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So the Dead Island trailer made you jizz in your pants, but will the game be anywhere near as good?

Every now and then a game trailer comes along that launches itself at your eyes with so much rocket-fuelled incredible it sparks an arousing synaptic chain-reaction that causes gamers to spontaneously combust in their pants with the force of a thermonuclear explosion. Like the new trailer for Dead Island. What is Dead Island? It's kind of a first person open-world survival horror with RPG bits. On a sunny island. Think holidaying in Faliraki, but with less Brits-on-the-piss and more brain-eating zombies.

But that doesn't matter right now. What does matter is that you watch the trailer immediately if you haven't done so several times already.


And in three minutes the almost unknown Dead Island becomes the hottest property since George Lucas thought it'd be a good idea to make a film about a war in some far away galaxy. But are we getting carried away? After all, trailers are just fancy-looking adverts. And adverts are scientifically designed mind-control beam weapons used to manipulate the brains of wide-eyed consumers.

Luckily, we know Rachel Weber. Who is Rachel Weber? She works for the UK's Official PlayStation Magazine. More importantly, she recently returned from a trip to Poland. While she was there she visited Techland, the Call of Juarez developer who is also responsible for, you've guessed it, Dead Island. We asked Rachel if she thought the actual game could end up being even half as good as the trailer makes it look. This is what she said:

"I’ll be honest, Poland was the last place I was expecting to see one of the most exciting games of the year, but Dead Island is just that. Set in the sunny Royal Palms Resort on the island of Banoi in Papua New Guinea, it’s essentially Dead Rising meets Left 4 Dead with added suncream. There’s four player, drop in drop out co-op, and instead of guns (there are a few, but let’s not forget this is a holiday island, not Iraq) you’ll need to use the debris and discarded objects scattered around the beaches and pools to fend off the undead.

"Luckily the brutal open world game also packs some diet RPG elements so your character (there are four to choose from, including hip hop star Sam B) can build their skills as they slash and bash. The trailer might be more representative of the game’s mood than gameplay, but trust me, you’re absolutely right to be excited."

'Dead Rising meets Left 4 Dead with added suncream'. It certainly sounds promising. And the trailer is undeniably kick ass. Even if it did make us sad. All being well, Dead Island should be released later this year for PC, 360 and PS3. More on Dead Island will be revealed in Issue 56 of the UK's Official PlayStation Magazine, which is out 16 March.

Does Dead Island excite you? Let us know in the comments.

Feb 17, 2011

67 comments

  • jebbie - March 7, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    Love how they ended that trailer, touching and tragic at the same time. On another note, going to cancel that Carribean vacation that I planned with the wife and daughter
  • DrIntrigue - February 21, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    The trailer was very well made and I enjoyed it, but it showed me nothing about the game (besides the fact there will be a zombie outbreak at a resort island). I don't understand the crazy-excitement for the game because of a well made CGI cut-scene.
  • vekrote - February 20, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    Could have sworn that I heard that this was cancelled over a year ago. I'm glad to know that it's actually coming out this time, it looks awesome!
  • SUSMaker9 - February 20, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    Looking good. Just hope the gameplay can live up to the trailer.
  • tifanity - February 19, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    I can't believe a 3 minute video touched me so much. Looks so tragic! I can't wait for this game now =3
  • CARDYKEV - February 19, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    With all the references to game related things making people "gizz in their pants" when will such things become a recognised cure for erectile disfunction?
  • Peguin - February 19, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    Another game to add to the massive list of games im looking forward to this year
  • dmusp1 - February 19, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    @1:50 NO TIP FOR YOU!!
  • Spade103 - February 19, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    I was kind of hoping this game would come out like the FPS Melee sort of action you'd see in Condemned or the old Xbox game Breakdown but with a metric pooptonne of Zombies. I haven't played it, and i dont know HOW exactly it feels, but if it controls and plays like Dead Rising or Left 4 Dead, ill probably take a pass. Not saying they're bad games, i own Dead Rising 2 and both Left 4 Deads. It's just i'd like to see them do something different. Make the combat feel more visceral. Kind of like in some shooters, it feels like you're shooting some little cap gun, and in others it feels like you're actually shooting something big, loud and powerful. The melee in Dead Rising and all weapons in Left 4 Dead feel like you're swinging a weightless tube, and it also feels like the enemies are made out of paper mache. There's no impact, if you get my meaning. Instead of all of the weapons slicing through the zombies like butter (even the blunt ones!) i'd like to see the axes and stuff actually get stuck in their bones and have the controller pulse hard, so it actually feels like a heavy solid object has hit a body instead of going through like it's nothing and the zombies just falling apart. Bodies dont do that!
  • zubb1 - February 19, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    okay i realy like the fallout vegas like survival idea and also. u dont need to be in iraq to get guns just go to wallmart or the south. and speaking of iraq that would be a great place for a zombie survival game zombie taliban that explode. thats awsome.
  • CandiedJester - February 18, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    What if while your playing, if you die, you watch your character come back as a zombie and are helpless as it tries to attack your teammates? That would be cool. And this is a great concept for a game. I will definitely watch out for it.
  • xenon - February 18, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    techland are good. My guess is I'm gonna like this game.
  • Xifihas - February 18, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    I'll pass on this game. The trailer only says one thing, "we are trying way too hard to make you look forward to this game".
  • sugaplz - February 18, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    @8bitbaby, its not just the music, I watched it without sound and it still blew me away :)
  • GorditaSlim - February 18, 2011 3:57 a.m.

    That was one excellent trailer. I'm glad this project isn't dead. My eyes are so on this game.
  • CoryM1134 - February 18, 2011 3:34 a.m.

    Looks incredible. But... I never thought I'd say this, but I'm getting a little tired of zombies. We've had scary zombies, slow zombies, fast zombies, funny zombies, cute zombies, western zombies, etc.. etc... I LOVE zombies, but does anyone feel like we could give it a rest for a year or two?
  • grayguwapo - February 18, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    wow... really emotional for a survival horror game... and looks great... kinda reminds me of the old silent hill... survival of he fittest... can't wait to see more of this... this definitely makes my wishlist of games...
  • salvadorzombie - February 18, 2011 2:06 a.m.

    I just wish that this had the actual zombies like I hoped, instead of the rage type. I don't know why, but people just don't think that a Romero-style game can work any more...why?
  • FreedomPhantom - February 18, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    Wow, I'm excited based on this trailer. I want GAMEPLAY videos though!
  • SHAPATTAK - February 18, 2011 1:50 a.m.

    Wow! Fascinating and horrifying. It kicks my 'protective father' instincts in to high gear.

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