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Dead Island: Riptide Second Opinion

Redoing Your Voodoo, Bitch

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HIGH There's a mission entirely about shutting off Sam B's awful damn song.

LOW The nearly-immortal chainsaw maniac final boss.

WTF The developers were so sure I would use boats that water enemies don't even trigger if you walk right up to them in the canals.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Review

Call of Juarez: Humdinger

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HIGH Getting a high combo streak and topping it off by swerving out of the path of an otherwise fatal gunshot.

LOW The dueling is standard fare, and not much fun.

WTF According to Silas, he's crossed paths with nearly every notable figure from that time period.

Riptide, Soul Sacrifice and Mars War Logs

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Readers will know that I am a huge fan of the first game, and even though it had some rough edges, it was a pretty brilliant experience. Unfortunately, Riptide isn't able to match up to that first title. The new character who uses hand-to-hand combat is lots of laughs, but the game itself feels like it was slapped together with very little care and isn't nearly as immersive or as atmospheric as the original.

Dead Island: Riptide Review

Lifeless

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HIGH The new character's hand-to-hand fighting style is a hoot.

LOW Watching zombies infinitely spawn, clown-car style out of a tiny wooden shack.

WTF It's got the jankiest menu system ever created. How was this approved?

Game of the year... 2011?

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If you read this blog with any regularity, you probably remember that I was a huge fan of Dead Island last year. So huge, in fact, that I was one of the critics who chose it as our overall game of 2011. We got more than a few funny looks from other critics when we made the announcement, but I still feel good about the choice in comparison to what the competition was, and I definitely think it was the right direction to go.

Dead Island: Ryder White Review

It's the Opposite

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HIGH Clearing out the prison showers with impunity.

LOW Weapons unequipping in the middle of zombie gangbangs.

WTF Repeating ambush points until weapons degrade into useless scrap.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 62: Anniversaries, Horror Indies, A Return to Dead Island

We celebrate our podcast's third anniversary by ruminating on some historic game franchise anniversaries; which did we vote as most important? Plus, why Dead Island deserves a second look, and The Horror Geek addresses "6 out of 5" as only he can. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "No Batman For You" Spaeth.

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Dead Island Second Opinion

Sun, Surf and Septicemia

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HIGH Randomly finding scattered survivors in need of aid.

LOW All the pre-patch bugs and glitches.

WTF Using cash to repair and upgrade weapons makes no sense whatsoever.

Video: Dead Island recreated in an apartment complex

I'm now convinced that Larry the Comic Book Enthusiast should totally have been a selectable character in Dead Island. His stamina, hygiene, usefulness and likeability won't ever be very high, but he would surely make up for it with funny quips and witty commentary and girlish screams. Something Techland should consider for the next DLC.

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Video: Nudity in Dead Island? (NSFW)

Tsk, tsk. The ends little boys will go to for a brief glimpse of some video game zombie vajayjay.

(Btw, skip forward to 1:55 to get to the good stuff.)

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