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Dead Island patch increases level cap, reduces damage

10 Nov 2011  by   Paul Younger
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Rolled out last night, the patch aims to fix a wide number of issues and further tweak the core gameplay. Improvements have been made to both the gameplay itself as well as the user interface and co-op network performance.
The most obvious of the changes is the raising of the level cap from 60, which should give you a bit of a bigger bite when it comes to decapitating and de-limbing the undead.
An undead horde of changes have been made to the previously dreadful interface, although (at the tme of writing) we’ve not had a chance to test the new setup for ourselves. New weapon mods, XP adjustments and save game structure has also been altered.
Read our Dead Island review.
Full patch details as follows:
Gameplay improvements

Level cap raised to 60
New blueprints for weapon mods added
Infected damage reduced
Infected no longer interrupt player attacks
A series of improvements to subsequent playthroughs implemented:
Quest XP rewards adjusted
XP rewards for challenges adjusted
In subsequent playthroughs XP is awarded for all quests completed in co-op
Purna’s ammo carrying capacity increased by 50%
Character state from a save game can now be loaded when using the Start from Chapter option
New balancing option added: enemy levels can now be adjusted independently for each co-op player
Players respawn with more health
Picklock skill level required to open a lock is now clearly indicated
Improved rewards in weapon crates
All weapon crates now contain rewards
Kick ability balanced, now requires stamina
Items can now be picked up instantly; this is reflected in adjusted animations

Fixes and interface improvements

Fix: players are no longer left without a weapon after dropping the equipped item and healing with a medkit.
Fix: equipped items no longer swap mysteriously after drinking an energy drink
Tweak: healing with medkits from inventory works better, makes smarter choices of medkits
Fix: loot from dead enemies is now always identical for all co-op players
Fix: Purna no longer finishes her Fury with fists equipped
Fix: map tracking after death
Fix: zone info in the quarantine zone (City of Moresby)
Tweak: respawn point selection is now smarter

General

Improved stability and network performance in co-op
Quest and reward fixes implemented

 

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