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Dead Island

2 years ago

Feature: All trailer, no trash

The best PC game trailers ever

The game trailer is a sly creature. It wants to entertain you, to excite you, to embolden you with curiousity. But it also wants to sell you a bunch of code wrapped up in some 3D shapes. Some trailers turn out to be more artful than the game they’re hawking, others plant sneaky emotions in your head with music. However, some are better than others.…

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5 years ago

Feature: Stop Being Such A Baby

No, Please No, Not Another Game Player Has Baby Article

Here is my dilemma. It’s nice, I think, to approach supporter posts with a desire to be more personal, more intimate, to shine the light on ourselves a little more brightly. Or to be even more self-indulgent than ever, if you’d prefer to think of it that way. So when considering what to write about in my weekly supporter column, I like to think about…

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7 years ago

Feature: Night Terrors

Why Among The Sleep’s Toddler Lead Isn’t Just For Shock

Among The Sleep's main character is two-years-old. In every culture except dog, that means he's woefully under-prepared to do anything except crawl, cry, and make everything smell horrific by proxy. So then, when the game's Internet-famous trailer threw the teetering tot into a nightmarish gauntlet of hallucinatory horrors, it provoked many a raised eyebrow. And why not? It may sound crass, but recent horror-themed games…

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Dead Island: Riptide Is Coming For Your Brains

Techland's zombie game Dead Island sold especially well, so it's hardly surprising that a sequel should have appeared on the RPS long-distance radar so quickly. There's no information aside from the name and confirmation that it exists, (thanks VG247) but I sense this will please those of you who enjoyed the original tropical island undeath. Full details will appear in the summer, and I'm hoping…

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8 years ago

Be Bad: Dead Island’s Ryder White DLC

It's a frequent lament that we rarely get to play bad guys in an interesting way. There's another hope on the horizon, with the rather good Dead Island announcing some new major DLC. Ryder White is a whole new angle on the game's story, where you play as the titular character - the game's main baddie. Which is a splendid idea, if it's done right.…

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Feature: A Good Year For Open Worlds

Is 2011 The Year Of Game World Exploration?

This year has been unusually rich in the kind of game that I most enjoy: those that are open-ended, or provide a sandbox world for me to mess about in. We usually get a couple of these every year, but in 2011 we seem to have run into a minor bounty of the open stuff, which is good news for explorers and meanderers alike. I've…

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Fixed Levitating Zombies: Dead Island Patch

Dead Island's PC launch was a bit of a messy business, which is why we here at Fortress Shotgun gave a solemn, grim-jawed nod upon hearing that devs Techland had decided to prioritise patching it over squeaking out downloadable content. The latter was delayed in favour of the former, and today we get a peek at which of their freeform zombie game's guts they've been…

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Dead Island DLC Expectedly Delayed

When Dead Island's Bloodbath Arena DLC was announced I jested that it might be delayed 'til 2017. Well, I'm guessing we'll see it before 2017, but the content has indeed been delayed. Rather than concentrating on finishing up the horde mode and extra equipment that the DLC's set to offer, Techland are concentrating on squashing the bugs in the core game. Releasing a game with…

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Byte vs Brick: Week Ending Oct 1

And again! A not entirely industry-representative yet unquestionably fascinating/depressing look at what comprised the top ten PC game sales for Steam compared to UK retail over the last week. Will The Sims' dominance of retail continue unabated? (Obviously). Will there be any surprise returns to the Steam top ten? (Yeah, actually). Read on to find out the answers to both these questions and more, as…

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Who Do Voodoo? Dead Island Movie Looms

The internet is littered with the rotting corpse-stories of 'game x optioned for movie', so many of such headlines failing to come true, Hollywood executives' frothing plans simply ending up mired in cinematic red tape for years to come or Uwe Boll somehow getting his hands on the license. Perhaps Dead Island is destined for a similar fate, today bringing news that Lionsgate plan to…

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Byte vs Brick: Week Ending Sep 17

Time for another one of our in theory regular but in practice highly irregular comparisons of the last week's top ten best-selling PC games on Steam, and at UK retail. Obviously there are all manner of ways in which these are not fair or entirely meaningful comparisons, not least in that Steam's metrics can tend towards the cryptic, that Steam's includes pre-orders but UK retail…

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ARGHipelago?: Dead Island DLC

Dead Island released today in the EU while our American cousins have been slaycationing for a few days already. Later this month, there will be more, deader bits of island in the form of the rather unhygienic Bloodbath Arena DLC. The game first showed its rotten face at E3 in 2006 and its prolonged development cycle didn’t manage to iron out all the wrinkles, though…

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Dead Island PROPER Released Later Today

Regarding the strange derpage today, where Deep Silver seem to have somehow released the dev version of Dead Island to US Steam users, we've had a statement back. It's succinct: "the final version will be out during the day" Which would seem to be both a tacit acknowledgement that something that wasn't the final version was released, and also the good news that the error…

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Ultra-Oops: Dead Island Dev Build Released?

Gosh, here's a whoopsie. Dead Island is out now on Steam for the Americanish, except the version they've received probably isn't the one Deep Silver were hoping they'd get. It seems the dev build of the game has been put out there, rather than the official version. Complaints about a bad port, mysterious goings on, and no-clipping all seem to come down to the fact…

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Dead Island Receiving Day One Bandages

Dead Island is out tomorrow in the American States, but not until Friday for the Eurochaps. I'm playing it right now! (We'll have a WIT up in the middle of the week, to confuse everyone in all territories.) I'm also not encountering quite as many bugs as others have spotted in some of the reviews that have appeared today. But that's not stopping the appearance…

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Resorting To Violence: Dead Island Trailer

Just when you thought it was safe to get back out of the water, Dead Island is ready to gobble up your brains. Out September 6th in North America and on the 9th everywhere else, the game already boasts one of the most talked about trailers of the year. This latest one still has evocative (and strangely triumphant) music in the background but the foreground…

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Cheer Up! Here’s A Dead Island Trailer

Hooray! Just when things seemed really gloomy, here's comes a zombie apocalypse scenario to put things into perspective. Even if your capital city is on fire and your heroic leaders are unable to do anything but share holiday snaps, it's worth remembering that you aren't going to be eaten alive by the shambling undead. Ah, that's a nice feeling. See: the four-player co-oping in Dead…

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Feature: Lovely at this time of year

Hands On: Dead Island

Oftentimes with games, what you want is to gain knowledge from scratch. There's a title, a genre, and what we need is to build information upon that. With Dead Island it often feels like things are working in the opposite direction, thanks to that trailer. Everyone invented their own version of the game, and the reality can often feel like the result of chipping away…

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