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Escape Dead Island looks like Borderlands and Dead Island had a baby

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Ah, the sunny island of Narapela! Home to pristine beaches, tropical drinks, and ravenous undead. Escape Dead Island may be a bridge between Dead Island and the upcoming Dead Island 2, but a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking it looks more like something out of Borderlands. Not so, says publisher Deep Silver and developer Fatshark. This is a “story-driven survival-mystery adventure”. Swing makeshift melee weapons and get ready for some clumsy puzzles!

Escape Dead Island launches on November 18th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.

Escape Dead Island has one dreamy protagonist

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Even in the zombie apocalypse, the one constant is the dilution of the Dead Island brand. Deep Silver has announced Escape Dead Island, a third-person singleplayer survival game. War of the Vikings and War of the Roses maker Fatshark is developing the game. It’s set between Dead Island and the upcoming Dead Island 2. The player, as Cliff Calo, (I swear that’s the character’s name) steals a yacht and goes to the archipelago of Narapela off the coast of zombie-infested Banoi to film a documentary but things go wrong. I’m guessing it’s zombies. Again. Presumably Cliff has to then escape the island. Which is dead. Escape Dead Island is cel-shaded which senior producer Alexander Toplansky says helps convey the surreal story.

Cliff struggles with his own sanity as the world around him begins to become increasingly unpredictable. Time distorts and folds in on itself; strange messages appear and impossible events shatter reality. Oceans turn to blood, containers plummet from the clear sky… If Cliff had any thoughts about this being a routine documentary, he’d be “dead” wrong.

Escape Dead Island is slated to lurch onto PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

Dead Island or bust! The case for tasteless horror tchotchkes

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It looks as if Deep Silver is going to remove a gory bikini bust that was part of the Dead Island: Riptide collector’s edition. Which is hardly unexpected, but disappointing. Not because I want one. I don’t. It’s pretty gross. I wouldn’t know what to do with it. I still don’t know what to do with my Connor statue, Bioshock 2 soundtrack LP, or pewter Half-Life 2 box. What am I going to do with some icky horror paraphernalia? I’m a horror fan — more on that in a moment — but not the type who wears it on his shelves. My Night of the Living Dead DVD sits inconspicuously between my Napoleon Dynamite DVD and O Brother Where Art Thou? DVD. Horror is just a genre. More on that in a moment, too.

But I find it disappointing that Deep Silver is caving on this issue for two important reasons. No, not those reasons. I’m going to be mostly serious.

After the jump, two important things. Not the ones you think I’m thinking of. Continue reading →