Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC // Genre: Action Role-Playing
Platform Played: PlayStation 3
Developer: Techland // Publisher: Deep Silver
Dead Island: Riptide doesn’t feel like a fully fledged sequel to the original 2011 release; it feels more like an expansion on what the first game offered. With that being said, if you didn’t enjoy the original for whatever reason, chances are Riptide won’t sweeten you on the franchise. The original Dead Island had its problems, but above all, it offered a fun RPG experience, emphasising brutal melee combat and weapon customization. All of that is present Riptide, but the problem is that most of those original flaws are also here, alongside the fun that was originally provided. Techland has offered some new additions to the formula throughout, though nothing feels significant enough to separate Riptide from the original. What we have left, is something that feels very much the same as the franchises first outing. Techland missed their chance to really improve an enjoyable formula, instead choosing to ship Dead Island 1.5. Read the rest of this entry
Fun Kart Racer, This is Not
Kart racers have become many gamers favourite pastime; they are accessible, fun and full of vibrant colours. Some kart racers also offer great depth, allowing those who love the game to work every power-up, shortcut, and speed boost to their advantage. It can become quite an art form to watch the very best navigate a track in ways you could only imagine. Handheld gaming has become the kart racer’s platform of choice these days, with the perfect bite sized attributes in the form of quick races. Although all kart racers have their defining qualities and characters, it is a fairly basic concept: provide gamers with a sleek, varied, fun, and fast paced racer that will give players loads of excitement for years to come. Sadly, PlayStation Vita’s only kart racing option ModNation: Racers Road Trip seems to fall short in almost every regard, providing gamers with a poorly designed product riddled with technical shortcomings.