I received these release-day deliveries on my doorstep yesterday...
I was so tempted to play some Dead Island, but I hear that you can really get lost in this game for hours, which is time I can't afford right now. I really plan to focus all my free time on this website. Halloween season only comes once a year, so all my efforts must go to ZP!
I honestly might not get a chance to play until November, but that's okay. I'll suddenly have a lot of free time then, and Dead Island seems like a perfect thing to fill the gaps. I have a friend that wants to play some co-op at that time, so that should be fun.
I watched the video reviews on Gamespot and IGN. Seems like they're saying you can expect a thin story, uneven voice acting, and some rough graphics now and then. Which is a shame, but for such a large, open-world game, I think it's tough for everything to be 100% polished.
I'm willing to cut it some slack and give it a chance. The overall gameplay model seems fun. I look forward to taking on missions, exploring the large worlds, and ganging up on zombies with friends. The RPG elements should give me reason to keep going. I want to branch out my skill tree, upgrade my weapons, and improve my character.
Have fun, Dead Islanders... maybe I'll run into on the island in the coming months.