A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dead Island: Riptide is a very violent and gory zombie shooter. There's a lot of killing going on in this game, plus some frightening scenes such as zombies reaching out of the water to kill you on a boat, and another zombie that screams to freeze you. The game is also laden with very strong profanity, sexual references, and players can consume alcohol to become inebriated.
What's it about?
After narrowly escaping the zombie-infested island of Banoi in 2011's Dead Island, the remaining survivors -- Sam, Logan, Xian, and Purna -- take to a military ship for safety. Problem is, a monsoon carries the infection to them, transforming the crew and forcing the gang to destroy the carrier; and so they must take their chances on another nearby (and fictitious) island, Palanai. When a fifth character, John Morgan, joins the team, the group collectively discovers that the new island is also infested and must fight for survival once again. As with its predecessor, DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE is a shooter with "survival horror" elements, with a strong focus on cooperative play.
Is it any good?
If you enjoyed the first game then you'll likely have fun running, gunning, and slashing through this bloody sequel. If you can forgive the lame story and bland characters who don't seem to have any real "life" to them -- unlike Telltale Games' amazing zombie story, The Walking Dead -- this new gorefest includes open-world gameplay, role-playing game (RPG)-like elements, new vehicles (like boats) and enemies, and a focus on four-player first-person co-op action. The game is better played with others online than by yourself, where you might be more likely to scrutinize the technical bugs, repetitive missions, and mixed graphics (water and blood effects look good but not much else). At best, wait until this game hits the bargain bins or consider a weekend rental before laying down $40 to $50 for it.
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- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, thinking critically
- Price: $49.99 ($39.99 for PC)
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Deep Silver
- Release date: April 23, 2013
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
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