Dying Light Review
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Dying Light Box Art
System: PC, PS4*, Xbox One
Dev: Techland Games
Pub: Warner Bros.
Release: January 27, 2015
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

As for play value or replay value, Dying Light has a lot to offer. If you pre-ordered it, you get the “Be a Zombie” mode where you get to play as–you guessed it–one of the zombies. You can use a different palette of weapons than your human counterparts and the gameplay style is completely different in pacing and control than the rest of the game. On top of that, in regular mode, there are so many things to be found, explored and crafted that you could literally play for hours and never get anything done besides crafting weapons (which you will have to do since your weapons wear out over time and with use). So think of it this way, you get the best parts of Dead Island’s style of weapon-crafting without all the hassle of playing a mundane game to find what you need. You are in a major city. Everything you need is within your reach.

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As you can tell, I am more than pleased with what I feared was going to be another in a long line of failed zombie-fest games that have just not impressed me. But thankfully Warner Brothers didn’t let me down with this one. I haven’t had this much fun playing a zombie game since Last Of Us (if you can call that a zombie game). From the way it looks and feels to the way the story is presented and the characters are developed and your ability to play the way you want–Dying Light has something for everyone who is a fan of the survival horror genre. Honestly, the only thing I can see being a detriment to the game is that it’s hard to grasp the controls at first and the first-person view while traversing vertically can get a little vertigo-inducing at times.

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So if you have motion sickness issues, you should probably pass on Dying Light. But if your stomach is solid and you have no issues with such things, this game offers a solid story wrapped in a cleanly created game that so far has not disappointed me. Hopefully you all will find that Dying Light is the same for you. If you want co-op gaming, Dying Light has you covered with multiple modes of multiplayer goodness. If it’s a shooter you want, you can do that too. But beware loud noises and shortage of ammunition. And if you have ever wanted the opportunity to play as the zombie and get some payback for all the head-smashing violence against your kind… Dying Light has got something for even you. The take-home message is that Dying Light has quickly become one of my favorite zombie-killing games and I think I might just be playing this game for quite a while. Or at least until something new happens with Destiny.

By
Travis Huber
Contributing Writer
Date: January 27, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Damned near perfect, but a few sparse framerate issues.
4.5
Control
A little tough to get used to but effective once you get the hang of it. Traversals can get a little overwhelming.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voice acting is top-notch and the soundtrack only adds to the intensity of the action.
4.5
Play Value
Scavengers rejoice, there are tons of things to be found within the confines of Harran.
4.7
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Vast Open World - Dying Light lets you traverse an extensive world plunged into chaos and destruction. In this diverse environment, you fight for survival against many kinds of enemies since the infected are not the only threat: facing down other desperate humans is often the only way to get precious supplies.
  • NIGHT CHANGES THE RULES - In daylight you explore the city searching for supplies and weapons. After nightfall, though, this infected world undergoes a dramatic transformation that gives the gameplay a new dimension. You, a hunter by day, become prey. The infected grow in strength, but something even more sinister looms in the darkness to begin its hunt.
  • PARKOUR-STYLE MOVEMENT - Whether you hunt or escape the hunters, you can move around the city with ease and speed. Jump between rooftops, climb walls, and attack your foes from above. Dying Light gives players a freedom of movement never seen in open world games before.
  • BRUTAL, VISCERAL COMBAT - Fight face to face using a diverse selection of melee weapons: knives, bats, axes, or more unusual tools of destruction. Strike down your enemies, cut off their limbs, save your own life!
  • CRAFT YOUR WEAPONS - Dying Light features RPG elements that let you develop the protagonist and adjust him to your play style. It's a long and difficult journey from rookie to badass.
  • CO-OP MODE FOR 4 PLAYERS - Cooperate with other players in the extreme conditions of a zombie apocalypse. Show your individuality and customize your character.
  • BREATHTAKING VISUALS AND REALISM - Dying Light is the first game based on the Chrome Engine 6 - the latest revolutionary incarnation of Techland's proprietary technology. Built from the ground up with next-generation consoles and advanced DirectX 11 graphics in mind, it delivers a new level of visual quality, special effects, and dynamic weather conditions, maintaining unparalleled efficiency at the same time.

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