Dead Island's cinematic trailer from a few months ago blew us away but it left us wondering what the game was about. We finally got some hands-on time with Dead Island and it wasn't exactly what we expected. We were surprised by how melee based it was.
"Combat in Dead Island is largely melee based. You’ll be getting up close and personal with the ghouls using homemade and found weapons. The safehouses we saw all had workbenches you can use to combine weapons, upgrade weapons, and repair old favorites. Weapons can be made more durable, faster, or more lethal, and interesting combination include things like sticky grenades, a bat with nails driven through it, and an electrified machete. I started out with a knife and left the friendliness of the survivors to face the zombie hordes outside."
Make sure to read our whole Dead Island Hands-On preview.