Death is Definitive

Posted on 31 May 2016 by
L Coulsen

So, Dead Island Definitive has arrived. Following on the trend of re-releasing games, that everyone and their uncle is obsessed with right now. Whether it needed one or not…let’s be honest, it kinda’ did. Though I’m sure just about everyone would have preferred some tweaking done to the original game, rather than effectively charging us twice for the same thing. Especially at a price of $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 each or $39.99/€39.99/£29.99 for the Dead Island/Riptide bundle. But eh, that’s business I guess.

They promise a whole slew of upgrades, which include photorealistic lighting, physically based shading and anti-aliasing. The latter of which we already have on the PC, but whatever. I’ve had the chance to have a quick look around myself, and it does look rather nice, but the janky animations from the original are only more evident because of it. Still, it does seem to have fixed most of what held the original release back. So I’d still say it’s at least worth a look.

Available now across all major platforms.

Official Press Release

Munich, Germany: Deep Silver and Techland today release the ultimate Dead Island experience, with Dead Island Definitive Collection!

The wait is over! Now players can appreciate every drop of blood in full remastered goriness as it splatters across the screen.

Comprised of the original Dead Island and its undead successor Dead Island: Riptide (including all previously released DLC), Dead Island Definitive Collection brings the two legendary zombie games together for the first time, completely remastered to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC!

Within the collections, and making its debut in the mix of flesh-rending zombie chaos is a new gem just waiting to be discovered! A classic side-scrolling/endless runner action game, Dead Island Retro Revenge!

The rebuilding of both Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide on Techland‘s next gen engine brings with it a significant visual & performance overhaul, introducing many cutting edge current-generation graphical effects:

  •        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 due to the latest iteration of the Chrome Engine 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“ – meaning 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 a 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 (One Punch Mode)
    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!

Dead Island Retro Revenge!

Features at a glance:

  •        Retro look meets melee-based combat
  •        Featuring leaderboards, achievements and plenty of depth
  •        Game mechanics include power-ups, super attacks and a combo system

Dead Island Definitive Collection is a compilation containing Dead Island Definitive Edition, Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition and also includes for free Dead Island Retro Revenge!. It will be available at retail and digital for a suggested price of $39.99/€39.99/£29.99

Available at the same time, Dead Island Definitive Edition, and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition will each be available separately and as a digital download for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC at suggested a price of $19.99/€19.99/£14.99

All three titles, Dead Island Definitive Edition, Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition, plus the compilation Dead Island Definitive Collection are scheduled for release May 31st 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation, and Windows PC.

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