Dead Island: Haunting, Cinematic Video Game Trailer
I recently watched a video game trailer that absolutely floored me. It’s for a game called Dead Island and it involves zombies. That’s pretty much all you need to know.
Fair warning before you watch the videos below – it’s a bit gory, with axes and blood splattering. If you can imagine it in a zombie horror movie, it’s there.
The catch of it is, it isn’t the violence or the gore that really captivated me in this trailer. It’s just an incredibly well-revealed story that you slowly piece together, as you watch it. The use of music and the use of time to downplay what’s happening is pretty brilliant.
I’ve watched this trailer a few times through now, and I’m still blown away.
Here’s the sequence of events in chronological order:
Reading about the game, it actually sounds pretty interesting. Rather than shooting zombies with guns, it’s more about finding limited resources/weapons on the island (which slowly degrade over time). Given the cinematic trailer to the game, I wonder how much of it will be standard button mashing fare. It’ll be interesting to see whether there are more complex emotional/psychological aspects to the game, a la The Walking Dead.
It is a very interesting time for video games. More and more stuff is coming out that continually surprises me.