The original dying light has been a staple in the gaming industry for a generation. The game was launched back in 2015 and Techland supported the project for over five years. I hope the same can be said dying light 2 in a few years, but as it is now I can’t recommend this game in its current state. dying light 2 is a broken, uninspired, buggy, technical mess of a game I used to have nightmares about Cyberpunk 2077…. but with zombies.
dying light 2 follows the journey of Aiden, who stumbles upon the surviving city of Vellidor in his search for his sister Mia. Aiden, a pilgrim, a group of people who act as couriers, delivering things around the world on foot, has spent his time not only searching for his past, but also visiting different places to find his sister while he was at it.
To begin with, little is known about Mia and Aiden’s pasts at the beginning of the game, apart from a few cutscenes in which Mia keeps shouting Aiden’s name in anger. Can someone please get the Panado? Aiden’s journey to Villedor slowly turns into a mess as he becomes embroiled in the town’s fighting, politics and the leading factions who call the place home.
I’ve come across a number of people in open-world RPGs dying light 2 that everything had to be done. Villedor is also filled to the brim with random encounters such as humans in need of healing, thugs beating someone up, and the random overpowered zombie creature to defeat. Was everything I set out to do dying light 2 something memorable? Sadly no.
The game’s writing is awful, and instead of uncovering a deep story, meeting emotional characters, and undertaking intense missions, everything in the game is shallow and underwhelming. Compared to the first game, almost nothing has improved here. Now the original dying light That’s kind of forgiven, since it was the first game in the series and we’re talking about a game that was released about seven years ago.
It also doesn’t help that while these characters often threw words like puke at me when explaining their sad crisis, they also looked bad. Facial animations are dated and even body movements are blocky and robotic. It didn’t help pull me into the story at all, in fact I often found myself browsing social media while listening to these people ramble on. If you came for history, you won’t find it here.
I couldn’t help but feel like it dying light 2 again feels extremely dated when it comes to the overall RPG experience. Almost like the game is a step backwards compared to the original. The skill tree, for example, is lackluster. Aiden starts off with pretty much nothing unique to use at all. Even swinging a stick is a grade and requires a skill point to unlock a power swing. Surely people would know how to do that if they had the chance, right?
The two skill trees are also littered with cookie-cutter skills that seem like cheap choices “because Techland had to.” You can’t drop the kick until you unlock it, you can’t even sprint without unlocking it. Now imagine if those skills already existed and the team actually had to use their imaginations to come up with something exciting. Unfortunately, these abilities don’t do much to reinvent the wheel, and even once available they feel mediocre. That’s because the game just gets boring and tedious very quickly. Once you’ve smashed your hundredth zombie, that’s the best thing there is.
Sure, there are moments when I’ve been overwhelmed by idiots, but each combat scenario plays out like the previous one. I just blocked or parried them and sliced them. Zombie encounters sometimes offer a bit of a rush. The different races forced me to change my approach, but after a while I just avoided fighting some because I wanted to continue with the nonsense I had to put up with.
Parkour is probably the only gem to experience here dying light 2 Running around, jumping from building to building and hitting everything at once feels great. It starts off a bit bumpy, but the more I played the better it felt. Aiden is agile and there really isn’t a building he can’t scale. Well, depending on his stamina maybe. The more you jump and climb around, the more stamina you use, and once that pole is depleted, Aiden will let go of whatever he’s holding and fall to the ground.
All of this is put to the test during parkour runs, where I had to sprint a set distance while collecting checkpoints. Some of these were insanely fun and quite frustrating at times. Mainly because the game’s parkour is unforgiving. If I didn’t land right on that tightrope, I would trip and splash onto the ground below. Sometimes I wish there was some sort of magnet system, like most third-person platformers, that would pin me to the spot if I was an inch off.
There is also a new chase system dying light 2 that offers some fun. Even Aiden cannot explore the world in the dark for long periods of time. So if I was exploring the city at night, Howler Zombies would spot me and alert his entire squad to my presence. I then had to sprint for my life to avoid these faster races chasing me. The hunt then goes from level 1, which is easy, to level 4. Sort of like a GTA wanted system.
Not to mention I had to juggle those chases while also having to find UV lights to fill up my timer. If anything, those moments were the best part of the game. I had to think fast, be good at parkour and fight when it was necessary.
Dying Light 2 is also buggy as hell. Even almost a month after launch, I was still encountering progress errors where NPCs wouldn’t talk to me to move on to the next part of my mission. I then had to restart my game and because dying light 2 doesn’t have a manual save system (in 2022 this should be a crime), the game would often invite me in before I’d even completed the objective. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent repeating the same damn thing over and over. It was painful.
Multiplayer is also broken in the game. It kept dropping so I couldn’t invite friends or join their games. If I managed to get it working by turning off my internet and launching the game, I would often get kicked into the session for a few minutes. You also cannot teleport to your friend. So if he got to the finish before me, I had to hike there or the game would crash. That is not how it works.
dying light 2 is also not the most technically advanced game. If anything, it looks dated. Even the PS5 version fares poorly. Objects are inferior, textures are often tiled, and performance isn’t impressive at all. Loading times are also long. how?
Unfortunately I can’t recommend it dying light 2 in its current condition. If the multiplayer worked and the progression bugs weren’t there, maybe it would make for a reasonably decent experience. Unfortunately, the combination of the rather mediocre gameplay and these technical issues makes it one of the worst games I’ve played in a long time.
Dying Light 2 review
- Story – 6.5/10
- style of play – 7/10
- presentation – 6.5/10
- Value – 6/10
Unfortunately, Dying Light 2 is a flawed, mediocre, technical mess of a game that’s let down by its boring story, weak characters, poor writing, and dated RPG design.
Parkour is fun