Hello, everyone! Today I’m here to share with you guys one of my random game reviews! Today’s turn goes to Dead Island, a 2011 open world survival, horror, action, and role-playing video game developed by Techland and published by German studio Deep Silver. Centered on the challenge of surviving a zombie-infested open world with a major emphasis on melee combat and crafting, the plot focuses on four playable survivors trying to survive and escaping the island of Banoi.
Summary: The night after a high-profile party, the four main characters: rapper Sam B, hotel receptionist and spy for Chinese government Xian Mei, former football-star Logan Carter, and ex police officer Purna—are awakened by a voice over the emergency intercom system directing them to evacuate the hotel. They discover that the majority of the population have been overcome by a contagious and infectious plague, turning them into psychopathic, flesh-eating creatures. Briefly overcome by one of the infected, they are rescued by lifeguard John Sinamoi. The four survivors discover that they are apparently immune from the infection, and with “The Voice” out of contact, the survivors are tasked by Sinamoi to try to find supplies and contact the outside world. As it becomes obvious that the resort lacks enough supplies to survive for long, Sinamoi instead has them travel to the city of Moresby to find help. And things just get bigger and better as the game moves on.
Things I loved about it:
- Plot/Story: The story that developed through this game was dark, sad, full of zombies and questionable allies, and sometimes even funny! From the four characters that we get to choose at the beginning, I used Xian Mei because of her “specialty of blade weapons”—aka, she was good w
ith swords, knives and all those shiny and sharp weapons I love—and I loved her story a
nd the way it developed and made everything more intense as the game moved forward and our survivors tried to find a way out of Banoi island. Something else that I loved about this game was the ending and how it was so messed up and unexpected. And oh, that “trust me” at the end in the helicopter scene made me realize something big, and HA!
- Setting: The island of Banoi was a great setting for this zombie disaster! It was big and diverse, which went from the beach, to the jungle to multiple beach houses, resorts and secret and unknown locations full of zombies and all kinds of zombie mutations. I seriously loved it because it was fun to run and drive around such a big island.
- Graphics: Even though the game is kind of old, I liked the graphics. They weren’t the best, but they weren’t the worst either and the different zombie designs were great! Also, the graphics for the setting were fantastic, making it beautiful and fun to explore!
- Characters: the characters on this game were diverse and strong on their own way. They were all survivors from the zombie apocalypse and the main characters were actually immune to the zombie virus. What I loved about them was the way they all changed the story and how they made things either better or worse! They gave the story some very interesting and intense twists that I never saw coming! Now, here’s a list of some of the main characters and some details about them:
a) Sam B: Blunt weapons expert and tank.
b) Xian Mei (my main): Bladed weapons expert and assassin.
c) Lohan Carter: Throwing weapons expert and the jack of all trades.
d) Purna: Firearms expert and support specialist.
e) Jin: a very important featured survivor of the zombie outbreak in Banoi that helps the main characters and eventually joins them after a turn of events.
f) John Sinamoi: one of the survivors and the lifeguard and leader of the Pool House survivor group that helps our main characters.
g) Yerema: a survivor that’s part of the natives from the island that live near the Laboratory and basically helps our main characters understand how everything started.
h) Kevin Barrister: one of the survivors, and this one is from the group of survivors that are locked inside the Prison. Oh, and he is very interesting and mysterious, mhm mhm.
- Plot twists: I’m not going to mention them because I’d be spoiling interesting things from the game and the virus and everything else, but they’re all great—and shocking.
- Weapons/Crafting: I really, really loved the multiple choices of weapons crafting you get to do on this game! You can craft, salvage and upgrade just about any kind of weapon in this game and it was so much fun! I specially loved all the swords and guns you get to find across the island! 10/10 for this!
Things I hated about it:
- Besides the zombies that were hard to kill? Nothing!
Overall, Dead Island was a fantastic, gruesome and intense zombie game that I’ll love for a long time—until I find another one that makes me scream, cry and curse just like this one did! Even though the game is old, it’s still a lot of fun and the multiplayer is even better—and err, funny tbh, unlike the main story of the game, which was tragic and intense. In the end, if I were to rate this game from 1-10 stars, I’d give it a straight 9 for how big, fun and painful it was. If you’re looking for a fun and deadly zombie game and you still haven’t tried this one out, what are you waiting for?! Go ahead and dive into Banoi island!
Thanks for passing by & reading! x