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Escape Dead Island review

Escape Dead Island review

Exit strategy.

Zombies can cover a multitude of sins. They're famously dim-witted, so bargain basement AI and wonky pathfinding is easily masked inside the fiction. And they're always falling to bits, so it doesn't really matter if textures and models are crude. Whoever saw an immaculate zombie?

The original Dead Island and its hurried semi-sequel Riptide got a lot of mileage out of this loophole. Neither game was what you could call polished, but developer Techland compensated - sometimes overcompensated - by filling the cracks with gallons of loot, outlandish weapon crafting and knockabout four-player co-op. Both games outstayed their welcome in the long run, but offered enough mid-tier laughs to justify the start of a new franchise. That franchise will decay into slime all too quickly if clunkers like Escape Dead Island are what publisher Deep Silver has in mind, however.

It's actually hard to work out why this game even exists, since its relationship to the core Dead Island series is tenuous at best. Beyond the concept of zombies on a tropical island, a tangential cameo and the occasional pile of suitcases, it could easily be related to one of the dozens of other cheap zombie games that have shambled into view over the last few years.

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Escape Dead Island release date announced

Escape Dead Island release date announced

Pre-order then buy for guaranteed access to the Dead Island 2 beta.

Escape Dead Island launches 21st November 2014 in Europe and 18th November in North America, publisher Deep Silver has announced.

The third-person, single-player survival mystery spin-off delves into the origins of the zombie outbreak that sparked the events of the first Dead Island game.

It's developed by Swedish studio Fatshark (War of the Roses), and is set for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Single-player survival mystery Escape Dead Island announced

Single-player survival mystery Escape Dead Island announced

Yet another spin-off, set between Dead Island and Dead Island 2.

Deep Silver has announced yet another Dead Island game.

Escape Dead Island is a third-person single-player spin-off for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 due out autumn 2014.

Over on the PlayStation blog Deep Silver narrative producer Alex Toplansky described Escape Dead Island as a survival mystery game with a "fresh perspective" on the Dead Island universe.

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