This week of June 10th 2016 we have 2 games that have been remastered for their Definitive Edition releases and are coming to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now. These 2 games are the first 2 games in the Dead Island series. These titles have been rebuilt using a new, next-gen game engine, bringing a dramatic visual and performance overhaul to both games. Definitive Editions of Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide for fans of the Dead Island series is a must play to experience the games you love in even more detail than ever before, plus Dead Island 2 soon, maybe? E3 anyone?
If you’ve never played the Dead Island series before let me break it down for you. Imagine, if you will, that you’ve booked a well-earned vacation to a lush, tropical resort destination – the Royal Palms Resort on the island of Banoi, near the coast of Papua New Guinea. After a stellar welcoming party you go to bed only to awaken to the sounds of chaos and instructions to evacuate the hotel. Overnight, the population of the island has succumbed to an infectious plague, and have all been turned into flesh-eating psychopaths! Well, only a handful of guests prove immune to the virus and are tasked with finding a way to contact the outside world and escape “Dead Island”. And it’s up to you to accomplish this, via any means necessary, playing as your choice of one of the 4 survivors. This colorful cast includes: rapper Sam B, hotel receptionist (and Chinese spy) Xian Mei, former football star Logan Carter and ex-police officer Purna – each of which bring a unique abilities and play styles to the fray.
Well, till then you have these 2 games to hold you SHIELD owners over for $19.99 a piece and each comes with a Steam Key for digital downloading and for those times when bandwidth isn’t enough so you have to play locally.
So What’s A Definitive Edition?
Well that’s a good question with companies using all different terms to describe re-release, it’s pretty much what we know as a remastering and what does a remastering consist of well let me hit the main points.
- Higher resolutions for all textures.
- New, photorealistic lighting system.
- Physically based shading – makes game models and objects react more realistically to lighting conditions.
- Enhanced anti-aliasing.
- Improved quality for all game models and geometry assets.
- Horizon-based Ambient Occlusion and motion-blur effects – adds an extra layer of depth and realism to the game worlds.
To play, navigate to the GeForce NOW menu within SHIELD Hub on your SHIELD Android TV, portable or tablet. You’ll find Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island Riptide Definitive Edition in the Buy & Play Instantly category. If you don’t have a SHIELD yet buy one now for $180! You won’t regret it!
Note: Both games are rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and are not intended for players under the age of 18.