We’ve seen the infinitely traumatizing promo movie. We saw the last promo teaser with the same crazy sad music. Now, here’s 10-minutes of actual real gameplay from Dead Island, and while it doesn’t make me want to weep or hide under the bed, it does look pretty fun. It seems to be a mix of Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising, in that it’s an first-person game (with more melee than shooting) in a large, open world environment with main quests and plenty of side quests to go on. And you can fuck around with your equipment to do things as sensible as stick nails in your baseball bat or things as ridiculous as attached C4 to your machete so you can throw it into zombie’s heads (extremely silly, but massively satisfying). And of course, there will be 4-player multiplayer, which is great for people who don’t hate other people, unlike myself. Overall, I’m still pleased. It looks like if Fallout 3 were a zombie game — and I can’t see anything wrong with that. Thanks to Jason W. for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.