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ilmaestro
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Mad hype trailer:

http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/710498/Dead-Island-Trailer-Amazes-Everyone-On-Earth.html

I *love* zombie stuff, can't wait for this... if it is really coming out.
#1 at 04:24:53 - 17/02/2011
peej
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Wow I thought this had been quietly killed off. Techland seem to be busy bees and they will definitely need something to wash away the foul taste of Nail'd

So this could be it. Looks ace.
#2 at 09:40:56 - 17/02/2011
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The trailer's really well done, if a little reminiscent of the Gears of War 'Mad World' trailer in that it pairs slow-motion game footage with seemingly entirely inappropriate music. But yeah, definitely intrigued, especially as one of the characters is a dead (ahem) ringer for a guy I used to work with (er, the normal guy rather than one of the zombies, I should be clear - although during crunch I have seen a few programmers veer dangerously close to zombie territory).
#3 at 11:08:42 - 17/02/2011
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I thought the trailer was superbly done. No doubt it'll be better than the actual game.
#4 at 11:10:25 - 17/02/2011
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want, want, WANT!
#5 at 11:38:06 - 17/02/2011
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nekotcha said:The trailer's really well done, if a little reminiscent of the Gears of War 'Mad World' trailer in that it pairs slow-motion game footage with seemingly entirely inappropriate music.

Indeed, although this is nothing if not a classic approach. The first ever anime music video was footage of all the death scenes from Uchuu Senkan Yamato, set to All You Need Is Love.
#6 at 13:52:07 - 17/02/2011
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The trailer made me get something in my eye :(
#7 at 14:18:28 - 17/02/2011
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It seems like years since PC Zone first covered this title....probably because it is. I thought it had been quietly killed but I'm happy it hasn't and when you've managed to get your trailer trending worldwide on Twitter it's quite an achievement.

Fingers crossed the game will match the promo for quality and as one internet denizen put it, those three minutes are better than anything Romero has done this century.
#8 at 14:29:40 - 17/02/2011
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Just watched the trailer over lunch. MAN that's going to be popular with the anti-videogame lobbyists.

Superbly done though, but as Binky said (and given Techland's recent projects) I bet that trailer is where the awesome begins and ends methinks :)
#9 at 14:41:20 - 17/02/2011
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Was just wondering what had happened to this title, seem to recall one shot being released - crowbar meet zombie skull - and that was back in 07 or 08.

Superb trailer. Stunning... and yet slightly uncomfortable viewing.
#10 at 15:59:02 - 17/02/2011
peej
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I think it crosses an unwritten boundary where you shouldn't feature kids in stuff like this. That, unfortunately, might be the bit that gets seized on by the Nanny brigade more than any of the actual game content itself (when it finally emerges).

Weirdly reminiscent of that government road safety ad where the dead girl lies crumpled by the side of the road and sort of unfolds, flies through the air and ends up bouncing off the front of a car all in reverse time lapse photography.

Powerful imagery though, but I still don't reckon the world's anywhere near ready for videogames, developers or promotional stuff being properly horrible and grown up.
#11 at 16:02:15 - 17/02/2011
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its a great trailer and really gets to you if you are a parent, i kind of hope the games not that harrowing!

someone made a linear edit here
#12 at 16:10:26 - 17/02/2011
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Amazing what proper hair can do to make characters look more human. Down with clay hair in games. :)
#13 at 19:28:46 - 17/02/2011
peej
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Killzone's hair looks like those bizarre mannequins you see in some London stores, where the hair is constructed out of a single block of material.

Very odd stuff but the eyes are worse.

This is all target render stuff but Techland did some good character work on Call of Juarez so hopefully they'll do the same here.

What'll kill it stone dead for me will be if the zombs end up just an endlessly repeating collection of the same 5-6 character models (like in Dead Rising). I've yet to see a Zombie game that successfully puts across the idea of there being a huge and eclectic collection of nasties to fight.

This trailer really has set Twitter alight. Good to see a relatively non-hyped game getting that sort of attention just from a teaser. Certainly didn't happen with Duke Nukem Forever :)
#14 at 09:15:19 - 18/02/2011
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It's still trending on Twitter, which is an amazing achievement for something most people hadn't even heard of.
#15 at 13:57:33 - 18/02/2011
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Indeed. I bet Techland are secretly shitting themselves.

Hype of this magnitude can only go one way when your game ends up not quite being what was hoped for (and as others have tweeted, a quick visit to the Techland facebook page might disappoint the hell out of anyone who's expecting some amazing, touching, mature and humanistic storyline to underpin the gameplay)
#16 at 14:35:19 - 18/02/2011
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Awesome trailer, and the linear cut just make it even more powerful... it really touched all the right spots in my mind... I'm not a parent but the position the parent where put on is just... :(




Hope the game can live up to this trailer!
#17 at 14:47:02 - 20/02/2011
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peej said:(and as others have tweeted, a quick visit to the Techland facebook page might disappoint the hell out of anyone who's expecting some amazing, touching, mature and humanistic storyline to underpin the gameplay)

Oh, seriously? Bit of a stupid idea, really, after getting people so hype with that trailer.
#18 at 15:02:05 - 20/02/2011
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Yup. What's emerging is that Techland have a nice game engine and gameworld but seemingly can't write for toffee, so the game will be pretty much a generic zombie squisher solely lacking in the sort of human drama you see in the trailer (which was put together by a very talented bunch of Scottish showreelers).

It might still tick the right boxes for anyone looking for an out-and-out Dead Rising style game but people are starting to make rather uncomfortable noises about what's going to happen when Techland's game can't live up to the hype
#19 at 08:45:22 - 21/02/2011
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Seeing so much negativity for this on the regular forums... Criticisms of the graphics especially. I'm not sure what specs I'm wearing because it looks fantastic. (As did Juarez 2).

Looks like L4D crossed with Dead Rising and a bit of Borderlands. Why isn't the geek world creaming over it?

I'm getting it over Space Marine.
#20 at 11:50:39 - 03/09/2011
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This was never going to measure up to the gigantic colossal amount of hype that broke over that trailer. It was also never going to be anything like that trailer. So my interest has completely waned. Did people suddenly forget that Techland were doing this? You know, the team that just served up the dogsick that is Call of Juarez: The Cartel ?

This is going to get low review scores, betcha.
#21 at 09:43:11 - 05/09/2011
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Actually Peej...


Eurogamer – 6
TeamXbox – 9
IGN – 8
X360A – 84


Not that bad... And most important the reviewers are saying that despite being buugged and with so bad design decisions its actually fun and as an RPG is a good addiction to the genre!
#22 at 10:30:48 - 05/09/2011
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I'll be keeping my PC version pre-order intact.
#23 at 10:32:00 - 05/09/2011
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Definitely going to be a case of "Your milage may vary" I think.
#24 at 11:02:44 - 05/09/2011
peej
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Whizzo said:I'll be keeping my PC version pre-order intact.


Didn't you buy The Cartel though? :)
#25 at 11:58:02 - 05/09/2011
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I'm still up for a day 1 will play with 3 others will be a hoot :)
#26 at 13:43:44 - 05/09/2011
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peej said:Didn't you buy The Cartel though? :)
No, I wasn't too impressed by the 360 version of Bound in Blood, the PC version of the original was a fun game though, so wasn't too interested in a second sequel.

Techland are a mostly PC based developer anyway so I'm sure most of the technical issues probably won't even surface on that platform.
#27 at 14:05:02 - 05/09/2011
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Bound in Blood wasn't bad - lovely game engine, at least. The trailer for this was there to raise attention, which it did magnificently. I never, for a moment, took it as representative of the actual game.

Sorry, but I think I'm going to love this. (Although I'm really coming around to Space Marines, too.)
#28 at 17:28:07 - 05/09/2011
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An EG 6 from that Whitehead bloke?

Jason 9/10 confirmed. :)
#29 at 17:28:52 - 05/09/2011
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Not that I'm reading the review, but does he go on about the fucking trailer a lot? He does, right? Like, exclusively. Two or three paragraph opener? Then some spoilers. Then a "if you like this, you're a tard" comment. At least, that seems to be his fucking pro forma.
#30 at 17:30:36 - 05/09/2011

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