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Dead Island Retro Revenge explained by yelling cartoon man

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Dead Island Definitive Edition will release later this month, bundling the original game with Dead Island: Riptide and another, more pixellated outing that we haven't heard much about, until now. Turns out Dead Island Retro Revenge is a 16-bit styled side-scrolling brawler with lots of flashing colours starring a very angry man, who is eager to get revenge against zombies for some reason.

The angry man also appears in the below trailer, which serves to describe what Dead Island Retro Revenge is, in addition to providing some (quite scant) narrative context. Exacting revenge on someone implies that a knowingly bad deed was committed, but I doubt zombies are sentient enough to do anything knowingly. Based on that, and the general attitude of the angry man in the trailer, I can only guess that he's mad.

Still, it doesn't matter how mad he is if he's simply a vehicle for killing more zombies. Dead Island Retro Revenge will be available with the Definitive Edition on May 31.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.