Dead Island Floater Zombie: Has It Been Done Before?

A few days ago GameTrailers.com released some gameplay footage of Techland’s new zombie first-person shooter Dead Island.

Two things caught my eye in the video (embedded below for you to watch). One, the focus on guns near the end of the game is a lot more than expected. And two, the reveal of the Floater zombie.

The new zombie seems to love the sewer and getting to close will result in a face full of puke and temporarily blinded. Remind you of anything?

If you’re a fan of zombie games, it should. The fat-ass Floaters are almost identical to one of the infected in Left 4 Dead- the Boomer. Ok, so the Boomer isn’t really a zombie, but the two are similar in appearance and ability.

Appearance

Take a look at these two baddies side-by-side:

Both of these mutated humans are big-bellied and have something wrong with their skin. Yeah, the Boomer has boils while the Floater has translucent skin (click the image for a bigger view), but you see my point; the character appearance is very alike.

Ability

Both of these creatures love to use their bile, so keeping your distance from Boomer or Floater is probably a good idea.

The effects of being puked on are different for both games. Floaters causes the screen to be covered in vomit while the Boomers’ upchuck calls in a hoard of infected, but the idea of using the puke is the same.

Did you see the similarities?

I’m probably not the only one who saw the gameplay and noticed the likeness of the Boomer and the Floater, did you notice it?

Watching the reveal of the Floater disappointed me that Techland would use something that has already been done. What about you?

 

Dead Island is set to be released September 6, 2011 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

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  1. dead island forums member says

    i dont know because this game was supposed to come out before left 4 dead but was delayed and i do see only fat and puking as the same the floater doesnt explode when killed and its fat cus it got bloated from sewer water i think the boomer is mutated and filled with pus and blood i think dont know for sure

    • says

      The Boomer explosion is a nice difference, but you got to admit the appearance is eerily the same – they both have outie belly buttons even!

  2. Jimmy El Los Travajos says

    You can’t expect devs to create entirely new zombies for every zombie-game that comes out, if it’s an nice addition to the gameplay than ye sure add it, btw it doesnt like alike THAT much.. ah wtf Im just going to play this game

    • says

      I like the way you think. :)

      It’s not a bad thing, just a bad move to wait so close to release to showcase the Floater when it’s nothing new.

  3. Scarlet Dragonfly says

    True that the two share similarities and abilities, there is one large difference in the character types.

    The Floater just vomits on you, causing blindness.
    Where as The Boomer can explode, making you blind and attracting other zombies if it doesn’t kill you.
    Now the exploding bit is left up to the Suiciders, who creep me out with their maniacal laugh and cries of “Help me” more than blowing up in my face.

    Since we’re comparing the two games, have you noticed The Tank from L4D is also similar to The Ram in DI? The Thug also shares some traits too.
    That made me a little sad.

    It is very disappointing that The Floater was their showcase when it could have been something more fascinating, or threatening for that matter.
    “Ugh! It puked on me, I’m blind! … Oh wait, never mind.”

    Regardless of enemy similarities, we can agree that both games are amazing!

  4. Scarlet Dragonfly says

    True that the two share similarities and abilities, there is one large difference in the character types.

    The Floater just vomits on you, causing blindness.
    Where as The Boomer can explode, making you blind and attracting other zombies if it doesn’t kill you.
    Now the exploding bit is left up to the Suiciders, who creep me out with their maniacal laugh and cries of “Help me” more than blowing up in my face.

    Since we’re comparing the two games, have you noticed The Tank from L4D is also similar to The Ram in DI? The Thug also shares some traits too.
    That made me a little sad.

    It is very disappointing that The Floater was their showcase when it could have been something more fascinating, or threatening for that matter.
    “Ugh! It puked on me, I’m blind! … Oh wait, never mind.”

    Regardless of enemy similarities, we can agree that both games are amazing!

  5. matloaf says

    Scarlet Dragonfly
    It is very disappointing that The Floater was their showcase when it could have been something more fascinating, or threatening for that matter. 
    “Ugh! It puked on me, I’m blind! … Oh wait, never mind.”

    A floaters puke does much damage, don’t underestimate it + floaters can melee which also does a considerable amount of damage.

  6. Poonodera says

    The butcher isn’t anything like left for dead nor is the ram sucider and thug point is play the game and experiance it’s amazingness and the game does resemble alot of games but every game builds off of every other game so owell just try it!

    • says

      Good point!

      The fact of the matter is that Techland waited so long to officially reveal something that’s not that new or special. In any case, you’re right – let’s just play the game! :)

  7. ToxicBelch says

    The fact of the matter is that all games build off eachother in numerous different values and ways. Sure a fat- boil encrusted- partially translucent- slimy scumbag of a zombie is not new, nor is the way the enemy is used in confrontation, but its the little things about the way the game operates that make the biggest difference.Both the boomer and the Floater share very similar properties, but the gameplay that revolves around how these enemies are dispatched or dealt with are on completely different levels. The Boomer pukes/calls forth a malicious horde of undead beings. The Floater pukes, making you blind and partially incapacitated. The floater’s vomit is an ignition source, IE: if you’re around any sort of flame or have a flame/ignite weapon, you can be set ablaze (So can other enemies.)The boomer cannot target or ‘accidently’ hit zombies in L4D, his attack is rendered useless to his fellow meat-hungering friends, but in Dead Island that isn’t the case. In DI the floater can be used as a tool in combat to slime up the other unfriendlies so that they can be set ablaze instantaniously by an ignition based weapon. Yes they share similar properties; No they do not operate completely similarly. It doesn’t disapoint me that it was a ‘reveal’ in the video that wasnt groundbreaking. Games and pre-content videos have been doing this for ages. It’s like complaining that a movie trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next action film had him using a huge fucking gun and mowing down a bunch of people; and then complain that its the same old same old. Modern Zombie games bring a level of expectation to the table for ‘special’ zombies, and of those there are a select few that always seem to hold precedence over the average zombie. Both L4D one and two are fantastic games and bring a lot of spunk to the realm of zombie-games. Hell I’m glad they have similarities, there are some things in games that are meant to be the same because they work well!

    • says

      I see where you are coming from but your analogy is bit flawed. If Arnie came out with a movie where he portrays the Terminator andriod again, people would expect it and probably go see flick. If a movie was hyped up around him where he plays a boring big-man-with-a-big-gun, yes, I do believe people would complain. Maybe not in words, but by not paying for a movie ticket.

      Games are a bit different in the way they create hype. Dead Island slowly released different types of zombies the player will encounter. By leaving the (as far as I know) last zombie to be something that is so close to another big game.. is a bit disheartening. Maybe it’s just me, who knows.

      I agree with your last statement though; it does work so maybe it’s a good thing. We will have to wait and see.

    • crocodile says

      terminator wait a minute what does this have to do whith anything.avengers is more better.

  8. Wolfinator says

    Well the Boomer is different from the floater by how the take damage. Boomers explode as soon as you hit them. Floaters have more durability and take hits like a fricken tank.

  9. marcos garza says

    i like dead island but it seems that they copied l4d1 and l4d2.they both barf.they r both zombies.they r both FAT,Ugly.ram is sort of like a charger.suicider is looks like a smoker.so in a way dead island copied l4d1 and 2.who cares anyways because dead island is cooler.

    • marcos garza says

      i kind of like l4d2 more now because i already finished di and i know how to pass the last quest.use a kitana.l4d2 rocks .i got a hunter toy at the valve store.oh thanks jeff 4 responding.what do you think is better dead island or left 4 dead 1 and 2.remember you can play as infected in l4d and 2.in dead island you can create weapons.ps left 4 dead got more better.

    • crocodile says

      wonder if they are making a di2 and l4d3.oh by the way i hope dead island doesnt coppy.cause if they do FU dead island.

  10. LEFT4DEAD KILLED DEAD ISLAND says

    l4d has infected playing,better guns,chainsaw,zoey,ellis,mounted machine gun,cooler zombies which were ripped off by dead island.oh wait was dead island voted number 1 zombie game.NO!techland is just an enbarassement 2 valve.bully me if you want but l4d will always have a special place in my heart.dead island you suck.sure dead island has cars to drive,quests,and other things i dont really care about.oh and dead island how dare you steal the boomer and call it floater and steal charger and call it ram.suicider yeah make him look like a dam smoker.

    they also made an impression of ion  the jockey to the suicider.and thug dont even get me started on him or it.infected and walkers what is the difference,1 walks 1 doesnt.in my point its like l4d(crocs cause of swamp fever)VS dead island(sharks cause of island)

    LEFT4DEAD LEFT4DEAD2 LEFT 4 DEAD.

    WHO SUCKS?DEADISLAND DEADISLAND

    ALL OF DEAD ISLAND FANS FU OR IN OTHER WORDS YOU DISCUSR ME.WOLFINATOR YOU SUCK.YOU TO PANDA.WHAT R U KUNG FU LOSER