Dead Island

Dead Island Achievements

Swing them sticks

Kill 150 enemies using Analog Fighting controls.  

You'll need to manually switch to Analog in the Options>Controls menu. The way this works is you need to hold down the Left Trigger, then use the Right Thumbstick to attack. If you want to chop off a head for example, pull the thumbstick all the way to the left/right and then quickly flick it in the exact opposite direction. It takes some getting used to. This is best done early in the game when zombies are slower and have less health.

A small trick to getting this with ease: kills while driving or shooting with analog controls turned on count toward this for some reason. You can avoid using this control mode at all if you get all 150 by running zombies over or using guns. There may be a glitch where those types of kills stop counting; to reset this issue, simply get a melee kill with the controls on and they'll start counting again.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by IGun BunnyI
Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ 12:12:23 AM

Judging by the image of this achievement, I'd say its going to be fairly difficult. But who knows it could be fun

Comment #2 by Tonstar64
Sunday, July 31, 2011 @ 11:11:01 PM

If you use the right stick to swing ur weapon, then what do u use to look around? I'm guessing u hold a button (probly one of the triggers) before moving the stick to attack.

Comment #3 by Nevander
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:38:11 AM

Meh I'm not a fan of these types of controls.

Comment #4 by SgtGnome
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 12:27:04 PM

Just think of it like the game Skate. It was hard at first, but once you figured it out, you got pro

Comment #5 by tuco31
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 06:11:41 PM

or like fight night when u make punches with the right stick

Comment #6 by Tom Bick
Sunday, August 07, 2011 @ 05:59:23 AM

this just reminds me of HP:OOTP. Which isn't a good thing.

Comment #7 by Jack Pumpkinhed
Monday, September 05, 2011 @ 01:16:17 AM

Ugh...going to put analog on ONLY for this achievement. I can't stand controls like this >_>

Comment #8 by CANTINFLAS
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 05:21:18 PM

Analog controls are not that bad as they sound. In fact you can get used to it in about half an hour if you use it often enough.

Comment #9 by uktuk
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 06:52:07 PM

would highly advise going for this one as early as possible so that you can get used to it on the easier zombies.

Comment #10 by DLlane1488
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 07:23:17 PM

you can't jab with things like knives

Comment #11 by Almost Perfect
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 02:01:07 AM

this one is a bitch

Comment #12 by Zaft
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 01:38:55 PM

At first this seems rather annoying, but trust me, if you plan on using melee weapons, GET USED TO ANALOG CONTROLS. It really helps you be able to precisely aim for where you want to cut/break an enemy.

A couple tips:
1) There is no reason for you to "prepare" yourself (left trigger) before you're ready to attack. All this does is screw up your movement. Hold LT ONLY when you're going to do an attack, quickly flick the right analog stick, and then LET GO OF LT. Don't get tunnel vision.
2) Remember that you need to start your attack the OPPOSITE way you want to strike. Aka, if you want to strike to the left, you start from the right, and then go towards the left.

Seriously guys, if you're playing melee, get used to analog controls. It's like keybinding versus clicking in an MMORPG.

Comment #13 by Shadow Knight W
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 09:19:21 PM

Basically all i did was use LB to kick them with the analog controls on. still counts and is ALOT easier than slashing them.

Comment #14 by monleypunk28
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:01:01 PM

The analog controls are terrible imo.

#13 is so right, the kick takes more time, but it definitely is much easier.

Comment #15 by Lord Arkhan
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 07:14:43 AM

A really easy way to do this and the other special kill achievements is to wait until you are a high level then join a friends new game. All the enemies scale to the host and since they are before you in story you can still join. One hit kills on everything

Comment #16 by xX Rom Xx
Friday, September 09, 2011 @ 06:06:16 PM

Read that kills in a car count towards this? They didn't for me, got Karma Geddon, yet only 3 kills listed for Analog Controls....

Personally haven't got used to these controls yet.

Comment #17 by Gnip Preacher
Friday, September 09, 2011 @ 08:13:43 PM

I prefer using analog controls. It is far more accurate, and saves your weapon from going to crap. Kids wont like getting used to this innovative and obviously superior control scheme.

Comment #18 by Keala Ka Nui808
Saturday, September 10, 2011 @ 02:34:19 AM

Attacking with the analog sticks is way harder but it's better in a way. Uit let's u attack a specific part of the body. Makes cutting off their head and arms way easier.

Comment #19 by Sundered
Saturday, September 10, 2011 @ 06:10:52 PM

Cool achievement I like using analog controls... and for all of you guys who are trying to make it sound like they're better and "old-school" for using analog no one thinks you're cool. On another note it's much funner and testing your skills trying to get used to it makes it even more worth it.

Comment #20 by akimboDEEZ
Saturday, September 10, 2011 @ 09:38:44 PM

I like analog. I used it so much that I learned how to fight thugs with a
diving knife. But it is better and easier to slice the head of a incoming
with one swing.

Comment #21 by v EscapeTheFate
Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 03:52:24 PM

This achievment is so simple just hold LT and spin the right stick or just move it left and right. its only 150 kills

Comment #22 by indirect76
Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 04:53:27 PM

Can somebody explain how to do an analog move please?

Comment #23 by WeighingBrute
Monday, September 12, 2011 @ 06:05:34 AM

indirect what you have to do is use LT and then use the analog stick the easiest way to do this is get a friend who is below level 10 you will get an instant kill just do that to get the achievement

Comment #24 by mastodon54
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 @ 09:12:13 PM

This achievement suxs. its so hard. i would rather do rankd shit

Comment #25 by chrisarcade
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @ 12:51:11 AM

Guess what? I changed my controls to analog and while I ran zombies over in the truck, those kills counted as analog kills. I don't have the achievement yet but almost there

Comment #26 by Trakanon
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @ 12:16:36 PM

Can anyone confirm if firearm kills count for this?

Comment #27 by I2aving I2abbit
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @ 04:34:42 PM

no they dont

Comment #28 by xIZZYx
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @ 07:11:05 PM

how do you move if your using the analogs to fight?

Comment #29 by Pratt732
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 04:05:20 AM

Comment #30 by I Wade Wilson I
Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 01:45:48 AM

Most annoying achievement in this game tbh. It's easier when you do a new profile.

Comment #31 by The Stig1977
Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 11:14:22 AM

Ppl this is easy. Best done on a new game, kick zombies to the floor then swing like hell. I did it in about an hour, if that. Trust me it sounds harder than it actually is :)

Comment #32 by keli1989
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 06:21:40 AM

I was half way into chapter 2 when i realized there was an alternative fighting style
I found out just because of this achievement and i am so happy that they put this achievement in or else i probably would have missed analog fighting. I pressed on the comments because i saw that there were many comments and i was suprised to read that most of you dont like it and even more suprised when people were describing this achievement as hard, really? Why would you want to play the normal way when you can have perfect control over your weapons and now that i have done that for a while cutting of limbs is just kinda second nature, only thing i havent found in analog controls is the straight stab which is a really cool move but im not going to switch to hammering the RT anytime soon.

Comment #33 by time2munch
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 11:24:59 PM

Go for this one at the beginning of one of your 4 playthroughs of Act 1. Takes
some getting used to, especially if you've been using RT previously, but it can
be done in a few hours. Got mine by the middle of Chapter 2.

Comment #34 by frostdawn
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 10:03:15 AM

So driving kills do count as long as analog controls are active, correct?

Comment #35 by time2munch
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 05:24:16 PM

@#34...Didn't count for me.

Comment #36 by ShrewdGoat1990
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 @ 10:47:05 PM

Fire arm kills do count towards this achievment thats how i got it

Comment #37 by FootSoldier0420
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 02:31:27 PM

got this one easy. the controls get easier as you use them. plus you get more control of your swinging and chopping. i was at 75 of 150. next thing i know, the achievement pops! crazy!

Comment #38 by NeuWerld
Monday, September 26, 2011 @ 04:51:08 PM

if you don't like the controls just kick them to the ground and do the up/down attack with a blunt weapon or left/right (vice versa) with a edged weapon. Smash/decapitate almost every time

Comment #39 by pablonemesis
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:37:54 AM

i just got on top of a car and used a tesla maul in moreby city
until i got the achievement!

Comment #40 by thejohnhead
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 02:57:33 PM

I started using the Analogue controls to get the achievement and hated it to start with. Now I can't go back to the digital style. It takes some getting used to but I think it is much better!

Comment #41 by JPnut
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 05:38:15 AM

@ 40 and a bunch of others... once you get used to the analog controls, the regular controls just seem lame. You can break / sever limbs easier with analog. my only complaint would be throwing a weapon, which i hardly do anyway so it really didnt affect me.

Comment #42 by CPweed
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 05:57:17 PM

I love playing with the analog.

Comment #43 by Grim Jim
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 08:12:08 AM

I also love playing with the analog.

Comment #44 by goofycaca
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 05:10:42 PM

I was dreading this one after completing all of the other achievements. While it did take some getting used to the 150 kills comes up pretty quick. Being used to the digital controls, however, I just couldn't stick with the analog.

Comment #45 by Rec05
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 06:40:32 PM

FYI if you have the analog control lay out active, you can run over zombies in a car and it will count

Comment #46 by SneakyGreg
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 06:01:42 AM

I hate analog mode :/

Comment #47 by LilGregDouchy
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 09:36:27 PM

I personally GREATLY prefer the analog controls. It makes things a lot easier. And for those of you who need to know how to use their quick jab(sharp weapon users) or KO(blunt weapons[Sam B], hold LT, move right stick down then move it down again quickly to perform this move.

Comment #48 by LilGregDouchy
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 09:41:39 PM

I personally GREATLY prefer the analog controls. It makes things a lot easier. And for those of you who need to know how to use their quick jab(sharp weapon users) or KO(blunt weapons[Sam B], hold LT, move right stick down then move it down again quickly to perform this move.

Comment #49 by Death4life
Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 12:32:12 AM

This sounds easy. I love using the analog sticks. I got used to it easily in Fight Night Round 4,when I borrowed it. Lol at boxing games.

Comment #50 by huey181
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 01:42:30 PM

Since the patch came out you can no longer get this by running zombies over in a car. Not sure about shooting since I didn't have any guns when I went for it.

Comment #51 by jeffgordon24
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 08:09:32 AM

well I just can't get it to work. I switched it over to analog the other day and went up to a thug with fury and couldn't get it to work and I died:(
email me at and please describe the controls

Comment #52 by Xipee808
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 02:21:56 PM

CHEAT SHEET FOR ACHIEVEMENT: hold LT when close enough to desired zomibe flail RS around fast as possible u will know when ur out of stamina cuz u will be twitching your head around like a crackhead

Comment #53 by patrickg455
Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 05:05:28 PM

Ugh this is way more difficult than I thought it would be, going at like 50 kills right now lol!

Comment #54 by sleepydumbdude
Saturday, May 05, 2012 @ 01:26:16 PM

Think they must have patched the driving and firearms counting. I've been running along the beach in the first area with a cleaver and chopping off the heads of the zombies laying on the beach. Most the time they are far enough away from the other zombies that I can take my time.

Comment #55 by REfan001
Monday, May 07, 2012 @ 10:31:19 AM

looks like they patched it

Comment #56 by TweekDash
Monday, May 07, 2012 @ 04:51:35 PM

You can still use Analog controls while driving to get kills.

Comment #57 by ClucTK423
Saturday, June 02, 2012 @ 10:30:01 AM


As of June 02, 2012 using Patch 1.3.0:
Firearms - does not count
Driving - does not count
Deo-Bomb - does count
Molotov - not tested
Rage - As Xian using a melee weapon in Rage: does count

Comment #58 by keyserheel1
Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 05:24:58 PM

Yep, has been patched.....damn.

Comment #59 by TheNwebOfFate
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 06:36:32 AM

Saving this one for toward the end of my achievement hunting for this game.

Comment #60 by Zkillz Ninja
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 08:36:36 AM

Controlls are really anoying LT to basically lock on and then you fight but is a pain if your using weapons because it always makes me throw them and loose them so I rage quit.

Comment #61 by dothack825
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 12:19:54 AM

Its not that bad. Im lvl 35 and I got it in about an hour and a half just kicking, holding LT and moving the right stick in a 360 pattern until they died. Worked good in a group setting as well.

Comment #62 by reap3r252
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 09:28:07 PM

Honestly when I read this I thought it was gonna be a b*tch to get but I really had no trouble with it. Just ran around the city killing them with Gabriels hammer equipped with the Magic Wand mod.

Comment #63 by kdale22
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 07:09:48 PM

I found it easy to stand on the hood of a car..not a truck cuz it's too high..and then swing away. Still working on this but it's coming along! Hope this helps a little :)

Comment #64 by lazy zombie
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 09:41:03 PM

this was more fun than killing zombies regularly

Comment #65 by Bazza
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @ 02:28:26 AM

I really liked analogue controls, much smoother gameplay tbh =P

Comment #66 by 00nowak
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 02:05:31 PM

Couldn't really get the hang of analogue controls :/ so I got this achievement gradually. When in Moresby whenever a swarm of zombies we close i'd jump onto a car,switch to analogue controls and smash them from the roof of cars. Takes long but easily do-able throughout the game!

Comment #67 by AvidListner
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 11:02:35 AM

Got this later on in the game, was a real bitch at first, but since i used a lot melee, i actually prefer these controls now because now you can swing from any direction, and you have a little more control at what to aim for, whether its in uppercut or swinging at a zombie from side to side

Comment #68 by AvidListner
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 11:06:11 AM

Got this later on in the game, was a real bitch at first, but since i used a lot melee, i actually prefer these controls now because now you can swing from any direction, and you have a little more control at what to aim for, whether its in uppercut or swinging at a zombie from side to side

Comment #69 by Deadsea 18
Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 06:26:24 PM

People keep complaining about how annoying and hard this achivement is. It's not,I like it.

1.Go to options and change the fighting style from ''Digital'' to ''Analog'' then press ''B''. Hold left trigger then move around the right trigger. Against ''Thugs'' I always swictched back to digital. About to get this achivement 50 more zombies to kill :)

Comment #70 by Gemgemchan
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 07:30:55 PM

I've been killing zombies in analog mode but the kills haven't been counting towards this achievement when I check up on the achievement progress.

Anyone know why?

Comment #71 by Deadsea 18
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 09:25:20 PM

Try kicking them to the ground then ponding on their head with a melee weapon. Preferbly a modified weapon to make it faster,in greta condition,upgraded to the max or close to it.

Guns nor roadkilling with a vehicle will count. It has to be melee weapon kills.

Comment #72 by Duke of Dirty
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:22:18 AM

I've just done this with firearms, you need to kill 1 or 2 with melee weapons first to start the count but after that firearm kills count.

Comment #73 by YourEffinTroll
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 10:28:35 PM

Controls aren't that hard once you learn them

Comment #74 by Spiderrichard
Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 11:29:04 PM

Easy if you search lobby and join a lower level game. just wander around the resort killing until you get it :)

Comment #75 by WackyCactus
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 10:14:51 PM

Is there an internal game counter that tracks the number of analog kills that you can view?

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Deep Silver


US September 06, 2011
Europe September 09, 2011

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