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Dead Island: Riptide Review

Dead Island: Riptide Review

There is one thing you need to know about Dead Island Riptide above all else, it is in no way a sequel to the original Dead Island that released back in 2011. Techland has instead developed a stand alone expansion at a reduced price point. This means that Riptide uses many of the same elements from Dead Island, but adds a few new twists into the original game's formula. Therefore, how much you will enjoy Riptide is going to depend on how you felt about the original game and if you have anyone to play co-op with.

Dead Island Riptide feels like it was originally designed to be a large piece of DLC for Dead Island, but after the game's success got stretched into this standalone game. You can play as one of the original four characters from the first game or the brand new melee focused character. Each character is immune to the zombie virus that tore the first environment in Dead Island apart.

After escaping the island, getting captured by the military, crashing the boat, and washing up on yet another zombie infested island, your journey begins. This is where you realize that Riptide starts to feel very similar to the original in a lot of ways here. The story is taking itself way too seriously for its own good. This is made even worse then you realise that it is basically just rehashing the original's story in a new setting.

Saying Riptide is even a new setting is also a bit of a stretch, since it is still set on a tropical island is the Pacific. Forgettable characters and locations do little to help the story make any sort of impact on you while making your way through the 20+ hour long campaign. If Riptide had taken itself a little less seriously and treated the game more like a cheesy B-horror movie, it could have been on the same footing as the gameplay.

Playing Riptide is a bit of mixed bag in terms of what you get. You still have many choices to go about leveling up your character. You can even bring your character from the original game into Riptide. If you have not played Dead Island you will just automatically start at level 15. This just makes the game feel even more like something for the original game.

The original four characters are back and play exactly the same and don't even have any new additions to their skill trees. John Morgan, is the new fifth survivor you can play as and he actually brings a brand new feeling to the gameplay with his focus on melee attacks. He even sports a new super kick that will rival chopping off zombie body parts.

The way you play Dead Island Riptide is still the same and is its, without a doubt, one of the best first person melee games on the market to date. Focusing on attacking hordes of zombies with tons of random weapons you pick up or craft along your journey is much more satisfying than using regular firearms. You will need to keep an eye on your weapons so they don't break and this is much more forgiving than the previous game.

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