So I know I’m a little behind the times. I signed up for Gamefly’s free 30-day trial and rented Dying Light as our first title. It arrived last Wednesday and I’ve been playing on and off since then. With school and getting off of work so late, I don’t have a whole lot of time to focus on it (and I’m also playing through Persona Q on my 3DS at the same time) which is unfortunate, because it’s pretty much amazing. Here’s a trailer for anyone who hasn’t heard of it (and I don’t know how that would be possible):
It sounds like your average zombie survival game only it’s so much better. It takes the parkour/free-running aspect from games like Mirror’s Edge and Assassin’s Creed, the obvious zombie aspect from various other games (the most popular that might come to mind is Dead Island), and then the huge open world concept that so many have been vying for in every game since the 90s. In my opinion, it takes everything that Dead Island didn’t succeed at and goes above and beyond. It’s open world (incredibly open world), it’s amazingly realistic, the gameplay is intense and keeps you on your toes the entire time; especially at night. The way the developers designed your view point is also one of my favorite aspects. When you swing your view left or right it kind of bounces back, much like it does in real life. The edges of buildings look sharper when you’re sprinting in the daytime as the sun hits it. While that may sound like it helps your vision, it actually doesn’t. It’s almost too sharp; to the point where it blurs the edges and you can’t catch details since you’re running past so quickly. Makes you really think on your feet.
The story line is also insanely long, even without the added side quests. I’ve been trying to play for a few hours about three times a week since last Wednesday and I’m only 3% into the story line. I also played almost all day yesterday and still only reached 3%. If you’re a fan of zombie games, horror-survival games (I’ve definitely jumped a few times and swore continuously as I was sprinting away from zombies) or heck, any good video game in general, you definitely have to try playing Dying Light at least once. As a friend of mine said, she can’t remember the last time she was this into a video game since Skyrim. Yes, that is definitely an accurate thing to say about Dying Light.