The Dead Island: Definitive Collection is available now, and as part of the package, you also get a spruced up version of Dead Island: Riptide, complete with plenty of new zombies to take down and additional abilities to master. Here are some Dead Island: Riptide tips that will help keep you in one piece!

Combat Tips for Dead Island: Riptide

Most of the survival techniques from Dead Island apply with Riptide, like taking care of your weaponry and using combat sparingly so you don't run out of breath. However, there are a couple of new abilities you'll want to take advantage of.

The first is Fury Mode. With this, you'll set up a devastating attack that can wipe out a foe with a well-placed shot. The only thing you'll want to keep in mind is that you'll use it as sparingly as possible. For instance, try to save it for areas populated with multiple zombies or a mini-boss that requires a greater deal of damage to bring down – that will make things much easier when it comes to sparing your health or surviving to get to the next part of the game. Also, keep in mind that activating it doesn't make you invincible – you can still get hit with attacks or bullets from human enemies. Figure out the best place to activate it and then go to town. You'll also earn some XP as a result, so find the best place to clean house on a few bodies.

Secondly, don't underestimate your jump kick. By doing this, you can take down most foes – including those charging you – and put a little distance between the two of you. Plus, they'll be on the ground, where you can launch a finishing attack to knock their head off before they have a chance to respond. This technique is one of the better ones you'll find in Dead Island: Riptide, coinciding nicely with the regular kick to throw enemies off.

Finally, be careful with suiciders. Even if you're taking them on in Rage mode, they'll still explode and do a significant amount of damage. The best thing you can do is kick them backwards and get some distance between the two of you, so you're not caught in their explosive range. Running is also a novel idea, if you have enough stamina.

Leveling Up in Dead Island: Riptide 

In Dead Island: Riptide, you'll have the ability to gain some vital skills through leveling up. While it may be tempting to push your stamina right away, you might want to consider lock picking first. The reason for this is because you'll come across some metal chests in the early parts of the game, housing weapons and other utilities that will be useful for fending off enemies.

Once you get enough lock picking figured out, move over to stamina. This will have a greater effect on your combat moves, like increasing the range of your jump kick, giving you extra stamina for running and strengthening your melee combat. This will help with the weapons you get out of the chests.

One more thing – make sure you unlock health regeneration as soon as you can. This will let you gain important health back by zombie attacks, if med packs and food/drinks don't get it done. Try and get it in-between the lock picking and stamina skills, so that you're good and ready when you start shifting into combat.

NPCs in Dead Island: Riptide

No man is an island in Dead Island: Riptide, as you'll have to work with others to effectively survive this zombie horde. With that, you'll have the option to level up several non-playable characters in the game. Make sure you do so as often as possible, as they'll be working alongside you when it comes to defending your base against zombie invaders. Not only will they work with you, but they'll provide more items.

This is where their side quests come in. They'll sometimes ask you for favors, and while it may be a bit bothersome at first, the rewards are plentiful. They'll level up properly and reward you with a number of items, like weapons and bombs, as well as discounts when it comes to purchasing items from secondary characters. You can also sell items if you need some extra cash, in case you have too many weapons of a certain kind. Just make sure you hang onto food and pain killers, because they will be incredibly useful later on as you try to regain health.

Remember, your team works with you, so take care of them and they'll take care of what you need in return. Plus, those bombs will sure come in handy when you've got zombies knocking at your door.

Good luck, and enjoy taking on zombies in Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition! Be sure to also check out our Dead Island Definitive Edition tips, along with these classic Escape Dead Island Beginner's Tips!