Gameplay Footage for Dead Island has been released and we’ll probably see more next week at E3, but YouTube user TheGamerSheep has got his hands on this footage and walks us through it in the video below;
The melee looks incredibly brutal and bloody – (check out the decapitation at 4:12!) If the zombie slaying feels as good as it looks then they might be onto a winner! Aesthetically it’s very pleasing to look at, I know Adam in particular will LOVE how beautiful the tropical island looks, as he’s always a big fan of palm trees in games. It’s still a little rough around the edges in some areas but this can be fixed as it is still in development.
One thing I did notice is that the style of the game contrasts drastically with the style and atmosphere of the first trailer. The trailer did so well to get everyone’s attention and really captured the sense of a desperate and futile struggle with the inevitable. The game does not seem to carry this mood over in the gameplay, with XP points popping up everywhere and blood gushing from every zombie it really just feels quite trashy in a B-Movie kind of way. This isn’t a bad thing at all, it’s just worrying that there are mixed messages being sent here and it’s leaving everybody a bit confused as to what to expect. I could be reading way too much into this, of course, as the cynic in me is just saying that they obviously just wanted to gain attention and hired a top-notch team to do an awesome trailer for them…
In any case I’m still looking forward to hooking up with 3 buddies and splitting skulls with my spiky baseball bat!