Dead Island has 37 problems, but a patch ain’t one

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Techland’s first-person open-world zombie survival RPG is coming this week – and reviews are a mixed bag, ranging all the way from 90 down to 60. One of its most common complaints is that it’s largely broken – unfinished even -  and like many of the island’s survivors, could do with a little bit of patching up.

Well, that’s exactly what it’s getting – a medkit in the form of a day-one patch that fixes many of the game’s niggling, wriggling issues. One the one hand, it’s easy to moan that developers are releasing games before they’re quite cooked, and finishing their games with patches post release – on the other, at least it is now possible to fix games, instead of instituting recalls as was done in the past.

Here’s the 37-strong list of issues getting fixed with the day-one patch.

  • Fixed map synchronization when player joins during map load.
  • Fixed saving player re-spawn position when playing in co-op mode.
  • Fixed occasional inability to complete sidequests in Laboratory.
  • Improved enemy awareness (zombies).
  • Fixed occasional bug with NPC’s hands bend (IK)
  • Fixed spawning enemies in some quests after joining co-op game.
  • Fixed showing locations on invisible NPCs.
  • Fixed potential path blocker when quest “Knockin’ on heaven’s door” was completed before talking to Dominik during the “On the air” quest.
  • Fixed displaying gather rings near some doors.
  • Fixed enemy reaction to fire.
  • Fixed enemies’ health and stamina bars in co-op.
  • Fixed filtering of games in lobby.
  • Volume of pickup’s engine has been increased.
  • Fixed a number of issues causing game instability.
  • Fixed the switching of maps upon player death.
  • Fixed enemies unable to reach the player on some arenas.
  • Thrown items cannot be picked up by co-op players for five minutes.
  • Items from freshly opened containers cannot be picked up by other players for five seconds to prevent theft.
  • Fixed animation glitch when trading with team members.
  • More than one player can use a ladder at the same time.
  • Fixed stomping execution animation when target’s attacked by a second player.
  • Fixed the infinite respawning of shooting enemies.
  • Fixed not hiding menu if players die inside a vehicle.
  • Fixed item level calculation when playing New Game Plus.
  • Added information about players requesting pause in co-op.
  • Fixed A.I. animation glitch after fast-traveling or using a map portal.
  • Added distinction between quest checkpoints and other types of saves.
  • Fixed bug causing all inventory to disappear.
  • Fixed reloading and kicking. After the clip goes in, the reload is a success.
  • Purna can gain bonus rage from both “Grim Inspiration” and “Inspiring Kick”.
  • Only “Walker” type enemies increase the extra XP of the “Combo” skill from Xian’s Survival skill tree.
  • Health regeneration is disabled during grabs.
  • Focus on items in shops not changing after selling or buying.
  • More HP for NPCs in escort missions.
  • Butcher enemies won’t spawn at all during escort missions (hooray!)
  • Fixed tracking after loading checkpoint.
  • Increased minimum vertical distance to count a waypoint as passed for NPCs (they no longer wander back-and-forth).

Source : Destructoid

Last Updated: September 6, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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