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Check out our Dead Island 2 review round-up

After nearly a decade of being stuck in development hell, the latest zombie game to hit the market is apparently worth the long wait.

Dead Island 2 is everything that its predecessor was, only prettier, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

It used to be that Dead Island 2 was a running joke within the video game community - a project used as one of plenty of existing examples of games that will never make it out to market.

Fast forward to nearly a decade later, Dead Island 2 is finally coming out.

Ahead of its release, Dambuster Studios' take on the decade-long in-development title lifted its review embargo and critics have divided opinions. But, one thing is clear - if you were expecting Dead Island 2 to be more like its predecessor, you're in for a treat. If not, that's when the disappointment starts.

Check out the review scores of Dead Island 2 below:

In terms of gameplay, critics claim that Dead Island 2 doesn't do anything unique or better compared to its competition. It also appears to lack a compelling story and the crossplay, or lack thereof, is a problem as well. But, beyond the issues we'd just mentioned, Dead Island 2 has plenty of fun to offer. The pseudo-open-world setting feels immersive if limiting while the satisfying combat makes you feel every whack at your undead opponents.

Dead Island 2 isn't like Dying Light 2, per se, because it lacks the parkour-based traversal system and it just isn't as pretty. However, Dead Island 2's urban environment offers a unique contrast between the undead that surrounds you as well as the once-buzzing streets of Los Angeles as well as San Francisco.

Ultimately, Dead Island 2 lives up to the hype. Not every game has to push the genre going forward. Sometimes, all gamers need is a chance to let loose and have fun.

Dead Island 2 could sell well enough to guarantee Dead Island 3.

While Dead Island 2 isn't perfect, there's a lot to be said about the enjoyment of some brainless fun.

Dead Island 2 will be available to play on the PS4, PS5, and Xbox One, as well as Xbox Series S and X and the PC.

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