Parents' Guide to

Dead Island Definitive Collection

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody, intense zombie collection only good for series fans.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Fine for muture 11 year old kids.

Hi, this game is the same thing as dying light and is even using the same engine ( for looks and graphics) but in some parts look even wires, it has less graphic blood too.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Not that bad

Nowhere near as bad as I thought, played this to see if it was ok for my son and though there is a bit of gore it is not that bad at all

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This collection is for two kinds of players: those who didn't play the original games but always meant to, and those who loved them so much they've been itching to play through them all over again. Everyone else -- including people who played but didn't absolutely adore these games in their previous-generation incarnations -- can safely pass it by.

To be sure, both have been polished up nicely for current-generation consoles, sporting noticeably improved character models and better surface textures that place them nearly on par with many contemporary games. But enhanced graphics alone don't make a game worth buying a second time. And while the one-punch mode is novel for a while, it won't be enough of a gimmick to keep most players entertained for the 50-plus hours it takes to finish both games. The only really fresh aspect of the experience is Dead Island Retro Revenge, a completely separate game that mixes old-school brawling with a more modern lane-based endless-runner design. It has dozens of levels of increasing difficulty and requires a surprising amount of strategy. Still, you'll need to have a soft spot for early '90s arcade games to appreciate and be wooed by what it's trying to accomplish. Deep Silver clearly put some work into Dead Island Definitive Collection, but it's better considered a love letter to the series' truest fans than a reason for average gamers to revisit this gory extravaganza.

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