Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition Review
Having missed out on Dead Island last year, the news of a Game of the Year Edition was a bit of a blessing for me. It comes at the small price of just $30, includes 3 DLC items, and contains all the zombie killing fun found within the original release.
Back when Dead Island launched last year, one of the biggest issues that plagued it was all of the bugs and glitches. Well, with the Game of the Year Edition, it looks as though Deep Silver has worked out all of the kinks, because I didn’t experience a single bug or freeze throughout my playtime. It would have been nice to see the mini-map cleaned up, as it’s rather cluttered and obscures pertinent info, but it doesn’t effect gameplay too much.
As for the content added in this release, you’ll find the previously released Ryder White’s episode, Bloodbath Arena, and a weapon blueprint for The Ripper. The episode starring Ryder White is a bit of a letdown as it takes out a lot of fun elements found within the main game, though it does offer a different perspective. Bloodbath Arena is a 4-player arena ‘horde mode’ of sorts that really just gives you more chances to earn XP and is something I didn’t spend too much time on. While the included DLC really doesn’t add a whole lot to the overall package, they do offer a couple hours of distraction in between the main game.
Within the campaign, you choose from 1 of 4 different characters as you wake up in a hotel during a zombie outbreak on the resort island of Banoi. Since you aren’t an action hero with a huge weapon arsenal behind you, you’ll have to make due with what you can find. Attacking zombies with a crowbar and paddle will be common occurrences and with the included level-up system, you can raise their (and your) power to help you become the most efficient zombie killing machine.
As you travel around Banoi, you’ll be given a very large amount of missions to partake in, but they don’t change much in style. Fetch quests are the name of the game for the majority of them and it did start to wear on my patience. Luckily, the island itself is a lot of fun to travel around and running over zombies or facing them face-to-face with a weapon is satisfying from the first zombie kill to the very end.
If you don’t feel like playing the game alone, Dead Island includes a full 4-player mode where you can team up with other people online. As long as you work together, it can be a lot of fun and a great way to complete missions faster and earn XP quicker. If you don’t work together, they’ll finish important missions without you, leading you to miss out on some story elements.
The Game of the Year Edition for Dead Island gives anyone who missed it the first time around zero excuse to pass on it now. The bugs are gone, there is over $20 worth of DLC added, and you’ll get to have over 20 hours of zombie killing fun. Do yourself a favour and pick this up to hold you over for the summer.
Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition was reviewed with a copy provided by Deep Silver.