What about Dead Island 2??? I honestly couldn't get into Dying Light the multiple times I tried. Just wasn't feeling it. Dead Island on the other hand sucked me hardcore. Can't wait for part 2. I even beat the sub-par Rip-Tide standalone DLC which a lot of folks didn't care for too much.
I think Dead Island 1 just captured the atomspheric feeling of being on a deserted island overrun with zombies perfect. There was like no music, just the odd sounds in the air and then you had your occasional run-ins with the undead. The world was a tad static but still a beaut to look at. Even when you head over to the city, it was still fantastic.