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Game: Dead Island Riptide
Mod: George Romero Mod Version 9 Survival Horror Edition
Release Date: May 15, 2013
By: Adeno




New Features:

- "Dynamic Fighting System" (aka "Realistic Damage") feature and re-adjusted fighting system. Effectiveness of weapons don't simply depend on damage or level anymore, but rather on how realistically it can damage a zombie's head in "real life". A golf club or a paddle is not as effective as a big hammer or sword no matter what level they or the zombies are. Firearms are still the most powerful, it only takes one bullet to destroy a zombie's head. Different weapons open up dynamic battle strategies!

- "Gunner's Island" mode. The island has been taken over by gun crazy women! Experience Dead Island Riptide as a true first person shooter!

- "Ammo Loot" optional feature. You can now find ammo from dead zombies, bags, and other places.



Current Features:

- Zombies only die by destroying the head or somehow causing harm to the head.

- Three zombie ai versions: slow Zombies that only grab, slow zombies that can attack, and modern fast zombies that can attack.

- Zombie bites are fatal. Even slow Romero zombies are big threats if you let one grab you and bite your neck!

- Zombies will notice you from far away and will continue following you unless they encounter geographical challenges.

- Realistic Damage, weapon effectiveness vary, with smaller and weaker items not being so effective and weapons designed for killing more useful.

- You can now collect food and drinks instead of using them right away. Collecting food is very valuable especially when trying to survive against modern zombies.

- Increased zombie population in certain areas.

- There is now a No HUD option to get as close to "reality" as possible.

- Optional: Survivalist, War, and Special shops versions.

- Optional: Survivalist and Tourist inventory versions.

- Optional: Survivalist and Tourist realistic damage versions.

- Optional: EXP Rate versions: 25%, 50%, 75%, 2X, and 5X.

- BONUS: Matrix Mode

- BONUS: Athletic Mode

- BONUS: Level Chooser

- BONUS: War Machine

- BONUS: Ammo Loot



Table of Contents:

I. What is the George Romero Mod?
II. How to Use
III. Description of Included Files
IV. Known Issues
V. Troubleshooting
VI. Special Thanks





I. What is the George Romero Mod?

This is a mod named after the "father" of the zombie genre, George Romero, who popularized the idea of zombies in his film called "Night of the Living Dead". In modern times, there are all sorts of zombies, ranging from the normal slow shambling types to the more imaginative hybrid zombie types that sometimes are powered by science and technology. The classic Romero zombie is the slow and typically dumb zombie whose only mission is to eat the nearest living flesh available. These Romero zombies don't care if their body parts get chopped off or whether they are headed towards the edge of a building. They will usually head straight towards their victim unless their path is blocked, and that's the only time they would either find another way around or just continue walking forward even though they can't make any progress. A good example of a beloved modern day story featuring Romero style zombies is The Walking Dead tv show and comics. This mod aims to get as close as possible to Romero's vision of zombies within the limitations of Dead Island Riptide's design.

Most recently, modern day "fast" zombies, as seen on the remake of Romero's movie classic "Dawn of the Dead", have been included as an optional part of this mod to make zombie fans of both slow and fast types happy.



Fighting System:

The fighting system has also been adjusted to enhance the player's survival horror experience. This time around, your ability to kill a zombie does not rely on the base damage that a weapon can deal with. Just think of it this way, in zombie movies, weapons don't have levels. A golf club will never be as good as a sword when it comes to killing a zombie. A golf club isn't the best weapon against a zombie, and it might take 10 hits or more to the head before the zombie dies unless the attacker hits the zombie in a weak spot on its head. On the other hand, a sword can easily destroy a zombie's head because it's a weapon designed to kill.

Different types of weapons have varying effectiveness when it comes to destroying a zombie's head. Smaller and weaker weapons like sticks, brooms, paddles, and the like only have a 10% chance of destroying a zombie's brain right away. Medium sized weapons of average power like sickles, cleavers, and others have 20% chance of destroying the head. Weapons specifically designed for battle like swords, machetes, axes, and big hammers have 30% chance of inflicting destructive damage to a zombie's brain. The extremely rare Legendary Weapons all have 50% chance of instantly destroying a zombie's head.



Dynamic Fighting System:

This change in the fighting system also encourages different strategies when facing hordes of zombies. When just facing one or two zombies, it is very easy to kill them even with just a golf club or a paddle. Although a golf club is weak, all you have to do is kick a zombie down and smash its head. When zombies are on the ground, they become more vulnerable because gravity adds more power to your weapon as it comes smashing down towards their head.

Facing a big group of zombies is where the true challenge begins. You can't simply kick one down and freely smash its head in with your golf club without other zombies trying to eat you. You have to avoid getting surrounded, and you also have to control the situation by trying to put them down to the ground where they are most vulnerable. If there's too many zombies to handle, you might have to run for your life!

Different weapons provide you with different fighting strategies. Let's say instead of a golf club, you now have a sword like a katana. Since the sword is actually a weapon intended for killing and not recreational fun, it is naturally more effective in killing than a golf club. Even when faced with a big group of zombies, it is possible for you to cut their heads off even without kicking them down first. If you use a sledgehammer or something big and heavy, it also makes it easier to destroy a zombie's head without much effort.

Having a good mix of weapons can help a lot, especially when you're worried about your good weapon's durability. When faced with a non-threatening situation, you can simply use your golf club or another weak weapon to finish off a zombie. When faced with more threatning group of zombies, you can then use your better weapon to deal with the crowd.



Collecting Food to Survive:

Saving food for later use is one of the most important parts of your survival horror experience. You can now collect candy bars, chips, fruits, and drinks that will replenish your health whenever you need to.

A good example for when collecting food is useful is when you have to go from one place to another and the place is full of zombies. If you're playing with the classic Romero zombies, you might get to your destination with only a few scratches and bruises, but what if you decided to play with the modern fast zombies? Imagine running towards your destination, getting hit by running zombies every few seconds! There's too many of them to fight and it's too hard to shoot them in the head without one of them reaching you! Fortunately, you have some snacks with you so you find a temporary safe spot to rest and recover as you eat a little before making a run for it again.



II. How to Use

1. You must have WinRAR or WinZIP to "extract" the RAR file.

2. Before using this mod, please remove any other mods that you are currently using from the My Documents\Riptide\out folder. Other mods might conflict with this mod and prevent it from working properly. Please refer to the Troubleshooting section if you want to use mods from other people with the George Romero Riptide Mod.

3. Also, please make sure that you are using the original Data0.pak file located inside the Dead Island Riptide\DI folder and not a modded one to avoid conflict. Please refer to the Troubleshooting section if you want to use mods from other people with the George Romero Riptide Mod.

4. As always, it is recommended that you make a back-up of your Dead Island save files. Although using mods are very safe, it is always a good idea to make back-ups anyway.



Easy Installation Pak:

If you don't like getting your hands dirty and you just want to play right away, then this easy installation method is just for you!

1. Go to where you installed Dead Island Riptide.
ex. Dead Island Riptide\DI folder.

2. Make a back-up of the file called Data0.pak by right clicking it and choosing Copy.

3. Paste the copy and name it something like Data0ORIGINAL.pak so you can revert to the
default way the game is supposed to be played.

4. Pick a file from the 00-EasyInstallationPak folder that you want to play with and put it in the Dead Island Riptide\DI folder.

5. Right Click on the file you placed in the Dead Island Riptide\DI folder and choose "Extract Here".

6. It will ask you to replace Data0.pak, choose to replace it.

7. Play the game and have fun!



Folder Installation Method:

1. Go to My Documents\Riptide\out folder.

2. Create a folder called Data if you still don't have that.

3. Place DIR_RomeroModV9SHE.rar inside the Data folder.

4. Extract DIR_RomeroModV9SHE.rar inside Data folder.

5. You will see folders numbered 00 to 08 and a file called ZombiePresets.rar. The folders are:

00-EasyInstallationPak
01-ZombiesCanGrabOnly
02-ZombiesCanHit
03-ModernZombieFast
04-InventoryOptions
05-ShopOptions
06-NoHud
07-MoreZombies
08-RealisticDamage
BONUS-Althetic
BONUS-AmmoLoot
BONUS-GunnersIsland
BONUS-LevelChooser
Bonus-MatrixMode
BONUS-WarMachine

*For detailed descriptions of what each folder contains, please read IV. Description of Included Files*

6. Since we are doing a folder installation and not an Easy Installation Pak, we can ignore 00-EasyInstallationPak folder for now.

7. The first thing to do is right click on ZombiePresets.rar and click Extract Here. It will create a folder called presets, which contains very important files.

8. Next, pick the type of zombies that you want to play with. Let's choose zombies that can grab. Go inside 01-ZombiesCanGrabOnly folder.

9. Inside, decide the rate of exp that zombies will give. As an example, let's choose 2X exp to level up faster. Right click on ZombiesGrabOnly2XEXP.rar and choose copy.

10. Go back out to My Documents\Riptide\out\Data folder and paste ZombiesGrabOnly2XEXP.rar in there.

11. Right click on ZombiesGrabOnly2XEXP.rar and choose Extract Here. You will notice that it will make an ai folder. Any zombies you kill will now give double the exp, good job!

12. Now that we have prepared our zombies, it's time to choose how we want our inventory, shops, and hud to work. Simply do the same thing as we did when choosing our zombie type. Simply go into their respective folders, pick a file, and extract it in the Data folder and you're set!

Congratulations, now it's time to play!



Switching From One Choice to Another:

Let's say that you used the Folder Installation Method and after playing for a while with slow zombies that can only grab, you want to play with modern fast zombies. Here's what you do.

1. Go to My Documents\Riptide\out\Data folder.

2. Go inside the 03-ModernZombieFast folder.

3. Pick one with the exp rate you want, for example, ModernZombieFast5XEXP.rar and copy it.

4. Paste ModernZombieFast5XEXP.rar back in the Data folder and extract it.

5. You're done, switching from one choice to another is this easy!



III. Description of Included Files

00-EasyInstallationPak Folder

DIR_RomeroModZGrabV9.rar - zombies mostly grab, realistic damage, special weapons in shops, lots of inventory space, no hud, collect food and drinks to eat.

DIR_RomeroModZCanHitV9.rar - zombies can hit, realistic damage, special weapons in shops, lots of inventory space, no hud, collect food and drinks to eat.

DIR_RomeroModZModernFastV9.rar - zombies are faster and tougher, can hit, realistic damage, special weapons in shops, lots of inventory space, no hud, collect food and drinks to eat.

DIR_RomeroModGunnersIsland.rar - a bunch of gun crazy women have taken over the island! Liberate the people from these trigger happy females! Realistic damage, lots of inventory space, no hud, collect food and drinks to eat, start with guns.

These are pre-configured files that are ready to play for the gamer who can't wait.



01-ZombiesCanGrabOnly Folder

ZombiesGrabOnly.rar - zombies only die by destroying the brain. They will mostly grab you. Be careful not to get bitten or you'll die! Default exp.

ZombiesGrabOnly2EXP.rar - earn double exp for faster leveling.

ZombiesGrabOnly5EXP.rar - earn five times the exp for faster leveling.

ZombiesGrabOnly25PercentEXP.rar - earn only 25% exp for slower leveling.

ZombiesGrabOnly50PercentEXP.rar - earn only 50% exp for slower leveling.

ZombiesGrabOnly75PercentEXP.rar - earn only 75% exp for slower leveling.



02-ZombiesCanHit Folder

ZombiesCanHit.rar - zombies only die by destroying the brain. Be careful not to get bitten or you'll die! They can also punch you. Default exp.

ZombiesCanHit2XEXP.rar - earn double the exp for faster leveling.

ZombiesCanHit5XEXP.rar - earn five times the exp for faster leveling.

ZombiesCanHit25PercentEXP.rar - earn only 25% of exp for slower leveling.

ZombiesCanHit50PercentEXP.rar - earn only 50% of exp for slower leveling.

ZombiesCanHit75PercentEXP.rar - earn only 75% of exp for slower leveling.



03-ModernZombiesFast Folder

ModernZombieFast.rar - based on modern cinema zombies, these zombies are faster, smarter, tougher, and stronger than their classic counterparts. Even the rotting zombies still have some agility in them, while the fresher infected ones are truly fast. Beware of their fatal bite! To kill them, destroy the brain, although you can also destroy the entire body but it would take too much time. They are also weak against fire. This gives default exp.

ModernZombieFast2XEXP.rar - earn double the exp for faster leveling.

ModernZombieFast5XEXP.rar - earn five times the exp for faster leveling.

ModernZombieFast25PercentEXP.rar - earn only 25% of exp for slower leveling.

ModernZombieFast50PercentEXP.rar - earn only 50% of exp for slower leveling.

ModernZombieFast75PercentEXP.rar - earn only 75% of exp for slower leveling.

It also contains a 03-ModernFastZombieFastNoTaunt folder that contains the same files as above, except that this time, the zombies won't do their taunt animation anymore.



04-InventoryOptions Folder

SurvivalistInventory.rar - carry unbelievable amounts of stuff, perfect for those who survive by simply scavenging and using whatever they can find! You are a person with deep pockets and carries a bag that was designed to save space to store more things. Find all the fruits, snacks, and drinks to eat them whenever you need to recover from damage!

TouristInventory.rar - carry only a few items at a time, just like an unsuspecting tourist who's on his way to the bathroom when all of a sudden the zombie apocalypse explodes all around him and he has no other choice other than to relieve himself while running away. You won't be able to carry as much food and drinks, so be careful!



05-ShopOptions Folder

SpecialShops.rar - special weapons and throwable items are available in the shops! Punish those annoying zombies by chopping their head off, blasting them with a shotgun, or setting explosive mines to turn them into corpse juice!

SurvivalistShops.rar - nothing sold in shops! Good for people trying to push the limits of their survival abilities! Money is worthless in the world full of cannibal corpses. You know fully well that to survive, you have to search for food and weapons on your own.

WarShops.rar - there are more ammunition available at shops at affordable prices and most shops will sell special guns. Perfect for dealing with Modern Fast Zombies!

* Special Note: WarShops.rar contains its own inventory file that will be extracted in the Data folder. This is needed to alter the price of ammo in shops. Delete WarShops' inventory.scr if you don't want cheap ammo. *



06-NoHud Folder

DIR_NoHUD_SurvivorV3.rar - feel as if you're really in the island of zombies! You won't see information from zombies popping up like damage, exp, critical hits and the like. Item information won't show up, you'll have to rely on your own eyes.

DIR_NoHUD_SurvivorSightV3.rar - feel as if you're really in the island of zombies! You won't see information from zombies popping up like damage, exp, critical hits and the like. Item information will show up because you have good eyesight.

DIR_NoHUD_TouristRadarV3 - the only thing left on your screen is a radar to help you navigate around the island. Item information won't show up because you left your reading glasses somewhere.

DIR_NoHUD_TouristRadarSightV3 - the only thing left on your screen is a radar to help you navigate around the island. Item information will show up because you escaped from being eaten by zombies while wearing your glasses.



07-MoreZombies Folder

DefaultZombies.rar - default zombie setting for no crashes.

ExtraZombies.rar - a few additional zombies in certain places, less likely to crash but Marik's Marina still crashes.

MoreZombies.rar - more people have become zombies in the island! Tourists and the locals alike haven't been able to escape the initial spread of the infection and now wander around the once beautiful island. There are more zombies hungry for your flesh than ever, be careful! May crash in some areas like Marik's Marina and Santa Maria.



08-RealisticDamage Folder

SurvivalistWeapons.rar - smaller and weaker weapons like brass knuckles, baseball bats, and tiny hammers will have to rely on critical hits to destroy a zombie's brain. You can carry more supplies with you.

TouristWeapons.rar - smaller and weaker weapons like brass knuckles, baseball bats, and tiny hammers will have to rely on critical hits to destroy a zombie's brain. You can't carry a lot of supplies because you were caught off guard when zombies attacked.



BONUS-Althetic Folder

Athletic.rar - are you out of shape and do you get tired easily due to lack of exercise? Don't be zombie food! Use this Athletic mod to let you run for as long as you want! You'll be the infected's envy!



BONUS-AmmoLoot Folder

AmmoLoot.rar - the zombies have arrived and the entire place is a battlefield! Fortunately, the inhabitants seem to be lovers of guns and ammunition! Those who have become one of the undead still carry around some leftover ammo! Bags, drawers, dead bodies, they might have ammo! Thank goodness for "the right to bear arms"!



BONUS-GunnersIsland Folder

GunnersIsland.rar - a bunch of gun crazy women have taken over the island! Liberate the people from these trigger happy females! Don't worry, you begin with some guns!



BONUS-LevelChooser Folder

Level Chooser - do you want to start a new game or chapter with a character, but you also want to start it at a certain level range? Now you can! Choose to start from level 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70!



BONUS-Matrix Folder

Matrix.rar - Gain the powers of Keeanu Reeves and become The One! Super fast martial arts attacks and super strength! Jump high and crush those puny zombies! Send them smashing from one tree to another! Uppercut them to the next island and accidentally start another zombie outbreak there! Fun times! There are no zombies...because you punched them away!



BONUS-WarMachine Folder

WarMachine.rar - you have been preparing for the zombie apocalypse all your life. Throughout the years, you have bought almost every weapon in the world, from melee weapons to the most destructive firearms and bombs. Now that the zombies have arrived, you are ready to slay them all! You are a walking weapon of mass destruction, go out and save the world now!



IV. Known Issues

- When using the Zombies Can Grab version, some zombies might stand still for a while until you make a move.

- ExtraZombies and MoreZombies are known to crash in Marik's Marina and Santa Maria. Please avoid those places if you want to enjoy the increased zombies effect.



V. Troubleshooting

1. I can't progress in a mission while using this mod!

Solution:

- Use the original Data0.pak. Delete or replace the one used by the mod with the original.

- If you installed the mod in My Documents\Riptide\out\Data, then delete the files in there.



2. I can't seem to make the mod work!

Solution:

First, please make sure that you are not using this mod with any other mods. Other mods might cause conflict with the George Romero Mod. If you are very sure that you are not using other mods, then please continue reading.

Try installing the mods here first:
My Documents\Riptide\out\Data

If you follow this, you should see the following folders in the Data folder:

00-EasyInstallationPak
01-ZombiesCanGrabOnly
02-ZombiesCanHit
03-ModernZombieFast
04-InventoryOptions
05-ShopOptions
06-NoHud
07-MoreZombies
08-RealisticDamage
BONUS-Althetic
BONUS-AmmoLoot
BONUS-GunnersIsland
BONUS-LevelChooser
Bonus-MatrixMode
BONUS-WarMachine



If that doesn't work, try installing the mods in My Documents\Riptide\out folder. Take note, there must be NO Data folder. If you follow this, your out folder should have these folders:

00-EasyInstallationPak
01-ZombiesCanGrabOnly
02-ZombiesCanHit
03-ModernZombieFast
04-InventoryOptions
05-ShopOptions
06-NoHud
07-MoreZombies
08-RealisticDamage
BONUS-Althetic
BONUS-AmmoLoot
BONUS-GunnersIsland
BONUS-LevelChooser
BONUS-MatrixMode
BONUS-WarMachine


If that still doesn't work, extract your chosen features of the mod, like your version of zombies, inventory, shops, and others. Inside each folder are numerous files. Copy ALL of the contents and paste them in My Documents\Riptide\out folder. Your out folder will be full of different files and would look disorganized.


If that still doesn't work, then please follow the Easy Installation Pak method found in the How to Use section of this manual. That one's guaranteed to work but it only has limited pre-configured versions.



3. I want to use the George Romero Riptide mod with another mod but I keep getting problems!

Solution:

Although using this mod in conjunction with other mods is usually safe and some of the mod's users have already reported success and are enjoying using this mod with another, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case. The reason for this is that each mod uses numerous files and there are lots of changes made in each file to get the mod to work as intended. Unfortunately, if another mod made changes to the same files and you use the two mods together, one of them is bound to be overwritten.

For example, in the George Romero Mod we have two choices for shops. Let's say you are currently using the SpecialShops version that makes special weapons available in shops. One day, you downloaded another shop mod (let's call it OtherShop) that's supposed to just add a new type of weapon in the shops. When you go into the game, you're shocked to find out that there are no more special weapons or throwable items in the shops! The reason for this is that the OtherShop mod overwrote SpecialShops because they are both using the same file to make changes.

If you really want to use another mod with the George Romero Riptide mod, then you can check the contents of the other mod first and see if it's the same with anything that George Romero Riptide mod uses. If the folders or files are the same, then there's a possiblity that a conflict will happen.

Anyway, the only way to truly find out if the two mods can work together is by trying, so don't be afraid! Everything can easily be brought back to the way it was anyway, especially with how easily you can re-install or remove the features of the George Romero Riptide mod!



4. The game crashes when using the ExtraZombies and MoreZombies feature!

Solution:

The increased population of zombies can cause certain areas in the game to crash. As of now, the known locations where the crashes happen are Marik's Marina and Santa Maria. Please avoid going to those places while using the Extra and More zombies feature for now. Use the DefaultZombies feature to revert the game back to having the normal amount of zombies to avoid crashes when you have to go to those places.



VI. Special Thanks

Thanks to everyone who are having fun playing with my mod, including the people at the Steam forums, ModDB, YouTube, Dead Island Forums, and "other" parts of the net! Thanks also goes to the people who helped test my mod through it's iterations like Jake Meyers and Crixus Champion. With your help, I was able to fix bugs and make this survival horror experience the best for Dead Island Riptide!

Happy gaming everyone!

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