I have finally done it. It took 2 months of waiting but on Black Friday I got my own copy of Dead Island from via Steam download. They always are having some kind of deal on video games by the way, so if you are hard up for cash like me, check them out. The download for me too 24 + hours. I don’t know why, it should have only been like 3. But I finally got it running on my computer. So here’s what I think of it.
Unfortunately with this game there have been a series of complaints about the PC version. The game was extremely glitch ridden in it’s first few months out and the developer has patched it since then to fix some of the errors I myself have been having some trouble with the game even 2 months after release. Entering dark areas has turned my screen black and the only thing visible are lights and the help icons that show you there is something to pick up or open. The funny thing is that if you stand in a lit area, you can see the entire room just fine as if it was all lit perfectly, but once you pass that threshold where the sun no longer shines through, not even the flashlight will bring clarity to the screen check out the video below to see what I mean.
Luckily the same video gave me the answer to my qusetion on how to fix it. I usualy don’t like installing 3rd party software to fix games, but the Dead Island Helper was a very easy way to fix the problem. If you have an NVIDIA card like me, you can just disable the SSAO and turn on simple shadows. Then launch the game and you can see in dark areas again. Go to the actual youtube video to get a free download of Dead Island Helper.
My other glitches I ran into were less disabling but still annoying. everywhere I look, there is a cloud of dust. I’m also seeing smoke and fire in walls. See the picture below.
If anyone has a fix for this please let me know by commenting below or emailing me at email@example.com. I have found no fixes for this through my many searches in many different forums. Best I can hope for at this point is another patch.
All in all, this game is worth playing in my book. It’s challenging, and fun and everything you can hope for in a zombie game. Even with it’s defects and bugs, the game play is excelent and the graphics are great.
-Till Fate brings our Future