One Thing That Will Be Different In Dead Island 2? Freeze Rays

You know how they say that there’s more than one way to skin a cat? Well, there’s more than one way to kill a zombie too. In case you thought you’d run out of new ways to lay the living dead to rest, Dead Island 2is here with a new gameplay trailer to try and convince you it’s still not out of ideas.

Publisher Deep Silver released some alpha footage in preparation for Dead Island 2’s presence at Gamescom. The video insists that this is early footage that could be subject to all sorts of changes, but the trailer will look familiar to anyone who’s slogged through the first two beautiful and supremely gory games in this open-world zombie-killing series. There’s plenty of first-person hacking, slashing, and blowing faces off with shotguns, of course. But the one flourish I noticed that seemed genuinely novel was one moment when the player freezes a zombie in its tracks. Like, actually freezes it. With some sort of tricked-out ice gun. And then shatters it with another shot of the ice gun.

I, for one, am still partial to the “creative brutality” promised by Dying Light, another upcoming zombie-killing game done in a very similar vein to Dead Island. But shattering a zombie like an icicle does look like a lot of fun too. I guess we’ll just have to wait for both the games to come out before we can give a definite take on which one offers a better experience with some serious next-gen gore.

Dead Island 2 is being developed for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. The game is being made by Yager Development, the studio that previously made the gritty and divisive first-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line. You can learn more about the game on its website.


  • I had a love hate relationship with Dead Island. It gave me the shits many times when I lost my items, crashed, FPS drops etc, but playing with friends just made it so much fun. Chopping off heads and limbs was very satisfying and felt relatively smooth.

    • Agreed, despite all it’s flaws game was great fun to play with multiple people.

      also came back to this after they had released a few patches and didn’t have all these issues which was great 😛

    • I think this pretty much sums up most peoples experience with Dead Island.

      For the life of me I will never understand why the game had an option for LAN play but the PS3 version was just busted.

  • Played through both Dead Island games and honestly loved them for what they were, but they obviously failed to deliver in the end. Third time lucky though…..If DI3 delivers and this video is truly indicative of what’s to come, we may truly have a zombie masterpiece on the way!

    Loving that gore. Glad I import all my games, I bet it will be the first game to be banned for violence under the R rating.

  • Is anyone else a bit confused about the naming conventions?

    1) First there was Dead Island
    2) Dead Island: Riptide – Sequel but not a DLC. I don’t remember there being a single improvement in the game engine. “Australian” voice acting was marginally less painful on the ears.
    3) Dead Island 2?? Third game in the series.

    • Your answer’s in the question. Riptide wasn’t so marginal an upgrade or separate experience as to warrant it being called a sequel. Here we have something quite different and more promising.

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