Dead Island Launch Trailer

I have heard a lot of buzz, both positive and negative, regarding Dead Island. However, this trailer was the first time I actually sat down and got a chance to see some gameplay footage for myself. While reminiscent of Left 4 Dead, in that “small groups of people against the zombie horde” kind of way, it definitely feels less chaotic, but in some ways more brutal. Instead of a relentless zombie horde you are simply up against an entire island full of the undead, which range from slow shamblers to quick, agile leapers. The trailer really highlights how bright the world is, no longer are we left to battle zombies in dark alleys or shadowy military bases. The setting is a sun-drenched island so there is nowhere to hide. Oddly adding lots of lighting makes the world feel more authentic and in a way more creepy, not less. The only potential snag I noticed was fairly nondescript voice acting, with many characters spouting accents that I don’t know if they can really pull off. While this game may have fallen off fans’ radar lately it seems to still be worth a look. Until Rick Grimes goes on vacation we aren’t likely to see this combo of zombies and tropical islands so take the opportunity to dive into one hell of a vacation destination on September 6th when Dead Island hits stores.

Written by Justin Spielmann

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