Dead Island is a Shooting game available on the 360. It can be played in Singleplayer modes.
Dead Island is a Shooting game. Shooting games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player.
Dead Island can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Dead Island may have enjoyed an internet viral hit with its emotive, cinematic first trailer, but its the gameplay that will need to impress if Dead Island is to standout in the over crowded zombie genre.
Dead Island received a lot of attention earlier this year for its artfully constructed Announcement Trailer, which used non-linear editing to show a family's demise during a zombie outbreak at an island holiday resort, and the death and zombification of the family's daughter.
Dead Island shocks by depicting a young girl and her family coming to a sticky end. Far sadder than the character's demise though, is how far games need to come to be able to deal convincingly with scenes like these.
Dead Island is a first person combat game with four player co-operative gameplay, weapon customisations, an open world, role play elements and a gratuitously shocking Trailer. In fact its trailer made me so uncomfortable that I had to stop watching it about 30 seconds in (ed: a little further than this Dad's viewing then).
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