Ripped right from the development phase of Dead Island 2, Techland decided to part ways and make a 1st person zombie apocalypse game. It’s called Dying Light and you know what, it’s better A LOT better!
I started off, by dropping into a zombie infested city a-la Solid Snake, parachuting in. To this guy’s chagrin, he ends up getting ambushed by looters and zombies bite him during the fight. Fortunately, a group of survivors save his ass and he’s pretty much obligated to help them out for saving his ass!
To do this, your character Kyle Crane (who, by the way, is the same guy who voiced Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 5 and 6), has to learn how to vault and climb on the rooftops to avoid the hordes of zombies. After a few missions, you get the hang of it and BAM! you know parkour!
Dying Light surrounds itself around the whole crisis of finding an anti-zombie serum and helping the guys that saved you. It may seem like a simple plot, but it’s not. Dying Light goes that extra mile with an excellent and different performance by Crane’s voice actor. There were some real tense and harse moments and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. (Although I haven’t finished “The Following” expansion.) Be prepared for a wild ride, fairly similar to how Farcry 3 and 4 play.
Fighting the horde is solid, but that isn’t the purpose in Dying Light, it’s all about moving and avoiding the numbers of hordes you encounter while scavving for supplies or trying to complete an objective. Along with the combat, you’ll expand your abilities and increase the amount of combat moves, but how to craft new weapons and handy parkour moves that help you scale tall buildings and avoid being bitten. Here is an example of the parkour in the game!
The whole fight or flight combat system works well especially when night comes in the game. Night time takes an entirely different element of gameplay, where Crane be the hunted instead of the hunter. I’m not going to go deep into and let you find out yourself, but needless to say; it’s fun and frustrating at the same time. Here is a good example of fight or flight!
WOW! What a BIIITCH!
Also, like Dead Island, there is an on-the-fly co-op system where you can trade gear and money. There is a multiplayer option, which lets you become an infected character that is more than capable of killing another player and pretty much ruining player’s game. The whole idea of sabotaging someone’s game is cool and felt kind of underplayed, yet fun as well.
As for all the goodies you get with the Definitive Edition, which is what I have, you’ll unlock all of the DLC skins and three expansions. Two are smaller, while the last, “The Following” is a continuation of the main story.
All in all it packs up pretty well! Dying Light was a fun and frantic experience that had some decent jump scares, good dramatic story, interesting zombie types and fight or flight mechanic; that changes up the monotonous zombie gameplay we’re all bored of, in titles like Dead Island.
Pick it up, it’s definitely worth your time!