It’s sunshine and slaughter in this gameplay debut for Dead Island 2

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There’s more than one zombie game on the way that has players surviving legions of the undead while crafting exotic weapons from a boat oar, a car battery and the rotting corpse of a midget. A peculiar sub-genre to say the least, but one that has several fans. Dead Island 2 is indeed looking like the bomb that is about to blow up, which you can see in action after the jump.

Ah, good ol’ Los Angeles. I’ve been there a couple of times already, and it was readily apparent to me that the game would be set in the state of California when the debut cinematic trailer dropped and featured zombie athletics along Venice Beach. “In the debut gameplay trailer, sunshine meets bloody melee violence once again, this time in the sunny realms of California,” Deep Silver said in a PR release.

Dead Island 2 picks up the Dead Island and Escape Dead Island storyline several months after the events on the Banoi islands. The United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine which, for some, is a dream come true with a promise of a fresh start. California’s newfound bloody paradise is an action-packed playground featuring the acclaimed, seamless multiplayer for up to eight players who cooperate, compete or simply coexist in a truly social, new-gen multiplayer experience.

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Unlike the sombre tone of the first game, Dead Island 2 looks like it’s going to have a far more cartoonishly violent reaction to the zombie apocalypse. And really, I’m quite fine with that. The game is looking solid, and hopefully this one can work some more magic in the co-op section, a feature that made an otherwise tame debut game rather special when you dragged some friends along with you.

Last Updated: August 12, 2014

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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