The original Dead Island was a bit of a surprise hit. The game was a fresh take on the zombie genre, and the first person interface worked better than expected in the zombie genre. So it was naturally followed up with an expansion, and now Deep Silver has remastered the game in HD for current generation consoles in the Dead Island Definitive Collection, but that’s not all, they’ve also bundled in a 2D side-scrolling adventure Dead Island: Retro Revenge.
It’s been a few years since we’ve seen the last Dead Island game, and there aren’t many zombie games on the current generation of consoles, so it probably is the best time for Deep Silver to try and capitalise on that market. We’ve been waiting for Dead Island 2 for a while now, so you can tide things over with this remaster in the mean time. In the definitive collection you get a package including, Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, and as mentioned before, the all-new Retro Revenge 2D game. So in terms of value for money, there’s a lot of game here for a relatively small outlay. If you’ve never played the games before, I’d highly recommend it.
I had a few gripes with the Dead Island games originally which were more focused on the gameplay rather than the graphics. So any improvements in the way the games look hasn’t affected the gameplay in any way. One of the major issues I had with Dead Island was the fact that the zombies would re-appear, despite you clearing out the area only a few minutes earlier. Also walking between a few doors would also cause the enemies to respawn, which was and still is annoying in almost any game. This hasn’t changed, and you have to learn to move fast in Dead Island in order to succeed in it.
Both Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide were never AAA games when they released, the story is very tongue-in-cheek, but despite that Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide looked pretty damn good on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but now they look even better. The bright colours of the sea and greenery around the islands are impressive, and hold up still.