Dead Island launch trailer is alive

It's not hard to name the clip most people will remember as the standout trailer of the year. Dead Island's debut trailer was emotional, artful, and awesome. With the game’s September 6 launch date fast approaching, Techland isn’t shy about the pre-release hype the zombie title has enjoyed.

While the launch trailer won’t be taking home any Cannes film festival awards, like the reveal teaser did, today’s video shows off more of what actual matters with more gameplay and footage of the zombie infested island resort off the coast of Papua New Guinea. 

If you haven’t already seen what happened when GamesRadar went to Dead Island, you should! And if you want to know if the game lives up to the hype in this launch trailer, you can read all about it in our review next Monday.

Sept 1, 2011

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  • FingeredPope - September 2, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    Maybe now Deep Silver can finally finish/release "Ride to Hell".
  • ObliqueZombie - September 2, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    For some reason, I LOVE the atmosphere the song brings in. It's obviously depressing, yet makes me feel almost... blissfully happy? Not sure. But anyone, I payed off this game months ago, and I'm beyond stoked for it. Whether is lives up to it's hype is yet to be seen, but still, I don't see me disliking this experience as a whole. Except maybe when Sam B starts talking. Also: WHY DOES THIS GAME HAVE TO COME OUT THE SAME DAY AS SPACE MARINE?! Now I have to try to cram two games in that day!
  • CitizenWolfie - September 2, 2011 2:13 a.m.

    I love how the trailer was all guns, guts and gore while pretty much every preview says the combat is predominantly melee based. I guess the sad music/"that" trailer isn't really representative of the game either. Reminds me of that pretentious "Mad World" Gears of War trailer. Also, considering the other characters seem quite normal - regular holiday makers - it feels a bit lazy to have a rapper as your go-to "cool" character. Surely a genuine rapper wouldn't be staying in a hotel resort with regular folk. Still looks awesome though. Even my non gaming girlfriend wants to play it. Or watch me play it at least.
  • Yeager1122 - September 1, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Looks good hope the game lives up to the hype.
  • Crypto140 - September 2, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    Monday GR? I am still on the fence about this game, if it sucks, I don't want to shell out $60 on it, I hope it lives up to our expectations(Just a RPG zombie game, that's it)
  • D0CCON - September 1, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    Next Monday? I'm guessing the Brits are handling it?
  • sheah1 - September 1, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Hmm, does anybody know where I can find the music? It reminds me of Armored Core For Answer. That's definitely a good thing.
  • santaclouse37 - September 1, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    Looks cool, but I wish they'd stop using the same music from the debut trailer. I know it's good for brand recognition and all, but it really doesn't fit the mood of the visuals onscreen, and the result is a jarring contrast between video and audio. I don't mean that in a good way, either.
  • JoeMulvihill1 - September 2, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    it is called contrapuntal sound and is used to have that kind of effect. if you close your eyes the music is calm but when they're open, every thing is just crazy. it perfectly describes this island. it's such a beautiful place yet such a horrific place at the exact same time.
  • Lemons - September 1, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    ....Lol guess I meant vv yes first vv
  • Lemons - September 1, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    ^^Yes first^^ Nice. I like the look of the game and seems the way it plays is legit, 'bout the only complaint I can really take away and that is sort of very distracting for me from all the vids of the game with the exception of the first one is all of the character model's faces. The voice work sounds badass and not just phoned in but it seems the character model's faces are going to look pretty similar to how the faces looked and moved in Fallout 3. I straight up hated it, their faces hardly ever showed the emotion that you could hear and feel coming out of their mouths. Hope it doesn't go that way with this game too much. That's really it though, the rest looks spectacular.
  • wiitard07 - September 1, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    SO MUCH WIN. I taught myself how to play the most depressing music ever from that trailer and now I do it all the time. I absolutely adore the premise of the game and I can't wait! First?

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