Zombie games are nothing new. The most popular, newest series is Left 4 Dead.. but before that there was Dead Rising, Resident Evil, Zombies Ate My Neighbors(see image below) even the quirky Plants Vs Zombies. As far as I know no game has broken the ground that Dead Island is set to annihilate. That ground is zombie filled free roam. Think Red Dead Redemption with zombies, oh… thats a real game? Well, think … uhhhh GTA with zombie… wait, thats been done? Ok so it isn’t new ground but its the first game that is Zombie themed and Free Roam together, instead of the zombies being an afterthought.
The trailer for Dead Island is a masterpiece. The slow daunting music goes perfectly with the visuals we are shown. The fact that the here-and-now action is in reverse, and the flashbacks are in chronological order makes it even creepier.
And I was pretty sure they weren’t allowed to show horrible deaths of children! All I can say is wow. There is also a version that is played in forwards, but it just isn’t as glorious.
From what I have read about this game you are a vacationer on a gorgeous island resort, and after a night of partying you awake to (presumably) everyone else being zombied up. There of course are some other survivors, as the game allows 4 player coop. It is set in 1st person and there will be firearms but most of the gameplay has been said to be melee oriented.
If the game delivers half as much emotion and urgency as the trailer does I will be jumping for joy. I can only hope for scenarios that are half as gnarly as having to throw my mortally wounded kid out of a 5th story window because she was getting a bit nibbly. I get goosebumps every time I watch it, and I feel like I already know the characters in the 3 minute trailer. 5* for in-reverse head chops too!