Dying light Oh hello new zombie game…..I had not really heard a lot about this game and I’ m not a huge fan of most zombie games I really only noticed the game after seeing a number of YouTube videos which I found amazing to watch. What really made me interested in the game was the combat elements similarity with condemned criminal origins. I really enjoy the hand to hand combat in the everyday items that you find lying around and the fact that you use them in combat to kill and smash various zombie mobs with.
The combat system is hard to grasp at first swinging back and forth to hit your target but it gets better with the hours you put into it.
Ok….the world your trying to save is very large and also very undead with a lot of mobs that are out to rip you limb from limb and there is nothing like running away from a mass of crazy horde that are growling and hissing blood at you, wow it certainly makes your hairs stand up on the back of your neck…absolutely wicked feeling.
The bad thing I found absolutely straight away was the jumping in game it was really hard to do, yes I understand that it was late at night and I had a few drinks in me but who puts a jump button on the right bumper as a command. Ok maybe it was just me but on a serious note this took me awhile to get use to. But certainly became easier after improving my Agility skill tree which we will look at later.
This game is by no means perfect, and I have personally experienced a few crashes. But what Techland have created is an amazing and a very enjoyable game I have loved every minute playing this game anyways so here is the story.
You take control of Kyle Crane, a survivor that must travel across a vast and dangerous world to retrieve an important file for the global relief effort, after a vicious outbreak. Ohhhhh yeah feeling the love…. During the day you’ll roam an urban environment devastated by a mysterious epidemic, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to help you defeat the hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies the plague has created.
At night, the hunter becomes the prey as the infected grow in strength and aggression but even more lethal are the nocturnal, inhuman predators that left their nests to feed. You will need to make use of all your skills and any available means to survive till dawn. So best get a place to sleep or gear up it’s going to be a long night. (The actual day is 64 mins in real life and the night-time is 7 mins) which will be useful information in the middle of the night, when your trying to work out how much more you have to run from that damn thing.
You will meet many people on your travels in-game and will make decisions whether to do side missions or follow the story as it unfolds I don’t really want to go to in-depth into the story as I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I would recommend that you really do more of the side missions as you progress, this will help with your growth as a person in the game which I will explain next.
In the game you will have three sections to level which are Power Agility and Survivor you will gain reputation and points when you complete missions and side missions these will give you options to open and pick at random what skills you would like to help you progress through the game, the Power tree unlocks perks for combat. Agility is for stuff like movement and that all important free-running/jumping whilst the Survivor tree unlocks useful perks such as reducing purchase costs at vendors and gaining blueprints earlier.
Ahh blueprints my favourite part of the game gaining these they can mostly be found around the game itself hiding in secluded areas when you open these print they will give you items in you the list to create the item for all the items and bits and bats you have been collecting over the last few hours making these really does enhance the game for you and chopping of a zombies head can make you giggle like a school kid…
Finally I would like to touch on the aesthetics of the game itself the sound and graphics are really impressive the way the game feels and plays very naturally the only thing I really don’t like about the graphics but it’s a personal thing is the way the player animation for kicking feels and looks a little off in my opinion but other than that everything else is perfect, the sound is chilling to the spine at parts where you really feel like a zombie is breathing down your neck, and some of the views, while often covered in blood and corpses are a marvel, All in all a brilliant game I believe that you will be playing over and over again and when the DLC kicks in I really cant wait to see what they bring extra into the game.
But until then, I’ll be quite happy, hanging out in Harran, Playing co-op with 3 others and smashing some more zombies.
Overall I would say don’t even wait for the hard copy, grab this baby on digital now, because it’s worth every penny and will keep you occupied for ages.