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Before anyone reads, this is just my opinion on the game. No spoilers.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Dead Island Riptide is a great sequel to Dead Island. The hack'n slash is back, but with less bugs and glitches, plus improved visuals. I am going to start right off the bat, I do not like the island Dead Island Riptide takes place on. The jungle is confusing to navigate, and the map that is supposedly suppose to "help" you navigate it, is like some kid vomitted on it. It is literally a blank slate with a player and mission indicator. The island isn't fun to explore, at all. Especially when most of the island is covered with water, which disables you from sprinting and makes you walk slower. Dead Island's resort was more interesting, and easier to navigate. The scenery was also better, and I enjoyed exploring the resort of Banoi.
Zombies are a bit overpowered, even when you are facing one that is of your own level. Weapons are hard to come by, and using your fists isn't effective against hoardes. When you find a weapon, you usally just stick with it most of the game because nothing better comes a long. Despite that, you even have to repair the weapons if you use it too much, which isn't always a good thing. It does make it feel more like a survival game, but it makes it hard as ♥♥♥♥ when you are facing a hoarde and that one good weapon you had is about to break. The one weapon I stuck with the beginning 4-5 hours of gameplay was the BBQ. I used nothing else, cause there was literally nothing better. Finally at level 24 I was able to get a spiked shovel which did pack a punch.
The weapon crafting is a joke. It's a mediocre system of gathering supplies, and then add something to a weapon. The thing you add isn't even that good. After getting all the supplies, I could add barbed wire to a paddle. Yippee. It didn't play much different then the normal one either and I ended up going back to my BBQ. The upgrade system for each weapon is nice and simplistic though. Once you have enough money, you can choose which weapon you want to upgrade. This is good for later in the game when zombies become tougher, and I could upgrade my BBQ to do more damage. It isn't a very revolutionary idea, but it did help in the end.
The story is pretty bad so far. All they tell you when you get on the island is that the way out is through Henderson, a city. Then you get yourself in a bunch of random quests mashed together until finally a guy will, let's say, let you into their safe area. Then after that, the same thing happens. You have to go talk to some person but they won't do what you went there to ask them in the first place until you "help" them, and by that I mean more random missions.
Now after all this negativity, why am I still recommending the game? The gameplay. Hackin' zombies is hella fun in this game. It does get repetitive, but it is satisfying when you dismember their arms or slash off a head. There are various types of zombies too which keeps it interesting, such as one that literally will commit suicide and kill you if you are in range. Also, the game is pretty cheap too.
Dead Island Riptide is a game worth getting if you have never played it and are looking for a good zombie slashin' game. It's fairly cheap, and the gameplay is interesting enough to get lots of fun out of it.
Thanks for listening, mates.