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Review: Dead Island: Definitive Edition

by onJune 24, 2016
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Editor’s Note: This review only focuses on the technical and enhancement done on Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide. There’s no mention of the story or focus on core gameplay.

More than 5 years after the release of the first episode of Dead Island, Techland’s zombie hordes land again on the new(er) generation consoles and PC with Dead Island: Definitive Edition, which includes two game in the series – Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide – and an episodic bonus in 2D called Dead Island: Retro Revenge. If zombies are still a theme everyone like in gaming, will this compilation be of any interest? Especially after all these year?

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Well very few things actually will bring you to pick this compilation. That said, if you had enjoyed your exotic adventures on the islands of Banoi and Palanai, both infested with zombies, you may be happy to find your old habits in this enhanced version of Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide, its sequel direct.

If you notice the graphical facelift effects, it still is weak to bring newer mordern skins on this 2011 and 2013 game. While there’s clearer and finer textures as well as a slightly improved lighting, you will very quickly notice the obvious: it is a simple copy and paste of the PC version. Besides the sharpest – or most anal – eyes will notice the stable framerate that remains quietly at 30fps.

Everything in terms of content created for these games is there, as this collection is honest with the additions of all DLC and even “Explosive Meat” and “Ripper” mods. Moreover, I’m happy that the co-op mode has been fixed and load times are much more digestible. In short if you enjoyed these two games on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, you will love it as much here, but as you guessed it, this collection is destined primarily to newcomers.

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Finally I would say that the best news of this collection is perhaps the Dead Island: Retro Revenge, which offers a sidescrolling platformer game split in three chapters, each with eight levels. This adventure is a fun one, with a 16-bit era theme, where you travel throughout a zombie-infested California to rescue your cat… Yes, your cat. But who cares, armed with super weapons and magical powers to unlock as you progress, you’ll face different types of zombies and mutants dogs coming at you while you avoid many and varied obstacles scattered here and there along the way. With Dead Island: Retro Revenge, you will galvanize sensations of yesteryear, provided you like the arcade and 1990s era!

Dead Island: Definitive Edition was reviewed using an Xbox One copy of the game provided by Deep Silver. The game is also available on PlayStation 4 and PC. We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published.

What we liked

• The setting and true survival feeling
• The high difficulty
• Coop at all times
• Subtle and cleaner textures
• shorter loading times
• A very fun Dead Island Retro Revenge
• Three titles with all DLCs included

What is not fun

• Still technically dated
• Game is still buggy

Editor Rating
 
Concept
8.1

 
Graphics
7.0

 
Sound
6.8

 
Playability
8.2

 
Entertainment
8.5

 
Replay Value
7.0

Final Score
7.6


Our final verdict
 

Dead Island: Definitive Collection offers substantial content with 3 full games, and all of the mods and DLC released, but the facelift is a bit superficial. You will find games as close to when you have discovered them on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 4, the last few years with little change. While this version may be able to attract those who do not know the license, we hope they are not allergic to technical problems which are still present. For fans of the series, might as well just grab Dead Island Retro Revenge on its own.

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