay (not to mention poor story). Dead Island Riptide is by no means a must buy, but it's a very decent game whose main flaw is to offer the very same experience as the previous one (wait, much like Gears of War Judgment or God of War Ascension when compared to their "elders"). And I don't see where there has ever been hype over this franchise, except a long time ago when they released their famous trailer before the first DI shipped.

I'll take an example you should understand. If you compare to your precious Ken games, Dead Island Riptide is even a true jewel, a joy to play and a technical marvel. "If a game sucks you cannot defend it anymore", how about you take your own advice? ;)

To sum up, those who liked Dead Island will enjoy Riptide, but should wait until a price drop on Steam (which shouldn't be long considering the series is not that famous among players), since this is more an add-on than a sequel. Unless the console versions are really plagued with technical issues, the same can be said about them.
well said, why i like this site, and why i will always beg you never use score system for the reviews you guys do, but instead just carry on giving them honest reviews

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