Still want the controversial Zombie Bait Edition with the bikini clad statue? Gamers can pre-order it through Zavvi which ships to the states. The package comes with the game, cool looking Steelbook, collector’s artwork, hand painted figurine, and a weapon pack DLC, which includes a BBQ Blade, a stats booster, and a special shop. I can see why people are upset about this but it could be worse.
It’s going to be hard to compare the rest of the pre-order bonuses to what is being offered in the UK. GameStop will upgrade all pre-orders to the special edition for $50 and throw in an alternate character skin, a pack of weapon mods, and a digital strategy map. Target is doing something similar and upgrading all pre-orders to the special edition. Target is also including the survivor pack, which includes the BBQ Blade, a digital strategy map, and alternate character skins. Best Buy is offering a free steelbook, upgrade to the special edition, which includes the DLC that both GameStop and Target are including. Best Buy is also offering $20 back in reward certs for Gamer’s Club members.
Amazon may have the best pre-order bonus outside of the UK. They are offering for $50 the special edition of Dead Island Riptide, which will include the digital map, steelbook, the survivor pack and the Fashion Victim DLC. Shipping is free so gamers will save a few bucks. The PC version through Amazon is on sale for $40, and this is either the digital or DVD version. The physical copy of the game will also include the Steelbook. Amazon also has the Rigor Mortis Edition for PS3/360 at $80. In addition to including everything in the Special Edition, there is also alternate box art, zombie Hula Girl Bobble figurine, a severed hand bottle opener, and a bungalow key.
It sounds like most of the pre-order bonuses are the same. None of them are bad, but none of the others are great. I guess it comes down to where you have credit or where gamers prefer to shop. At least at Best Buy gamers will get $20 back if they pre-order the game. I was hoping Amazon would have a $5-$10 credit for pre-ordering the game. But if you do want to play the first game and buy the PC Version for $5 through Amazon, then you will receive an $8 credit good toward buying Riptide. This means the PC version of Riptide could be purchased for around $32. I had a lot of fun with the original game and it appears the sequel is going to be just as much fun.