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Monday, September 26, 2011
If ever there was an award for best intro then Dead Island’s cinematic start accompanied by the thumping tune ‘who do you voodoo b*tch’ would definitely be a contender… but even if there isn’t then at the very least it sets the scene perfectly for the rest of the game.
Rather than try to set the scene for you I think it best you just watch the youtube intro embedded within this article to get the full effect
I chose Sam B for the purposes of my full play through of the game and I am rather glad that I did as being the blunt weapon specialist comes in rather handy considering the first act has almost nothing to equip yourself with EXCEPT blunt weapons.
The other characters on offer are Xian Mei (blade specialist), Logan Carter (throwing specialist) and Purna (firearm specialist).
Each have their own back story but none of it is really used in the in-game plot so other than stat differences and upgrade perks the gender and race of the character that you choose are largely irrelevant.
Out of the selection of characters available I have to question the value of Purna at all given the scarcity of firearms or perhaps even more important the scarcity of ammo until much later in the game.
The zombies on offer do not disappoint.
From the very fast scary sh*t your pants zombies of ‘28 Days Later’/2004 ‘Dawn of the dead’ remake to the ploddingly slow but look scary & could outrun them on a Zimmer frame zombies of the early Resident Evil series.
They all serve their purpose and they are all introduced very well into the story… except one.
The ‘odd one out’ in the zombie parade seems to be ‘The Ram’ as the game offers no explanation as to why there would be a load of 8 foot tall zombies in straight jackets all built like Hercules that try to ram you over and kick you... still this doesn’t detract from the game, it is merely an oddity.
Graphics are top notch at 1080p on my super computer but I am not so sure how the game would fare on a more average rig.
Sound also helps maintain the atmosphere although sometimes it does spoil some moments as rather like Holywood the game makers try to amp some scenes by playing scary music before the scary bits happen, I dislike this as it is an instant giveaway to most horror movie buffs who then naturally expect something to leap out and eat your face off.
I have to admit to a little bit of bias in this review, I am a sucker for anything zombies... on tv, comics, films and most definitely in computer games.
In a bid to be somewhat impartial I have included an adjusted score for non-hardcore zombie fans at the bottom.
According to the statistics of the game it took me 28 hours(ish) to beat, spooky eh!
'Sam B got the thang that go bump in the night...'most definitely indeed.
Overall: 10 out of 10 (for zombie fans)
Adjusted score for non-zombie fans: 8 out of 10
OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core2Duo 2.66 GHz
RAM: 1 GB Memory
GFX: Nvidia GeForce 8600GT or ATI 2600XT 512MB
DX: DirectX 9.0C
HDD: 2.0 GB free hard drive space
Other: mouse and keyboard
OS: Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66GHz / AMD Athlon II X2 240
RAM: 4 GB RAM
GFX: GeForce 9600 GT 512MB / Radeon HD 3870