Techland’s Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide, published by Deep Silver, are now out for Xbox One. Furthermore, buy the Definitive Collection and you’ll get both aforementioned titles and the new Dead Island Retro Revenge for free.
These remastered versions include all previously released DLC, and are running on Techland’s next generation engine, affording them higher quality textures, a new and improved lighting system, physically based shading, image enhancement through anti-aliasing, improved game models and geometry, motion blur and ambient occlusion effects, and an updated user interface.
Furthermore, the classic four player online coop experience returns, alongside the fan favourite PC mod One Punch Mode.
You can check out the launch trailer below:
Dead Island Retro Revenge isn’t released until August but will feature classic side-scrolling/endless runner action, melee-based combat, leaderboards, power-ups, super attacks and a combo system.
Deep Silver and Techland’s second outing in the Dead Island universe will have you raging against the infected undead in a battle of survival; despite being part of the immune group your life hangs in the balance as you come against hordes of flesh-eating Zombies as you ready-up to survive the impossible! Having never played the original Dead Island, I am unaware of the differences, improvements or lack-of there-in, but within Riptide your journey begins on the island of Palanai – a completely new island to explore filled with deadly quests and terrorising evil from every corner, as a new island there are no requirements to have played the original to get the gist of the objective.
Basically, all you have to do is survive it!
“Hope is drowning…” the message of penance portrayed as your arrival on the island follows from being immersed into the ocean after embracing your sinking ship. Your immediate need and basic instinct to survive is tested against your exploration skills whilst using weapons and objects scattered throughout the environment to your advantage. If it has a sharp edge, you can be sure it cuts a mean arm off the shoulders of your enemies. However, it is not until you hit the infected shores of Palanai that your quests begin as your protect yourself, aid others and explore the island in search of objects to keep the Zombies at bay. Part of your missions can include finding fences, collecting batteries and cables to produce electrified fortifications, tracking down engines to power boats as well as additional side missions that include finding the friends and families of other survivors or equipment and food supplies to get through just another day!
The island should have perhaps been better called a country due to the scale of its surface area! The complete location of Palanai is very substantial and opens up further into different areas to explore the deeper you delve into gameplay. Although much of the exploration is on foot, at certain parts you will find boats and cars that can be controlled to make travelling from one location to another further part of the island a whole lot quicker – as well as being able to squash a few Zombies under the wheels for added enjoyment. Although Dead Country Riptide wouldn’t have been a great title, I think that the scale of the locations in gameplay combined with the hundreds of overall quests to complete make this a really decent ride despite nothing about its story being any bit memorable. It’s a very simplistic game that consists of three basic necessities – explore the island, kill Zombies, build or collect, and then repeat that all over again and again and again in different parts of Palanai until it becomes a winning formula and you have successfully survived for a little bit longer. It’s a slow starter I have to say, but by the time you reach the second chapter you realise that ‘hey this isn’t all that bad actually’ and it’s quite compelling after all. It may not be as complex as Ubisoft’s island get-a-way in Far Cry 3, or as outstanding as Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider mystery, but Dead Island Riptide is extremely enjoyable. It’s not faultless, but I can’t deny the fun involved in my efforts to slay Zombies and help the team.
Team work is not an essential element of the game as when going Solo you can ‘just’ about survive anything – afterall you’re immune so you have an infinite life within the game. When a Zombie horde has knocked you off your feet and looks like its noshing you off, you don’t die and start from a million miles away or have to restart the objective, but instead a timed recovery screen appears to appear that you re-heal and recover from the incident. Dead Island Riptide does feel like it is ideally suited for co-operative gameplay having drop in, drop out multiplayer with the option of joining someone elses game from within your own if there are players online nearby. It’s a great addition, if not a much needed choice because with the lack of a great story, it’s better to actually ignore that it sort of has one by playing a decent Zombie beat-em-up with a few mates for the fun of it! Co-op play supports up to four over Xbox LIVE, and with an island the size of Palanai the more the merrier who can join you! Dead Island Riptide feels like a Zombie novelty title, nothing that should be taken over-seriously, but a great co-operative game that is a blast. A big ass island with a ton of infected Zombies, so what’s not to like by smashing them all to bits?
The gameplay as previously stated above is rather simplistic and I can only assume it’s rather similar to the original Dead Island where the whole point is about surviving, collecting, killing Zombies – but it does have a ‘point’ and something to work towards – Levelling Up! Yeah, that’s right the better you perform, the more XP you rack up alongside cash that you loot will have you sporting the best looking Machete’s, Guns, Batons, Knives, Wrench’s, Crow-bars and all other dangerous objects used for a good beating to the brain. Weapons can be repaired, bought, sold, upgraded, modified and made from scratch with blueprints. I mostly found that you will tend to find one decent weapon that will suit you and you’ll likely stick with it. Weapons are batched into categories of Blunts, Blades, Hand-to-Hand and Firearms; some are left lying around the environment whilst the majority can be picked up after killing its previous owner. With levelling-up brings the option of choice to your Skills Tree by unlocking items that improve your combat and survival skills such as increasing your damage strikes, learning new attacks, better stamina, bigger ammo counts among many other items that improve your gameplay options and once more – help you survive that little bit longer! All of the Zombies within the game can be battered, ripped and torn apart with blood splattering everywhere, body parts hanging and it is perfectly displayed before your very own eyes in all its glory. They also come in many shapes, sizes and forms with their own threat level and weak points which can impact gameplay depending upon your skill level and the threat level of the location you’re playing in. Some feel like Boss-level beasts especially when part of a quest, so although you will see the same types of Zombies scattered through-out, wondering around, running toward you, feasting on dead humans – there are also some seriously hard to beat ones lurking around that seem particularly difficult in Solo. The benefit to team work is that you don’t have to face them all on your own!
Visually, Dead Island Riptide has made Palanai look a really amazing island with sandy beaches, bright blue seas, beaming sunshine and palm trees. It packs a lot of detail into every location of the island, but sadly suffers a few noticeable draw-backs in that it heavily re-uses game assets giving it a samey look through-out each chapter. Textures seem to pop-in, the frame-rate appears a bit ‘off’ at times (played via a HDMI cable 720p) and as nice and inviting as the environment looks, being over repeated can make some chapters feel repetitive – as said, but the level of gore is really quite awesome. Every Zombie is wonderfully detailed and its decapitation or head stomp is a good spectacle to witness; having not played the original (said that a few times now, have you got the message?) I am not aware if the Zombies are just a copy & paste of the previous Dead Island.
Despite some seriously shit cut-scenes, often not in-sync voice overs, noticeable pop-ins, I quite liked Dead Island Riptide because all flaws aside I was having fun! You might have too much fun to even notice or care, but due to a lack of perfected design and presentation this has to be reflected in score value. If you’ve never played the original Dead Island, I would take a stab in the dark that you are likely to enjoy this a smidgen more than those who already have; for those who played the original this could just be more of the same, but different island. Dead Island Riptide is a fun novelty game best enjoyed co-operatively with others. As a solo experience it could become a little bit tedious…
As a great marketing ploy for Deep Silver’s upcoming sequel to Dead Island with Riptide, last night two people joined in unholy matrimony in the UK’s first wedding to feature a zombie bride and groom. Jennifer Blackmore (nee Jones), 27, was said to have shuffled down the aisle in her tattered wedding dress, to be greeted at the altar by her now husband, Rob Blackmore, 31. The couple were made up to look like the undead creatures normally found shuffling and preying on the living in a Hollywood zombie apocalypse movie.
Over 250 people were in attendence including friends and family who travelled down from Liverpool to see the couple get hitched zombie-style. The unorthodox wedding ceremony took place at One Mayfair in London, which was dressed to look like a Caribbean paradise gone to hell – a theme that runs through the Dead Island series of games. Following the wedding blessing and exchanging of the vows presided over by a zombie priest, the ceremony went on to provide the usual trappings found at a traditional wedding, including: the speeches, cutting of the cake and the first dance… but all with a ghoulish zombie twist. Live music was provided by zombified band Mariachi Mexteca, as well as a DJ set from presenter and actress Sarah Chapman.
Dead Island Riptide, goes on sale in the UK this Friday, 26th April 2013. We assume flesh-hungry Suarez didn’t attend?
Deep Silver issued an open invitation to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to attend as the guest of honour at the UK’s first wedding to feature a zombie bride and groom. The publishers’ believe that Suarez – who bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm during the second half of Sunday’s 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea – will fit in well alongside the flesh-eating zombie hordes at the wedding.
Jennifer Blackmore (nee Jones), 27, and Rob Blackmore, 31 – both from Suarez’s beloved Liverpool – will be joining in unholy matrimony tomorrow night in Central London as part of the celebrations for the launch of new zombie videogame, Dead Island Riptide™. The couple will be made up to look like the undead creatures normally found shuffling and preying on the living in a zombie apocalypse videogame.
Over 250 people will gather to bear witness to zombie Jenn and zombie Rob’s nuptials, including friends and family who travelled down from Liverpool to see the couple get hitched zombie-style. The pair became the official Dead Island Riptide zombie wedding bride and groom after entering a competition on Facebook, and beat off dozens of applicants earlier this year by impressing the judges with their genuine love for each other, and enthusiasm for the Dead Island franchise.
The unorthodox wedding ceremony will take place at One Mayfair in London, which will be dressed to look like a Caribbean paradise gone to hell – a theme that runs through the Dead Island series of games. The latest of which, Dead Island Riptide, goes on sale in the UK this Friday, 26th April 2013. As well as hosting a zombie-style beach wedding, Dead Island Riptide’s publisher, Deep Silver, will also be sending the undead couple off on a Caribbean honeymoon.
Deep Silver has today revealed the identity of the real-life couple who will be joined in undead matrimony at a legally recognised zombie-themed wedding in London on 23rd April 2013, celebrating the launch of their new zombie game Dead Island Riptide.
The search to find two engaged Dead Island superfans, who were willing to be zombified for a legally-binding wedding, began in January and the ceremony will be the centrepiece of the celebrations for the launch of Dead Island Riptide on 26th April. After being inundated with video applications, Deep Silver has selected Jennifer Jones, 27, and Rob Blackmore, 31, whose application, genuine love for each other, and enthusiasm for the Dead Island franchise made them the ideal undead couple.
On hearing that they had won, Jennifer commented: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen to be the official zombie bride and groom for Dead Island Riptide! We’re big fans of Dead Island and the horror genre, and a zombie wedding is a dream come true for us. Thanks Deep Silver & Koch Media!”
As well as hosting a zombie-style beach wedding, Deep Silver will also be sending the undead couple off on a Caribbean honeymoon. The nuptials will take place on 23rd April 2013 at One Mayfair in London, and being a thoroughly legitimate wedding, it will include all of the traditional trappings of a ceremony… but with a Dead Island spin. The bride will arrive for the ceremony in the specially customised Dead Island Riptide pickup truck, where the couple will make their everlasting vows to one another. The ceremony will be followed by speeches and a first dance, with music provided by an undead mariachi band.
You can watch Jennifer and Rob’s original application video below:
We are..er… just going to leave you with the Press Release and make sure you watch the trailer below…
They thought they had escaped…
Having survived the ordeals of the zombie infestation on the once beautiful island resort of Banoi…
They thought they were safe..
… the group of survivors thought they had finally found a safe place to escape from this terrifying nightmare.
They thought wrong..
Shortly after the battle-hardened team had landed their helicopter on a military ship, a furious storm hits and havoc quickly spreads on board.
Hope is drowning.
Together with newcomer John Morgan they find themselves struggling for their lives again, stranded on the secluded island of Palanai with its luxurious town of Henderson surrounded by deep jungles and mangrove swamps.
Deep Silver today revealed more details about the upcoming DLC packs for players pre-ordering Dead Island Riptide, the next installment of the Dead Island franchise.
Pre-order DLC #1: The Survivor Pack
A BBQ Blade! This special pre-order pack contains an exclusive weapon only available here! How better to dispose of the wretched zombies than with a sharp blade? Add in some workbench-modifying and hook it up to a few fuel tanks to bring some heat to a zombie’s heart! The so-called “BBQ Blade” lets you wade through zombie hordes with ease!
An XP/stats booster! Want that extra edge to level up faster than your peers? Here’s your chance!
A special shop! The Survivor Pack will grant you access to a shop offering a special discount on weapons and items! Happy shopping!
The Survivor Pack DLC will be made available to everyone who pre-orders the game before its release in regions where it is available.
Pre-order DLC #2: Fashion Victim
Tired of seeing your character go around wearing the same clothes all the time? The “Fashion Victim” pre-order DLC includes a set of new skins for all the player characters (Logan, Purna, Sam B., Xian Mei, and “the new guy” John Morgan) in co-op mode.
In the UK, the Fashion Victim DLC will only be available through preorders from GAME Ltd
These DLC packs will also be available to buy individually with the release of Dead Island Riptide. The Survivor pack will be available for 400 Microsoft Points and the Fashion Victim for 160 Microsoft Points.
Deep Silver is pleased to present the first gameplay footage from Dead Island Riptide. A nine-minute (pre-alpha) walkthrough as shown below showcases some of the new elements from the game, from using boats to defending hub areas from a zombie onslaught. Continue reading Dead Island Riptide – First Gameplay Footage→