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Dying Light [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Dying Light is a natural evolution of the first-person zombie-survival genre that Techland created with 2011's Dead Island. It will remain, for the foreseeable future, as the best argument for a developer ditching the chains of an established franchise and trying something new (even if it is in the same realm/genre).

The Pros: 

+Smooth Gameplay
+Impressive Graphics
+Intelligent Advancement of the Genre
+Slick Movement and Game Mechanics

The Cons: 

-"Unique" Controls Serve Only to Confuse
-The Story Ends Up Being a Bit Bland and Predictable Rating : 

I was a pretty big fan of Dead Island. When it first dropped, I was under the impression it was going to be nothing more than a cool concept, and one of the best game trailers ever released. However, the prospect of surviving a zombie outbreak in the first-person, building and maintaining your own catalogue of weapons, and being able to bash zombie-brains with a friend or three ended up being one of the more enjoyable experiences I had in 2011.

Dying Light - A Look At The Future Of Zombie Brain-Bashing

Zombies! A genre that is as undying as its slow shuffling stars.

Developer Techland, no stranger to zombie lore with their first outing Dead Island (which I was a big fan of) is creating a mighty ambitious open world zombie playground to explore, raise a little (more) hell and if a healthy dose of luck is on your side, maybe even survive. Maybe...

Ubisoft Reveals Price/Date For Call of Juarez Gunslinger

Ubisoft is giving gamers a taste of the Old West once again via the forthcoming PSN/XBL/PC title Call of Juarez Gunslinger.  Yet another entry in Techland’s/Ubisoft’s Call of Juarez series, Gunslinger sees the franchise returns to its roots once more by having a tale set in the 1800s as opposed to the modern day drug cartel battles found in the somewhat disappointing Call of Juarez: The Cartel.

Project Hell Returns With A Brief But Tantalizing Teaser Video

The game may still be early in development and without a formal publisher, but work is continuing nicely on Techland’s fantasy based brawler Project Hell.  Announced in August as an endeavor that the studio is focusing on, Project Hell is a bit of a departure from Dead Island but it still aims to provide the same thrilling action - this time set in a dark fantasy world similar to Dark Souls.

The Grittiness Of The Old West Returns In Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

This may not be a complete surprise since the previous teases indicated as such, but Ubisoft and Techland have announced yet another installment in the Call of Juarez series. After receiving teases of an Ubi/Techland announcement earlier this week gamers and those in the “esteemed” games press put two and two together to deduct that another Call of Juarez was on the cards and today we have our first look at the title.

Ubisoft Set To Announce New Project This Week, Could Be New Call of Juarez Game

The carnival of stupid and unnecessary hype that sometimes occurs within the video game industry is once again active thanks to the folks over at Ubisoft.  Gamers may already know what to expect from Ubisoft in the next few months as we’re getting yet another Assassin’s Creed game, some casual shovelware dance/singing games, and of course the second reboot of Splinter Cell which has Sam Fisher in full-on dudebro killing mode.  However “predictable” Ubisoft’s forthcoming line-up may be, the company is on the cusp of announcing a new project.

Dead Island Developer Reveals New Melee Based Fantasy Project

It would been easy for developer Techland to rest on their laurels seeing as how their open-world zombie game Dead Island was a commercial and critical hit, but the studio is trying something different with their next project.  While not abandoning the Dead Island franchise, Techland is nonetheless pursuing other opportunities which include a fantasy based first-person action game. Yes, it may be time for some hack & slash action in a grim fantasy medieval backdrop.

Dead Island Is Getting A Movie. Yes, Another Zombie Movie Is Really Happening

Despite being announced earlier this year, film company Lionsgate once again confirmed that they have optioned the rights to do a film based on the video game Dead Island.  Word of Lionsgate’s acquisition of the Dead Island film rights was already public knowledge to a degree, but today Lionsgate once again announced their plans to move forward with Dead Island – perhaps to either gather up more interest in the film or show that this won’t become the latest video game film to be stuck in development hell.

Dead Island [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The game is expansive. So much so that it is impossible to discuss everything that went into the game outside of publishing a full novel to detail it. There is plenty to do and see, and all of it is beautiful and interesting. The only draw backs the game has are mechanical, and they aren't enough to detract from the over-all spendor of the title. 

The Pros: 

+Massive game with almost unparalleled scope

+Addictive game-play

+Four player co-op through the entirity of the story

+Expansive skill-tree system to build the zombie-slayer of your dreams

+Ridiculous amounts of weapons/mods/upgrades

The Cons: 

+Wonky shooting system

+Unintuitive combat 

+Fluctuating difficulty level Rating : 

I'll be honest; I went into Dead Island with very low expectations. From the very minimal amount of information I had collected about the game (glancing looks at screenshots, news articles and a couple of videos) I figured it was going to be a straight-up rip-off of Left 4 Dead. Fortunately the guys over at Deep Silver had a whole lot more up their sleeve than that. Unfortunately, Left 4 Dead is going to be far from the last comparison that I make in this review.

Dead Island Goes Gold and Receives Co-op Trailer

The big news today regarding Dead Island was the upcoming game has gone gold and is now in production. Along with that statement, came a new co-op trailer displaying gameplay, bits of dialogue and – above all else – loads of gore.

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