|Today for our spooky game, let's take look at Dead Island. If you haven't heard about this game, you should watch the trailer immediately. Developed by Techland and published by Deep Silver for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Microsoft Windows, it was released in September 2011. This is a new take on an old theme, a zombie outbreak has decimated the area and you must fight your way through the hoards of brain eaters to survive. What's most refreshing about this twist on a classic is the setting. It takes place on a fictional island called Banoi, located off the coast of Papau New Guinea. You are one of 4 main characters who is a guest at a beautiful hotel resort that takes up the whole island.
After a night of VIP partying, you wake up in your hotel room. The power is out, you are a little hungover, and nobody is around. Then you hear a voice over the intercom yelling to evacuate, evacuate! As you stumble around in the dark, past debris and dropped luggage, you begin to feel that something isn't right here... And that, of course, is when the lump on the floor that you see in the distance comes alive and tries to eat you. After running for your life, you are helped to safety by a couple other survivors, who seem to be immune to the virus that has turned almost everyone into a zombie.
After waking up in the lifeguards office with the other survivors, you get your first look at the world around you in daylight. This is when you realize that the graphics for this game are truly amazing. The picturesque resort island is so pretty that you almost don't mind the crowds of bloody zombies trying to eat you all the time. Dead Island is an open-world game with quite a large scope. You can wander all over the island, and join into co-op games with other players, thanks to that wonderful internet. The gameplay is mainly mission based and revolves around melee combat for most of the game. You can't even find a gun until about halfway through. This makes for lots of up-close and personal slashing and smashing. Another cool part of the game is the stamina bar. If you run full speed from zombies for too long, you're going to get winded and need a break, so watch out! As you level up and complete missions you gain more health and stamina, so keep it up, work those flabby tourist muscles!
You never know what you're going to run into as you explore the island, and there are plenty of heart-stopping, hand-trembling moments to keep your blood pressure through the roof in this exciting and scary game. Just don't forget to sharpen your machete every once in a while...your weapons degrade as you smash zombies apart with them. One thing is certain, running for your like on Dead Island is great way to get in shape for that trick-or-treating marathon!