With the release of Dead Island 2 approaching as fast as a horde of zombies, we’re here to tell you a bit about some of the zombie types you’ll meet when you visit HELL-A next month.
There are three different variations — Infected, Apex and Variant — each with different strengths and weaknesses, but you’ll learn your favorite ways to dispose of each and every one of them (if you’re that way inclined). There are also certain zombie killing challenges within Dead Island 2 and once complete, you’ll learn more about each zombie to help you find the best ways to slay.
Let’s start with the easiest zombies to kill, the Infected types, of which there are three — Walkers, Shamblers and Runners. First up are Walkers. They have no resistance or weakness to any weapons and can be butchered easily in one-on-one combat, so they’re definitely the ones you will have the most fun with at the start.
While Shamblers are frail, rotting and slow, they’re weak to blunt and explosive damage but resist bleed damage as they lack blood! Their bones are so brittle their own attacks often cause their limbs to break off. Keep an out for large numbers of these though.
As for Runners, they’re attracted to loud noises and as they’re fast, so they can cover ground quickly. They’re weak to sharp and bleed damage, though watch out, as they have a Push attack which will knock you backwards.
Next up are some of the more challenging zombie types — Bursters, Butchers, Crushers, Screamers and Slobbers. Bursters are bloated with volatile gas and infectious black blood that spreads the zombie virus and they’re properly DISGUSTING. You don’t want to get to close to them when they explode, BUT they also damage nearby zombies, so use that to your advantage.
Butchers are our least favorite – they feed on corpses to regrow their own bodies, so you have to finish them off quickly before they regenerate. They have terrifying blade-like hands too, and it’s likely you’ll hear them before you see them.
Crushers are swollen with autophage-reinforced muscle fibers and their overhead smash sends a seismic shockwave through the ground — jump over it to stop getting knocked to the ground — and then take advantage of the Crusher’s momentary weakness. Top tip: you can stop this powerful attack by maiming their arm.
We think the worst type of zombie you’ll meet are the Screamers. Their voltaic lungs produce a plasma-induced stream of sonic shockwaves which force you backwards and attract all zombies in the surrounding area. Projectile attacks are the only way to defeat them.
Unfortunately the best way to defeat our next zombie – Slobbers – is to get close as fast as possible to stop them puking caustic bile and then force them into melee combat. They resist blunt and projectile damage and are immune to caustic damage, but slice or shock them to cause the most damage.
Don’t get too comfortable just yet… you haven’t met the Variant zombies! This is when things start to get really spicy. Burning Runners will ignite anything flammable they come into contact with and, as you’d expect, they’re immune to fire damage, but water and chem bombs will extinguish their raging flames.
As the name might suggest, Grenadier Walkers wear a vest loaded with grenades, ready to explode the moment they receive any damage. You’re better off focusing damage on limbs or the head when in close combat to try and prevent the vest detonating. Finally, Riot Gear Walkers — to even get close to defeating them, use melee and projectile attacks — explosives are a great way to knock that armor off.
That’s it for now, as we don’t want to spoil too much ahead of launch on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on April 21st.
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DEAD ISLAND 2 GOLD EDITION
Dead Island 2 is thrilling First-Person Action RPG, stylish, vibrant and flooded with zombie infection. Explore iconic, gore-drenched Los Angeles. Meet larger-than-life characters. Slay countless foes in exquisitely bloody detail. And evolve to become the ultimate Zombie Slayer!
The Gold Edition includes the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game, two premium character packs, Golden and Pulp Weapons Packs and Expansion Pass.
The Expansion Pass gives access to two brand new chapters of the story coming after release. Pre-order now and get the Memories of Banoi Pack.
Explore HELL-A – Dead Island 2 takes players across the most iconic locations of the City of Angels, now stained with horror, in an exciting pulp journey from the verdant suburbia of Beverly Hills to the quirky promenade of Venice Beach.
Brutal Melee Sandbox – Combat delivers the most intense, visceral and gory first person experience possible, with plenty of weapons and tactical (and brutal) options to chew your way through the zombie horde. Whether you’re slicing, smashing, burning or ripping, we want you to truly feel it.
Be the Ultimate Zombie Slayer – There are six characters to choose from, each with their own unique personality and dialogues. You can fully customize the abilities of each Slayer, with our brand-new skill system allowing you to re-spec instantly and try out the craziest builds.
Zombie Infestation – Ready to experience the most advanced dismemberment system in games? Our LA is crawling with zombies that look and react realistically. These mutated wretches are the reanimated, rotten heart of Dead Island 2 with dozens of distinct zombie types, each with their own mutations, attacks and hundreds of visual LA-themed variants. Our monsters are relentless, challenging, and true Los Angelinos. Will you be able to survive?
A Cinematic Co-op Adventure – As a proper RPG experience, Dead Island 2 offers plenty of exciting quests, a crazy cast of characters, and a thrilling pulp story, to truly immerse you in its twisted universe. Re-playability is guaranteed. Add an over-the-top co-op mode for up to three players, and you’ll stay in LA for a very long (and gory) trip.