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Listen to three tracks from the Dead Island soundtrack right now

Deep Silver's zombie adventure, Dead Island, is gearing up for its September release with ever more gameplay glimpses and previews. With the title having first grabbed attention with its distinctive trailer, the onus is on the developers to reassure players that Dead Island will still incorporate the requisite zombie tropes: paranoia, inventive weaponry, and preferably the third-act revelation involving something along the lines of, “Don't you see, man, we're the real monsters.” A preview of the title's suspense-generating capabilities can be found in the form of three cuts from the soundtrack, released online for your appraisal.

What do you think of these cuts? Is it worthwhile releasing previews of a game's soundtrack, if only to get across the message, “don't worry, this'll sound pretty much how you expect it to”? Still, this promo puts the title's mood somewhere between 28 Days Later and Moon (the so-so sci-fi movie with the amazing soundtrack, not the DS game) – which would be a pretty good level of suspense for the game to aspire to, no?

Aug 15, 2011

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4 comments

  • SirLiamQuinn - August 17, 2011 2:05 a.m.

    The music all starts with hectic overlapping tone of nothing audible except the main theme. But none of these really make me think of zombies or horror films in general. They're just not menacing. I may be wrong but the music should help the game and if that main theme plays while I'm taking on hordes of zombies its not gonna make me fill in danger, it may actually take away from the gameplay. It just seams to me like bad techno music that someone could come up with in their basement.
  • Corvon - August 15, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    MUSIC....mhmhmmm delicious! as an avid fan of music this makes me elated
  • SideOfBeef - August 15, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    I'd say it's a good idea to put out music ahead of time to build interest in the game, the problem being that these are atmosphere loops, not music that I would actually want to listen to. I guess they convey that it's a game with zombies and/or horror elements, but everyone already knows that.
  • 12quad - August 15, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    Argh, the more I watch trailers,sneak previews, or even seeing screenshots of Dead Island the less riled up I am of the game. Don't get me wrong, I want the game as much as everybody else but my anticipation of the game kinda falters. When I saw the cinematic trailer I saw something much more than I see now and even the soundtrack as well(I could wrong with that because after all this is only three songs). But I guess I'm just giving that damn good trailer too much credit. I'll just shut up and wait for the game lol

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