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What happens when you use copy and paste on a video game? You get 'Dead Island: Riptide'.
'Dead Island: Riptide' is the sequel to 'Dead Island' and it follows the same format of being a first person survival game during a zombie apocalypse. This time around, the plot is that some survivors from the original game are stranded on an island that's been overrun with zombies. That's really all there is to it as far as story goes and I'm going to be completely honest with you guys; this game is the same as the first one. Same gameplay, same awkward controls and same glitches. I bought this game wanting a new game. Instead I get the first game with a different title and cover case. I might as well be playing 'Call of Duty' at this point.
To start, the concept of a zombie apocalypse game where you're in first person mode still doesn't work. There's still the problem of not being able to see just how far or close a zombie is to you, therefore, not being able to hit the damn thing. In games where it's the third person perspective, you get a better sense of telling how far away a zombie is and then being able to hit it at the right time. You would think that the creators of this game would want to be able to fix that problem, but we're just left with frustrating gameplay where you die a lot.
The graphics for this game are also really underwhelming. I liked the way the first game looked, but I was also hoping that the sequel would have graphics that were upgraded. It turns out that we get graphics that are just meh. The island you're on should be this huge, fun to look at environment like with Columbia in 'Bioshock Infinite'. What we actually get is this environment that's ok to look at, but there's really nothing special as far as impressive design goes. It looks like any other island you've been on in any other video game. That's really the only way that I can sum up how disappointing the graphics are.
I will say that if there's one thing I liked most out of the game is the gameplay. Yes, it's difficult at times due to the stiff controls, but when you start to play it more, the more fun it gets to go around killing zombies. You have a pretty decent arsenal. It's not like you just get maybe one or two weapons and the rest is just your fists. I can say that going around killing zombies and not really giving a shit about the story is the highlight of the game. If you're willing to just shut your brain off and just go around mindlessly killing zombies while being willing to overcome some awkward controls, you'll most likely have a fun time playing this game.
I also liked how you can import your save from the original game to this game so that your level is equal to the enemies your facing. The game could've just started you at some really weak level and then throw all the difficult enemies at you, but instead you have the opportunity to start with a level that fits you and now you can face enemies that are easy enough for you to deal with, thus being able to level up easier. I think that leveling up is the one thing that kept me playing the game. I've always been a sucker for leveling up in games and being able to develop as the game progresses. It makes me feel better at the game when I look at where I was and compare it to where I am now.
However, my biggest issue with the game is that it has nothing new to offer other than importing your save. I was hoping that a lot of the content from the first game would either be fixed or expanded upon and maybe the game would add some of its own original ideas, but we're left with a game that comes off as lazy.
'Dead Island: Riptide' is a game that I think most people will be on the fence about. Some will like it for continuing the fun of the first game, some will dislike it for being pretty much the first game all over again. I think that the gameplay is fun and frustrating at the same time, the controls are stiff, the graphics are disappointing, the story is predictable, the ability to level up is a nice touch and being able to roam the island is fun in its own right, but I can't being myself to call this a good game that you should play right away. You're better off waiting until it's one of those games you find in the $10.00 or less bin at GameStop.