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Dead Island: Riptide Review

Dead Island: Riptide is the way that zombie-slashers should be, incorporating hours of tense frenetic action with a heart-wrenching story that takes players on a bloody adventure through their worst nightmares. 

From the hectic and satisfying action-packed combat to the interactive co-op, Dead Island: Riptide is a zombie-slasher done right. Techland's sequel provides hours upon hours of enthralling excitement that's packed with horror, terror, and signature drama, offering a distinctly terrifying experience that is a great fit for all horror fans out there.

The multitude of upgradable, moddable weapons provides immense fun to the game's challenging combat, packing a punch that's enjoyable from beginning to end. From start to finish, Riptide is riot of chaotic gore, in-your-face grisly action, and a suspenseful plot that incorporates traditional themes from the survival-horror genre.
Techland's sequel is a perfect fit for fans of the first game and will doubtlessly provide hours of entertainment for anyone who likes horror movies, as you feel as if you've walked into a B-movie that's drowned in gratuitous violence and grindhouse-y action. The skill trees along with the myriad of weapon upgrades and mods allow gamers to customize their characters to their specific playing style, and each new character offers a new adventure to be enjoyed time and time again.
The Verdict: 
Riptide takes Far Cry 3's tropical paradise and infuses its own brand of nightmare-inducing horror, while packing Left 4 Dead's multiplayer sentiments and Borderlands' randomized loot structure to bring yet another enjoyable chapter to the franchise.
+ Importing saves from first Dead Island game
+ Array of characters each with their own proficiencies
+ Addicting zombie-slaying action
+ Online co-op
+ Massive arsenal of deadly weapons
+ Mods & upgrades
+ Distinct horror-infused gameplay
+ Impressive RPG-like skill trees
+ Grisly yet beautiful environments
Can be challenging at times
Minor environment clashes
Graphics aren't anything special

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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