I have played a ton of zombie games in my time, but few have hooked me like Dying Light did. This is a game that felt like it was in development forever. Some folks were even convinced that Dying Light was some kind of sequel to the Dead Island series of games. It may not be that, but I can tell you that Dying Light is one of the more intense FPS zombie games I have played.
Let Me Tell You A Tale
The weakest point of Dying Light for me is the story. Let’s face it there are only so many ways that a zombie outbreak can happen and we have had so many movies and games at this point it is hard to tell a super original zombie story. To be fair to Dying Light though while the actual story may not be super interesting. I do feel that it gives you enough information to let you know that this is a messed-up world, the zombie outbreak is getting worse and survival is only going to get harder and harder. In that regard the story is fine, but you are certainly not getting anything like Resident Evil or The Last of Us here.
Check Out These Moves
What made me really excited in the months leading up to Dying Light on the PC coming out was the parkour mechanics. This is a game where you play as a character that is very nimble on their feet. As a result, you can run on walls, pull your self up quickly, make cool jumps and you even have a grappling hook that allows you to zip around. Being able to move quickly is a huge part of what makes Dying Light so much fun. Many times, you will find that you will avoid the undead rather than engaging them in battle.
Watch Out For The Dark
Dying Light has one of the most interesting day and night cycles of any game I have played. During the day you need to go out and scavenge for supplies that can make your weapons and make sure you have other items to progress. The zombies during the day are more docile and easily managed. You will find that you can get around them quite easily and they are only super dangerous when there are a lot of them. Then at night, all hell breaks loose! The zombies become super strong, nearly as fast as you are and much more alert. Going out at night before you are level 8 is sure to end up in your death! They do not mess around and you will have to sneak around, use distractions and just pray that you do not get caught. It is very tense stuff and it is awesome!
Smack Them In The Head
Dying Light is all about melee combat and there are over 100 different items that you can use to take the undead down. These weapons are not going to last forever so you need to keep an eye on them as having them break in the middle of a fight is a nightmare, especially if it is at night! You can fix up your weapons and if you have the right resources you can actually craft better and more powerful weapons. This to me was always the incentive to go and explore that little bit further in the hope that I would find something that will help me out.
Zombie Slaying With Friends
I have had fun playing Dying Light on my own, but it is an absolute blast when you team up with some friends. Also, when you play with friends it makes you work as a team as you can coordinate attacks on the zombies. You can actually play through the whole campaign in co-op and I think that is really cool. What is kind of cool is that when you venture out at night as a team, you do have more chance of survival thanks to your numbers. However, it is also a lot easier for you guys to be seen and to make noise, alerting the zombies to where you are.
Dying Light is a fantastic game. It is very, very hard and it has quite the learning curve so it is a game you have to stick with to get the best out of it. For me, it was right around level 8 where everything clicked and I figured out how the game worked. If you want a more thinking persons zombie game, I highly recommend that you check out Dying Light.
- The parkour is fantastic
- There are lots of possibilities when it comes to weapons
- The day and night cycle is very well done
- The presentation is good
- Zombies are scary when they are chasing you
- The game is super hard when you are low level
- The story is not that great
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Dying Light Screenshots
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