Dead Island: Riptide - PS3

Also known as: Dead Island: Riptide: Zombie Bait Edition

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Also for: Xbox 360, PC
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Survival Horror
Adventure: Free Roaming
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Techland Soft. Co.: Techland
Publishers: Deep Silver (GB)
Released: 26 Apr 2013 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+

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Summary

You might have thought you'd made a clean break from the original Dead Island. Bad news, unfortunately. Your escape didn't go as cleanly as you'd have hoped and... well, the next thing you know, you wake up on a new, unfamiliar island to a new, unfamiliar face. The woman tells you that the island’s gone to hell, hands you a knife and tells you that you should head to the Paradise Survival Camp. And you're off!

Survival, escape and hitting zombies in the head is the aim of the game. Riptide offers survival horror spliced with a strain of strategic play.

The game features both main quests and side quests, but is set apart from its peers a little by team quests. Team quests are basically ‘Fetch Quests.’ They can come in handy; each member of your team will contribute their bit towards upgrading and defending the base as you complete team quests for them – electrifying fences, providing you with mines etc.

'Fences?' you ask. Yes. Riptide introduces hub defence missions – your base is under attack from horde after horde of hungry undead, so it’s defend or die. You’re able to set up barbed wire fences as a wall of defence before the zombies break through and start mindlessly flailing their arms about.

As always, melee weapons are customisable – baseball bat, nails, basenailbat. Cloth, lighter fluid, shovel, fiery-deathshovel. You get the point.

Riptide focuses a lot on water rather than land, so boats are your best way to get about. Don't expect to be taking nice leisurely trips along the river, though. You'll often find that some of the floating dead aren't actually dead. These zombies will jump aboard the second you give them a chance, and you have to be ready for the quick-time event to kick them in the face as they lunge towards you. Thankfully though, boats have speed boosts. It’s always been fun driving around splatting zombies in a Jeep, and mowing towards them in a boat is no different.

As well as focusing on water, Deep Silver has decided to add weather changes to Riptide, so you might find a sudden storm breaking out while you’re fending off a huge horde of undead.

If you found that beating up zombies never gets old and you still enjoy mugging the brain-dead silhouettes of former men for the $62 they were carrying, then Riptide is definitely a must-buy.

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