Dead Island Definitive Collection includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide and Dead Island Retro Revenge. A fairly full package a gaming goodness for the asking price of twenty five quid, and it can be had even more cheaply online. Assuming it's any good of course, so let's have a delve.
Released in the space year 2011, Dead Island was an instant sensation thanks to a spectacular marketing campaign, I don't think I've seen a better trailer since. The actual game was a fun, go there, do this, get me these kind of fetch quest RPG involving skill trees, weapon degradation and upgrading. Not forgetting an excellent online co-op mode which also includes matchmaking for those folk bereft of chums.
Fortunately for publisher Deep Silver the zombie craze shows no shows of dying out yet. No pun intended. It's just so much fun to knock the arms off a brain muncher and have him lumber about trying to bite you while you make nefarious plans on how you can finish him off in the most fun way possible. Spoiler: this usually involves gas tanks.
I played Dead Island a fair bit on its original release, racking up a good few hours of zombie baiting fun, so I wasn't sure what my mileage would be when it comes to this definitive collection. Surprisingly I found myself having an even more fun time, I'm not sure if they've tweaked the controls or it's the more stable (still 30 FPS unfortunately) frame rate, but it just feels more immediate and responsive here.
Where Dead Island Definitive Collection really shines though is fittingly in its graphics, this is no uprezzed rush job pushed out as a remaster. Techland have really lavished some love here while upgrading the game to their new next gen engine. Everything looks much better now, the lighting and shading is more natural, The character models look better, but I was mostly surprised by the new textures, they are the real star here, and nothing seems to have been left untouched by the magic look tons better brush.
Dead Island: Riptide carries on this theme, being excellently remastered, but I did notice a little bit of screen tear and a touch of slowdown sneaking in (xbox one version), but hopefully this can be patched out soon. It plays pretty much like the first but with added tower defence bits and yet more zombies. Dead Island: Retro Revenge however is quite the oddity, it's a laned beat em up where you are constantly running down the road taking out the zombies with your fists and feet in an attempt to save your miserable cat. It instantly brought to mind an ancient Commodore 64 game called Shockway Rider, and this is just as old school and difficult. That's a good thing, it means this is very retro indeed.
It's a very generous package for the price then, and if you've never played a Dead Island game before I'm sure you'll get more than your moneys worth out of this lot. Take note Capcom, this is how you make a definitive edition, it's not all about that 1080p.