03/04/2013 10:00 | By Matt Wales, gaming editor, MSN Tech
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Dead Island: Riptide

Dead Island: Riptide (© Deep Silver)
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Dead Island: Riptide

What is it? Expect more sun, sea, sand and zombie slaughter as the four-player, first-person shooter makes an exotic return.

The nitty gritty: Despite a messy launch, the original Dead Island delivered a surprisingly entertaining first-person zombie shooter experience once its numerous kinks had been ironed out. Chiefly, that was thanks to its solid four-player action, enabling a raucous slice of sun-drenched, undead annihilation with your friends in tow. It’s fair to assume, then, that Dead Island: Riptide - an expansion rather than a fully fledged sequel - is set to offer more of the same. The game’s fresh tropical island setting makes a return, as does crafting and vehicular shenanigans - although, this time, you’re free to roam the world in boats. Yes, boats! You can also expect new zombies, a handful of new weapons and a horde mode-style spawning mechanic deftly (or otherwise) incorporated into the story campaign. If you hated the original Dead Island, then there’s probably little in Riptide to change your mind. Fans, however, should get a kick out of its updated action, even if it is all decidedly familiar.

Released: 26 April on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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