Dead Island - UK PC Games
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Released on 09-Sep-2011
Get into character by choosing one of four different personalities to enjoy your stay on Dead Island with; from one-hit-wonder rap star Sam B through to Purna, the kick-ass former cop from Oz, there's someone for everyone to customise as they creep, fight and flee through the game
Being tracked down by the undead? Wielding anything that comes to hand to beat them off? And running away in blind terror when all your options run out? No, it's not a package holiday to Magaluf but Dead Island, a vacation to a luxury island resort gone horribly wrong as zombies run amok, all hellbent on turning you into finger food.
- Survive or Die! – a first-person action-adventure, explore a luscious open-world packed to the palm trees with the undead as you try to find a way to survive long enough to get on the next Easyjet flight outta there!
- DIY Weaponry – fancy combining a baseball and some nails to send an undead holidaymaker on a permanent vacation? Dead Island lets you do it! With the game's focus on melee combat, combine everyday objects to turn them into perfect tools for smashing fruity zombies into meaty chunks
- Cranium-Cracking Co-op! – team up and beat out the brains of the undead in the four-player co-operative mode and level up your character so they're bigger, faster and stronger thanks to Dead Island's role-playing features
- Hell in Paradise – travel across the beautiful island of Banoi and, in between the disemboweling and beheadings, marvel at the postcard-perfect visuals of this tropical paradise, from its blood-drenched white sands through to undead-concealing rain forests.
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Meanwhile, EA's latest American football title Madden NFL 12 made its debut in sixth place.
Techland's eagerly awaited first-person action game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC was able to overcome last week's leader Deus Ex: Human Revolution, no doubt thanks to the buzz created by its stunning debut trailer earlier this year.
Smash hit zombie survival game Dead Island has shambled past the two million sales mark, publisher Deep Silver has announced.
Developer Techland's innovative blend of first-person action, RPG customisation and survival horror thrills has proven a big draw among gamers since its debut earlier this month, topping the charts across the US and Europe.
The UK has been no exception to the game's appeal, with the game having now led the all-formats chart for a fortnight, becoming Deep Silver's biggest-selling British release ever in the process.
Dead Island has been big news since its debut trailer - an artful, moving film involving a young family succumbing to a zombie onslaught - became an internet sensation earlier this year.
The finished game appears to be living up to the hype, with players relishing its open-world exploration, intense melee combat and four-player cooperative action.
Chart-topping, zombie-chopping genre hybrid Dead Island will be making its way to the multiplex, thanks to Hollywood studio Lionsgate, which snapped up the film rights this week.
The game caught their eye when the teaser trailer went viral. Playing out in reverse, the trailer showed how a young girl at a tropical resort was caught up in a zombie outbreak, infected and then thrown to her death from a hotel window. It is this approach that will inform the film, not the storyline of the game, which followed four bad-ass characters as the carved a path through the undead to escape.
'This is exactly the type of property we're looking to adapt at Lionsgate', said studio head Joe Drake (no relation to Nathan). 'It's sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential.'
No actors have been signed, but the film will be produced by Sean Daniel, who previously brought us The Mummy franchise. He also played Policeman #2 in Sam Raimi's Darkman, so there you go.
Lionsgate has announced that it has acquired an option to make a film adaptation of the smash hit zombie survival game Dead Island.
The movie studio has snapped up the rights to Deep Silver and Techland's Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC title within weeks of its debut, with the game having topped the UK all-formats chart for a fortnight while shifting two million copies worldwide.
According to Lionsgate's producers, the film will be inspired primarily by the sensational teaser trailer that became a worldwide internet phenomenon earlier this year, before going on to win the prestigious Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity.
The emotionally powerful short film, which chronicled the story of a young family's demise at the hands of the undead in a striking non-linear fashion, received more than ten million views online with two days of its debut.
Lionsgate's Joe Drake said the movie will feature the same focus on emotional stories, relationship drama and fragmented storytelling.
He added: 'This is exactly the type of property we're looking to adapt at Lionsgate - it's sophisticated, edgy and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love.'
Zombie-splatting openworld RPG Dead Island will be lurching back to life, hungry for more brains, as Polish developer Techland has confirmed that it's working on a follow-up, entitled Dead Island: Riptide.
"The next battle between life and death will be waged in Dead Island Riptide, currently in development for consoles and PC by Techland," read the message posted on the game's official Facebook page. "An extensive reveal of the thrilling new perils that players can expect from this new entry to the Dead Island franchise is planned for later this summer. Stock up on zombie survival guides, water, ammunition, and watch this space!"
The message was accompanied by a logo, which repeats the palm tree motif of the original over murky forest imagery. Will this sequel be set on the same island, or has the infection spread to a new location? We'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, the BBFC has rated a Dead Island: Game of the Year edition, so if you haven't already hacked your way through the original game, you'll get your chance.
Zombie-themed role-playing adventure Dead Island won over plenty of players with its chunky first-person melee combat, which allowed you to swing machetes, clubs and all sorts of homemade weaponry at the undead. Now, some of the team from Techland, the studio that created Dead Island, are working on a new game with an even greater emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting.
Given the promising codename Project Hell, the game features a swords and sorcery visual style with concept art on the game's official blog - the wonderfully named sharpenyouraxes.com - showing a menacing looking fellow in armour clutching some monstrous severed heads. Project Hell is being developed with PC in mind, but the developers say they're considering a console release as well.
"Our main goal is to make a game we can all enjoy playing so don't expect unicorns and fairies," posted project manager Marcin Kruczkiewicz. "We prefer breaking through hordes of undead minions only to slaughter their devilish and loathsome masters in a bloody boss-fight." Charming.
The main Techland team, meanwhile, is still beavering away on Dead Island sequel, Riptide, due sometime in 2013. A Game of the Year edition of the first game, including all the additional DLC quests and bonus weapons, is out for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Having survived the zombie carnage on the tropical island of Banoi, fans eager for Dead Island sequel Riptide will have a whole new blood-soaked holiday destination, called Palanai, according to creative director Sebastian Reichert.
"The request from the fans after the success of Dead Island was very clear – they want more and they want it now!" Reichert told VG247. "However, creating a whole new setting will take a lot of time. So the question shifted to ‘do we have enough ideas in the same setting to offer another great experience, or do we have to shift the setting to deliver a full experience?’ Dead Island: Riptide is the answer to that. We changed the setting partially, built in new features fitting to this different environment and now we make sure the experience rocks again."
"For example, in Dead Island, the beauty of the island was often created by man – the beach resort, hotel, etc - and the terror was created by the zombies. This main design theme has changed. Palanai is an island full of natural beauty, for example, wonderful waterfalls, contrasted by natural destruction caused by storms, monsoons and rain. And of course the zombies."
Riptide will add a new character to the quartet introduced in the first game, as well as improving various gameplay mechanics. Sticking with melee or ranged weapons, for instance, will gradually increase your stats for that weapon type.
Dead Island: Riptide is due for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next year. If you want to get up to speed on the series, the Dead Island: Game of the Year edition is on sale now for just £12.99.
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