Terror. Violence. Madness. Bedlam. A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Cut off from the rest of the world, the player’s only chance to survive is to fight to the death and find a way to escape from the island.
Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last 48 hours, you will have heard the majority of the internet orgasming over the new zombie phenomenon known as Dead Island, but the sad fact is, all we’ve seen is an announcement trailer mostly consisted of FMV.
I previously posted a video someone put together featuring the trailer being reversed and played in the proper sequence of events to make what some people are calling “emotional” even more so since it shows it in a way that anyone who is a parent would dread ever happening to them.
Deep Silver may not be one of the bigger players of the gaming industry, but this could be just the game to put them up there with the big leaguers. That’s not a diss to the publisher, they’ve published some great games such as nail’d, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky and the X³ series, it’s just that a game of this magnitude that has got so much internet buzz right now would be something expected from the likes of EA or Capcom.
So, what’s it all about? Besides being published by Deep Silver and developed by Techland, the main element of the game is first-person melee combat which is one thing that makes the game a little bit more unique than games like Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead 2 and you remember the glorious landscape of Far Cry 2? The tropical island setting is just a pretty backdrop to a game that is based on classic zombie movies and especially horror type films that are based in remote resorts where we all know something always goes wrong.
Although it’s not trying to be yet another zombie game with the L4D option of up to four players in co-op, it’s the character development and weapon customisation of a wide variety of weapons give this brain-dead masher a bit of a twist. The emphasis is not to use the usual choice of guns or any other firearms since there won’t be many on offer, the idea is to get up close and in the zombies grill and take them out with a swift slash and stab of a blade or hack their limbs off with an axe. That’s where the weapon customization comes in, you will have the ability to collect various items which will allow improved devastating kills with upgraded weapons compared to the basic implement.
Not only is there the option to upgrade weapons, but you can upgrade your character too that adds a little bit of RP (role playing) into the mix from selecting preferences and developing them along the way while expanding skills and learning new tactics. If you’d prefer to go through the game with friends, they can join at any time thanks to the drop-in feature (you probably have to pause a little while while they sync) and get in on the action.
A totally brand new Chrome Engine 5 will be behind all this which should make the environment of Far Cry 2 look like Amy Whinehouse in comparison, apparently, saying that though, if the screens are representative of actual gameplay, it does look rather impressive and will probably need a fairly hefty PC to be able to play it. If you don’t have a top-end computer, don’t worry since it’s due to be released on the PlayStation first anyway, with the Xbox 360 and PC versions coming later.
Official website: www.deadisland.com
Now you’re up to date with pretty much all that is Dead Island, now please, mop up after yourself…