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Free zombies: Inject some unlife into your weekend with Dead Island: Epidemic on Steam

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Free zombies: Inject some unlife into your weekend with Dead Island: Epidemic on Steam

If you’re anticipating a dead weekend, you might as well embrace it. From now and until July 28th, Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide and all the bits and pieces of zombie-slaying DLC are 75 percent off on Steam

Dead Island: Epidemic, Stunlock Studios’ MOBA spin-off - which is in Early Access right now - is also free for the entirety of the sale. Our Matt’s played around with it, so you should check out his Dead Island: Epidemic Early Access review

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The Humble Deep Silver Bundle contains great games and not so great games

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The Humble Deep Silver Bundle contains great games and not so great games

Back before THQ entered the burning hellfires of bankruptcy it ran the Humble THQ Bundle, raising the ailing publisher more than $5 million. I’ve a hunch the Humble Deep Silver Bundle may fall short of that. It contains Saints Row 3 and all its DLC (Yay) but also Risen 2: Dark Waters (boo) and Dead Island: Riptide (boo-er).

Very much a mixed bag.

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Dead Island: Riptide retail Steam codes in the UK unlock Dark Souls instead

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Dead Island: Riptide retail Steam codes in the UK unlock Dark Souls instead

People who have purchased Dead Island: Riptide in retail stores have discovered an entirely different game, Dark Souls, being added to their Steam library when they redeemed their retail codes. We still don’t know how this mix up occurred in the first place, but it seems to be at the fault of whoever printed the codes off. But with a game as troubled as Dead Island: Riptide, you have to wonder if some affected players shouldn’t treat this like a blessing in disguise.

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Visiting Dead Island: Riptide with some terrible tweens

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Visiting Dead Island: Riptide with some terrible tweens

I knew my hands-on with Dead Island: Riptide at PAX was in trouble the moments a pair of nine-year-olds lined up at the stations next to me, with a single ineffectual parent at the other end of the row. They each went for the same controller, fought briefly over it, then settled down and put on their headphones. Suddenly, mine were filled with exactly the kind of nonstop falsetto cursing and shit-talking that I spend most of my multiplayer life trying to avoid.

On the plus side, it’s not often you get to preview a game under the dreariest real-world conditions imaginable. In some ways it’s a good thing: just as bad games can help put good ones in perspective, interacting with bad players challenged what I thought I knew about the audience for games like Riptide. You see, Riptide isn’t a game for children, but a pair of little kids loved it all the same. And that’s a problem.

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Dead Island: Riptide is all about kicking zombies' heads off, probably

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Dead Island: Riptide is all about kicking zombies' heads off, probablyI've written "kick a zombies [sic] head off" in my Dead Island: Riptide notes and I'm not entirely sure I remember why. The adjacent notes don't offer any clues: "improved physics, zombie fell over lolol" and "new enemy types, man with guts out". I can only assume that, at some point in the two-player co-op presentation of the Dead Island sequel, creative producer Sebastian Reichert kicked a zombie in the chest and its head came flying off. That feels right. Yes. That is probably what happened.

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Dead Island: Riptide dev: "You can buy Gears of War in Germany, but not Dead Island. What's the difference?"

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Dead Island: Riptide dev: "You can buy Gears of War in Germany, but not Dead Island. What's the difference?"Dead Island is a game about killing undead people, lopping off their limbs and shooting them in their heads so that all their blood and brains come out. It's developed partly in Germany, though curiously, due to the country's restrictions on the sale of violent media, the game is not widely available in stores there. Which is obviously frustrating for Dead Island's developers, who would probably like to show the game to their friends. Sebastian Reichert, creative producer on Dead Island: Riptide, was frank about his annoyance: "it feels [effing] awkward to have one of the most successful games in years and nobody in your country knows it".

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Dead Island: Riptide PC release date confirmed... and it matches the console date

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Dead Island: Riptide PC release date confirmed... and it matches the console dateOpen-world zombie-smusher sequel Dead Island: Riptide's been given a machete-sharp release date of April 26 on both PC and console. It's also been awarded a veritable cache of pre-order incentives: guns and unique character skins, that sort of thing. In the meantime, if you haven't already seen it, the game's CGI trailer is another wonderfully grim tableau of an Awfully Tragic Thing To Happen During A Zombie Outbreak™.

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