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Dying Light Review 2022: It’s a very average story, but I doubt most of you will even care about that. And I didn’t give Dead Island a super hard time when it comes to the story I did about the voice acting, but I really shouldn’t do the same here.
The story isn’t great. You follow a guy called Kyle Crane who sounds like the English voice actor for Dada or from Naruto, which is pretty cool, but Kyle Crane is a pretty uninteresting tome, which is why I’ve always found it odd because a lot of people seem to really like Kyle’s character, but I’m just not one of them.
He’s more annoying, if anything, constantly screaming in scenes and always feels out of place. At least he does to me. I definitely check out some other reviews of mine to get a broader opinion on his character, but all in all, for me, he just isn’t much fun to play as and listen to. He’s just very annoying.
The rest of the cast is also pretty mediocre. Characters like Jade, Raheem, and Brecken all get some decent scenes, but the voice acting is all over the place, resulting in serious moments being more comedic than serious unintentionally, and I thought that was more of a positive.
If anything, it made the scenes that I wouldn’t normally find entertaining far more entertaining than they should have been, so that’s a good positive to me.
The main villain, Rice Rays, I can’t even remember what his name is, to be honest with you, is really generic and over the top and about as intimidating as a ten-year-old cat pouring on your lap while you take a nap. He’s such a bad villain. Not like, oh, he’s really bad, but he’s just crap.
He’s just not very intimidating, you know? But once again, a lot of people seem to like his character, which just blows me away in all honesty. I don’t know if I just stumbled across fanboys, but a lot of this story and the characters in it just didn’t work for me.
All in all, the story is a mixed bag with a really generic villain, while also having one or two twists that kept me awake in the cutscenes. Do I think you should buy Dying Light for the story? No, absolutely not. But gameplay-wise, this game is so much fun game the gameplay is so good.
Let’s talk about combat. Combat is your classic zombie experience, only sprinkled with more mobility than ever before. You blast, shoot, slam, slice, drop, kick and stamp on zombies all throughout the game with some really damn good custom weapons.
You’ll find yourself quickly being surrounded early on in the game, but once you get closer to the ending, you do really turn into a powerhouse, slicing and dicing any undead you see. Human adversaries are terrible to fight, though.
Dying Light Review 2022: This is one of the biggest improvements in Dying Light 2, and thank God they focus on fixing that because human enemies are the most annoying, irritating, and infuriating enemies you’ll face in dying light, they often ignore your attacks or just straight up dodge twelve or 13 of your attacks in a row with no real way to stop them from doing so without some luck or backing away with ranged weapons.
Speaking of ranged weapons, you do get guns in Dying Light, which you don’t get in Dying Light 2. And yeah, they’re pretty cool, but they do make the whole experience much easier, which is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on how you want to play, but you do lose that intensity of getting up and close and personal with every zombie type, no matter how big they are.
The combat system against zombies, though, is just pretty much perfect. You have so many choices and creativity almost becomes overwhelming.
You will be mixing parkour and close-quarters combat to be the most effective zombie-killing badass you can possibly be, which creates an incredibly addictive zombie-killing loop that I find myself going back to at least once a year. You have a load of weapons to choose from, all of which are customizable with different mods.
In-game mods, not outside mods, you can find ThinkdeadIsland but expanded to a point where you will probably never experience every combination of weapons and mods. It’s very varied, it’s very customizable, and it’s very good. The entire loop changes, however, when the sun goes down. Get it? Because they feel the game dying light, and when the light dies, the game change.
Dying light turns from an action zombie-slaying adventure into a horror platforming stealth game, desperately trying to avoid the lethal volatiles that will rip you apart at the moment they spot you. They only come at night. The idea is just genius. You’re basically getting two games in one at that point, which unfortunately the sequel lost, but it’s fantastic here.
Zombies are harder to take out at night as well and when a chase starts you better practice your parkour and freerunning skills or you’re going to get torn apart. Despite how nervous you can get playing at night, it’s also extremely addictive, resulting in a whole new gameplay loop that will keep you entertained for hours and hours. It’s such a great idea that I can’t praise it enough.
Dying Light Review 2022: I will say the only major negative to combat is that it can get pretty repetitive. Like every zombie game, you can customize your weapons as much as you want, but at the end of the day, you’re still in the same gameplay loop. You’re killing loads of zombies any way you can think of for 15 hours to 20 hours.
The combat overall is still my favorite zombie combat system. I’ve always loved close-quarters combat zombie experiences, so I’m a little bit biased, but for ten quid for £10, you can’t go wrong. Also, the multiplayer coop is pretty great as well, but I barely use it as I get lost in my own little world.
Dying Light Review 2022: In multiplayer, you can play this with four people so you and three others, which is probably the ideal way to experience the content outside of the story. The world of Dying Light is pretty great, although there isn’t really a lot to do. You can tackle random side missions that are okay at best, as well as do some randomly generated moments throughout the world that vary from protecting people to stealing stuff from other humans in Haran and just a few other bits that aren’t particularly interesting.
There isn’t much to say about the world itself, but it is a fun playground that is well-designed for the parkour system, there just isn’t much to do in it. The DLC is incredible though. Believe it or not, the developers are still supporting Dying Light with random little events for everyone and that’s on top of the ridiculous amount of DLC that was added over the last seven years.
You have the big expansion called the following which is a whole new map and form of traversal along with a load of cosmetics and DLC missions that you can tackle with your mates.
All in all, Dying Light is a fantastic game, and to be able to get the base game along with every piece of DLC ever released for just over £10 is an absolute steal. Sure, the story sucks, but the gameplay is one of the best in the zombie genre.