Every gamer worth his or her salt has a zombie survival plan. Whether it be stashing away cans of beans or making sure there’s always a shovel nearby, it’s helps to have a contingency plan prepared in the event of an outbreak of undead brain-munchers. The remaining survivors on the isle of Banoi band together in groups of like-minded planners: stay and wait for rescue, or take the fight to the enemy? However, you as the inbetweener don’t have the luxury of being able to rely upon the solid walls of your encampment, and so coming up with a strategy for out in the field is vital.
Dead Island is a game in where survival is the key element, as each new battle can spell a sudden death. In order to keep you on tip-top form, Electronic Theatre has compiled a list of the top ten survival tips when venturing across the isle of Banoi. Be warned however, as even with these strategies it’s no walk in the park. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on the forthcoming Dead Island, including an in-depth review coming very soon.
10. Search Everything
Dead Island hides a wealth of goodies in the most obvious places, and a small amount of time spent searching will often reap significant rewards. Though that suitcase will usually contain cash and the computers may house a battery, it’s worth a look, as you never quite know when you’re going to find a very powerful weapon.
9. Remember the Torch
You have a torch which can be used simply by pressing down on the D-Pad. Its battery power is limited, and so many times the team here at Electronic Theatre struggled on without it, forgetting to simply press down again once the battery had recharged. The torch is an invaluable tool, and will reveal many secrets if you just remember to press that button.
8. Kick ‘em while they’re down
The kick is a vital ingredient for combat, and one that can easily be overlooked. Not only does it often prevent you foes from returning blows, but it also has a longer range than a lot of melee weapons and it saves some damage from being incurred on the weapons you’ve accumulated.
7. Dead men can’t jump
Remember this one. There are plenty of two-foot walls around the place, and jumping over one can give you vital seconds of relief as the zombies take their time to walk up to the end of the wall, around it and back to you.
6. Upgrade your specialist weapons
Depending on which character you play as you will have a different specialist weapon. While it’s easy enough to grab any weapon and begin upgrading it, when money is low you’ll wish you had concentrated only on the weapons your character is proficient with as they’ll do much more damage when push-comes-to-shove.
5. Punch first, shoot later
Ammo is scarce on the isle of Banoi. So much so that it may be hours between finding a stash. Your firearm isn’t your first line of defence, it’s your last. Conserve your ammo for those enemies that you just can’t overcome any other way.
4. You can’t take it with you
For all the preaching this feature has offered about conservation, the exact opposite applies in some cases – namely cash. Buy stuff, it may seem like wasted money when you can find most items that are for sale out there in the wilds, but if you run into trouble while looking it can mean a swift and gruesome end to you exploration. Save weapon damage, ammo and specialist weapons, but spend that dollar.
3. You can never get enough of that wonderful stuff
Your weapon inventory may be strictly limited, but the room for ‘Miscellaneous’ items in you pack is extensive. Pick up every item you find – if you can’t use it in creating unique weapons, you can always sell it.
2. Help everyone
It’s nice to be helpful; it’s even nicer when they reward you for doing so. The side missions might just be that – unessential distractions – but they often reap huge rewards, much more than is initially suggested. If you’ve got the supplies, take on board every side mission you can, at the very least you’ll earn some of those vital experience points.
1. Bring a friend
The isle of Banoi is an interesting location to visit alone, but with a friend it becomes more than just a getaway vacation: it’s an experience of a lifetime. But make sure you bring someone you trust: after all the partying is done, you want to make sure they’ll have your back.