Your preferred Dead Island character? (poll)

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#1 Posted by BeachThunder (11716 posts) -
#2 Posted by CrimsonNoir (400 posts) -

I picked Xian cause my other friend got Sam B already. I would have gone with the other dude but he comes off as such a douche bag.

#3 Posted by applet0n (652 posts) -

I just love the idea of a washed-up rapper as a playable character in the zombie apocalypse, so Sam B for me.
Oh, also blunt force trauma is pretty effective too.

#4 Posted by GoofyGoober (937 posts) -

Purna to start. Plus her background was the most interesting, beside Sam B. Hopefully I will eventually play as all of em.

#5 Posted by Brians (1458 posts) -

Sam B right now

#6 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (1554 posts) -

I don't have it yet but I will go with the asian chick.

#7 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Only tried Xian and Logan so far. Thinking about restarting as Purna and skipping Sam B since he seems like the 'easy' character.

Regenerating health? Zamber, plz.

#8 Posted by TheHT (10929 posts) -

Xian and then Sam. Purna's fury is pretty cool though, if you ignore the obvious 'WHY DON'T YOU JUST USE THAT GUN ALL THE TIME?!?"

#9 Posted by chronicsmoke (996 posts) -

sam 

#10 Posted by emergency (1193 posts) -

Throwing knives baby.

#11 Posted by Hi_Voltg3 (57 posts) -

Xian, I figured everyone else would pick Sam B. and 3 of my friends did -_-
#12 Posted by myslead (925 posts) -

to be honest, none of them, but I picked Sam B due to his blunt weapon proficiency

#13 Posted by Marcsman (3125 posts) -

Sam. B. But I gotta stop picking up knives with him.
#14 Posted by SmasheControllers (2544 posts) -

Love both Logan and Sam B. I voted Logan.

Logan's the Jack of all Trades and Sam B's the Tank! I've always thought Blunt weapons were better against Zombies than Bladed weapons.

#15 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1230 posts) -

I'm going to pick Sam B, because he's like some weird future version of 50 Cent to me.

#16 Posted by sirdesmond (1234 posts) -

I have started a game as Xian, but truthfully, I'm not really a fan of her. Sharp weapons seem somewhat difficult to find, at least in the beginning act and they break down super quickly. Also, they are really, really close range.

I may go Sam B just because I want to stick with melee for most of the game and he seems like the most practical character (especially given the way the game controls).

#17 Posted by tallTuck94 (553 posts) -

logan is misrepresented as a throwing weapons guy as thats just his fury, from what i know he's the jack of all trades master of none and has no weaknesses

also he is a massive dickhead and thats why he's the best character

#18 Posted by azrailx (251 posts) -

think im going try purna out

#19 Posted by project343 (2812 posts) -

I went with Xian. I love slicing zombie limbs off. After I saw that Sam B has a regenerating health option in his talent tree... I decided that I'm going with him next round.

#20 Posted by Animasta (14650 posts) -

@sirdesmond said:

I have started a game as Xian, but truthfully, I'm not really a fan of her. Sharp weapons seem somewhat difficult to find, at least in the beginning act and they break down super quickly. Also, they are really, really close range.

I may go Sam B just because I want to stick with melee for most of the game and he seems like the most practical character (especially given the way the game controls).

yeah, but when you find a good one they hit HARD. like I have this strong sugar cane knife, fully upgraded, it pretty much one shots normal zombies and slices the limbs off of thugs in one hit.

#21 Posted by Getz (2989 posts) -

Though I'm sure the firearms thing put people off, Purna is by far the coolest of the four. She doesn't take shit from anyone, 'specially no damn zombies! Plus, her fury is a crowd-pleaser.

#22 Posted by sirdesmond (1234 posts) -

@Laketown: Yea, I played for a while tonight, still went with Xian, and now I have a sweet sickle. It's so satisfying to slice an arm off and then follow it up with a full cranial removal.

#23 Edited by EthanielRain (778 posts) -
@sirdesmond said:

I have started a game as Xian, but truthfully, I'm not really a fan of her. Sharp weapons seem somewhat difficult to find, at least in the beginning act and they break down super quickly. Also, they are really, really close range.


I wouldn't worry about it, if it's just the weapons putting you off.  Towards the end of the first act and on it isn't (or shouldn't be) an issue, and w/ her durability combat skill they last long enough.  I have more machetes and axes than I know what to do with; still waiting on a good sword though :(
#24 Posted by Willin (1280 posts) -

Puma, purely because I couldn't think of a single game protagonist who was Aboriginal.

#25 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

WHO DO YOU VOODOO BITCH.

No seriously Sam B is the best character.

#26 Posted by snowninja845 (43 posts) -

xian mei because like everyone's been saying bladed weapons are easy to find and with her "sharp weapon durability" perk it really helps. plus swords are awesome even if you get them at a early level.

#27 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Logan because I'm an alcoholic Texan looking for a solo challenge. SamB and Xian are the easy and medium characters, and Purna is like the Paladin in Diabo2; support class for use in multiplayer only.

But holy fuck I hate his voice actor.

#28 Posted by plaintomato (598 posts) -
I think it's lame that you can't pick your character and your specialty separately. 
 
I wanted the bladed weapons specialty but I just couldn't stand seeing my little skinny shadow, seeing my stupid little high heeled tiny pointy toed foot kick all the time, and hearing myself throw out girlie voice comments about everything. Honestly, the deal breaker was the shoe - I would have played Xian if she was wearing jeans and tennis shoes or boots or something, but I'm not slaying zombies in a mini skirt and heels - pretty lame attire for a "martial artist", she should have changed clothes after the zombie attack.
 
Logan is so cliche, I couldn't even play the game if he was the only playable character. Same kind of annoying baditude character that ruined games like Infamous and Dirt 2 for me.
 
Purna just doesn't have an interesting specialty so I really haven't even looked at how her character is developed.
 
So, it's Sam B. all the way. Blunt weapons is the second most interesting skill set, and he's a suitably comical character to fit the gameplay with a nice zombie killing voice. I still wish I could be Sam B. with the bladed weapons skill set though. I haven't had some good dismembering fun since Postal 2 and it looks like I'm not going to get much of it here now either, just some satisfying zombie head crushing.
#29 Posted by Yummylee (21295 posts) -

Ellis.

#30 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Looking through the game data, I think there was going to be another character called Ryder. If this game was nothing but parodies of rappers, Jeff would give it 5 stars.

#31 Posted by Redbullet685 (6029 posts) -

Playing through as Xian at 71% story progress. Gonna pick Sam B, next.

#32 Edited by spazmaster666 (1965 posts) -

I think Sam B is the best character stats wise (not to mention he probably has the easiest start), so that's who I would pick as the "preferred" character. However, my favorite is probably Xian since well, electric katanas are pretty awesome.

#33 Posted by Duke_of_IRL (87 posts) -

Sammy muthafuckin' B! I picked him for practical reasons, as I figured blunt weapons would be the most common, and thankfully I was correct. I also found the combo of blunt preference and rap to be giggle-inducing, so that added to the choice. Due to idiocy I didn't even notice he had the option of regenerating health until like 10 hours into my playthrough, but I didn't really need it anyway as I've only died twice at about 35% of the way through the main story. Love the dude's backstory and his overall demeanor, and breaking the arms of zombies is awesome and gross. Thugs with their floppy broken arms reminiscent of a skateboarding injury trying to slap you with it is hilarious

#34 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

I have a question for people play Xian: Does she get better? These sharp weapons are breaking REALLY quickly. Also, if something breaks (that I haven't upgraded and is just a normal weapon) is it better to just drop it or drop the blunt weapons first?

#35 Posted by JackSukeru (5906 posts) -

I'm probably gonna go with the sharp weapons chick if I pick it up, but I'll look a bit more into the other characters first.

#36 Posted by Cincaid (2953 posts) -

Will finally get my copy tomorrow or Tuesday. My first run I'll probably go with Xian Mei, though I'm quite sure I'll play through the game with all 4 characters eventually.

#37 Posted by The_Martian (48 posts) -

I used Logan. He is more of an middle of the road character than the others.

#38 Posted by karatetron (690 posts) -

Sam-B!

#40 Posted by Jimbo (9775 posts) -

I started with the throwing weapons dude, but I think I'm gonna stare over because the throwing mechanic gargles balls.

#41 Posted by dorimajmun (49 posts) -

Who do you voodoo bitch :D

#42 Posted by Hoecake (22 posts) -

Started off as Sam B, but my coop partner already picked him so I went with Xian instead. I loved the electric shock mods for the blades so I have no regrets. Might try out Logan for another playthrough so I have more variety in what weapons I use,

#43 Edited by onimonkii (2430 posts) -

went with xian mei, really happy with my choice and only up to level 11 i think. the durability and stamina upgrades from the combat tree seem to be making a difference, and i'm finding some great weapons. 
 
at first i wished i had gone with sam b because like every single weapon was blunt and all i had was a little stabby knife, but now i've got big ol machetes and can take heads and limbs off with ease. 
 
edit: she almost seems TOO easy sometimes, with her execution stomp, you don't even need to use a weapon really, just kick them to the ground and stomp on their head.

#44 Posted by Sjupp (1910 posts) -

10 hours in (lvl 19 and just got into town) with Sam B so far. Blunt weapons are by far the easiest to get your hands on but I enjoy using blades more. I've got this fully upgraded lvl 10 orange staff going named H- something. Hamo? Whatever, it still fucking owns at lvl 19.

#45 Edited by Ares42 (2589 posts) -

Was playing Logan and getting frustrated about the combat mechanics. Then I discovered that almost all weapons are throwing weapons and now I couldn't be happier about my choice. No more fucking around in melee with Infected trashing you down or running through you. Haven't engaged a single zombie in melee since I started playing correctly and my enjoyment of the game skyrocketed.
 
@tallTuck94 said:

logan is misrepresented as a throwing weapons guy as thats just his fury, from what i know he's the jack of all trades master of none and has no weaknesses

also he is a massive dickhead and thats why he's the best character

He's not misrepresented at all, get max Boomerang and you'll realize how freaking awesome throwing is :P
#46 Posted by Arker101 (1474 posts) -

I'm playing Logan with nothing but zap/toxic machetes and alcohol. Throwing a machete and seeing a thug burst with lightning is so great along with the machete automatically coming BACK. 
Sam B seems like easy mode and my bro is playing as him. Xian is a cool assassin class, but it's too weird seeing a red heel kicking back zombies. Purna isn't really good unless you'r playing Coop.

#47 Posted by Mars_Cleric (1593 posts) -

who do you voodoo bitch

#48 Posted by OmegaPirate (5523 posts) -

@Jimi said:

WHO DO YOU VOODOO BITCH.

No seriously Sam B is the best character.

Came here to post this, good job on taking care of it already!

#49 Posted by MikkaQ (10269 posts) -

I like Xian, the slicing is a lot of fun. But Sam B's got a lot of good skills, and blunt melee weapons are incredible easy to find everywhere. I'm really tempted to try Logan cause throwing my weapons is a lot of fun, and it'd be weird to focus on that. Guns seem boring as hell, so I'm gonna skip Purna.

#50 Posted by BombaLuigi (149 posts) -

i'll go with xian... got an epic axe for her which i modded with phoenix... crit on a thug -> instant dead... her downside is the low health, but damage wise shes like omgwtfbbq... tried logan, cause i liked the 'throwing weapons' concept... but until you max out boomerang hes just a pain in the ass to play with... also, you tend to loose weapons when you throw them, sometimes they just disappear, or half-clip through the ground makin it impossible to pick them up again... sucks if it was acutally a weapon you cared for :F

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