Tin Salamunic: No one can deny the ambition behind the original Dead Island. Its majestic environments and RPG elements fused beautifully with the zombie theme and unique first-person melee combat. Despite its technical hiccups at launch, Dead Island was an immersive adventure with a vast explorable sandbox and superb co-op action. Riptide is the latest entry in Deep Silver’s Zombie slaughter fest but it’s not exactly a sequel, it’s more of a companion piece, a spin off so to speak. The developers themselves compare it to Fallout: New Vegas in terms of its place in the franchise and it’s clear why. Although the game takes place in the same universe and even continues the narrative directly after the predecessor, it stands on its own as an independent title. Nearly all fan feedback has been addressed to make Riptide the ultimate Dead Island experience and I’m happy to report that the result is spectacular. Dead Island Riptide is the most fun I’ve had with a video game this year so far…heck, it’s the most fun I’ve had in years.