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Dead Island: news and videos


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It's 'ridiculous' to call Dead Island trailers misleading

When Dead Island first got our attention, it did so with a bang. The infamous CGI video presented the game's zombie apocalypse as something tragic, personal, and deeply affecting, a far cry from the reality of a game that's mostly about sma...   read

 
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Dead Island's new DLC trailer goes forwards not backwards

Anyone who was looking forward to Dead Island for a narrative that focuses on the emotional side of the zombie apocalypse probably walked away from Techland's latest effort at least somewhat unfulfilled. But if bludgeoning brain-...   read

 
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'Ryder White' add-on next for Dead Island

Assuming you haven't grown tired of dismembering the undead, Dead Island would like to ask you back for another visit to Banoi. The game's "Ryder White" downloadable content is scheduled for January 31 on PlayStation Network and February 1 ...   read

 
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Shock: Dead Island banned in Germany at last

In news that will surprise only people who have never heard of Germany before, it has come to light that Dead Island's been banned ... in Germany!  Deep Silver is not surprised, gamers are not surprised, and I doubt the German authorit...   read

 
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Bathe in blood with Dead Island's new DLC

The new DLC for Dead Island, Bloodbath Arena, will be out November 22 and will feature four arenas to play alone or in four player co-op. Waves of zombies will throw themselves at you and your friends to kill for XP, items and gold that wil...   read

 
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New console patch for Dead Island bumps the level cap

Techland has issued a patch for the console versions of Dead Island which should be live by the time you read this post. If it's a level cap, someone's inevitably going to want it raised; players can now progress up to level 60, assuming th...   read

 
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Dead Island PC patch arrives, still no Bloodbath DLC

A new patch has arrived to fix a number of outstanding issues with Dead Island on PC, including corrupted save files. The long-awaited "Bloodbath" DLC is still unavailable, due to Techland working on all these fixes. Oh, Techland! Most of t...   read

 
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Dead Island 'Bloodbath Arena' DLC aiming for mid-November

Those waiting on Dead Island's first downloadable content, "Bloodbath Arena," can continue sitting patiently while the elevator music drifts onward indefinitely. The add-on is now looking at a mid-November release, according to the Facebook...   read

 
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Dead Island movie is a go, Lionsgate acquires rights

That badass trailer worked! Movie get. Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired the film rights Dead Island, and that they've begun working on a movie.  Sean Daniel ("The Mummy") will produce the zombie flick, says LA Times. A st...   read

 
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Live show: Bikini zombies on Mash Tactics

[Not sure what Mash Tactics is? I've included a clip from the most recent episode to show you just a glimpse of what you've been missing, you daft fool! You can see all of Destructoid's previously-aired live shows in our archives.] Tod...   read

 
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Techland's priority is fixing Dead Island first, then DLC

With a rough launch and issues still needing to be addressed on multiple platforms, it might be a while before we get to play add-on content for Dead Island. "Right now the Dead Island development team's priority is working on fixes and up...   read

 
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Dead Island ships over 1 million units in North America

Despite some early hiccups, Techland's Dead Island seems to be a pleasant surprise for a great deal of people. Publisher Deep Silver is reporting that in just one week of sale, they have shipped more than one million copies of the tropical,...   read

 
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You are already Dead Island

Tired of using electrified katanas, burning axes and exploding knives to execute the zombies of Dead Island? You might want to try this PC mod, as it allows you to finish off the horde using the mystical art of Hokotu Shinken -- as practic...   read

 
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Dead Island's 'Bloodbath' survival mode detailed

Some more details about Dead Island's upcoming "Bloodbath" downloadable content have surfaced, revealing that the package will contain four survival maps, which do exactly what you think they do -- pit you against an endless horde of zombie...   read

 
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Bitmob/Destructoid to live stream 20 hours of Dead Island

I can't stay up past 10:30 PM anymore because I'm old, but I know a few people who can. Destructoid is teaming with Bitmob to play Deep Silver's cooperative zombie-massacre title Dead Island for -- wait for it -- 20 hours straight. Or until...   read

 
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Dead Island code reveals 'Feminist Whore' skill

It's amazing that, after so many years, developers still haven't learned a universal truth about PC games -- if you put something in your code, people will find it. So it is that a Steam user was poking around in Dead Island's guts and foun...   read

 
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The real Dead Island experience revealed

As gaming enthusiasts, we'll never forget that initial reveal trailer for Dead Island. Gripping, emotional, and beautifully crafted, it was a haunting promo that put Techland's first-person role-playing game on almost everyone's radar.&nbs...   read

 
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Dead Island's character animation is terrifying

Dead Island is a pretty scary game at times, but it turns out that the real horror isn't the undead ... it's the living! Using the accidentally released "dev kit" version of the game, a player went into third-person mode to view the charac...   read

 
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Deep Silver offering 'make up' plan for Dead Island PC

It's not quite so bad as this year's PSN outage, but Deep Silver has issued an apology for the myriad issues surrounding Dead Island on PC, and is planning to offer something by way of apology. Those affected by the launch day screw up -- w...   read

 
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Dead Island Map App is a Dead Island map ... as an app

Do you hate pushing a single button on your controller to bring up a convenient in-game map? Do you instead wish that you could pull out your iPhone and boot up an app every time you wanted to look at it? Well now you can! The Dead Island O...   read

 
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PC release of Dead Island is console dev port? (Update)

[Update: Techland is claiming that the full retail version of the game is going up on Steam today (thanks, Aurvant). Only those who downloaded the game early have gotten the dev version, which one can assume will be overwritten this morning...   read

 
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Here's the list of fixes in Dead Island's day-one patch!

As you might have already read in our Dead Island review, Techland's tropical zombie-slicer is a little on the broken side. It's got a wonderful heart, but it's riddled with problems and is in need of fixing. When the game launches tomorrow...   read

 
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Review: Dead Island

With its debut trailer, Techland set itself the impossible goal of living up to self-generated hype on a massive scale. The video, which showed a family beset by zombies while a hauntingly beautiful refrain played, led one to believe that D...   read

 
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Get Dead Island a few days early if you're lucky

While Dead Island is officially set to hit shelves this coming Tuesday, a few naughty retailers have started selling the game early.  Reader Spencer writes to us with photographic evidence of his purchase of Techland's zombie-slaughter...   read

 
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Read this Dead Island comic book in your browser now

You'll have to wait a week before you explore the zombie-infested tropical paradise of Dead Island. But get a head start on the tale of a zombie virus that completely and totally messes s**t up by reading prequel comic book… for free...   read

 
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Dead Island's almost here, have a launch trailer

Deep Silver has released a launch trailer for Dead Island, which is out next week. Featuring a souped up version of the now-famous announcement trailer music, it's a particularly pretty little video, and it's gotten me super pumped for som...   read

 
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Tara Long interviews Doug Macleod about Dead Island

Tara was at the Dead Island booth to check out the game and pull aside Doug Macleod of Deep Silver for an interview. She was able to get some interesting info about the game, except for the deodorant bomb. That sounds awesome. But anyway, ...   read

 
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Here's three tracks from the Dead Island soundtrack

Three songs from the soundtrack of the highly anticipated Zombie-survival game Dead Island were recently spotted. The tracks include Main Theme, Zombie Rising and Surrounded by Zombies. They all sound epic and ambient, setting up the mood ...   read

 
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One hour (and more) on Techland's Dead Island

Save your now-tired complaints about the over-saturation of undead flesh eaters in videogames: Dead Island is definitely a game to keep an eye on. I've come to this conclusion after exploring a one-hour timed Xbox 360 preview build of the g...   read

 
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Dead Island screens show playable character Purna

Here's a modest sampling of Dead Island screens for your viewing enjoyment. They show off Purna, one of the game's playable characters. She has a really big knife, and that's literally all I know about her.  The game is due out early S...   read

 
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Dead Island gets a co-op trailer

Stabbing a zombie in the face with a knife that explodes is fun, but it's a lot more fun when there are three other people stabbing zombies with knives that explode. This new trailer focuses on the co-op aspect of Dead Island, and it's pre...   read

 
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New Dead Island screens have zombies in them

Here are some new screens for Deep Silver's Dead Island, and they're jam-packed with an unreasonable amount of zombies.  Given how tough just a couple of the undead can be in Dead Island, the prospect of fighting in some of these signi...   read

 
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Dead Island getting a novel, because why not?

Another game, another prequel novel. The unlikely candidate this time is Deep Silver's Dead Island, with a book penned by British fantasy author Mark Morris. Seriously? Yeah, seriously. "For guests of the five-star Royal Palms Resort it was...   read

 
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Dead Island infects PlayStation Home

In what may be the most exciting PlayStation Home related news in living memory (topping even the announcement of Home itself), Dead Island publisher Deep Silver has announced that the upcoming zombie-survival/First person melee title will ...   read

 
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Dead Island available for pre-purchase on Steam

Zombie fans eager to get their paws on Techland's Dead Island can now pre-purchase the game on Steam. Dead Island has certainly gotten a lot of people's attention since that trailer and it's looking like it might be one of the surprise...   read

 
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Deep Silver addresses 'misleading' Dead Island CGI video

Dead Island grabbed everybody's attention with one of the most compelling CGI trailers a videogame has ever had. This was later followed with news that the game itself would not be an emotional roller-coaster of zombified children, but more...   read

 
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ESRB: Dead Island has head stomps, bikinis, bloody torsos

The ESRB has rated Deep Silver's highly anticipated Dead Island, revealing all the juicy filth that it'll be pandering when it launches on September 6. Mutilated limbs, swearing, and disturbing bikini activity are all in attendance. So...   read

 
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SDCC: Dead Island pub hosting 'Science of Zombies' panel

What if zombies were real? You know, like, eat your face off, "oh, snap, we have to break this staircase so they can't get to us" real? Science, as usual, has the answer. You can learn more about the science behind the undead at the "Scienc...   read

 
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Pre-order Dead Island on Amazon for digital art book

If you don't fancy getting your hands on Dead Island's "Blood Bath" DLC, or you just hate GameStop, then you can pre-order the game at Amazon for a different bonus -- a digital art book.  You can check out two sample images in the gall...   read

 
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Dead Island NOT banned in Australia

When a violent videogame actually gets a rating in Australia, it's newsworthy. That's pretty sad. What isn't sad, however, is that Dead Island managed to pull off this feat, allowing Australian gamers to join the rest of the world in some d...   read

 
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Interview: Dead Island, it's the holiday from hell

One meeting room that was constantly packed this E3 was one belonging to Deep Silver, publishers of Dead Island, the zombie-infested survival game that took the Internet by storm following the launch of its CG trailer. ...   read

 
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E3: Dead Island doesn't look like a place I want to visit

As if the name "Dead Island" weren't enough to make tourists steer clear of the place, well, just look at some of the shenanigans that are going down in the tropical "resort," courtesy of the new E3 screenshots and concept art that publishe...   read

 
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Dead Island pre-order edition comes with 'Bloodbath' DLC

Dead Island is getting a special pre-order edition, Deep Silver has announced today. Folks who pre-order the game (or likely buy the first batch to hit shelves) at GameStop will get the "Bloodbath Arena" DLC for free. Normally $10, this is ...   read

 

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