When it comes to zombie games, Dying Light really does a lot to stand out from the rest of the crowd. While it may have taken forever to come out (and the sequel is the same) it really impressed a lot of people. If you want a zombie first person shooter that kicks the intensity up to 10, Dying Light is the game for you.
I actually like what they did with the story in Dying Light. While it may not win any awards or anything like that. It does a good job of setting up this zombie apocalypse. Also, I really like the way it gets across the point that survival in this world is super tough and it is only ever going to get harder!
I really like the art direction of Dying Light. It is very easy to look at this game and say that it looks just like every other game set in a zombie apocalypse. However, I love the detail they crafted in this decently sized open world. Not just that, but the lighting effects when day turns to night and you see the shadows of the zombies that want to have you for lunch are very well done.
Dying Light is well known for its quick-paced gameplay. Parkour is what this game is all about and you are able to nip around the map very quickly. Wall running and being able to pull yourself up a ledge quickly make getting around the city a lot of fun. You even have this hook shot type thing that lets you zip around like you are freaking Batman! Getting the hang of the controls is absolutely essential and it can take some time. However, once you get the controls down, Dying Light becomes a real blast to play… except at night! You see there is a day and night cycle in this game and it is actually a huge part of the gameplay.
During the day you can go out and get new items, parts and so on. These can be used to make new weapons and items, not to mention move the story along. Zombies are around during the day, but they are manageable. At night, however, the zombies go insane and will hunt you down with speed and focus! Going out at night before you are comfortable with the controls or even at a decent level is a mistake! The combat is very satisfying and Dying Light has a heavy emphasis on smashing zombies in the face with stuff. You have many weapons that you can craft and they have a limited shelf life. They will break down on you and having a spare on you, especially at night is something that I always highly recommend that you have.
The leveling up does happen at a rather slow pace and in the early parts of the game, especially at night, the difficulty can be brutal. I can see some people being turned off by this and giving up on the game before they see what it is all really about. Another thing that is great about Dying Light is the way you can play with friends. I played the game on my own, but then when I played with one of my friends, we had an absolute blast. Working together to get items and take down zombies really is a lot of fun.
Final Thoughts On Dying Light
I really enjoy Dying Light and cannot wait for the sequel! The game has a really fun and well-designed world for you to play in and I love how it does not hold your hand. Dying Light can be brutally tough, but I also feel that it is a very rewarding experience and the more you play and put into it. The more you are ultimately going to get out of it.
Final Score: 8/10
- Running and zipping around the city is great
- I really like the day and night cycle
- Plenty of weapons that you can kill zombies with
- The story is actually better than people say
- Your heart is certainly pumping when being chased at night!
- It is a very challenging game early on
- I can see some people quitting before they really see what this has to offer