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‘Dead Island 2’ Wish List

It’s been awhile since we last heard from Dead Island 2, the promising follow-up to Techland’s duo of open-world zombie hack ’em ups that’s been placed in the extremely capable hands of Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager.

What they’ve been willing to share with us so far points to its being the sequel that fans of the series deserve — a zanier, more colorful game that eschews the serious tone shared by Dead Island and its pseudo-sequel Riptide for something more lighthearted and self aware.

Yager is taking the series in the direction I hoped Capcom would take with their Dead Rising games. Each open-world series has stubbornly refused to reach its potential, choosing instead to be as safe as possible, only occasionally flirting with its wacky nature without ever really committing to it.

My hope is that Dead Island 2 will prove phenomenally successful and Capcom will see it and realize it’s a viable path for their franchise.

That might not happen, but I still have plenty of things I’d like to see from this game, starting with…

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  • not sure about DI2. I was excited about it but then Dying Light exceeded my expectations. I have been playing it maniacally, it was tremendous repeating gameplay value and they have slightly fixed annoying characters and terrible side missions. It is definitely such a good game that it does not focus on being very horror – like DEAD ISLAND – did but rather horror-adventure which works for me. Now DI2 is trying to go into zombieland mode…but after all the freedom in DL, DI2 mechanics might seem a bit boring and since it is following it after 2 months almost, you would say, I had enough zombies, no?

  • Casey Rosa

    hmm… I always wanted a more serious game from these big budget game companies… I really liked DR3 but a part of me wishes they would have done a darker more serious version of it, sort of like the first resident evil games, but a more open world concept like the dead rising series… its almost wasted potential having the tech to have that many zombies in your game and make it a silly game… when every other serious zombie game has a limited amount of zombies… I’d love to see a DayZ-esque zombie survival game with that amount of zombies and detail… but I guess those are just dreams for now…

  • marklola12 .

    for me dying light was over hyped, it didn’t look all that good and got boring very fast

  • Fantasma Del Guapo

    Funky zombies.

    Something that annoyed me about Riptide was the idiot tourists on Henderson that decided to wear overalls replacing the hobos from Moresby marauding the place wearing hockey masks. I also didn’t like how a few zombie women on Dying Light looked bald as they had decayed, that struck me as lazy, the chicks that went zombie in the middle of their vacation on Banoi made the thing more fun. Give me zombie clowns, Hopping Vampires, MMA fighters, football players, something that I’ll enjoy shooting at or smacking around up close with a machete.

  • Peter Johnson

    From what they talked about at E3, this game has no story. They say you just go around with friends and do side quests, with a drop-in/drop-out online. It’d be fun for a little, but no story bothers me. I don’t want to find items and save safe havens over and over again.

  • boxcar182

    I heard it’s just an endless 8 player co/op game. No real story.

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