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Zombies in Paradise: A Tour Through Dead Island's Corpse-Infested Jungles

Yes, it's another zombie game, but there's still reason to care about this first-person action title from Techland.

The last time I saw Dead Island was at E3… in 2006. Kentia Hall, the show's great, barren wasteland of teensy meeting rooms, unmarketable arcade machines, and hot dog vendors still existed. On this particular year, Polish developer Techland had a decent-sized booth set up amid the yellow-carpeted chaos of Kentia. A friendly developer rep didactically explained to me the two PC-only products they were showing. He spent roughly 20 minutes touting the merits of Chrome 2, a follow-up to the developer's semi-liked 2003 first-person shooter, then spent maybe half that time hastily touring me through Dead Island, a zombie game set on a tropical island. Far Cry had been the belle of the PC ball for a couple of years at this point, and I remember the rep excitedly pointing out how the developer's Chrome engine could also do great-looking jungle foliage. And there were zombies. You could hit them with things. In first-person.

I thanked him, went back to our booth, wrote some previews, and then... nothing. Both games seemed to simply disappear into the ether. Chrome 2 never came out, shelved when no publishing deal surfaced and Techland moved on to other work, including the Call of Juarez series for Ubisoft. Dead Island continued to make fitful E3 appearances, but ultimately, I had assumed it suffered the same fate--that is, until a new trailer suddenly surfaced earlier this year, and knocked the collective gaming audience back on its ass. Somehow, this seemingly generic zombie game from five years prior had risen from the dead, and not just as the shambolic-looking title I remembered. The trailer affected a kind of emotional impact that the previous iteration never even hinted at. And while that trailer doesn't exactly benchmark the exact tone of the game you'll be playing, it's safe to say that Dead Island offers up a hell of a lot more than Techland even hinted at when it first debuted the game to the world.

== TEASER ==

To be absolutely blunt about it, it feels a little bit like Techland has been quietly amassing inspirado from a variety of other games released in the last few years: Namely, the likes of Valve's multiplayer zombie-shooter, Left 4 Dead, Capcom's raucously silly Dead Rising series, and Bethesda's brand of first-person role-playing games, especially those of the Fallout ilk. The end result--at least from the two levels publisher Deep Silver showed us during a recent press tour--is a game that feels broad, if not overly deep. There were moments of deep, bloody satisfaction, and moments of straight up awkwardness.

The game opens with a cutscene that's like a zombie-plagued version of Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" music video. A man stumbles around a resort on the picturesque tropical island of Banoi, in Papua New Guinea. He is clearly drunk out of his mind, bumping into people, aggressively trying to dance with disinterested ladies, grabbing handfuls of pills off of the floor with no identifiable interest in what they might be, and eventually, careening into (what is hopefully) his hotel room, passing straight out on the bed. In between, there are hints of the coming apocalypse. Visions of dead bodies and cannibalistic bikini babes taking chunks out of hotel staffers, but given the man's general state, it's understandable that he might have other pressing concerns.

This island paradise is the Dead Island of the title, but you won't find yourself limited to the resort area you originally start out in. Banoi is an open world, full of towns, jungles, beaches, and lots and lots of dead things that want to eat the contents of your skull. You'll start the game off as one of four playable characters--or, if you opt to play in online co-op, you and your friends can play as multiple combinations of characters--each inexplicably immune to the zombie virus that's taken hold of the island, and each with their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to combat. For our demo, I played as Xian Mei, a hotel employee with a particular predilection toward bladed weapons.

Who likes cracking zombie skulls? You? Well, have we got a video game for you!

The first level I checked out was from an earlier portion of the game. Holed up inside a radio tower with a group of other survivors, I took a mission that required me to trek to another location some distance away to grab some flares that had been left on a beach. The giver of this mission was one of several survivors you could take missions from around the tower. NPCs are all over Banoi, and though some are just folk you'll end up chatting with--or getting shouted at by--many will offer up missions and goals for you to partake of. The Deep Silver rep who toured me through the game clocked the game's main storyline at something like 20 hours worth of gameplay, but also said that many additional side-missions could be taken on as well.

Once you leave the relative safety of one of the game's survivor zones, you're immediately in the shit. The flaming, blood-soaked wreckage of a once-gorgeous South Pacific Island is, admittedly, quite the sight to behold. This becomes especially the case once the shuffling corpses of tourists and residents alike start ambling toward you with cannibalistic intent. As Mei's general strength is with blades, I stuck to alternating between a machete and a hefty pickax. The game's zombies feature multiple layers of muscle and meaty bits beneath their tattered surface, so laying into a zombie with a bladed weapon leads to some rather hysterical obliteration--especially when you eventually graduate to Dead Island's weapons upgrade system.

Similar to Dead Rising 2, you'll find work benches around the island, where you can combine things into other implements of zombie death. I saw the usual baseball bats with nails through them, of course. But then, you also have your exploding daggers and electrified machete. Yeah, those are pretty fun.

Guns are a relative rarity in Dead Island, but when you get them, it's like Christmas in Hell.

The trick with the game's combat is a stamina system, which prevents you from just running around, swinging wildly like you haven't a care in the world. The more you jump, dodge and attack, the more you deplete the meter, and if you completely drain it, you're out of action for a few moments while it replenishes. Admittedly, this took some serious getting used to. Zombie games have often taught us that zombies are to be killed bloodily, and killed quickly. Here, you actually have to enact some strategy when hordes of undead start heading in your general direction.

While that strategy does add some depth to the combat you wouldn't otherwise tend to find in a game like this, I also felt like, at times, it limited my enjoyment in killing them off. Moments of satisfaction were definitely there, but other times, I felt like I was dancing around zombies a little too often. Maybe it's telling that the most amusing moment actually came from a glitch where I uppercutted a zombie with the pickax, and it went flying into the air, landing on the ground with a resounding thud and exploding into dozens of pieces of rancid meat. The Deep Silver rep quickly pointed out that that was something they were planning to fix. Honestly, I kind of wanted more absurd stuff like that.

Granted, part of my discomfort with the combat system likely stemmed from jumping into a level far-past the game's tutorial. By this point in the game, many different types of zombies have already been introduced. Early on, you will presumably start out with the slower, more sluggish zombies of the Romero camp. But over time, you'll find yourself up against faster, more aggressive 28 Days Later… brand zombies, big, honking boss zombies, and even bizarre, Left 4 Dead-esque mutant boss zombies.

One of those reared their head in the second level we toured, which took place much later in the game, and brought me into the main city area of the island. Here, I was tasked with rescuing a group of survivors trapped in a church by a fiendish juggernaut of a boss zombie. Looking a little like Hannibal Lecter on a cocktail of HGH and PCP, this guy was using his head as a battering ram to try and get inside the church. To defeat him, I had to run up, taunt him a bit, let him charge me, then attack him from behind when he hit the wall. Yeah, a little bit standard as boss tactics go, but at least I didn't have to hit him on his weak spot three times.

This dude? Total dick.

Once I beat him and got inside the church, more missions opened up as I talked to more NPCs, and outside, the weather began to change. One of the cooler visual aspects of the game is how, over the course of the later game sections, the weather will begin to turn seriously sour. Hearkening back to Jurassic Park, you're also in a race against time to try and escape the island before a massive storm hits. Cloud cover, rain, and other nifty weather effects start to pop as the game goes along. All told, the game does look real sharp at this stage of development, though one awkward bit I noticed was the NPCs, who have a little bit of that dead-eyed Oblivion thing going on. The voice-acting also is… a little suspect in places. While I enjoyed that Xian Mei clearly was getting into her role as a righteous hand of zombie destruction, some of her one-liners are seriously cringe-worthy.

All of this has been taken away from a 30-minute chunk of a purportedly 20-hour game, so clearly there is a great deal more to Dead Island that has yet to be seen. My primary reaction to that 30-minute demo was one of general admiration for the sheer volume of ideas the game has in its head. Yes, many of those ideas have been done by other games in the past, but Dead Island wears its inspirations on its filthy, blood-encrusted sleeve, and for the most part, it seems to make good use of them. Even removing the lackluster, seemingly destined for budget bin hell version of the game I saw all those years ago, this version of Dead Island feels like Techland's biggest, riskiest venture yet. With any luck, that risk will pay off as something truly exciting for those still unwearied by the deluge of zombie-everything currently permeating pop culture. There are still a lot of us out there, believe it or not.

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Posted by Alex

The last time I saw Dead Island was at E3… in 2006. Kentia Hall, the show's great, barren wasteland of teensy meeting rooms, unmarketable arcade machines, and hot dog vendors still existed. On this particular year, Polish developer Techland had a decent-sized booth set up amid the yellow-carpeted chaos of Kentia. A friendly developer rep didactically explained to me the two PC-only products they were showing. He spent roughly 20 minutes touting the merits of Chrome 2, a follow-up to the developer's semi-liked 2003 first-person shooter, then spent maybe half that time hastily touring me through Dead Island, a zombie game set on a tropical island. Far Cry had been the belle of the PC ball for a couple of years at this point, and I remember the rep excitedly pointing out how the developer's Chrome engine could also do great-looking jungle foliage. And there were zombies. You could hit them with things. In first-person.

I thanked him, went back to our booth, wrote some previews, and then... nothing. Both games seemed to simply disappear into the ether. Chrome 2 never came out, shelved when no publishing deal surfaced and Techland moved on to other work, including the Call of Juarez series for Ubisoft. Dead Island continued to make fitful E3 appearances, but ultimately, I had assumed it suffered the same fate--that is, until a new trailer suddenly surfaced earlier this year, and knocked the collective gaming audience back on its ass. Somehow, this seemingly generic zombie game from five years prior had risen from the dead, and not just as the shambolic-looking title I remembered. The trailer affected a kind of emotional impact that the previous iteration never even hinted at. And while that trailer doesn't exactly benchmark the exact tone of the game you'll be playing, it's safe to say that Dead Island offers up a hell of a lot more than Techland even hinted at when it first debuted the game to the world.

== TEASER ==

To be absolutely blunt about it, it feels a little bit like Techland has been quietly amassing inspirado from a variety of other games released in the last few years: Namely, the likes of Valve's multiplayer zombie-shooter, Left 4 Dead, Capcom's raucously silly Dead Rising series, and Bethesda's brand of first-person role-playing games, especially those of the Fallout ilk. The end result--at least from the two levels publisher Deep Silver showed us during a recent press tour--is a game that feels broad, if not overly deep. There were moments of deep, bloody satisfaction, and moments of straight up awkwardness.

The game opens with a cutscene that's like a zombie-plagued version of Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" music video. A man stumbles around a resort on the picturesque tropical island of Banoi, in Papua New Guinea. He is clearly drunk out of his mind, bumping into people, aggressively trying to dance with disinterested ladies, grabbing handfuls of pills off of the floor with no identifiable interest in what they might be, and eventually, careening into (what is hopefully) his hotel room, passing straight out on the bed. In between, there are hints of the coming apocalypse. Visions of dead bodies and cannibalistic bikini babes taking chunks out of hotel staffers, but given the man's general state, it's understandable that he might have other pressing concerns.

This island paradise is the Dead Island of the title, but you won't find yourself limited to the resort area you originally start out in. Banoi is an open world, full of towns, jungles, beaches, and lots and lots of dead things that want to eat the contents of your skull. You'll start the game off as one of four playable characters--or, if you opt to play in online co-op, you and your friends can play as multiple combinations of characters--each inexplicably immune to the zombie virus that's taken hold of the island, and each with their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to combat. For our demo, I played as Xian Mei, a hotel employee with a particular predilection toward bladed weapons.

Who likes cracking zombie skulls? You? Well, have we got a video game for you!

The first level I checked out was from an earlier portion of the game. Holed up inside a radio tower with a group of other survivors, I took a mission that required me to trek to another location some distance away to grab some flares that had been left on a beach. The giver of this mission was one of several survivors you could take missions from around the tower. NPCs are all over Banoi, and though some are just folk you'll end up chatting with--or getting shouted at by--many will offer up missions and goals for you to partake of. The Deep Silver rep who toured me through the game clocked the game's main storyline at something like 20 hours worth of gameplay, but also said that many additional side-missions could be taken on as well.

Once you leave the relative safety of one of the game's survivor zones, you're immediately in the shit. The flaming, blood-soaked wreckage of a once-gorgeous South Pacific Island is, admittedly, quite the sight to behold. This becomes especially the case once the shuffling corpses of tourists and residents alike start ambling toward you with cannibalistic intent. As Mei's general strength is with blades, I stuck to alternating between a machete and a hefty pickax. The game's zombies feature multiple layers of muscle and meaty bits beneath their tattered surface, so laying into a zombie with a bladed weapon leads to some rather hysterical obliteration--especially when you eventually graduate to Dead Island's weapons upgrade system.

Similar to Dead Rising 2, you'll find work benches around the island, where you can combine things into other implements of zombie death. I saw the usual baseball bats with nails through them, of course. But then, you also have your exploding daggers and electrified machete. Yeah, those are pretty fun.

Guns are a relative rarity in Dead Island, but when you get them, it's like Christmas in Hell.

The trick with the game's combat is a stamina system, which prevents you from just running around, swinging wildly like you haven't a care in the world. The more you jump, dodge and attack, the more you deplete the meter, and if you completely drain it, you're out of action for a few moments while it replenishes. Admittedly, this took some serious getting used to. Zombie games have often taught us that zombies are to be killed bloodily, and killed quickly. Here, you actually have to enact some strategy when hordes of undead start heading in your general direction.

While that strategy does add some depth to the combat you wouldn't otherwise tend to find in a game like this, I also felt like, at times, it limited my enjoyment in killing them off. Moments of satisfaction were definitely there, but other times, I felt like I was dancing around zombies a little too often. Maybe it's telling that the most amusing moment actually came from a glitch where I uppercutted a zombie with the pickax, and it went flying into the air, landing on the ground with a resounding thud and exploding into dozens of pieces of rancid meat. The Deep Silver rep quickly pointed out that that was something they were planning to fix. Honestly, I kind of wanted more absurd stuff like that.

Granted, part of my discomfort with the combat system likely stemmed from jumping into a level far-past the game's tutorial. By this point in the game, many different types of zombies have already been introduced. Early on, you will presumably start out with the slower, more sluggish zombies of the Romero camp. But over time, you'll find yourself up against faster, more aggressive 28 Days Later… brand zombies, big, honking boss zombies, and even bizarre, Left 4 Dead-esque mutant boss zombies.

One of those reared their head in the second level we toured, which took place much later in the game, and brought me into the main city area of the island. Here, I was tasked with rescuing a group of survivors trapped in a church by a fiendish juggernaut of a boss zombie. Looking a little like Hannibal Lecter on a cocktail of HGH and PCP, this guy was using his head as a battering ram to try and get inside the church. To defeat him, I had to run up, taunt him a bit, let him charge me, then attack him from behind when he hit the wall. Yeah, a little bit standard as boss tactics go, but at least I didn't have to hit him on his weak spot three times.

This dude? Total dick.

Once I beat him and got inside the church, more missions opened up as I talked to more NPCs, and outside, the weather began to change. One of the cooler visual aspects of the game is how, over the course of the later game sections, the weather will begin to turn seriously sour. Hearkening back to Jurassic Park, you're also in a race against time to try and escape the island before a massive storm hits. Cloud cover, rain, and other nifty weather effects start to pop as the game goes along. All told, the game does look real sharp at this stage of development, though one awkward bit I noticed was the NPCs, who have a little bit of that dead-eyed Oblivion thing going on. The voice-acting also is… a little suspect in places. While I enjoyed that Xian Mei clearly was getting into her role as a righteous hand of zombie destruction, some of her one-liners are seriously cringe-worthy.

All of this has been taken away from a 30-minute chunk of a purportedly 20-hour game, so clearly there is a great deal more to Dead Island that has yet to be seen. My primary reaction to that 30-minute demo was one of general admiration for the sheer volume of ideas the game has in its head. Yes, many of those ideas have been done by other games in the past, but Dead Island wears its inspirations on its filthy, blood-encrusted sleeve, and for the most part, it seems to make good use of them. Even removing the lackluster, seemingly destined for budget bin hell version of the game I saw all those years ago, this version of Dead Island feels like Techland's biggest, riskiest venture yet. With any luck, that risk will pay off as something truly exciting for those still unwearied by the deluge of zombie-everything currently permeating pop culture. There are still a lot of us out there, believe it or not.

Edited by smitty86

I can't shake the feeling that this game will be hampered by too high of expectations

Posted by TheLastNeo

dammit.. so close... argh

Posted by dvorak

I have no idea what to think of this game, but I want to play it for myself.

Edited by Origina1Penguin

I'm really anticipating some gameplay footage. This game is a mind-fuck of collaborative ideas from other games that I want to see the sum of.

Posted by Bratcher_Lev

Hmmm... Interesting.

Posted by FluxWaveZ
@smitty86 said:
I can't shake the feeling that this game will be hampered by too high of expectations
I'm not sure anyone has any particular expectations for Dead Island. If anything, the first trailer gave the wrong impression to many and I hope that, by now, people realize that there will be no significant emotional theme in the game.
Posted by wickedsc3

Can't wait for this.

Posted by Legend
@Bratcher_Lev said:
Hmmm... Interesting.
Hmmm.. yes, yes, very interesting indeed. *adjusts monocle*
Posted by jking47

I am interested in this game, hope it doesn't turn out shitty

Posted by Redbullet685

Really looking forward to this game. I Love zombies.

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

I'm curious about this game but feel it will never compare to the trailer. At the same time if it were not for the trailer I would not care at all. So good for them I suppose.
Edited by benjaebe

Very nice write-up. Really excited for this game - it has a lot of great ideas and even though I'm sure it won't hit all of them perfectly, it'll still be a hell of an experiment.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

I really like how the game looks. Needs more Bloom though.

Come on be good!

Posted by The_Nubster

Hopefully, even if it has flaws, this game will be a satisfying mix of zombie-killing goodness and RPG elements. As long as it's not bland and 'safe', I'm all for it.

Posted by Besetment

I'm calling it. This game will be TERRIBLE.

Posted by Peacemaker

Looks so awesomely brutal.

Posted by lostinthewired

Is this a Corpse Killer remake?

Posted by RandomInternetUser
@Redbullet685 said:
Really looking forward to this game. I Love zombies.
My thoughts exactly.
Posted by spilledmilkfactory

All of this preview content (the one liners, the stamina meter limiting your actions, etc) seems in stark contrast to the emotionally shaking tone of the trailers. That said, I think it could still turn out to be a great game - just not the one that some people were expecting. The incoming storm sounds especially cool; not enough games really make you fight against the elements like that.

Posted by Waffles13

While Dead Rising 2 and Undead Nightmare have seriously hampered my recent enjoyment of zombies, I feel like a more serious and vulnerable take on an infection could be really, really interesting. Probably not a day-one purchase, but if the reviews aren't too negative I'll probably check this out.

Posted by Agent47

I just don't get why some people EVER consider the thing in 28 Days Later to be...zombis.Like seriously!?Have you ever watched a zombi movie?What is a zombi?Simply put a re-animated corpse.Which in 28 Days Later there was none of.Like where did that shit even start?They don't act, look, move, or sound like zombis.

Posted by BaneFireLord

This game literally seems to combine every game genre and facet I like: open world, first person, light RPG elements, tropical islands and them thar zambies, of course. How it's going to end up, however, is another thing entirely. Fingers crossed.

Posted by bybeach


'I made it with a Zombie Chick'

 

If I were so lucky! This is starting just to sound like another zombie game...maybe a little more RPG like? I have little interest anyways, but I thought the theme a bit more unique. Perhaps it is through the mechanics and such.

Posted by yoshimitz707

Sounds cool.

Posted by AuthenticM

I am really excited for this game.

Posted by OneKillWonder_

I've been reading all the new previews for this lately, and it sounds utterly amazing. I'm really hoping this comes together nicely. This game could put Techland on the map.

Posted by wyldcat34


Regardless of what Dead Island will offer, and though personally i'm not so soft skinned as to get pissy and hissy over the trailer, it was none the less quite tasteless to use a child in that manner - even though rumour has it they will not use children and it was a different company that made the trailer, they still released it.  I really think they should have market tested prior, unless they were gunning for the majority response they got.

 

 

Posted by WilliamHenry
@wyldcat34 said:


Regardless of what Dead Island will offer, and though personally i'm not so soft skinned as to get pissy and hissy over the trailer, it was none the less quite tasteless to use a child in that manner - even though rumour has it they will not use children and it was a different company that made the trailer, they still released it.  I really think they should have market tested prior, unless they were gunning for the majority response they got.

 

 

Ugh, people like you are the worst. God forbid you use a child like that. Its not like its even a real person, it was CG. If they didn't use the child, the trailer would not have been anywhere near as impactful as it was. The reason the trailer hit people so hard was precisely because of the child.
Posted by Brendan

This game sounds interesting.

Posted by wyldcat34

@DivineCC

So, in your opinion the trailer was infact quite tastefull, and proceeded to make the point it wanted in the only way possible? 

And there was no other way to make the point they were aiming for without using a child?  Regardless if it was CG, or as stated by you "Its not like its even a real person" doesn't change the principal.  By your own admission, anything that is not "real" but based upon realism is fair game.  Thats a pretty wide and dangerous arc to be stating.

 

I am not the worst kind of person.  Unfortunatley, you on the other hand, are the type of person who just doesn't get it.  I get the feeling you don't have kids and as such, you just don't have an idea of the thoughts that go through a parents mind daily.   And  if you do have kids, and you don't see the issue.....wow.

Posted by Don

So this is probably the closest I am going to get to Gilligan's Zombie Island TV show I always wanted?

Posted by Deranged

Love me some zombie killing.

Posted by Gregomasta

You gave me some hope about this game Alex, I hope it turns out good.

Posted by rcath

I have a Nintendo. 

Posted by Subjugation

I'm getting pumped for this game.

Posted by LiquidSwords

If you like turtles, you'll love this game

Posted by tweetspot

kinda fucked up if i say so myself

Posted by translucentfish

Damn. I hoped it would be more like the teaser. I want that game, not this one.

Edited by cannedstingray

@wyldcat34

 I have  two beautiful kids, and know all too well about losing sleep when one has the flu, or goes to camp for the first time and hoping they don't get scared being away from home, or worse get hurt and I won't be there to save them..

 

Having said that, I'm tired of hearing from people who are insensed by the trailer.  Get over it, of course it made you emotional, I know it sure as hell choked me up when I first saw it, and made want to go make sure my kids were ok.. It definately made me empathise with the family portrayed in the trailer, which is not easy since they are all CG.. 

 

But I'm also now completely aware of this game, and more interested than I ever would've been if it looked like Dead Rising, in first person, when I saw it for the first time.. I don't fault them for trying to get a reaction out of viewers, because it definately got people talking, and sparked interest.  Which is exactly what this game needed, especially since it has been in development for so long..

 

I have kids, but I don't get all up in arms every time something bad happens to a kid in a movie, although it definately makes me think about my kids, but that's not a bad thing either. 

 

I also have Grand Parents, and similarly I don't get all pissed when an old person get's killed in a movie, nor does it make me love my Grand Parents any less.

 

Same goes for middle aged fathers and mothers.   Basically, anybody in a plot line, is somebody's relative, or child, or parent,sibling etc.  It's just part of telling a story, and if something you see in a trailer or game, or movie reminds you of someone you love, it's not a bad thing, it just means your a person, like the rest of us.

Posted by brocool

this 06' demo sounds alright, why did it take so long.

Posted by Gerhabio

Man, I really want  a really difficult zombie game where you control an average fat, unhealthy guy and have a real tough time running away from zombies so you gotta be all strategical and stuff.

Posted by Vexxan

Brutal zombie game? I'm in.

Posted by wyldcat34

@bluecollaralaskan

Dude, awesome response and all very, very valid points of which I would agree on - bar one

 

I'm not up in arms over this, I stated that I thought it was tasteless, if I was ranting on how they were " Misogynistic paedophile peddlers of hate" and this game should be banned, yadda yadda yadda then yes, I'd call that up in arms but  I mearly stated tastless, which I think that the trailer i'm talking about was.  They could have captured my emotions in a totally different way than the way they did.

 

But thanks for the well thought through and constructive reply.

Posted by JB16
@DivineCC said:
@wyldcat34 said:


Regardless of what Dead Island will offer, and though personally i'm not so soft skinned as to get pissy and hissy over the trailer, it was none the less quite tasteless to use a child in that manner - even though rumour has it they will not use children and it was a different company that made the trailer, they still released it.  I really think they should have market tested prior, unless they were gunning for the majority response they got.

 

 

Ugh, people like you are the worst. God forbid you use a child like that. Its not like its even a real person, it was CG. If they didn't use the child, the trailer would not have been anywhere near as impactful as it was. The reason the trailer hit people so hard was precisely because of the child.
I agree with Divine, seriously uptight people like you are the reason why games are still being seen as a child's toy.
Posted by MisterMouse

hmm well it is kind of cool to see something from another developer for once. And the smoke of the gun in the one shot looked cool. It will be interesting to see how this does.

Posted by patrick
@wyldcat34 said:


even though rumour has it they will not use children and it was a different company that made the trailer, they still released it.  I really think they should have market tested prior, unless they were gunning for the majority response they got.

I think rumor implies that it hasn't been confirmed. Also, any PR person would be lying if they said they wouldn't have wanted the kind of response the trailer had.
Posted by Eyz

Shaping up nicely!

Posted by radioactivez0r

Well, Darksiders took ideas from other games and made them fit its universe, so hopefully Dead Island can do the same with the same amount of awesome.

Posted by HarrySound

Gorgeous music

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