PAX East: Dead Island 2 Gameplay Impressions

Posted on March 27, 2023 by Tyler Nienburg

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Video game publisher, PLAION is at PAX East with numerous games including long anticipated release, Dead Island 2. We had the great opportunity to get our hands on with the title for roughly 30 minutes that involved a lot of zombie slaying and dying.

Up until late 2022 we haven’t heard about Dead Island 2 for years with the first game being released September 6, 2011.

From the moment I picked up the controller and started playing Dead Island 2 what stood out to me right away were the visuals. Being on the beach at night with the moon shining, clouds overshadowing, sand looking magnificent as well as the water it was clear that Dambuster Studios took their time to make this game as stunning as possible.

In case you don’t know what Dead Island 2 is all about here is a brief description:

Dead Island 2 is a First Person Action RPG set in an unique setting – a hellish, yet stylish and vibrant, gore-drenched vision of Los Angeles, nicknamed HELL-A. The series’ unique formula, dark humor and over the top zombie-slaying returns, with all the swagger and charisma you’d expect from Dead Island.

Based from what I played it seems like there is going to be more room for exploration in the games’ world. Even in smaller areas you’ll find rooms to explore through for materials and anything you need. Dead Island 2 also has a variety of weapons to use, of course and you have to be smart in how you switch and use your weapons.

The world is in need of more zombie games and Dead Island 2 looks to fill the void for fans of these types of games. It has been a long time coming and from the looks of it the game looks promising.

Dead Island 2 will be releasing April 21, 2023 for Xbox Series XlS, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. It was already reported that Dead Island 2’s story will be around 20 hours long.

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