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Dead Island Review

Broken Island

Dead Island Screenshot

HIGH Getting the timing just right and lopping the heads off of two charging Infected simultaneously.

LOW Spending two hours on the same fight because of a badly-designed save system.

WTF Headshots not only don't kill zombies, they barely even do bonus damage.

The seven fundamental flaws of Dead Island

Dead Island Screenshot

I covered this a bit in the review, but it's important to reiterate—leveling up implies things to the player that Dead Island doesn't deliver. Extra health is meaningless, extra damage is meaningless—over the course of the game zombies will always take the exact same number of hits to kill, so all the experience I'm gaining doesn't seem to serve any purpose.

Dead Island Impressions

Dead Island Screenshot

Been putting some time into Dead Island, so I figured I'd throw out some random impressions for those who are curious. To start with, there is no doubt that this game is buggy.

Nail'd Review

Dirtbikes Have Never Been Safer!

Nail'd Screenshot

HIGH Soaring preposterously high off a jump then landing perfectly on the roof of a moving train.

LOW Snowblindness losing me yet another race.

WTF I'm the one speeding through the mud at the front of the pack—why is dirt splatting on MY face?

Video: Dead Island gets Minecraft treatment

You know you've struck a cord with the gaming public when you get "immortalized" by someone in a  game like LittleBigPlanet or Minecraft. I mean, it says a lot when someone is willing to forego another Mario or Legend of Zelda homage in favor of something contemporary like Dead Island—not the game of course, but the trailer! 

Unfortunately, this translation doesn't quite match the haunting appeal of the eagerly anticipated first-person shooter/horror/role-playing game. Instead, it is quite adorable. Not exactly the effect its creator was going for I'm sure.

Dead Island gets Minecraft treatment

Dead Island, Monster Tale, Art of videogames and Doctor Who Christmas

Apparently, this animated video criticizing Nintendo (in Silent Hill style, no less) made the rounds a while ago, but I somehow overlooked it. It's brilliant, sick and twisted, and a definite must-see.

Video: First look at Dead Island's debut trailer

This is one of the best trailers for a videogame I have ever seen. You don't know what you're in for until it is too late and the game, or at least its premise, has a hold of you. That is what Techland has accomplished with its disturbing trailer for its "first-person zombie-slasher/action-role-playing game", Dead Island. You have to hope that the developer is able to actually create the game that lives up to the hype generated from such a haunting trailer.

Dead Island's debut trailer

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Review

Answer the call, but only if it's not using your peak daytime minutes

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Screenshot

HIGH The story and characters ring truly Western.

LOW The action never heats up past a mild simmer.

WTF Why are the one-on-one showdowns so sloppy, random and loose?

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