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If blasting through hordes of the undead during the zombie apocalypse in a sunny, Hollywood suburban neighborhood, then Dead Island 2 is right up your alley. The newest trailer for the game offers a glimpse into the open-world, first-person, multiplayer gameplay as well as some of the tools of the trade that will be at the player's disposal.
Originally, Dead Island 2 came onto the scene when the campy cinematic trailer aired during this year's E3 event. We learned that the game would be offering eight-player cooperative gameplay, as well as take place in the superficial confines of Hollywood, California. The glowing atmosphere depicted in the zombie-riddled yet over-the-top trailer perfectly set players up for what exactly they were to expect from the sequel to one of the most hyped up zombie games of 2011.
Of course, the original Dead Island gained tons of fame and recognition based on the cinematic trailer that preceded its release. In fact, the trailer was so dynamic and heartfelt – showcasing a reverse story about a little girl being zombified and killed after falling out of a high-rise hotel – that it instantly went viral and even had Hollywood executives drooling over the rights in order to churn out a movie based on the property of the game.
The big surprise, however, was that the original Dead Island was nothing like its cinematic debut trailer. Instead, it was a completely over-the-top, action-arcade, cooperative hack-and-slash title. Many gamers felt that the CG trailer misrepresented what the actual game was about, and felt letdown when the final thing finally became available.
Deep Silver definitely learned their lesson from last time, and for the sequel they made sure that the CG trailer kind of matched up to the expectations of the final game. While Techland is no longer at the development helm of the title, but instead Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager is heading up the project and offering some brand new weapons, features and gameplay mechanics for the Dead Island sequel.
We get to see how players are able to freeze zombies, shatter them, set them on fire, blow off limbs, cut off limbs, slice them in half, crush the, smash them, hit them and break them... even with bare hands.
The trailer revels in the bombastic gore that most zombie games are known for, so if you're squeamish to that kind of stuff you're probably not going to take much of a liking to the game. However, the eight-player co-op and the open-world gameplay with some rogue-like mechanics could really help give the game a nice range of depth as far as replay values go.
Dead Island 2 is set for release in 2015 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official Dead Island website.