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GTA 5 and Dead Island's bloody torso called out for sexism

Grand Theft Auto 5 and Dead Island: Riptide's bloody torso statue were among the ways the media "failed women in 2013," according to a video created by The Representation Group and titled How the Media Failed Women in 2013. The video has been picked up by media outlets like Time Magazine and serves as a lowlight reel of the year. It juxtaposes the achievements and breakthroughs made in 2013, such as women making it onto the list of Time's most influential people, with instances of sexism in commercials, music videos, video games and on the news. Almost halfway through the video, a scene from Grand Theft Auto 5 and a news item about Dead Island: Riptide's bloody torso statue make an appearance, making the statement that some video games — like many other forms of media — are...

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Humble Deep Silver Bundle offers Saints Row games, Dead Island

The latest Humble Bundle, now available on the Humble Bundle site, offers a group of Deep Silver-owned games including two Saints Row titles and Dead Island. Customers can pay at least $1 to get copies of Saints Row 2 (2008), Sacred 2: Gold Edition (2008), Saints Row: The Third (2011) and Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012). Those who pay more than the average — currently $4.55 — will also receive Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition and Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package, the latter of which includes all of the open-world title's downloadable content. Finally, buyers who pay $25 or more will get a copy of this year's Dead Island game, Dead Island: Riptide. This Humble Bundle only provides Steam keys redeemable for the Windows PC versions of each game. Purchasers can choose to...

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Speed Run: My Little Pony, Dead Island: Riptide, Ratchet and Clank, Nordic Games

A new feature sheds light on just what happened to that fan-made My Little Pony fighting game. Dead Island: Riptide collector's editions in some regions are still shipping with the bloody severed female torso. Ratchet and Clank are getting their own animated feature film in 2015, and Nordic Games — the company that bought most of THQ's remaining IP — is already looking into what to do with its new acquisitions. Bronies fighting ponies: the magic of friendship Dead Island: Riptide edition with severed torso statue still available in Europe, Australia Ratchet & Clank movie coming to theaters in 2015, teaser trailer released Nordic Games asks fans what they should do next with Darksiders, former dev replies Nordic Games promises to look into MX vs ATV's missing DLC, downed servers ...

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Speed Run: Dead Island: Riptide, Vlambeer, THQ

We played Dead Island: Riptide and came to the conclusion that it's not much of an improvement over its predecessor. Vlambeer once again enters the clone wars as another iOS game, SkyFar, is accused of copying the studio's upcoming title, Luftrausers. The remaining assets from THQ's liquidation auction have finally found homes. Dead Island: Riptide review: a weak current New iOS game accused of cloning Vlambeer'sLuftrausers Nordic Games gets rights to 'substantially all' of remaining THQ properties, except for Homeworld and Drawn to Life Drawn to Life series acquired by 505 Games for $301K in second THQ auction Gearbox lands Homeworld rights with $1.35M bid, pending court approval

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Dead Island: Riptide looks to refine the art of collaborative zombie-smashing

Dead Island: Riptide doesn't look like it will add the AAA polish and sheen that the original Dead Island's detractors found missing; however, it does add a nail gun. Philosophically, that jibes with the spirit of the sequel to Techland and Deep Silver's co-operative, zombie-filled title. Fans of the first game were more than willing to overlook its technical faults — its jagged corners, graphical glitches, collision impossibilities — to bask in the violence of its four-player multiplayer offering. Based on a 20-minute PAX East demo, it seems like that violence is back in large measure, and its multiplayer experience refined. Case in point: Players can now paint targets with a simple press of the D-pad, showing their teammates exactly what to interact with, or which zombie to...

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Dead Island: Riptide gameplay video renders hope lost and introduces new zombies

The latest gameplay footage of Dead Island: Riptide introduces new zombie types and familiar faces from the first game as they find themselves back on a zombie infested island. The original characters were rescued from Banoi at the conclusion of the Dead Island. The latest trailer illustrates how they are brought to a military ship and are promptly placed under arrest. While in lockup they meet a gruff soldier who was part of huge humanitarian search and rescue operation. The trailer goes on to describe how the virus releases once more, introducing the premise of Dead Island: Riptide. Dead Island: Riptide launches on April 23 in North America for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

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Dead Island Riptide zombie-killing pickup truck takes to the streets

Custom vehicle creators at Xquisite have pieced together a fully-fortified Dead Island Riptide-styled pickup truck, using a standard Ford Ranger and modifying it with additions such as fully-armored windows, rear-mounted mini-gun, spiked wheels and a front-end barricade. The creation of the truck is documented in a two-part series on YouTube (which you can find both above and below), offering a detailed look at how the vehicle was first designed and then brought to life. In partnership with Dead Island Riptide publisher Deep Silver, the Riptide pickup truck is scheduled to arrive at various undisclosed events where those who spot the vehicle and upload its image to Twitter under the hashtag #RiptideTour will receive prizes related to the upcoming Dead Island title. With any luck it...

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Dead Island Riptide gameplay video reveals a fight for survival

The first gameplay footage of Dead Island Riptide offers a demonstration of one of the new features being brought to the sequel, hub-defense. The 9-minute video posted above demonstrates the system in which the player scavenges for machine gun turrets which are then brought back to their base to defend against waves of zombies. The gameplay footage suggests turrets can only be placed in pre-defined areas around the base, while the player can also use chain-link fencing to seal entryways through to the base. Boats are also a new addition to the zombie sequel and can be boarded by multiple characters, one to steer the boat while another fires a turret against enemy undead. These will become the only way to travel to areas of the island following a monsoon. Dead Island Riptide launches...

Dead Island: Riptide Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Deep Silver
    • Developer Techland
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Deep Silver
    • Developer Techland
  • Windows
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Deep Silver
    • Developer Techland
    • Score 5.5
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