1k hours, played every character, every mode, to their fullest, gone from level 1 to max numerous times, and been around since the start of the beta. time to write a review. am going to highlight the good and bads and put to rest any rumours about the game.
also ill make a new review every 1000 hours depending on whats changed
ask me anything you want in the comments and ill try to ansaw best i can if i miss anything :)
am in love with this game, its so much fun once you get going, and by get going i mean figuring out how it all works, weapon crafting, the pve, the pvp, character skills and classes, stats. once i knew about all these things it all went up from there. started from tier 1 and very slowly built my way up to where i am now, level 320 (at the time of this reveiw) and i could be higher it werent for wipes :D. alot of people thank this game for getting them into mobas, it hasnt for me, DIE will be the only exception to my moba hate.
PAY TO WIN
my god so many people with less than a few hours or not even an hour have accused the game of being pay to win (seriously how can you write a review when you havent even played the game for an hour, be proffesional about it). the weapons you can buy with the premium cash were at one point the weakest weapons for their tier group, with exception of two and they were still werent half as the good as the other you could find and craft your self. now though with recent changes, you could argue that they can be quite potent, but their passives (more on this later) and stats are generally what makes them a bad choice.
boosts and membership really only give the chance you unlock better stuff, it will never give you anything that will make you win. f you get a really good weapon, your going to be paired up aginst peopl who have the same strength, and are no better then the people you faced before you got it.
THIS IS NOT DEAD ISLAND 2
this is not dead island 2, this is not escape dead island, this is not dying light. this dead island epidemic, all four of these games are being developed by different studios, DIE is a spin off that is set in the dead island universe, argueably cannon due to sam b xian mei and sinamoi making an appearence. escape dead island is a prequel to dead island or riptide not sure but still. and dying light a new ip all together.
dont get mad when you find out its not what you googled for
really simple to control WASD movements. no click to move nonsense. easily within reach of these are QERF wich also happen to be your skill buttons. not far from that is the space bar to dodge and roll from said skills. holding down left click to hit smash, shoot and explode you through players and zombie hordes. it really that easy to controll. its another thing to have the skill to perfect on how to use them.
it relatively smooth untill things die in huge amounts very quicky, and this usually involce alot of SFX which also contributes to it. but so gratifying when you do. so much fun just to smash everything you see move and the weapons really do help this out.
currently their are two, one of them beign cross roads. X roads is the DIE's newest mode currently replaceing the old horde mode. i have to admit i am mostly a pvp player but x roads really does have very hetic and tense moments. you go around an absolutely huge map (probaly the largest in any moba dont quote me) that has numerous themes/biomes, accomplishing missions that are randomly generated and are scaled to how well you well you do these mission, the first mission is allways easy is but when you get two golds, or two bronze/fails you really notice the diffference.
the other is scavenger, the infamous PvPvPvE mode. love it, its so unpredictable and adds a new perspective in how you play. in lol, if you stomp the enemy team, thats it youve won, youve proven you can beat them easily. but in DIE the tird team are in the back ground slowly getting more powerful and probaly gaining a lead whilst you were domination one team. this third team forces new tatics and even a defend or sacrifice moments. basically you're running around a modest sized map capturing flags that generate supplys over time. zombies are there in masses but they are not the threat here. the first to fill their truck and trailer wins. but once that truck is filled. people can start stealing from your trailer, meaning even though you are last you can still make a desperate gambit and steal the winning teams supplies from their trailer and maybe get second place or 1st.
there are currently 18 characters avaiable with 5 more to come. all of these charcter have a main role with numerous sub roles which they can fill to specilize in. and these charcters are spread into 3 catagorys of survivor, armoured and mutated. surivors include Amber a dangerous anmal vet that can heal allies and provide cover with her smoke screen or the legendary sam b. amoured character are voltage the college engineer with an suit filled with electricity. or aroumerd isys, with her turrets, gernades and rockets. and mutations include the poisonous bryce, or the unstoppable berg.
these charcter look very detailed and cool. though they are somewhat expenisve, usually costing 11,500 character points. but since you earn around 100-200 and more per game you cn get new character fairly easily at least imo. there cheaper charcters if you cant wait to save up for a new one.
ive found the best and worst part of any multiplayer game is the players them selves. you will every kind of person. the noob, the rager, the hypocrite player who thinks winning a game was too easy and there fore it was bad game. the team fighter, the toll, the flamers. and evey else beyond and inbetween.
being an moba you will come acroos people you know and learn to either love or hate them. through this you get well known players, like the once god amongst clowns AANG HSLER with his very bad attitude and brown nosed liking toward himself, his rise and fall are good and bad memories for the much older players.. or the legendary troll robart. or even the addicted jesus@war for having the most played games and hours. the people you meet, either become their freinds or have a grudge, because having both is what make the high end tiers more enjoyable.
so many guns and pointy sticks. it wont be dead island without dead island weapons. paddles, maces, fire axes that are lterally on fire, acid in a bottle, a car battery and even a nokia phone. ther is no end to the possibillities for weapons in DIE. and they are allways adding more to the fun.
each weapon is unqiue in some way, each have their own stats that help define their role, got a set of pistols wih a high rate of fire then pair them with an asault character. a life steal katana then but it with a disabler or what ever you preffer. they are split amongst 16 tiers with 1 being lowest and 16 the very best weapons in the game.
to match nicely with the weapons are gadgets, this are simple passive stat boosts which a small difference to your overall stat count, but its noticable difference.
weapon modifacations further the power of you cool weapons. they basically add perks, things like boost or charges to your stats. things that make you more surivable like aegis or titanium deflector or things that will make you more support deadly with ultimate recharger and critical advantage.
easy to learn hard to master skills and controlls
pay to win is non exiestant, mostly pay to get things quicker than normal
different studio, same universe, not dead island 2, may or may not be cannon
pvp is greatly challenging and pve is much fun
so many amazing and deadly weapons and mods.
its a free to play game download and give it a go, but give it a real good go, am talking about 12 hours and not under 5. you never know, this could be the next bug thing to hit tournements :)