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Is Sam B in Dead Island 2? – Answered

Who do you voodoo!

Dead Island is back, as the long-awaited sequel has launched for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on April 21, 2023. The arrival of Dead Island 2 also brings with it the return of the series’ fan-favorite protagonist, Sam B. Let’s examine the resident rapper of the Dead Island franchise, including his role in the sequel and character biography.

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Sam B. the NPC in Dead Island 2

Sam B. is no longer a playable character in Dead Island 2, but still has a big role in the sequel. Avoiding spoilers, Sam B. provides story exposition, calling back to the events of Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide, as well as providing some early-game tutorials showing players how to upgrade their weaponry. The rapper turned zombie slayer is integral to the story of Dead Island 2, showing up in some of the game’s most memorable story missions and crucial plot points. Unfortunately, he does not perform his rap hit “Who Do You Voodoo” in Dead Island 2, nor does he perform the Dead Island: Riptide track “No Room in Hell” feat. Chamillionaire.

Related: Dead Island 2 Voice Actors: Full Cast Listed

Sam B. Dead Island Biography

Image courtesy of the Dead Island Wiki Fandom Page

Sam B. does sound slightly different in Dead Island 2, as he is voiced by Cavin Cornwall, while the original version of the character was portrayed by Phil Lamarr in Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide, with the rap performances provided by Josef Lord. According to the Dead Island Wiki Fandom Page, “Sam B, the Tank, is one of the four playable Heroes in Dead Island and one of five Heroes in Dead Island: Riptide. He is a one-hit-wonder rap star of fading fame.” The New Orleans native was a performer at the Royal Palms Resort in Banoi Island, the setting of the first game in the Dead Island series, and was one of the lucky few to be immune to the zombie outbreak.

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Grant Testa is a writer at Prima Games, who specializes in achievement hunting and horror gaming. He is also an avid comic book reader/collector, fantasy footballer, and rock music fanatic. Thousands who have been defeated by Grant in online multiplayer games have cried to themselves, wondering, "How did he get so good?! Why can't I be a gaming demigod like him?" They would probably be surprised to learn that Grant actually inherited his elite gaming skills from his mom, Joann Hansen, one of the speediest stenographers/typists in the nation, (and probably the world). Fun fact: he is also the son of the world’s first “let’s player” and comedy legend, Tim Testa.