Dead Island GOTY Edition Review

by Wren on February 9, 2013


My husband and I really love to play Co-op games, and it does not have to be family friendly to get us excited. In fact the more intense the better. We love games where we go against each other and where we work together. We are a big fan of Couch Co-op, but we bought separate systems for those games that do not have it, and sometimes it is almost better so we can have our own screens.

Recently we played Dead Island Game of The Year Edition, and we had so much fun. It is developed by Techland and published by Deep Silver.

This is a game with networked co-op so we had to be in separate rooms to play together. That meant I got the whole TV screen to myself in my office and he was out in the living room with his own screen. We had an option, do we scream to each other through the house or put the headsets on… yea we chose the headsets. This is not the type of game you want your little one to wake up and come in asking for a cup of water. It would induce nightmares for sure!

Our Characters

So when you start out you pick your own character out of 4, there is another character but I will get to that later. I chose Purna and my husband picked Sam B, we chose our character based off of their expertise. I wanted a girl character, but I could not see myself getting close with a knife and Purna is a fire arm expert. My husband chose Sam B based off his ability to take a beating.

The prologue you play on your own and it is pretty intense. Once you are out of that you can team up for some co-op, so to keep the game more intimate we picked settings so no one else could hop in our game unless we asked them to. There are many options for this, so open it up to what you are comfortable with.

Once we practiced a bit with how to attack and getting comfortable with the controls we headed out on our missions and had a lot of fun bashing in zombie faces. As we leveled up we got to pick what our character would be like in combat, really with the tree you have to go off of your own play style. There is no shoe fits all here, at least not that I noticed. I just started picking traits that went with how I played and it really seemed to boost how efficient I was at killing the baddies.


Now one thing I noticed right away, and could have gotten me killed, was the environment. I am crazy about game environments and just the way they are made. I kept stopping to sight see… to my husband’s dismay. He got me out of a few pickles because I simply was not paying attention. I was to busy looking around enjoying it all. It is so beautiful and there is no attention to detail lacking that I could find.

So as we were playing we killed every single zombie we saw, but as we progressed through the game we realized that it was easier to run from one point to another instead. It came a dominating the zombie game, to a survival game. Though when you think about it, that is how it would be. We did everything we could to stay alive and at times it was hard to do so, when we did die we lost money. So there is not a big downfall with dying, but we still did not want to do it.


There are so many ways to make your character exactly how you want it weapons you can create and the skill tree. So even if you play with someone else who chose the same character, it does not mean you both will have the same play style or abilities. Somewhere in the middle of the game I realized I felt like my character was me, and I did everything to keep her alive and make her kick ass as much as possible. The things I made or the traits I picked decided that. It gave me a sense of ownership and pride in her when she did well!

With the GOTY you get some additional items that did not come with the original game. You get 3 DLC packs: Bloodbath Arena, Ryder White Episode, The Ripper [Weapon Blueprint].


The Ripper is a really interesting weapon.

Bloodbath Arena is basically adds a survival mode to the game. In these maps you basically survive as long as you can, each wave is harder then the last. So you take down one wave grab what you can, repair what you can, and get at the next wave. There can be some great Blueprints to be found and a lot of XP, so it can certainly help you level up.

The Ryder White Episode chronicles the adventure of Dead Island’s Villan, Australian Colonel Ryder White, on his mission to contain the infected masses within the confines of Banoi, and attempt to rescue his wife Emily from the island’s prison. This is a single player campaign, so no friends allowed. Though I have to say it was a neat point of view for the game, and I really enjoyed it.

So I know I will be recommending Dead Island to everyone I know that games. It is a great RPG style game and I loved it! My husband was also very impressed, and he is a hard one to impress.

Now I am very excited for the sequel, Dead Island Riptide!

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Disclosure: I received a free product from the sponsor to review. I received no monetary compensation and my opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor.

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SeL February 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Cool, I wish my wife liked video games! How did you connected PS3 consoles? LAN or playstation network?


admin February 10, 2013 at 2:02 am

We use the PSN to connect and play. 🙂


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