Dead Island

  • Dead Island
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  • Gorgeous environments.
  • Hard-hitting combat.
  • Excellent sound.


  • Multiplayer combat isnít as smooth as single player.
  • Sparse story.

Expert reviews and ratings

By MacLife on 50

The mix of role-playing game mechanics and first-person combat doesn’t always work, but its B-movie setting and flexible combat keep things lively, even if the zombies aren’t.

By LanOC Reviews on

No matter how many levels or resources you hoard you never truly feel safe while playing Dead Island and I think that can be its ultimate compliment. At any moment a body you overlooked in the corner has a chance to suddenly come to life and attempt to...

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By Computeractive on 60

Dead Island feels more than a little rough around the edges...

By Dev Hardware on

TOOLS YOU CAN USE advertisementThe highly-anticipated release of the newest zombie game had a lot of people on the fence. In a world where zombie games have been the genesis of the RPG movement, they now clutter the playing field. Dead Island, I’m...

By NowGamer on 79

Dead Island manages to blend pieces of other titles into an overall better whole, but is marred by presentation issues and the odd bug. However, overcoming the horrific launch has left a half-decent action title that only just outstays its...

By GameZone on 75

Looking beyond that, Dead Island is still a fun play. Dead Island strands you on a “small” vacation island off the coast of Papua New Guinea during the midst of a zombie outbreak. Though labeled “small”, the island is actually quite large,...

By PC Gamer on 82

A sluggish interface, weak guns and a few dull sewers can’t slow this game down. Dead Island is huge, bloody and...

By FiringSquad on 88

This cinematic trailer was the first glimpse most people had of Techland’s new first-person zombie beat-‘em-up, which takes place on a tropical resort in the heart of Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia. It’s beautiful and heart-wrenching, but...

By PC Mag on 70

Dead Island serves up some choice zombie-thrashing thrills in a gorgeous environment, but a weak story, tedious fetch quests, pacing issues, and some multiplayer issues keep it from greatness....

By on 80

Sun, sand, beautiful women, late night parties and tons of alcohol are some of the things you’d associate with an awesome holiday. Now imagine zombies crashed in on that party, uninvited, eating pretty much everyone around you, beautiful girls...

By Atomic MPC on 62

Great for zombie fans, but we’re glad to walk away from this...

By PC Authority on 50

As I'd thought (following general incompetence that ranged from a poor review cycle to some rather ugly misogyny), Dead Island has been a hard game to review. Yes, there is a great game here, an open world zombie fest that rewards clever planning and...

By HardwareHeaven on 70

At its core Dead Island is a mixture of hack and slash gameplay mixed with a number of RPG-ish elements. We play as one of four selectable characters who each have their own back story but essentially we wake up on a holiday island with the place in...

By CNET Australia on 70

A schlocky, gruesomely fun action role-playing game awaits you on Dead Island. Bring three...

By Pocket-lint on 60

Hopelessly broken, weirdly...

By Gamers Daily News on 90

If you like zombies, RPG’s, FPS’s, Borderlands, or if you have warm blood flowing through your vein and are not a zombie, then you will love this game. The environments are beautiful, the gameplay is fun, and the amount of play time that you get for...

By GameSpy on 90

Pros: Zombies that demand respect, an evocative open world that invites exploration, a combat system that requires thought

Cons: A game this good deserves a decent story and characters, buggier than a decomposing zombies stomach cavity

By AtomicGamer on 80

Sometimes, the best gaming experiences come from titles that you either didn't expect to be good, or simply didn't even know existed until a few months before release. Heading up into Dead Island's release, this is what many of us were hoping for:...

By Strategy Informer on 60

Perhaps zombies deserve a little vacation from the restless shambling, groaning and flesh feasting. After all, they were the scourge of the Wild West (Undead Nightmare) preyed on soldiers during World War II (Call of Duty), have colonised space (Dead...