Should we visit Dead Island again?

Remember Dead Island? That visceral zombie smashing, slashing and crunching? That weird contrast of a sunny holiday beach full of rotting zombies coming after you until the sands are filled with blood? Well, if you do, rejoice, because you can replay Dead Island and the successor Dead Island Riptide again soon – improved and with quite a few shiny bonuses and refinements!

Even if you have played it before, this impressive list of changes should make the Dead Island Definitive Collection a must-have (straight from a press release in case you wonder):

Higher Quality Textures
Game textures have been redone in a higher resolution and the level of quality has been improved across the board.

Photorealistic new lighting system
The lighting system in the game has been vastly improved, providing a much more realistic look to the beautiful sunny tropical setting.

Physically based shading
The introduction of new physically based shading techniques means a higher quality look to the game models and objects as they react in a more realistic way to various lighting conditions

Image quality enhancements via anti-aliasing
The addition of more sophisticated anti-aliasing means that console players can now experience Dead Island without unsightly “jaggies“ – delivering a much cleaner look throughout.

Improved-quality game models and geometry assets
All major geometry assets (for example: NPCs and character models) highlight a marked quality increase.

HBAO and motion blur effects
The introduction of Horizon-based Ambient Occlusion  adds an extra layer of depth and realism to the world
Through a better implementation of object shadows, while the all-new motion blur effects will provide a much more cinematic feel to the game experience.

Updated game UI
Providing a more consistent look between both Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide. Increase to equal quality level for seamless game experience.

The Current-gen Console Experience
The Dead Island Definitive Collection will also of course take advantage of the latest console features such as Online 4 Player Co-op, PS Vita Remote-Play (PS4), Share-Play (PS4), streaming and recording.

Power Fists Power-up
And last but not least, The fan favourite unofficial PC mod will also now be added to both products. Punch your way through the mayhem with craziest power-up ever!

But it doesn’t stop there! Obviously, all DLC packs are included, and then, there’s also a new game – Dead Island Retro Revenge, a pixelated sidescroller, if that’s to your liking.

Rabidgames grinds the axe: Ah, to return to Banoi to mutilate zombies again … Let’s be honest here, no other game could manage to capture the visceral enjoyment of slicing and shmashing zombies into pieces like Dead Island! Chances are the games are now also technically en par with the competition, because if we’re honest, the bugs, glitches and other issues could mar the experience quite a bit. But since Techland has been changing quite a few things to make the game come back alive on the next gen consoles, booking another adventure trip to the undead paradise is on the menu.

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