Dead Island announcement trailer (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

17 February 2011
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Dead Island gameplay screenshot (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Dead Island has been officially re-announced with a breathtaking, emotional, disturbingly cinematic new trailer for the upcoming “first-person zombie-slasher action RPG” that’s been in development since 2007.

This open-world action game promises to take the zombie formula sweeping the media world and spin it in new directions by making a personal, story-driven adventure that focuses on realism. In this game, you must use what is on-hand to survive the zombie onslaught on the tropical paradise island of Banoi. Unlike most zombie games, you’re weapons are limited and will weaken with each hit as you struggle to stay alive.

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  • Dead Island promises to put the survival back in survival horror. Most of the combat will be up-close and personal as you intimately get in the undead’s face with your fists or blunt objects, from axes to baseball bats to knives, machetes, broomsticks and pipes; you must slowly beat your enemies away or into submission so you can quickly get the hell out. Firearms are few and far between with ammo even harder to come by. Making it very possible that each battle may be your last.

    And while this description may paint Dead Island with similarities to other zombie games, say Dead Rising, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Described by developer Techland and publisher Deep Silver as “dark, twisted and gritty”; the game is as different as Resident Evil remake was to Resident Evil 5. A completely new, more atmosphere, more realistic take on the same style and subject matter we’ve seen a hundred times before. Except those games didn’t have fully modeled “layers of muscle and meat” rendered beneath each foe…. You heard that right. From lethal sprays of blood to blood-curtling; realistic screams to extremely realistic “slicing and dicing” effects, Dead Island is not for the faint-of-heart.

    Here is the all-new announcement trailer. It’s quite disturbing so watch at your own discretion.

    And here is a fanmade “reverse-scene” take on the same trailer, which allows you to see how the events of the above trailer REALLY happened.

    This is how the developer describes the game:

    “The island of Banoi is a lush, tropical paradise in the South Pacific where its flagship Royal Palms Resort serves as the ultimate getaway for vacationers with money to burn. However, all good things must soon come to an end – and the picturesque resort falls into madness, carnage and chaos after a mysterious and contagious zombie outbreak claims its once peaceful atmosphere. Cut off from the rest of the world, only four individuals who strangely find themselves immune to zombification have the power to protect the remaining survivors from the horrors of the island, to discover what’s really going on and find a way to escape before their own fatal ends.”

    Looks very exciting. Color-me intrigued.


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    • Pete

      Cannot wait for this to come out! I’m gonna throw on my favorite t-shirt and go to town on those zombies!!!

    • Yggdrasild

      This game looks great. I have been waiting for a zombie game that will be more realistic. The graphics look really great from the few pictures I have seen. The fact that each zombie have organs and muscles modeled will add even more realistic elements. Second strong point that I predict for this game, will be its harder and scarier environnement. Left 4 dead (1 & 2) is too much of an action game to be even called scary (Except when you wake a Witch up). The same goes for Resident Evil 5. Dead rising… you can dress as a woman, do I need to say more? Its obviously a comedy game with a dark atmosphere. So, Dead Island will prove to be scarier and harder because there won’t be a gun at each corner and will force you to think about what you would really do in real life. From what I’ve seen, this game looks promising and I will surely get it. Only remark for now, isn’t four survivors a little cliche?

    • Esme

      This game does look great, I love zombie games and survival games so this should be an excellent mix of both. All I want now is a proper post-apocalyptic survival game, in the same vein as The Road, Book of Eli, Carriers, Zombieland. A real open-world scavenging game with the ability to interact with pretty much everything and a wide variety of possible things to do. I doubt that’ll ever get made, though, people would find it boring if you don’t have enemies to kill around every corner. >.<

      Yggdrasild – If you don't rush, Left 4 Dead can be pretty atmospheric and tense sometimes, even when you're not startling Witches. I can't count the number of times I've been making my way through a dark building with only my flashlight to show me what's in front of me, only to hear a snarl and spin around just in time to melee a zombie that was about to attack me. And, as I melee, the beam of the flashlight goes wild and lights up the figure of a second zombie I didn't see and now can't avoid.

      It's also scary as hell to be sneaking slowly down a dark corridor and suddenly hear crying and have no idea where it's coming from. Or the thunderous roar of a Tank in a small space. If you play on expert or realism, or both, it's not all about the action – you realize sometimes it's better to hide or run or be strategic rather than to just pour bullets into everything and hack what doesn't die, and your heart kind of leaps into your throat and stays there. Except in finales…finales are pure adrenaline, action through and through.

      And yeah, time for a new number. Four survivors? Again? Really?

    • Sharkron

      This game does indeed look quite promising, there is only one caveat that I have… it’s being published by Deep Silver. Now, don’t get me wrong, this game looks amazing, and Deep Silver published some amazing games, but a large number of the games they did publish turned out to be extremely bugged. While this one didn’t seem to be rushed as much as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky and the X series were, I’m still nervous.

      Looks like I’m going to have to wait until it comes out, hope it’s not too bugged, then get it then.

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