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The video game trailer for DEAD ISLAND could be better than any feature film trailer you see this year.

Nordling here.
I think DEAD ISLAND's been kicking around for a while, and sure, zombie games are probably old hat by now (doesn't stop me from playing them like crazy though).  Still, I was very impressed by the tragic nature and artistry on display with this trailer, courtesy of IGN:


Thanks to @jerslater for bringing this to my attention.
Nordling, out.
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  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by lookylookymoontard

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    hopefully this site will start doing shit on games

    by stu_pickles

    give it it's own little column, and with this and the DC Universe trailers being posted then maybe it will be on the way

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    and absolutely fantastic trailer

    by stu_pickles

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Looks cool,well done actually

    by lookylookymoontard

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Oh yes

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Thats how you make a trailer!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    That was actually seriously fucking brilliant

    by Amazing Maurice

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Beautiful trailer

    by steele8280

    It's a work of art on its own. Makes me want to check out the game but it's bound to be a dissapointment with how amazing the trailer is. Absolutely fantastic.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    It's well executed and better than most vg trailers.

    by pushthebuttonmax

    But the animation and faces kind of fall into creepy valley. IGN was hyping this all day yesterday and honestly finding out it's another zombie game left me disappointed.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Forget the game

    by takenme13yearstothinkofaname

    Just appreciate the trailer. Shame most zombie movies aren't as good as those few mins.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ. That is a little masterpiece.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Hate the name of the game, but A+ on that trailer.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by Bag_of_Hammers

    they did in 3 minutes what Walking Dead failed to do in 6 one hour episodes.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    hard to believe but,

    by vaterite

    after watching that, I'm shaking. Predictable, yet still terribly affecting.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    God Damn It.

    by Larry Knowles

    I gotta agree. That was a brilliant segment. Is it possible to get choked up about a zombie video game?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Video Game Trailers

    by Urge to Kill

    There are some awesome video game trailers out now that are much better then some of the stuff Hollywood is doing. Hell the Halo: Reach Deliver Hope trailer was one and the Deus Ex: Human Revolution one actually feels very cinematic.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    WOW, talk about a trailer kicking ass!!

    by spidar40

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    The trailer is actually quite stupid.

    by Mel

    Basically it's a rip off of the Gears of War Mad World trailer. The character models look ridiculously bad. Its like everyone has a dumb grin on their face all the time. The music doesn't fit in the slightest. So essentially its just a trailer played backwards in slow motion - and that makes it good? how exactly does that make it good? oh, because they're all happy at the end. omg thats so kewl doods! Also, i cant wait to see this game for real. i bet its going to be a huge pile of shit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Here's a re-edited version shown chronologically:

    by The Garbage Man

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Re: Deus Ex

    by Urge to Kill

    Watch this and tell me you wouldn't want to see this movie only it's not a movie

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by Dookie_Lumpkins

    What about that newsworthy tidbit!!!!!!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Halo Reach Deliver Hope

    by Dookie_Lumpkins

    I wish a movie was wrapped around that cinematic piece. That was one of the best game promos ever. I don't know who directed it but two thumbs up, 4 stars, and a full erection.... those are the only rating systems I know. Thanks.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    haha it didn't take long

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    for the typical AICN contrarian douchebags to show up...what would a talkback be without em? awesome trailer...and I hope the game is Dead Spacey...more moody exploration problem solving, less mind-numbing button mashing

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by vin_diggler

    I think hand drawn animated horror films would be a better option. They tried CGI gore in the Final destination films and it looks awful. But the hand drawn zombies from the original Heavy Metal film look great and were actually scary and that was 1980. Imagine what they could draw now.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Edward Norton could play the father

    by Chanoc

    I can see him kicking serious zombie ass in the Dead Island movie.

  • i especially like Rihanna's appearance as the hot cloaking chick.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    oh, melgibson. you are miserable

    by stu_pickles

    come on, mang. lighten up

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    by Bobthegrinch

    The character models look good. The music achieves exactly what I imagine they wanted it to to me. So essentially its just a trailer played backwards in slow motion, but seeing the struggle, the desperation and the personal risk they unflinchingly put themselves into to save something they are united in loving so much as is revealed when we see they're all happy at the end. Alright it's a completely batshit crazy scenario but it captures the love a lot of parents feel for their kids and the desperation and desire to protect them. First time I think I've ever been moved by a video game. Also, i cant wait to see this game for real.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Fuckin Incredible.

    by ForceRENDER

    This video game trailer was better than most live action films that get released in theaters. I just hope the actual game delivers, looks promising.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Makers of that trailer paying homage to "LOST"?

    by Cheif Brody

    Michael Giacchino sounding score... <p> A fall out of glass high rise (ala Locke) <p> Beginning with a pull out from a close up of an eyeball... <p> Very well done trailer... but I can't shake the LOST vibe.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Better than all the Resident Evil movies rolled into one...

    by workshed

    ...but that's not saying much I suppose. Well, I thought that was excellent.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised AICN never posted the arkham asylum 2 trailer

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    that things was awesome and made me wish for a full CGI batman movie with conroy in the lead

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST


    by veritasses

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Not trying to be a contrarian, I swear, but...

    by monolithik

    This was trying way too hard. The sappy, Sigur Ros/Lost soundtrack music, the flashback/reverse trick editing(another thing straight out of the Lost playbook), using a little girl to tug at the heartstrings (isn't there some unwritten rule about violence toward children in video games? I always assumed this is why you never see kids hanging out in Liberty City)... I mean, I get it. It's all about underlining that last moment, however, I was never thinking "wow this really gets to me" nearly as much as I was thinking, "wow, they're really trying to get this to get to me." Though a lot of that might be the whole uncanny valley thing, I'm sure. Effective? Sure, and better than most video game trailers. But brilliant/a masterpiece? Nah.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    That was beautifully done! Best thing I've seen in a long time.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    mama's robot face...

    by mrgreentheplant

    just took me out of it. but i do love that it's trying to be ambitious at least and take itself seriously. anyone else reminded of "irreversible" from a few years ago? (in addition to, of course, lost)

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Glad it's not CAPCOM

    by DigitalBeachWar

    So tired of CAPCOM games.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    This whole zombie thing is getting older than Harry's ass crust

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Turn the Zombies into hordes of Muslims and throw in a few faggots for a truly horrifying premise.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    mass effect 3 trailer

    by ORIONgods

    nuff said

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    You're comment is incredibly idiotic and unfunny. Grow the fuck up.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah I saw this and was taken aback

    by memento108

    So beautiful, sad, and haunting, in a way. I really hope it's released in 2011. Gonna be fantastic.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    dookielumpkins- the director of the HALO: Reach- Hope ads...

    by D.Vader

    Is that Noam Murro guy who has just been tapped as the Die Hard 5 director.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    That requires AT LEAST 2 viewings

    by D.Vader

    Maybe 3.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Outstanding trailer.

    by u.k. star

  • If you're going to toss out a ridiculous statement like that, I hope you can back it up, because the ONLY similarity between the two comes from the somber music used while juxtaposed against some horrific imagery. Other than that, you've got no basis for an argument, in my opinion. So I'm curious if melgibsoncalledmethenword can back up his claim?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    who ever made this: give them a job on the Walking Dead

    by Gerry

    too bad the quality of a game trailer has nothing to do with how good the end game product will be

  • You guys are funny. What I love about this is that these are some no name devs who make crap games. This game will be a pile of shit. But what they did is that went out and copied other popular gaming trailers (which you idiots must not have seen). There are a lot of gaming trailers like this and they ripped them off. Oh they played it backwards.....big fucking deal. This trailer is nothing more than a gimmick. Can you honestly tell me you give a shit about the lousy game? No, you don't. You just think the trailer is so cool because it has sad music and its in slow motion and its backwards. Its fucking retarded. It's a gimmick.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    d. vader - LOL at you

    by Mel

    "the ONLY similarity between the two comes from the somber music used while juxtaposed against some horrific imagery." Isnt that the entire trailer? Oh wait...they played it backwards, so its nothing like the gears trailer. OH man you got me. that makes it totally different. lol. Heres the big thing - when you're a talentless studio youre not allowed to try to do "artsy" trailers, especially if they're not original. do something then you can try. If this game was good we'd see gameplay.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    So Mel, can you back up your claim?

    by D.Vader

    On how this is a ripoff of the Gears of War trailer? Sure, playing it backwards is a gimmick, but you know what? Its an EFFECTIVE gimmick showing real moments of human action (and reaction) during extreme desperation. And it works.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    You're right

    by theblackvegtable

    That is better then any movie trailer I've seen this year

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    There's a lot more than that in the trailer. Gears of War's big sell is that the imagery onscreen matches the lyrics of the song. There is no human interaction in the Gears trailer. Just a guy walking around a derelict city. I may have said there's horrific imagery in the Gears trailer, but in reality, the only true horror comes in the final frames with the reveal of the big monster. Honestly, if your big piece of evidence is the somber music, then you don't have a strong argument. That's a similarity, yes, but hardly enough to qualify it as a ripoff.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I do partially agree on one thing, though

    by D.Vader

    And that's that the trailer is not indicative of the gameplay at all. But so what? The Gears trailers are great but showcase no gameplay either. Same with the Old Republic trailer. But they're fun to watch.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    I make video games. I always wanted to make movies.

    by antonphd

    But games are allowing more freedom for realizing your imagination than movies. Plus no fragile actor egos to deal with.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Hollywood

    by Super Joker

    This is what can happen if you put down your pie charts for just five seconds and engage your brains - you can come up with something original and memorable, rather than formulaic like the vast majority of everything that goes through your brain drain factory.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by CodeName

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Very nice,


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Resistance 3


    Had a pretty damn decent premier trailer as well.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    lol mel stop writing plz

    by ORIONgods

    this is a good trailer very emotional n rip off of gears....... gears trailer : guy wit chainsawgun walking around city , dead island: girl eating her father

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit...

    by ravenloff

    I don't know how many of you that frequent this site have children...but if you don't, I don't think that trailer will have half the impact on you that it will have on a father.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    not to give melgibson more attention but

    by stu_pickles

    "But what they did is that went out and copied other popular gaming trailers (which you idiots must not have seen). There are a lot of gaming trailers like this and they ripped them off." which games? cause if their trailers are as good i'd like to watch em. and take it easy with the idiot stuff. it makes you come across as dense and generally unlikable. which you most assuredly are, you piece of shit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    That shit made me cry (a bit)

    by RichardLuzT


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Amazing trailer ....

    by blackflowerX

    Mel Gibson by name , Mel Gibson by nature....

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I'm a father...

    by Loosejerk

    I've got a daughter and two sons. I cried. But I'm pretty weak when it comes to pain and hurt regarding children. So, not shocking to cry in my case. I was raped by a clown.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    lots of video games have great trailers

    by Bass Ackwards

    Unlike movies, video games have free license in the trailer department. They aren't going to make anything compelling by showing off the gameplay (even if the gameplay itself is compelling), so instead they just say fuck the actual game, let's sell this thing by just making up a independent kick ass mini movie/trailer. Movies unfortunately just limit themselves to the stuff that's in the movie. Viral marketing is changing that a bit, so maybe down the road we'll start seeing movies advertise by the filmmakers putting together wholly separate minis and trailers that feature sequences not actually in the movie, not sure if that's a good thing, but it'd make for interesting advertising.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    Honestly, I spend most of my geek credits on game sites these days. Because they are the shit. I grew up a gamer but film fan first, and in the past decade that's flipped. This trailer is fantastic. Lots of game trailers have taken their lead from the Gears of War Mad World bit -- and yeah, though mel is trolling out his ass, Gears really did pioneer this modern interest in advertising a game for mood, not gameplay. I'm bummed AICN dropped its game column. Not just because I wrote for it. Well, partly that. Games are pretty damn relevant.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Cool, but yeah, a rip off of Lost.

    by time2323

    Which given that the name is Dead Island, is probably what they're going for. I would actually be down for some Walking Dead meets Lost.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Holy fuck that was depressing.

    by Royston Lodge

    Well done though.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Wow. Just wow. That gave me chills.

    by elgato73

    Best trailer for a video game I think I've ever seen. Just sublime and beyond tragic. The ruthlessness of that trailer is what makes it so fucking brutal to watch. Wow.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    To summarize Mel Gibson guy is a douche, trailer good

    by Stormwatcher

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    And guess what kids. melgibson the aicn poster is

    by elgato73

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    its a very good trailer for a video game...

    by LabattsBleu

    and that was exactly the point of the post in the first place. I have no issue with people that don't like it, but seriously, some people hate it like their ex-wife... no sure I understand the anger that some posters have for a freakin' video game trailer?! just pray they don't own a handgun...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Has a really strong LOST vibe to it.

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    And I mean that as a compliment. This is the kind of angst, pathos that I hope The Walking Dead series achieves in its next season.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    That was like a Coldplay video...

    by Cap'n Jack

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    and as for the Walking Dead

    by Cap'n Jack

    it has a lot of work to do if it's going to get close to the quality of the books. It's already fucking things up...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Walking Dead...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    The biggest cock-up was its first season finale, but as a fan and regular reader of the comic, I can understand why they did that finale -- they weren't sure if they would get a second season. However, people I know who love the series but haven't read the comics thought the season finale was cool. Anyway, next season, the series can now resume along the overall outline already laid out in the comic series.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Holy crap, that was amazing

    by TheNothing


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword... Seriously... Shutup.

    by SLC

    If you think that's a terrible trailer you obviously have no creative or emotional bone in your body. Please show us a trailer that you made that comes close to that... heck, even an idea. Can't? Go figure. Whoever made that trailer should be given an award.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    That was an amazing trailer.

    by AshokForgiven

    Blah blah blah... "it was gimmicky", "it was only good because it was backwards", "it was only good because it was slo-mo", "it was only good because it had piano music", geez, you might as well say it was only good because of all of the stuff that was good, lol. That was a friggin' fantastically edited trailer. No idea if the game itself is good but kudos to the marketing team. Anyone know the song?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Cool trailer, but....

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    ...let's not start sucking each other's dicks quite yet. It's still just a trailer. The game itself could end up being a steaming pile. Yes, zombies are old now, but killing them in games never does. Also, I'm on board with more game news. AICN already does tabletop news (which I love by the way), but it would be cool to see more related to other forms of gaming. If you assholes can post shit about that fucking queer Justin Bieber, you can give us some gaming goodness news.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    egon: I don't think we care about the game itself -- it's about the trailer

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    The two DC Universe Online trailers are excellent as well. I myself am not much of a gamer these days. However, this Dead Island trailer, and the two DCUO trailers are very well made and stand alone as worthy CG-animated film shorts.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I don't get it then...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    But maybe that's because I'm looking at it from a gamer's perspective. Like many others, I've been burned by shitty games that had cool trailers/previews. Game developers are just as guilty of it as studio heads are. I'm incapable of getting excited over these, even if they are very well made and creative. All I see is a marketing ploy, not an attempt to be viewed and recognized as a worthy animated film short.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I like the trailer better

    by clupula

    Running in chronological order. And as much as I'd like to see a gaming section here, any previous attempts at them have been pretty awful around here.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    egon: your guarded cynicism about the final game is understandable

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I myself already know that there is no way the actual game will look like this (nor will DCUO like its trailers). These trailers are slicked-up marketing, as you pointed out. But since I no longer game, I simply watch and enjoy the trailers as CG animated film shorts, and am surprised how well they stand on their own in this regard. In fact, maybe that's the best way they should be viewed -- ignore the game being pitched and see if the "trailer" works as its own work of art.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Wow, Dead Island has been talked about for years.

    by kravmaguffin

    I seriously thought it would just go unfinished forever. I mean the Techland website had an under construction page for over a year. Good for them, I hope they polish it up and release it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    I will say

    by clupula

    that I like the concept of the game. It's a first person game, but it's not a shooter. You don't get a gun. In fact, you don't get any real weapons. You defend yourself purely with found objects. Brooms, kitchen knives, baseball bat, etc...and things can get taken away from you, resulting in, most of the time, you just having to run the fuck away.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Is that all that fuck could do to protect his kid???

    by sam jacksons wig

    Depressing....... ...... I have seen shit with kids that would turn you white, and after a while people say that you become desensitised to it all..... ...that is bullshit. It never gets any easier. Try telling parents that their kids are terminally sick and see the reactions..... .....for your kids you fight until you die. You give your last remaining breath.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Looking at the full IGN article

    by clupula

    They have pictures of gameplay and it looks like the trailer. Glad to see that a PS3 version has been announced, as this wasn't originally coming to that.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Here is the trailer in chronological order.

    by tenchi24

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Here's the thing...

    by skeletonff

    ...the brilliance of the trailer is that it starts both at the end and the beginning of the sequence. We see the ending so we know what will happen to the little girl running from the zombies, and as we see her parents' struggle being played backwards, we know their fight will be fruitless. Both ends work towards the middle shot of the girl's father finding his infected daughter. I've never seen any medium tell a story this way, and while the game will likely disappoint, it was worth it just for this little work of art we have here. The game will probably be erased from my memory just seconds after it's released, but I don't think I can forget this trailer.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    that got my attention (for the game)

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Sad, haunting...but I'm still sick of zombies

    by njscribe44

    Face facts...vainly trying to protect the kid, who then becomes the threat, was in the original "Night of the Living Dead" movie.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Dead Island

    by Ben Stoodley

    ... s'fucked up ... going home to give my baby girl a hug & buy a shotgun

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST


    by ewokstew

    Despite the douche bag like delivery of your thoughts, your assessment has some merit. Some.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST

    But I'd argue it's more than just a trailer run

    by ewokstew

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by ewokstew

    Despite many times seeing this done purely for effect, this actually sets up a nice emotional thread before chaos sets in that I think works nicely. I agree with your point about the spottiness of the CGI although it didn't kill it for me. And yes.. I'm now equally as douche-y for hitting the wrong keys on my laptop and committing part of my actual post to the subject matter line. Life goes on...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    This trailer sucks

    by inglorious_tard

    If it were for a movie or TV show maybe I'd watch it. But it's for a game and it in no way makes me want to play it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Zombie does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Great trailer, extremely compelling to see this terrible moment as a family is destroyed unravel backwards.<p> Also is it wrong to try and catch a glimpse of zombie bikini girl's cleavage?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Well, the hating trolls are really outnumbered here!

    by C A Iversen

    And that's such a good change.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Irreversible Zombies!

    by billyhitchcock1

    See what I did there? ;-) Anyway, this looks awesome. The best zombie stories are always the bleakest and this has bleakness in spades!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Irreversible Zombies!

    by billyhitchcock1

    See what I did there? ;-) Anyway, this looks awesome. The best zombie stories are always the bleakest and this has bleakness in spades!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Irreversible Zombies!

    by billyhitchcock1

    See what I did there? ;-) Anyway, this looks awesome. The best zombie stories are always the bleakest and this has bleakness in spades!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Regarding the bikini zombie...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Is that a silicone breast implant I see? (Is her left breast partially torn open to reveal an implant?)

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    "hopefully this site will start doing shit on games"

    by eveelcapitalist

    They tried once back in...2002, 2003, around then. Didn't work out.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Dead Island has been "in development" for the last FIVE years...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    And they release this trailer yesterday (which as others are arguing is indeed a fantastic film short on its own), which has been generating great buzz. But I doubt this buzz is carrying over to the game itself. Frankly, I would rather read about the guys who created this trailer, whom I am guessing are not directly involved with the making of the game itself.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Great trailer but...

    by Fuck The Napkin

    The game's obviously going to be complete shit. The Polish team who are making it previously made 'Pet Racer' and 'Pet Soccer'. You don't need to even look at a screenshot of either of those to know how shit they must be.

  • If I worked for a Hollywood talent agency, studio or production company, and it turns out that the people behind this trailer are just a small team who haven't done anything major in TV or films, then I would stalk them down pronto to chat with them. But I wonder if this was trailer was contracted out to a major CG animation house, perhaps Digital Domain, because it exudes a sheen of baked-in cinematic professionalism, experience and know-how.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    You know who else hated this trailer? Devin Faraci!

    by D.Vader

    Congrats haters! You're in despicable company!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    This indeed looks to be on its way to becoming a viral video hit

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I'm already seeing other blogs mention it, and this trailer was released only this week. Most people are not talking about the game. So this trailer is doing *too good* of a job: it's bringing attention to itself and not selling the game!

  • .... that was a truly amazing trailer.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    sweet l33t

    by Wookie_1995

    looks awesome

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    The trap of the video gam trailer.

    by shutupfanboy

    The gameplay never looks that good. The wife hated it while I found it interesting. Really when does Left4Dead 3 come out?


  • Gotta love em!!!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    It's too bad that melgibsoncalledmethenword...

    by NightArrows

    ...isn't the one being torn apart by zombies. What a cynical, trying-too-hard-not-to-care-because-he-thinks-he's-seen-it-all, cunt. Die in a fire fucknut because that trailer was REALLY WELL DONE. Seriously, what a fucking twat.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I say again

    by NightArrows

    melgibsoncalledmethenword is a fucking twat, and that trailer was incredibly well done.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Oh, I almost forgot...

    by NightArrows

    melgibsoncalledmethenword is a douche. END OF LINE.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Sad to see it was over.

    by Zombieflicker

    If the game does well, we'll see the movie come out in two years tops. Who ever owns the rights, please read: No matter what they say or promise, DO NOT sell this to anyone who is affiliated or mentions the names Uwe Boll or Paul W.S. Anderson. Great Trailer! I can't see how this game can improve on games already established like Left for Dead or Dead Rising.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Dead Rising was a game I really wanted to love, but never did. I didn't dig the controls, felt like you were moving in molasses. Haven't played part 2. Left for Dead 1 and 2 were fun though.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST


    by duct tape wallet

    That was emotional and stunning.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I really enjoyed that trailer.

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>Yes, zombie bikini girl had implants.</p> <p>The mom didn't help much because she was in shock at seeing her daughter turn in to a zombie as fast as she did.</p> <p>On the ground where the girl lands, behind the burning zombie, you can barely see a guy attacking more zombies with a baseball bat. THAT is probably who you will be playing in the game.</p>

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Bikini girl's arm?

    by Cletus Van Damme


  • The cynical side of me says the game itself has little emotional impact compared to the trailer, which is a film short in its own right. People are buzzing about the trailer, not the game. As JJ Bongs pointed out, I would like to know who made the trailer. I will be rather disappointed if it was produced by a bigshot animation house, like Digital Domain (which has a division that handles trailers and cut scenes for games), and not by a gang of talented nobodies who deserve to have the film industry knocking on their door with offers. For example, maybe the trailer producers could be hired to work on The Walking Dead in some capacity -- to lay out storyboards for action sequences.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by lottolife

    I almost never post here but this pisses me off. This "great" game trailer is a conceptional rip-off of the short film Even even the girl busting through the glass is the same...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Game trailers are usually not produced by the game developers

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    A trailer like this, which doesn't feature actual gameplay footage, is usually farmed out to an outside company. I suspect that's the case here. So who are the people, company, behind it is what I want to know? Fuck the game.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Nuit Blanche -- wtf? (Has nothing to do with this)

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    I've seen that short before and it's good, but what is similar about it to the Dead Island trailer? (Ooh -- it features shattering glass! Therefore, "rip off"?) Looks like you are just trolling to promote this short.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by a boy and his blog

    somebody please give this director some money for a real movie!!!!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    The possible producers of this trailer...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    I forwarded the YT link to someone I know at Disney's digital animation department. He thinks based on its artistic style it could be from an animation studio in Glasgow named Axis. Said he'd ask around as to confirm who made it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Here's a trailer for a game that is practically a movie

    by Out of your element And I hope Dead Island turns out to be as story based and open-ended as they're claiming it to be. Awesome trailer though. Mel Gibson, like my balls, asshat.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Shattered glass and

    by lottolife

    So the game trailer has altered music from the old short film (that I am not trying to promote) and no one seems the notice.... viggeo_morgenstein did you have something to do with producing this game trailer? You seem to have taken my comparison with it to an old short film personally.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    that was fucking retarded


    shitty cgi cutscenes played backwards? and you guys love it? whatever

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The Last Resort Video Game?

    by East Coast Ninja

    Oddly similar to Palmiotti/Gray's The Lost Resort.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Using "old" ideas isn't a big deal

    by veritasses

    The "I've seen it before" argument pops up frequently around here but the truth is, it happens all the time in practically every creative field from the movie biz to the restaurant biz. People go to school or take an apprenticeship or read books to learn about the works of others so that they can add established techniques into their own tool chest of creative ideas. If someone borrows an idea from someone else, good for them. It shows they're studying and learning and honing their craft. Hopefully they're on a path to producing greater works in the future. The important question is "how well did they execute" not "where have I seen that before."<BR><BR> This was a well planned and executed trailer. From the many questions that are raised starting with the first image we see to all the tragic reveals, to the self contained story and different characters and their actions and reactions, the editing, pacing, lighting etc. It's all well done. On a related note, it's not really fair to compare CG/game trailers to live action. CG allows you to be as precise as you want. You can move the camera a fraction of a inch, add/remove/place objects with ease and do as many "retakes" with different variations as you want until you get it perfectly. Editors who do live action have to make do with what they have.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    lottolife does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    lotto, you said you hardly ever post here - pls don't take Viggeo's comments as meaning... well anything at all (the guys a well-known troll).<p> Nothing exists in a vacuum and I think most talkbackers find it interesting to see what may or may not have 'influenced' this piece.<p> You didn't deserve to be told to 'f off' and you certainly didn't deserve to be called a 'spammer' - I think anyone with eyes can see that you made two posts while Viggeo is on two dozen.<p> He's the trolling spammer not you. So pls go ahead and post whenever you want - dont be dissuaded by viggeo the village idiot.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Axis Animation

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Yep, it's them. They are based in Glasgow, Scotland. (This has been just confirmed by others -- Google for the news.) Nordling, maybe you could see about interviewing the director of the trailer? Axis has PR contact info on their site. (I think it's just

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    As someone who has logged 400+ hrs on L4D

    by DangerDave

    I approve of this. Looks slick, trailer is awesome, and I can never have enough zombies. As long as there are some challenges to the game and not just FPS.....BOOOOM HEADSHOT. I am down.

  • Yes, it does look -- especially upon repeated viewing -- to be inspired by obviously Memento and LOST (and the music of Michael Giacchino). There's nothing wrong with these inspirations as the trailer does a good job paying homage to them, I would argue. And those of us here are not a niche who dig it: as evidenced by its YouTube viewings, it's becoming a viral hit in less than 24 hours of its release. I think what it does and demonstrates well is the power of editing -- how editing can shape a narrative. Watch the version of the trailer that's cut in sequential order and set at normal running speed. Both versions have a definite start, middle and end, but in each, these three points are different, and the emotional result is different. If you can manage to interview the director, Nordling, I'd be curious to know if this trailer was originally conceived to play in sequence order, or if it was conceived from the start to be out of order.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I get more Carnivales Jeff Beal than Michael Giacchino

    by Smack_Teddy

    pieces like 'Rita Sue & Jonesy' if thats the one im thinking of. Pretty darn beautiful all the same though.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    All the marketing dipshits at the studios...

    by Citizen Sane

    ... could learn something from this.

  • I myself haven't touched a console game in several years. This trailer hasn't made me interested in the game it's supposed to be advertising. I just like the trailer on its own, and most feel the same. So ironically, it may actually not be selling the game well.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Please guys check out these two from DC

    by Norman Colson

    Batman arkham asylum 2 and DC universe Online. (DCO sucks though) These two flip my freaking wig. if DC can start doing dvd movies like this i would pay!!!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST



  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Unique and very nice...

    by allykatD

    Creepy and sad in equal amounts. That's pretty hard to pull off. I like how they played the scenes in reverse. It immediately caught my attention.

  • And you will see some brilliantly edited and realized mini movies.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    More lovers than haters?

    by monolithik

    All I hear is the lovers hating on the haters, so... I guess we all lose. I'm not saying it isn't interesting and different for a video game; it is. I'm just saying that it's reeaally not original -- and not just in a "I'm just repurposing one or two ideas to create my own" way, but... blatantly mimicking Lost, from the opening eye shot, to the shattered glass fall, to the sappy music, to the flashbacks... it's more than a little too close for comfort. Also, since we're all hating here for shits and giggles, this is for all of you "Fuck Hollywood, THIS is how you make a movie" guys: Sounds great. Oh wait... good luck getting people to pay to watch your two minute movie. Anyone can make a decent trailer out of a shite movie/game. FOX alone has made a fortune by doing this. Not to mention, try watching 120 minutes of this gimmick and not have your brain hemorrhage.

  • I like Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising as much as the next shambling corpse, but I think it is time for a serious take on the undead when it comes to games. I'm still waiting for an epic Fallout/Elder Scrolls or Mass Effect style zombie-themed action/RPG. Maybe Dead Island will be a step in that direction? Although my dream zombie game is a video game adaptation of World War Z done in a Call of Duty style, namely where the narrative shifts back and forth between various characters and locations around the globe.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Another Amazing trailer

    by Castor

    For a game DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION This one was made by the company making the game.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Who gives a fuck if it is "Too close to LOST"?? It is a great trailer. BOTTOM FUCKING LINE. It doesn't matter if this leads to a shitty game, or a lackluster game, or if it's borrowing from this or that. It's fucking moving and interesting and well done. The problem with geeks, the real problem with geeks, is that they over analyze EVERYTHING, and seemingly can't just sit the fuck back and enjoy something in the moment.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    yahooyahoo: Deus Ex HR looks awesome

    by lv_426

    I'm pissed that they delayed it. Now it might not come out until next near or later this year.

  • and even that is kind of a rip-off too with all the dead people showing up on the island.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    This trailer makes me feel Dead Inside


    If that was the filmmakers intent, then kudos to a job well done!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Nordling, do you do speed?

    by SithMenace

    Because you're putting up like 80% of the articles now.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Did the girl attack the dad?

    by Ray Garraty #47

    At first I thought the little girl jumped on her dad's back for protection and he accidentally blasted her out of the window when he lurched backwards. But I guess she attacked him? I'll watch again. Regardless of the game's quality I think they did a fine job. As a piece of "teaser" advertising I think it's artful and really effective. Interesting music, too.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Belay that. Obvious answer.

    by Ray Garraty #47

    I am functionally retarded.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    But the dad looks like Chris Evans.

    by Ray Garraty #47

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Taken from Nuit Blanche

    by nationUndead

    Great trailer but it borrowed heavily from this piece done a while back. Right down to the melody and smashed glass from 1:15 in. Just watch!

  • Then we get the crappy Hollywood version with a big name actor and they butcher the whole thing.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    mr ahole ramirez, 'Dead Iceberg" continues and all the zombies have football shirts with the 'numbers' on them... and Walt's there for some reason... and then it jumps back in time to when Desmond was happy with Penny... and then back to the present with zombies eating Claire and Aaron. Fuck it their story arcs went nowhere anyway.<p> Oh yeah... FUCK YOU JACOB!!!!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Playing Devil's Advocate

    by Mephisto the Great

    I'll admit the trailer was effective for what it's intended to do--sell video games. The motion control is flat-out amazing. I just find it troubling to sell such things by showing dead, bloody children...and watching their death in slow motion. Have we become so jaded that we now have to show kids getting violently murdered? Just a thought.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    So now we are murdering little girls

    by JamesWest

    Yep. The video game industry is sooooo uplifting.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST


    by Alan

    Seeing the death of a little girl may have been pushing it, but to me she died from an infection. The trauma wasn't enough to kill her but the infection did and she died in her father's arms. In fact the two timelines converge to her last moment of being alive. The reverse version she is dead and the forward version she is alive. The fact that her last sight is of her father trying to save her and then we get flashes of her latest happy memories is how I interpreted the ending. I thought the trailer was great for what it was, a subplot to flesh out the horror happening all over the island.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I don't give a SHIT if the game's good. That trailer was badass.

    by Larry Sellers

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Oh "great', another Zombie game.

    by Stalkeye

    As much as I love the zombie genre, this shit is getting overexposed and a bit played out.Dead Rising failed to impress me just like the previous efforts (Zombie apocalypse,CoD Zombies,etc.) especially compared to the excelence that was the Resident Evil series (i'm talking games, not Anderson's clusterfuck movie adaptations.) which revitalized said genre back into the mainstream. Capcom's Shinji Mikami's praised is well deserved.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    RE: So now we are murdering little girls

    by Stalkeye

    You can't blame it on the VG Industry.After all, if you had the chance to see Romero's Dawn of the Dead in which Peter (the protagonist of the film.) mows down both a Zombie girl and boy via M-16. I don't seem to recall having to kill zombie kids in RE, but if you wish to codemn the industry on murdering children, look no further than both Dante's Inferno and Dead Space 2 for hard evidence. But note, it's just a game and not reality. If anything, you should scoff at the Movie industry for putting out shit like A Serbian Film which involves baby raping/murder.Oh, by the way, Harry feels it is one of the best films of 2010. (0:'

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Beautiful and tragic at the same time.

    by SID 8.0

    Looks good. The only zombie game I like is Dead Space but I might have to pick this one up.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    great trailer. Suspiciously lacking in terms of gameplay.

    by fireclown

    The game could be crap.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Is the little girl Kate when she was young?


    Or Claire?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    After Posting it on my FB

    by DangerDave

    A friend of mine, who knows I love all things zombie, replied... How can you find such enjoyment in these end of the world movies and games? My reply.... *evil grin*

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Zombies are to Video Games what:


    A. Statues of Robocop are to Detroit B. Gold Medals are to the Special Olympics C. 18 year old bleach blonde bimbos are to Hugh Hefner D. Vampires are to shitty novels for teen girls E. All of the above

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by Jaster

    Can you imagine if that was a film trailer? HOLY FUCK-HOLES!

  • wise words perhaps Choppah. What makes this trailer so great also as a videogame trailer is it sets up that notion: you have roleplaying right to go f--ing ferral apeshit! Human Middleclass Parent Going-on-a-Holiday-now-my-babies-dead Rage vs Zombie Rage! <p> Hopefully thats what will set this apart from other Zombie games (Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 are the benchmark right now i guess)

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    F: the_choppah is to AICN readers

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Nht! Wrong Answer. Try again!