It's really a tough decision. Both offer a lot of content, so it all comes down to if you're more in the mood for a first-person zombie RPG on a tropical island or a third-person RPG in a fantasy world. Both offer very good combat. Dead Island has some of the most satisfying first-person melee combat, while Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning offers some of the finest combat I've seen in any third-person RPG. I guess you could say Dead Island is slightly more fresh, as there hasn't really been a zombie RPG, but there have been a lot of zombie games. While Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning may feel formulaic and generic as far as fantasy games go, it just nails everything so perfectly and is very satisfying to play. Honestly, it all comes down to what you're in the mood for, because you honestly can't go wrong either way. However, if you really liked the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demo, perhaps you should with that since you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the full thing. Just make sure you're not getting Dead Island on PS3, as I've heard it's had many issues. Whichever you decide on, I hope you enjoy it.
i dont think you can really compare the two. koa is third person action rpg, focus on single player. DI is first person melee-centric game with an emphasis on co-op. if u got a buddy to play with go with DI, if u need a singler player game KOA
Dead Island is an RPG, not a mere L4D clone like you seem to be implying. There are skill trees, quests, hit points above characters like Borderlands, etc. Actually, it's like a melee-focused Borderlands, which I feel is a pretty apt comparison, because it's heavy on action, but it features all of the important RPG mechanics. I played the majority of Dead Island as a single player game and thoroughly enjoyed my time with it.
Thanks everyone for the input. The only thing that I'm debating about now is the replay value... I think once I beat KoA I will be done, but D.I. seems like the replay might be more for the buck... However as Alex B. stated these games are hard to compare each other. Just weighing the pros and cons of the game. Wasn't going to get KoA until a price drop, but wasn't expecting the $44.99 so quick.
On a side note... How is the community for Dead Island? Do people still play the game?
dead island is fun for 1 maybe 2 playthroughs. i beat it twice then never wanted to even play it. Koa is 200 hours at the shortest(devs tested it knowing how to do everything and where to go) finishing all the side and main quests.
my 2cents is buy DI with a friend who has not played it yet and do the co-op together. it's pretty short me and a friend beat it in one week of night time sessions. it is also likely the only way you will find another player who has the same quests and sidequests - it's worth taking the time to do all sidequests as one chunk since the way the game progresses, u get "locked out" of doing some sidequests if you advance a chapter before you do them (not sure if this was a bug or intentional, but it definitely messed with the "flow" of gameplay IMO) i would not play it again and the DLC does not have good reviews (the newest DLC is not even co-op it's single player only)
@ uzispray i do not see where i make any of mention of L4D, any insinuated comparison is a misunderstanding. i have never even played l4d beyond some demos years back... your comparison of borderlands w/ melee is very apt however. not trying to flame here, just wanna point out u mistook my post.
edit; we also got di for under $20 used - i strongly reccomend it for the price, great fun even if shortlived.
My brother and I played through Dead Island and we loved it. Curb-stomping zombies and smashing their heads in with a baseball bat while exploring and leveling up is a lot of fun.
I also got Kingdoms of Amalur at release (because the story was written by RA Salvatore and Todd McFarlane did the art). I am very happy with it. I am MANY hours into the game and still have a very, very long way to go.
If I had to decide one or the other, I think the deciding factor would be if my friends had Dead Island (and were still interested in playing it) that would be a mark in the favor of Dead Island. If you tend to play solo more often, or if you don't have friends who own Dead Island, then I would get Kingdoms of Amalur.
Honestly, you will get your money's worth with either game.
Dead Island = Co-op, zombie, gore, rpg, relatively weak story KoA = solo, fantasy/magic, rpg, great story