Zombies have become synonymous with video games to such an extent that its difficult for any developer to do anything new and credible to a rather stagnant and stale sub genre, Resident Evil 5 implemented a more action inspired zombie fest whereas Dead Rising 2 was more about decapitating packs of the undead in a variety of imaginative ways. But Dead Island isn’t attempting to alter the overall genetics that make a traditional zombie game, but rather fuse many different elements into one gory entity. Dead Island will unsurprisingly see you trapped on a tropical island with hordes of the undead attempting to spoil any chance you had of enjoying any quite time with that bikini clad beauty you were enticing with alcoholic beverages, and its up to you to maim, decapitate, electrocute and destroy all zombies that have the unfortunate luck of shambling towards you.
Crucially, Dead Island is about surviving, sure you can butcher numerous former tourists with your electrified machete until it becomes mind numbingly tedious (which it wont), but be wary that weapons, particularly ammo, are scarce, and with such a vast island being besieged by numerous cannibals you could very quickly become overwhelmed by their sheer numbers, and armed with only a baseball bat and your strong constitution’s. As you progress through the nightmarish island you will find moments of tranquility in the form of safe houses which are scattered all over, which are places specifically designed to give the player a break from the hellish surroundings, create and modify weapons and meet contrasting survivors who you can choose to either help out for unique bonuses or ignore entirely so as not to risk your own life, the choice is yours.
Another exciting aspect to Dead Island is the 4 player co-operative play, which allows other participants to drop in and out of the game despite your progress (preferably not dropping out as I’m desperately overwhelmed). Dead Island may not be pushing boundaries with their own take on the repetitive zombie apocalypse scenario, but why does it need too? As long as there’s an abundance of blood, guts and plenty of intriguing and fun alternative ways of killing your foes, then very little else matters.
Dead Island is released in September, click the link to watch “that” notorious trailer.
Will Dead Island live up to expectation? Or has it been too massively hyped up? Let me know your thoughts, cheers.