We just spent a week in Harran battling zombies, crafting weapons, and slicing and dicing both day and night in developer Techland’s Dying Light. Is this game a standout from the other Zombie games on the market, or is it just another dead tale of woe?
Dying Light, an action survival game that is shown from the first person perspective, takes you to the city devastated by a mysterious epidemic. Scavenge for supplies and craft weapons in order to survive in a place overrun by the infested. Use your impressive parkour-like abilities to move around freely and eliminate mindless enemies. You have to be prepared to defend yourself at all times, especially during nighttime as the infected grow in strength and become more aggressive. The real danger, however, comes from the nocturnal inhumane predators who leave their hives to hunt. Survive until dawn, or die.
|Dying Light 1.5.2 05/05/15||Full Version||English|
As much fun as the co-op multiplayer in Dying Light provides, it's the same kind of fun fans got out of that series. The game attempts to set its own path with parkour traversal, but it's not enough of a departure to establish a singular identity. Killing a bunch of zombies still has its charms in this day and age and I'll likely have nightmares about the dying light of Dying Light, but Techland's latest proves to be an uneven experience. Ultimately it's a game I appreciate for its ideas more so than its execution.
Combat is made easier with the help of a friend, and cooperative multiplayer is another area in which Dying Light excels. In fact, it's an area in which the game's open world makes the most sense. Almost all my time with other folks in multiplayer was spent away from story or side missions. Instead, we'd run around Harran decimating zombies, or take part in a number of dynamic co-op challenges that randomly pop up during multiplayer sessions. So if players want to see who's the best at killing zombies or collecting loot, random challenges are there for bragging rights. But my favorite moments in multiplayer took place at night, specifically the incorporation of the Be the Zombie mode. It allows players to become special zombies and invade a co-op group at night in a -esque PvP scenario. It can be scary, it can be funny, and it's always a good time.