Ripped from a post on neogaf RE: the Game Informer review:
''Riptide’s flaws are many, but they couldn’t hold me back from having a blast. Few games nail the visceral feel of melee combat and co-op fun like Dead Island.''
''Importing your survivor:
Players can import characters from the first Dead Island – whether you beat the game with them or not -– as long it’s on the same profile. These characters transfer over with nothing but their previous skills and level. This is great for dedicated players who maxed out their Dead Island characters, and there are even a few new skills to learn. If you’re starting fresh in Riptide or your previous character is fairly low-level, you can start a new character with 15 skill points free to allocate how you see fit.''
I had no idea you could do a character import, that's actually pretty cool.
I loved the original game, but it kind of required you to have 2-3 buddies with you later on to not get overly frustrated by the hordes they threw at you IMO.
I picked this up for $26 as a pre-order on GMG, and I'm still excited to play it, Kotaku's review is pretty down on the game, too, but the reviewer gets a lot wrong from the first game, which makes me think she didn't play it much or at least didn't finish it.
I tend to enjoy games like this in spite of the rest of the world (aka mainstream media), so I'm still going to give it a chance.
Probably put about 6 hours in at this point, and I love it. The Arkfall events are pretty great, I just show up, shoot shit with everybody else, the whole event is pretty great without really trying to be.
I read/heard someone say the game is more fun than it is good, and I think that about sums it up for me. Glad I got it to be sure.
You can kind of cheese the save system by running to a zone load, like an elevator or something, it's not ideal and not always an option, but it helps if you've collected a lot of stuff and don't want to have to run back around to do it again or lose something you picked up that might not be there the next time. There was one instance right before the final battle with Lady Comstock where I had picked up a perk that gave a 40% chance to get salts off of someone you killed, and I made sure to run to the elevator in the bank and use it before I went to fight her just to it would save.