Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Here is my dilemma. It s nice, I think, to approach supporter posts with a desire to be more personal, more intimate, to shine the light on ourselves a little more brightly. Or to be even more self-indulgent than ever, if you d prefer to think of it that way. So when considering what to write about in my weekly supporter column, I like to think about what s going on in my life, pick a lens to look through. Except, four weeks ago my first son was born, and good grief, who wants to hear about that?

Oh my goodness, how many more games-journalists-becoming-parents can the internet cope with? And who is it for? People without kids are likely far less interested to read about an experience they don t relate to. People who don t want kids and never intend to have them can feel marginalised, excluded. People who want kids and haven t yet, or those who want them and cannot have them, can find the whole topic misery-inducing. (My wife and I were trying for three years before ours came along, and I can testify that it s really shit.) And people with kids already went through it, roll their eyes at the naivety of it, or don t want to be reminded of it. Can the internet hold another, How I game with my kid in my arm article, without keeling over and just collapsing on the floor?

Let s find out!

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PC Gamer

The best thing about Dead Island is its co-op, so I'm a little curious about why it's getting a single-player spinoff in the form of Escape Dead Island. It's a third-person action/stealth game set in the Dead Island universe, and it's coming to PC (and last-gen consoles), blimey, next week. The above trailer offers a glimpse of what we're in for, which as it turns out is a cel-shaded game about mystery and battering zombie brains in, with psychological am-I-going-crazy bits thrown in too.

Publishers Deep Silver are calling the game "a survival mystery, where you follow the story of Cliff Calo as he attempts to uncover the truth about the zombie virus". You're a journalist, see, and uncovering the truth about a zombie virus sounds like something a journalist might want to do. Escape Dead Island is being developed by War of the Roses/Lead and Gold developers Fatshark, rather than series creators Techland.

In addition to that launch trailer, a few new screenshots have been uploaded, ahead of the game's release next Tuesday. I've stashed them below.

Announcement - Valve
Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition is Now Available on Linux and SteamOS!

Terror. Violence. Madness. Bedlam. A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Cut off from the rest of the world, the player’s only chance to survive is to fight to the death and find a way to escape from the island.

Announcement - Valve
Escape Dead Island is Now Available for Pre-Purchase on Steam and is 15% off until November 3rd at 10AM Pacific! Additionally, pre-purchase before release date and you'll receive guaranteed access to the upcoming Dead Island 2 Beta event!

Escape Dead Island is a Survival-Mystery adventure that lets players delve into the Dead Island universe and unravel the origins of the zombie outbreak.

Announcement - Valve
Enjoy deals on the entire Deep Silver catalog during the Deep Silver Publisher Weekend! Save up to 75% off on great titles like Metro Redux, the Dead Island series, Saints Row IV, and more!

The Deep Silver Publisher Weekend begins at 10AM PDT today and ends at 10AM PDT on October 27th







Announcement - Valve
Save up to 75% on the Dead Island series as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Additionally, Dead Island: Epidemic is running an open weekend with additional deals on their Starter Packs. Install it this weekend via Steam and you'll keep your access to this Early Access title after the weekend is over!

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time



Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Pssh, rich kids and their Hanzo steel.

Take one pretty fun co-op game, ladle cash over the top, then persist with sheer bloody-mindedness and you too could have yourself A Franchise. Turns out, three Dead Island games are in the works: straight-up sequel Dead Island 2, the MOBA-ish Dead Island Epidemic, and now publishers Deep Silver have announced Escape Dead Island. It’s a third-person action-y sort of thing (you know, like this), with a story that makes me think of Far Cry 3 with its rich kids and trippy hallucinations.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

But hey, that looks like a plain old action-RPG.

I had not particularly noted Dead Island: Epidemic‘s passage into Early Access. I’d seen enough games chasing the dream of League of Legends and Dota 2‘s success with only a few small new idea. And it had the temerity to coin its own cutesy genre name, Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena! However, after watching a new gameplay trailer explain what it’s up to, I’m at the very least interested. Not enough to pay for the beta of a game that’ll be free-to-play at launch, mind.

While the majority of MOBAs (do I still need to explain this dreadful name?) seem to mostly duplicate LoL or Dota, Dead Island: Epidemic takes their ideas of per-match progression and slap them into something a bit more like Diablo III with a sizeable PvE side.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

In comparison to the original Dead Island trailer, Dead Island 2′s announcement video is more honest than Abe and Cherry Tree Washington combined. You remember that trailer, right? The one that broke a thousand hearts when it debuted and then broke them again when the game was more like a first-person Dead Rising than a mourning simulator? Dead Island 2 is just holding its hands in the air and admitting to the world that it’s at the dafter end of the zombie spectrum. No introspection here – it’s a game about beautiful beach bodies rotting in the sun while the world points, laughs and decapitates the poor sods.

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PC Gamer
Dead Island: Epidemic


The newest game available on Steam s now-ubiquitous Early Access program is Dead Island: Epidemic, the zombie-themed MOBA announced last fall and revealed at Gamescom. The public reaction to the game s very existence has been, well, confusion. Now that it's here, the public can decide for itself.

Developer Stunlock Studios, previously of Bloodline Champions, has popped Epidemic up on Early Access to get access to your soft, delicious brains. There is no better way to gain valuable feedback and concrete suggestions than by allowing you guys to actually jump in and have at it, the introductory post on Steam reads. o we decided that Steam Early Access is the best way for us to achieve this.



All of the usual reservations aside and believe me, I ve got them too it is nice to see a MOBA that isn t set in a cartoony, fantasy-based universe. The game will also feature three teams instead of the requisite two, and the art shows off a nice sense of humor. Who knows maybe this unholy alliance will be the new chocolate and peanut butter. Can it cut through our MOBA fatigue? If you re interested in finding out for yourself, Epidemic is now available in closed beta release on Steam.
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