Techland were not only responsible for the next-gen releases of Call Of Juarez, they also brought us the co-op masterpiece that is Dead Island. However, just before the games release, Dead Island feel victim to a rushed release date (those damn publishers!) and as a result, critics chiseled away at visual, checkpoint, NPC and save/load issues. You see, here is where we really feel for Techland as just days after Dead Island’s release (and ON its UK release) a patch was released that fixed many of the issues that critics down-marked Dead Island for. Yup…possibly one of the most unlucky pre-release reviews, ever published.

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Don't worry, you won't have to fight off the bugs as well as the zombie horde. Techland have released an excellent patch that unlocks Dead Island's true gameplay!

The good thing is that potential buyers now KNOW that many of the bugs referred to in recent Dead Island reviews, have now been removed or tweaked thanks to the patch. Here is a list of bugs noted in critics reviews, that have now been fixed by the new Dead Island patch:

We currently have Dead Island Special Edition in stock!

Quest Guidance, UI, Shop and Additional Interface Fixes:

• Player locations now display correctly after loading checkpoints
• Co-op now has enemy and player status bars display and indicate correctly
• Maps will no longer show NPC’s that are not relevant to your current mission
• Ladder issue fixed enabling more than one player to climb a ladder
• Shop product zoom/focus issue has been fixed when buying or selling

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Shops and other interface issues have been fixed in the new Dead Island patch!

Player Death and Respawn Fixes
• Players will now respawn correctly after they die in co-op mode
• Menu issue fixed when player dies in a vehicle

Checkpoint and Save Location Fixes
• Game can now easily differentiate between a checkpoint save and an actual save point

Minor Animation Fixes
• Portal traveling or fast traveling no longer causes AI animation issues

Enemy AI Fixes
• Enemies are now more aware of players
• Enemies react more realistically to fire attacks/fire scenarios
• Enemies are now more efficient at reaching player locations
• Enemies that carry guns no longer spawn infinitely

Game Difficulty Fixes
• When playing through the game a second time, item levels will be saved correctly
• Players kick no longer interrupts or cancels reload
• Grab no longer allows health regeneration
• NPC’s that require escorting now have more HP
• Butcher zombie no longer appears during escort missions
• Purna can gain bonus rage from both “Grim Inspiration” and “Inspiring Kick”
• Only “Walker” type enemies increase the extra XP of the “Combo” skill from Xian’s Survival skill tree

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This little GIT (Butcher zombie) will no longer appear on escort missions

Pause Issues Fixed
• Added Info on Co-op game pause requests

Graphical Fixes
• NPC’s hand animations fixed
• Trading Animations fixed
• Stomper animates correctly during multiple attacks

Quest Issues Fixed
• Laboratory side-quests can now be fully and successfully completed
• Potential walkthrough blocker removed when quest “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is completed before talking to Dominik during “On the air” quest

From the fixes above, you can see that major animation, progression difficulty, escort difficulty, shop, save/loading, map, interactive and NPC issues have all been fixed. There are many more fixes above (and more that are not listed). You can see now why we really feel for Techland. If only the publisher had given them just one more week to polish the game for review builds…

Critics can pick away at Dead Island all they like with their outdated builds, but we know the game is co-op awesomeness! Grab the game, download the patch, get your mates round (make sure they get the patch) and crack open the drink. A zombie outbreak on holiday, is about to become an absolute blast!

We currently have Dead Island Special Edition in stock!