Dead Island trailer has zombies, but with feeling


— 11:59 AM on May 17, 2011

Do we really need another zombie game? Maybe. While browsing Rock, Paper, Shotgun this morning, I stumbled upon this trailer for Dead Island. And it gave me chills.

Set to a plodding piano line, the trailer reveals precious little about the game itself. You're on a tropical island. There are zombies. Presumably, you have to kill them. However, in about a minute and a half, the trailer manages to evoke a more intense emotional reaction from me than most games do over several hours.

My curiosity piqued, I did a little digging and came upon an earlier trailer for the game. This haunting clip is obviously pre-rendered, but the graphics have nothing to do with the goosebumps that just popped up on my forearms. I'd put the trailer right up there with Gears of War's stirring Mad World commercial. The market may be brimming with zombie games, but if the trailers are any indication, there could be a lot more to Dead Island than mindless carnage. We'll know more on August 1, which is when the game is scheduled to be released for the PC.

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