GrrlGotGame was most excited to see a large Dead Island presence at PAX Prime this year. Swatting down zombies with sharp blades is her life's chosen work, and few games do it as well as Deep Silver's continuing franchise.
Escape Dead Island - out now for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 - left her cold. The combat we previewed wasn't polished, and she spent most of her time dodging attacks rather than diving in with weapons blazing. Gamewatcher was curious about the story, stealth, and sleuthing but not enough to plunk down $40 for a last-gen release.
On the other hand, Dead Island 2 scratched our collective zombie apocalypse itch nicely. Set in sunny California, the emphasis on co-op at first put us off but the reveal that it's optional and single-player remains a personal choice lessened our concerns. We both enjoyed our time in the game, which is rare when it comes to zombified fare. Preview it now, and look for it in 2015 on PC and next-gen consoles.
This is another in our continuing series of PAX Prime 2014 reports. We've recorded interviews for That Dragon Cancer, Boo Bunny Plague, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, The Order: 1886, and more (read our full show impressions and check back for more podcasts).