NZ Gamer - Dead Island - the first game in the series - was announced with what can only really be described as an extraordinary trailer. Have you seen it? You really must; go right ahead, I'll wait here for you.
Back? Great, let's continue.
After such an impressive unveiling, it's fair to say the game itself was disappointing, garnering a fairly pedestrian 6.9 on NZGamer.com and netting an average of just over 70 on Metacritic. That's not to say it was a bad game - far from it. Critics praised its coop experience in particular, as well as the way in which it refreshed a fairly stale genre by adding in things like open-world and light RPG gameplay elements. It just didn't live up to the promise engendered by such a dramatic trailer (but then, what would, right?)
Roll forward to today, as Deep Silver prepare to publish the followup - Dead Island: Riptide.