Dambuster Studios has been extremely candid regarding Dead Island 2's FLESH system, but after some hands-on time with the game, I'm here to tell you just how gruesome it really is.
Prior to going hands-on with Dead Island 2, a brief presentation broke down some of the game's most important elements, including the new FLESH system. For those unaware, FLESH stands for "Fully Locational Evisceration System for Humanoids," and is a piece of cutting edge technology that allows Dead Island 2 to be the goriest zombie game around.
"This cutting-edge technology has been designed to deliver the most gruesome zombie experience ever seen in a video game. Anatomically correct layers of skin fat and muscle can be ripped away with machete point accuracy to reveal breakable bones and internal organs that are individually destructible," Dead Island 2's developers said during the introductory presentation.
"Blunt weapons allow players to shatter skulls, detach eyeballs and even punch holes through the undead. Sharp weapons can dismember heads or limbs at any point and slice torsos clean in half, utilising advanced fluid and soft body physics," they continued.
After watching Dambuster's presentation, I was left to my own devices in the streets of Los Angeles, otherwise known by the developers as 'HELL-A'. No amount of detailed explanation can do Dead Island 2's FLESH system justice, from smacking a lead pipe across the face of a zombie and watching its jaw swing from its hinges, to seeing a runner burst through the flames of a fire as their flesh melts from their bones, it just never gets old.
What also makes Dead Island 2's FLESH system satisfying is the progression that comes with it. Every slash, kick, punch, and shot affects the area you're striking and leaves some form of visible injury. Sure, slicing off the limb of a zombie is satisfying and gruesome, but slowly watching its face disintegrate with every blow is like something straight out of a horror movie.
When you finally get to go hands-on with Dead Island 2 this April, you'll realise that you're going to have A LOT of close-up encounters with zombies. Like many other zombie games, it's easy for swinging at enemies to feel repetitive, but Dead Island 2's FLESH system makes every single interaction unique, gruesome, and just straight-up fun.
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