You'll find a lot to love in Techland's zombie-filled fusion of open-world role-playing game and visceral, first-person slaughterfest, provided you can overlook its numerous warts.
"Dead Island's" 5-minute E3 demo doesn't live up to its initial, emotionally engaging trailer, but its visceral combat and battles with flesh-eating zombies in the harsh tropical sun show plenty of promise.
Publishers largely sat back during E3 week, with "Infamous 2" being the lone must-play release.
Sometime after the PlayStation Network comes back up, we'll get a chance to try out Lexis Numerique's upcoming survival horror game "Amy," about a woman who has to stay near a little girl or take drugs to avoid turning into a zombie.
Last week, I named "BioShock 2" my 2010 Game of the Year. "Mass Effect 2" leads a compelling crop of runners-up.
By featuring journalists as prominent characters and requiring players to meet strict deadlines or face the consequences, the "Dead Rising" games appeal directly to this blogger's professional interests.
"Dead Rising 2" is an incisive critique of the brutality of modern entertainment, but it's not above letting its players beat zombies to death with sex toys.
It's officially fall, with "Dead Rising 2," "FIFA Soccer 11," "Wii Party" and a new "Guitar Hero" headlining this week's new releases.
The $5, downloadable "Case Zero" prequel gives gamers a taste of what's to come when "Dead Rising 2" releases Sept. 28, but deviates from the traditional "demo" formula in a refreshing, inventive way.