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Submitted by Gwynne Dixon on September 19 2011 - 11:20

Techland's tropical zombie apocalypse repeats the success of last week's launch...

Dead Island has repeated the success of its debut on the UK charts last week by landing itself on the top spot for a second week running. Incredibly, the game has pulled in more sales in its first fortnight on the market than any other Deep Silver-published title has managed in its lifetime across the UK according to official Chart-Track figures.

Although retail sales for the game have been strong, publicity for it elsewhere has been far from perfect. Techland initially uploaded unfinished Xbox 360 code onto Steam that was then purchased by swathes of PC users shortly after launch, one of whom subsequently came across the term “Feminist Whore” in the game's source code as a power for one of its female characters. Much internet carnage ensued.

Elsewhere across the top 10 it's been a pretty stagnant week. Resistance 3 and Driver San Francisco swapped places at No.3 and No.4 respectively, as did LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and Rugby World Cup 2011 at No.7 and No.8. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 moved up six places to No.9, and Cars 2 edged back into the sharp end at No.10. All the remaining titles were non-movers:

  1. Dead Island
  2. Warhammer 40K: Space Marine
  3. Resistance 3
  4. Driver San Francisco
  5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  6. Zumba Fitness
  7. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
  8. Rugby World Cup 2011
  9. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  10. Cars 2

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By: freeradical

Added:Tue 19th Jul 2011 22:49, Post No: 5

Yeah, I mean Techland is a developer that's well known for a lack of polish in its games. When us games journos say, 'if it can get polished up in the remaining dev time, then it might just be half decent,' we're usually just covering our back. You do get the odd example of preview code that's very messy a couple of months before release but gets miraculously polished up by launch, although that's the exception to the rule.

Still, there is something about Dead Island that's intriguing. It's definitely not your regular zombie game.

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By: Peter Corr

Added:Mon 18th Jul 2011 22:56, Post No: 4

ah right.  that does sound very interesting in a different kind of way.

i'm a big fan of the apocalyptic zombie movies, such as the originals by romero.  i just love the dark eerie atmosphere they give off.  if this is giving those vibes then it could be brilliant in a different way to dead space.

worrying hearing that it still needs alot of polish though tbh.  aren't we quite close to release now, as in a few months?  if all they have left to do is polish then it could be possible i guess, but too often i read previews that mention some pointers that need to improve then they don't get touched by the dev before releasing.

too often i think us gamers are made to wait for a sequel before a potentially great game becomes great, when if they'd listened to feedback from previews the original could've been that good.  such as assasins creed or infamous (springs to mind).

By: freeradical

Added:Mon 18th Jul 2011 21:27, Post No: 3

@Peter Corr: Definitely - survival horror, thy name is Dead Space on current-gen consoles. I wouldn't really describe Dead Island as survival horror in quite the same way though. With the open-world setting, it's just not really possible to get the suspense, high production values, and storyline that you'd usually expect from the genre.

What Dead Island is threatening to do, though, is touch on that zombie apocalypse style of the movies. You do kind of feel like there are zombies around every corner and that you have to improvise with weaponry to fend them off, mixed with the peril of getting lost in the world.

It's definitely a new direction for the genre but the game could use quite a bit of polish at this stage I think.

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By: Peter Corr

Added:Mon 18th Jul 2011 19:00, Post No: 2

the advert was quite simply the best advert for a game i've ever seen.

it's quite obvious the game wont live upto that, but i really do like everything i've seen of it so far.

the grand-daddy of zombie games, resi 5 was absolutely terrible.  i didn't enjoy L4D either.  so i hold alot of hope in this.

i bet it's no dead space / dead space 2 though!  the current king games of horror imo.

By: funkyellowmonkey

Added:Mon 21st Feb 2011 21:42, Post No: 1