Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dead Island First Impressions

The company Deep Silver has been working on Dead Island for some time now. It centers around 4 different characters who visit this island and in the middle of the night during their stay, zombies attack. The survivors of the attack are the ones who are actually immune to the zombification. 

After seeing the original trailer, I’ve had an interest in this game. I had no idea how it would play; would it be just a standard FPS or a 3rd person survival horror, or would it have RPG elements and whatnot? Well, after seeing first gameplay footage, it is FPS RPG survival horror combined. It is free-roam after you get past the first main storyline part, and looks like a mix of games. It really looks like Far Cry 2, along with gameplay elements similar to Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising, and Borderlands. It features many RPG elements including skills, levels, abilities, quests, crafting and upgrades.

Levels are gained by killing zombies; you get a certain amount of experience for each kill. You get points to level up skills when you level, and there are also abilities for each character. The abilities are different for each person.

The game has up to 4 player co-op and your friends can join or leave at any time. The combat looks pretty solid, got some nice features to it. There is also a stamina bar which goes down from attacks, blocks, and running. You’re going to have to be smart with the combat or else you’ll run out of stamina and have no chance of surviving.

Like I said before, the game is free-roam/open-world. I have to say again, it really looks like Far Cry 2. The graphics are a bit out-dated but I don’t think that will give anyone any problems, the game looks solid to begin with. It looks like a big, fun game and will surely entertain.

Dead Island releases on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on September 6th, 2011.


  1. My god, Zombies + Guns + Desperation = Epic

  2. Yeah I'm looking forward to this game, video looks awesome

  3. Looks a lot like Left 4 Dead to me.

  4. My brothers and I can't wait for this game!

  5. Looks exactly like a remake of L4D... 4 Player co op against zombies...

  6. FarCry 2 with zombies?
    Count me in.

  7. It looks pretty good I think, 3 months away though so I'll have to find something else to play in the meantime

  8. Can't wait to play this game!
    Looks so amazing!