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Definitive Editions of Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide – Play Them on SHIELD with GeForce NOW

By Steve Klett - Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Today Deep Silver released Definitive Editions of Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide, and we’ve got both of these remastered gems ready for you to enjoy in the GeForce NOW store. Just purchase, click and play on SHIELD Android TV!

Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island Riptide Definitive Edition have been rebuilt using a new, next-gen game engine, bringing a dramatic visual and performance overhaul to both titles. If you’re new to the Dead Island series, this is a fantastic time to get in on the survival-horror action. And if you’re already a fan, it’s a great time to re-visit the island of Banoi!

Dead Island Definitive Editions - Survivors in a room

Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island: Riptide Definition Edition are available in the GeForce NOW store for $19.99 each. This price includes unlimited streaming rights on SHIELD and a digital download code for Steam that you can use to install a local copy of each game.

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.

Dead Island Definitive Editions - Survivors on a boat

What’s in a Definitive Edition Anyway?

As you might expect, a lot goes into porting a game to a newer, more advanced engine and the results really speak for themselves with the Definitive Editions of Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide. The visual upgrades are dramatic, thanks to the addition of the following:

  • 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.

In short, everything in the game looks dramatically better – from the textures to the models used for characters to all the lighting and shadows.

Dead Island Definitive Editions - Suicider Zombie on the prowl

So, Why’s It Called Dead Island Anyways?

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!

Dead Island Definitive Editions - Fights off Walker zombies

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 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 to the fray.

Dead Island Definitive Editions - Fighting a Thug Zombie

You’ll need to set out to explore the island for resources such as healing supplies, and a variety of weapons and the parts you can use to upgrade them. You’ll be beset by the undead at nearly every step, and will gain valuable experience with each encounter you survive – if you survive, that is!

Dead Island Definitive Editions - Fighting a Shambler Zombie

More Challenges In The Sequel, Dead Island: Riptide

Now, imagine you manage to escape the hell that is Banoi only to get shipwrecked and find yourself on another tropical isle, Palanai, which is also overrun with undead….This is the setting for Dead Island’s sequel, Dead Island Riptide, which introduces some new characters, weapons and, of course, types of enemies to battle. It’s time to fight for your survival all over again!

Dead Island Definitive Editions - Zombie Horde approaches

Get Both Definitive Editions of Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide in the GeForce NOW Store!

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.

GeForce NOW is the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Members enjoy access to a library of 70-plus games they can play on-demand, plus the option to purchase new games and play them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, then just $7.99 per month.

If you don’t already own one, pick up an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV today!

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