Game details

Dead Island
Sub Genre:
Survival Horror
Release Date (US):
September 9th, 2011
Release Date (UK):
September 9th, 2011
Online Players:
M [Mature]
PSU Rank:
0 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
0 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Also available on Xbox 360 and PC

About Dead Island

The island of Banoi is a lush, tropical paradise in the South Pacific where its flagship Royal Palms Resort serves as the ultimate getaway for vacationers with money to burn. However, all good things must soon come to an end – and the picturesque resort falls into madness, carnage and chaos after a mysterious and contagious zombie outbreak claims its once peaceful atmosphere. Cut off from the rest of the world, only four individuals who strangely find themselves immune to zombification have the power to protect the remaining survivors from the horrors of the island, to discover what’s really going on and find a way to escape before their own fatal ends.



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Ambition can only take a game so far. The inconsistent experience in Dead Island is testament to that, with a selection of surprisingly good gameplay mechanics somewhat overshadowed by technical issues and a bad story.

We like

  • Deep and enjoyable Crafting System
  • Fun with friends
  • Quests don't get repetitive

We dislike

  • Pervasive technical issues
  • Weak story with offensively racist characters
  • Boss fights are rare and uninspired

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Dead Island has been in development for a fair few years, almost causing the Techland zombie title to fly off the radar completely. Then suddenly, the game was thrust into the limelight earlier this year with that trailer, getting everybody talking about it. However, the trailer ended up having no bearing on the final product, other than it was a zombie game at some resort hotel. There is so much more to the game though, and n...

Dead Island News

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    PSU's Editor Ernest Lin had a glimpse on the E3 2014 showroom floor of the official sequel to zombie romp Dead Island. Ernest mentions some of the new changes coming to Dead Island 2, and he even points out that this game is the first to specifically motion capture a particular domestic animal. Enj...

  • Dead Island sales top 5 million

    Publisher Deep Sliver has announced that Dead Island has sold over five million copies globally since its launch in September 2011. The figure accounts for both retail and digital-based sales for the PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 zombie-‘em-up. Developer Techland is currently beavering ...

  • Dead Island: Riptide gets new character and location

    Deep Silver has announced more details and released more screenshots for Dead Island Riptide. The studio revealed a fifth playable character know as John Morgan, a new town called Henderson, and the official box art has been released. You can also check out the steel-book edition cover below: &...

  • Dead Island Game of the Year Edition announced

    Dead Island’s Game of the Year Edition will be shambling on to store shelves in the U.S. on June 26, publisher Deep Silver has announced. No word yet on a U.K. release date, though given the fact the GotY Edition was previously outed on the BBFC, we shouldn’t have to wait long. As ...

  • Dead Island 2 isn't currently in the works

    Dead Island 2 isn’t currently in development despite rumblings to the contrary, publisher Deep Silver has said. The original game proved a commercial success despite iffy reviews from critics, and was developed by Techland. However, while the company isn’t currently working on a seque...

  • Dead Island Ryder White DLC trailer

    Deep Silver’s unearthed a freshly decomposed Dead Island trailer for your viewing pleasure, highlighting the zombie actioner’s upcoming Ryder White Campaign DLC. Check it out below. The extra content allows players to hop into the shoes of Dead Island villain Ryder Wh...

  • Dead Island 'Ryder White' DLC announced

    Dead Island will receive a fresh chunk of post-release content early next month in the form of the Ryder White DLC. Due out on February 1, this latest batch of DLC is entirely story-focused, and allows gamers to hop into the shoes of Dead Island antagonist, Ryder White. In doing so you’...

  • Dead Island has shipped 3 million copies

    Dead Island has shipped three million copies globally since its launch in September 2011, publisher Deep Silver has confirmed. The company previously revealed that the zombie mashing action-RPG had shipped two million copies during its launch month. Dead Island received a mixed reception upon rele...

  • Dead Island DLC dated

    Dead Island’s long-delayed Bloodbath Arena DLC will be released in the U.S. on November 22. European gamers will get the DLC a day later on November 23. The content itself is a wave-based effort that offers four arenas for single-player and co-op modes. Bloodbath Arena also throws in a new l...

  • Dead Island PS3 patch raises level cap

    Techland has today announced via their official Dead Island blog that a new patch has been released for their latest zombie-bashing first-person shooter. The patch with feature more than your usual game-balancing, and introduce a higher level cap.  Along with general fixes and interface impr...

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