Rarely do the words “poignant” and “bloody” find their way into the same sentence when discussing a zombie video game. However, after watching the new announcement trailer for Dead Island, you may find it difficult to describe it any other way. You may also find yourself checking the corners of your eyes for a few tears, if not for a few flecks of blood.
A few days ago, developer Techland (Call of Juarez) revealed the official announcement trailer for their upcoming zombie-survival horror game, Dead Island. Since its reveal, the Memento-esque trailer has gone – for lack of a better word – viral, receiving an incredible amount of attention for how emotionally engaging it is. For some, it’s because of how beautifully crafted the trailer is; for others –how tragic the trailer’s story is.
For me, it’s a combination of both.
It’s not often that I find myself gushing over a video game where zombies are the core threat. Other games of the same genre, such as Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, or even Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, have yet to captivate me in such an emotionally engrossing manner. While the aforementioned are certainly excellent games, they also belong to a genre that has unfortunately become somewhat oversaturated as of late with gameplay and storylines mimicking each other a bit too much. As such, it’s refreshing to see that there still exists the potential for something more.
For those that may not have heard of the game, Dead Island is zombie-survival horror game that takes place on a fictitious island resort in Papa New Guinea where a zombie outbreak has players trying to find their way off the island in a sandbox environment. Combat focuses mainly on melee combat, as guns are scarce, and players will need to use whatever they can get their hands on to fend off the infected.
If you have yet to check out the trailer, be sure to head here to watch it. But like I said; while it is an amazingly beautiful trailer, it can be a little rough on the soul as Rooster Teeth’s own Geoff Ramsey experienced during his attempt to watch it. For those that want to check it out but need something more comical, check out G4 TV’s chronological “Benny Hill” cut. And for those that want something a bit more “de-rezzed”, check out the Minecraft remake; it’s certainly easier on the eyes, but the music is still just as haunting.
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Dead Island is scheduled for release later this year. Be sure to stop by one of your favorite new or used video game stores around the Twin Cities metro area for reservation information.
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