Dead Island is still kicking around

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A new trailer was released for Dead Island, a survival-horror game that was announced nearly four years ago and then just as quickly disappeared into vaporware. It’s being done by Polish developer, Techland, whom some might remember for the Western-styled FPS, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. It’s still alive and it’s actually expected out this year on the PC, PS3, and the Xbox 360. If Techland can make the game as fun as Bound in Blood, Capcom’s Dead Rising might actually find itself with a little competition.

It’s described as something of a ‘Dead Rising’ styled zombie masher with an RPG system in place to allow characters learn skills that can help them survive the outbreak. But it’s unique in that the outbreak takes place at an island resort leaving the survivors with very little to fight back with except for their wits and whatever they can get their hands on. The smell of coconut oil might only make you seem more appetizing to the walking dead.

Still, there’s really not much else to go on other than the bare basics. Oh, and there’s the new, 18+ or older only trailer I mentioned. It’s a remarkable piece of work even though it shows no gameplay. It’s depressing and shocking at the same time and not because of the gore that spills from nearly every frame, so be warned when you click on this link to IGN to see it. Definitely not what your typical zombie trailer.

Review: Dead Rising 2

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By Brittany Vincent
Contributing Writer

The boys are back in town. By boys, I mean ravenous, flesh-eating zombies. And by town, I mean Fortune City. Luckily Chuck Greene, motocross superstar, is on the case.

In Dead Rising 2, the sequel to the cult hit zombie apocalypse simulator Dead Rising, Greene replaces Frank West as the Average Joe on the run from the starving undead. Yes, there are plenty of zombies, but there’s a cure floating around that can stave off the effects of zombification. It’s called Zombrex, and Katey, Chuck’s tiny daughter, is in dire need of a dose every 24 hours lest she degrade into a shambling monstrosity herself.

In a world where zombie rights groups advocate fair treatment of zombies and pharmaceutical companies are profiting off the suffering of the people, this isn’t exactly an easy feat. It’s up to players to keep Katey fully dosed with Zombrex as the poignant father-daughter team anxiously tries to withstand, you guessed it, a 72-hour period before help arrives.
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