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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 24, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Dead Island trailer makes a splash

    Ciara O'Brien

    There’s an awful lot of effort going into games trailers these days. Take the preview for Dead Island. The game hasn’t even got a definite release date – there are rumours of August – but already Deep Silver has put out what could be the most disturbing trailer I’ve ever seen. It’s been stuck in my head since last week when I watched it.

    Dead Island, for those of you unfamiliar with the game, is an open world horror game, set on the fictional tropical island of Banoi. Fancy a family holiday? This one comes with a side order of zombies and some 18-rated video game violence.  Fast-moving zombies, in beachwear.

    “Paradise to die for.”

    I’m not exactly squeamish (OK, maybe a little, I’m dealing with it) but this trailer really got to me.

    I’m not sure if it’s the little girl in it, the fact that I have a morbid fear of zombies (show me a sensible person who doesn’t) or the excellent use of the music. I think it might have been the ending to it that gave it it the general “what the hell was that?” factor. If you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t give it away.

    If the game even lives up to half of what the trailer promises, this could possibly beat Dead Space 2 for me. However, it should be noted that it’s a cinematic trailer, not actual gameplay footage. And it’s not as if it is unheard of for a game to look great, and fail to deliver.

    See for yourself.

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    • David McG says:

      You’re EXACTLY right, this is a cinematic trailer and- as is frequently the case- many produced games cannot even begin to emulate the effect of a fully pre-rendered sequence that uses no aspect of the game engine to produce it.

      So, until gameplay trailers start coming out of the studio we can just chalk this up as an interesting cinematic rather an early reason to be excited about the game.
      The studio was supposed to be working on this in 2007 before it went dark for a while- so they could easily go back under again, or make a storming recovery give us this great trailer and then follow it up with an awful game… again, the lack of gameplay footage is always a worrying thing when games are being advertised.

      My full and only complaint, and this complaint is shared by many people, with the trailer is that it really does seem like an act of exploitation & gratuitous shock to use a little girl as a victim.
      I loved the trailer the first time i watched it, but the second time and after, the inclusion of the little girl seemed unnecessary.
      I felt the exact same way with ‘Dead Rising 2′ and the constant ‘emotional’ need to get Zombrex for your little girl- they tried and failed horribly to make the game centre on that particular emotional pivot.

    • dave says:

      Is there meant to be a link to the trailer here?

    • There should be a video there … it’s showing up for me.

    • jase says:

      its better not in reverse, looks a sick game, so what if its cinematic, u just know its gonna beat any zombie slayin games