Back in February this year, a trailer released that thrust a game that had barely been mentioned up to that point, well and truly into the limelight, it was both moving and shocking at the same time.
The question is, will the game that we finally get to play, live up to the emotional roller coaster created by that three minute announcement video made by a company in Scotland?Well the short answer to that question is probably not, more recently an 11 minute game-play walkthrough video has been released.
Having spent the eleven minutes watching it, it dawned on me that the game I was watching, had no relation to the earlier trailer that was released, the graphics were ok, but nothing special, the voice acting and dialogue looked adequate at best and there is no way that there is going to be any of the emotional impact created by the trailer that we originally watched, there are some rumors flying around that the developers are now trying to build the family into the game.
The question is, does any of it matter? well it is a little annoying when a trailer releases letting you believe that you are getting one thing, when in fact you are getting something else, and that’s not to say that this game isn’t going to be fun to play, it does look pretty cool running around an island hitting and killing zombies with anything you can lay your hands on and adapting weapons at work benches around the island which if we’re being honest is Dead Rising Malibu stylee.
So if you are looking for a deep, emotional narrative driven story, I think that you should avoid Dead Island at all costs, on the other hand if you want a crazy, kill zombies any way you can in an open world setting with RPG elements then maybe this game is for you after all.
Note to developers, if you are going to portray a game in an announcement trailer, try and make sure that it resembles the game that you are making! as a wise man once said ‘Don’t believe the hype!’.