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Dead Island: GOTY Edition Launching In July

A dead good bargain?

As much as we wanted to believe the hype -especially after the game’s touching cinematic debut- when Dead Island (our review) launched last September it was met with mixed opinion. Banoi proved to be the ideal stomping ground for a zombie hunting escapade, yet the overall experience was blighted by a wafer thin plot and tedious quest design, not to mention the myriad of glitches and performance issues the game launched with.

Bitter nagging aside, Dead Island was something out of the norm and definitely struck a chord with the gaming masses. In less than a year it’s already shifted over 3 million copies; not bad at all for a new IP from a fairly small-time Polish developer. You can’t really blame Deep Silver for wanting to monetize the game further with a “GOTY” re-release, especially if it is to become the publisher’s future flagship franchise.

Launching at a slightly-reduced price, zombie-slaying newcomers can expect a copy of the full game as well as two DLC packs and an additional “Ripper” weapon mod. The latter expansion, dubbed “Ryder White” is a separate campaign, re-telling the events of Dead Island from a different perspective. It cut away most of the intrusive free-roam elements of the game, yet suffered from the same fundamental gameplay issues. For our full review, hit this link.

Interested? Then be sure to mark your calendars for July 6th. The Game of the Year edition will be coming to Xbox 360, Windows, and the PlayStation 3.

Source: Press Release

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30 Comments
  1. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    So, did this actually win a GOTY award or is it just fine for anyone to do this now?

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 19:19.
    • mrfodder
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Apparently gamecritics.com

      Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 19:50.
    • SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      That’s what I was thinking as well.

      Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 20:07.
  2. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Eh which site gave this a GOTY award :S ?

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 19:23.
  3. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    if the price is right, i could see me buying this.

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 19:25.
  4. Joe Dart
    Member
    Since: Sep 2011

    They’ve managed to spectacularly undermine this announcement by putting the game on sale for £7.99 on Steam today.

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 19:36.
    • Kreisash
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      But the question is… buy on Steam today, or wait and see if they offer the bundle on Steam later for a decent price?
      ARGH!

      Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 20:10.
      • MayContainEvil
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        The DLC is included in the sale, also at 60% off, if that helps.

        Comment posted on 23/05/2012 at 07:52.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Sadly it’s not available in Germany and if it was it would be a boring cut edition…

      Comment posted on 23/05/2012 at 10:23.
  5. SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
    Member
    Since: May 2011

    If it’s a decent price then I might get it, as well as if they have fixed all the problems.

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 20:09.
  6. Kite
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Please let the DLC be on the disk and not in some form of stupid redeem code!…

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 20:14.
  7. Peter Rushton
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    Might get this; never had got the original!

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 22:12.
  8. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Can anyone release goty editions now?

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 22:38.
    • OneShotWook
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      I actually have a Goty copy of Two worlds 2 from amazon so i assume yes.

      Comment posted on 23/05/2012 at 18:55.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        GOTY? Two Worlds?

        that’s gotta be a violation of the trades descriptions act. o_O

        Comment posted on 23/05/2012 at 19:14.
  9. McProley
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Had a game with Element666 earlier, and its a great game when playing in co-op… but it does take about an hour to finally connect!

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 22:52.
  10. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Dead Island wasn’t actually that bad I thought, it’s probably not GOTY material, but it was hilarious doing it co-op with a few mates! Deffo recommend that if you are going to pick this up, persuade some mates to get it too, it makes it an awesome amount of fun.

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 22:53.
    • Jim Hargreaves
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      It was a nice diversion from the barrage of shooters and other linear action games at the time.

      I found myself engrossed right up until the point that my game save was corrupted and I lost a good 12 hours of progress. Sadly, this put a huge dent in my overall experience. Luckily I’m not biased enough to miss what made this game a great platform for a new series.

      Comment posted on 23/05/2012 at 09:31.

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