Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a great sequel to a pretty good game. With fun traversal mechanics, combat encounters, and agonising choices in the story, it could be very much worth the playtime.
  2. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Feb 3, 2022
    Great parkour, gory combat, improved story and beautifully detailed open world make Dying Light 2 the best game of the last few months and a very strong contender in game of the year race. [Issue#258, p.38]
  3. Feb 3, 2022
    Dying Light 2 features a co-op system that lets you play alongside a friend for the majority of the campaign. I was unfortunately unable to try out this feature during the review process. It’s also worth pointing out that there isn’t a PvP mode here, unlike the original game, although Techland has promised that unspecified post-launch content is in the works.
  4. Feb 2, 2022
    Its combat is as brutal as one would hope while bringing the mechanical density and numerous options to engage any type of player. Its narrative is gripping with veins of humanity throughout that make it nearly impossible not to get invested in it. While sometimes feeling a bit sluggish or as though they just need a tiny bit more tuning, its new mechanics have brought new life to the series in a monumental way.
  5. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human promises much more of the franchise’s now familiar first-person, parkour-combat action, weapon crafting mechanics that continue to border on the ridiculous, and open-world exploration and loot-hunting we’ve become accustomed to.
  6. 90
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a more than worthy follow up and worth the wait. Whilst not necessarily reinventing the wheel, it excels in being one of the best versions of the open-world formula we've known for some time. With silky-smooth parkour and combat mechanics, and plenty of things to see and do, I highly recommend the plunge into The City. Where there's slight polishing to still be done and the story at times leaves a bit to be desired, shining moments and performances make it all the more worthwhile, standing as a stronger entry than its predecessor. This has become my favourite free roam zombie game to date and has me constantly itching to jump back in and tool around some more in its playground. Not bloody bad, Techland.
  7. Feb 2, 2022
    Techland takes what made Dying Light great, and brings it to the next level in every way. Parkour is faster, combat is more violent, and choices matter more. The tale of Aiden left us breathless. Day and night, exploring Villedor is a terrifying and gripping experience.
  8. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 collects all the good things that had its first installment to polish and perfect it with an exquisite gameplay and an almost perfect parkour. Although in the role-playing theme it can be a bit weak if we talk about stats and builds, the development of characters, their stories and our decisions are something that will shine with its own light.
  9. Feb 7, 2022
    Dying Light 2 is bigger and better than the first game. It improves on the original in every aspect while keeping the same formula. It’s a grindy game that can take either hundreds of hours to complete, or just a regular open-world action-adventure that you can finish in about 25-30 hours if you’re just interested in the main story. My main quarrel with Dying Light 2 is that it promises so much at the beginning, yet it fails miserably to deliver on that promise. If not for the exceptional combat and parkour mechanics, this might have been just a mediocre title, so this alone redeems it from among the mass of unremarkable triple A titles that are more show than substance.
  10. Feb 3, 2022
    For now, though, I’d give Dying Light 2 a strong recommendation. You do need to put up with its first rough couple of hours before it really comes together, and it’s got some sore spots here and there, but it’s a solid, well-designed, surprisingly optimistic zombie game. I’ve enjoyed my time with it so far.
  11. Dying Light 2 has managed to be a very good sequel with its choices that determine the course of the story, new character features and its great open world where you can spend a long time in it.
  12. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 is a solid sequel that creatively amplifies the pros of the predecessor. Its multi-layered story is engaging and the player’s choices have actual impact on the game’s open world. Admittedly, there are some shortcomings, but not substantial enough to ruin the overall very positive impression. I had tons of fun playing DL2 and sometimes lost track of time.
  13. Feb 2, 2022
    If one could fear that Dying Light 2 is a 1.5 version of its predecessor, this is not the case in fact. By taking up all the ingredients that made the success of the first episode, Dying Light 2 reinforces, refines and fleshes them out to put them at the service of a breathtaking, generous, fun and complete experience that offers moments of bravery.
  14. Feb 2, 2022
    Techland returns back to the zombie world and further refines and expands the unique combination of parkour and zombie apocalypse. Now with a focus on player decisions in every direction.
  15. Feb 11, 2022
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human is a game that successfully manages to marry all the cliches of open world/zombie games in a highly attractive and complete title. The open-world market may have been saturated for years now, but it's hard to see a similar title being released this year that's more fun than Dying Light 2. And I think that's what counts in the end.
  16. Feb 6, 2022
    Dying Light 2 is larger and more atmospheric than its predecessor and therefore offers exactly what fans of part 1 want. There are better RPGs with better stories and better combat mechanics, but there are too few games like Dying Light 2, which focus on clumsy action and wonderfully smooth gameplay. Dying Light 2: stay you man. Because you add something important to the game offer, also in 2022.
  17. Feb 2, 2022
    An underwhelming story but a massive, exciting sandbox of parkour and kinetic combat.
  18. 82
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a good action game with lots of content and a lot of potential, but various technical inaccuracies and unconvincing AI indicate that another polishing period would have been useful. Hopefully the Polish magic will repeat itself once again.
  19. Feb 4, 2022
    Beyond unquestionable problems such as an unsuitable AI or the need for a technical cleanup, Dying Light 2 is a huge and addictive game that offers lots of different activities: Techland managed to create a sequel that's different in so many ways from its predecessor, but at the same time faithful to the unique gameplay that makes it so special.
  20. Mar 14, 2022
    Dying Light 2 has proven to be a brilliant zombie game, thanks to the great parkour and combat mechanics. The story however is a bit flawed due to some really strange twists.
  21. Mar 4, 2022
    Dying Light 2 goes bigger in all areas and tries to be ambitious with its story, but does not quite hit the mark. Like I said in the beginning, it was never about story that made the original a cult hit, it was the stuff you could do within its sandbox, and when it comes down to that, it still is a terrific time being in the world of Dying Light.
  22. Feb 25, 2022
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a fantastic parkour take on the survival genre and it works very well, but progression is slow and can harm the overall experience.
  23. Feb 16, 2022
    Dying Light 2 combines great gameplay with a surprisingly good story. However, the run-of-the-mill open world impairs the fun in the long term.
  24. Feb 7, 2022
    Gamer is more than plentiful these days with all types of genres ranging from first-person shooters, MMO’s, and every game/movie adaption you can shake a stick at. It is nice to see a Gem among them shine so brightly. This title features a bit of everything I have come to admire about other games and rolled into a creepy yet satisfying game. Dying Light 2 Staying Human has earned the title of the favorite game of 2022 at this time.
  25. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 is an ambitious sequel that puts a lot of emphasis on story and decisions. Paired with fun parkour mechanics and visceral combat, the game raises huge expectations in its opening chapters. However, it starts to get a little repetitive after a while. There is just not enough weapon variety and meaningful loot, and the story suffers from a lame villain and an overall unsatisfying ending. It's still a good game all things considered, but certainly not the masterpiece we all hoped it would be.
  26. Feb 2, 2022
    Even though it's easy to see that recycling is present, Dying Light 2 pulls its weight thanks to its more vertical map than ever and the fluidity encountered when completing various parkour moves. In single player, the game will keep you going for a good thirty hours and much more to complete all the side missions. Techland has kept its promise despite the negative points and make this new opus an endless pleasure. Ah, and beware of those afraid of blood, it spurts quite a bit.
  27. Feb 2, 2022
    While Dying Light 2 may not feel like a massive step up, it's still tons of fun, and the story is a powerful and engaging one, vastly improved from the original.
  28. Feb 2, 2022
    Not everything is perfect in Dying Light 2 Stay Human: there are several technical problems, the combat system has a bunch of balance problems and there are a lot of examples in the story that shows this game has been cut from the developer in multiple ways. On the other hand its open world is vast and with a lot of density in terms of activities and the gameplay flow can be extremely funny. So if you loved the first game, this is a must buy. All the other players should evaluate with great detail the pros and cons of the game.
  29. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human is a title that struggles to bear the weight of its ambitions, as a result of a development path that in all probability proved to be more bumpy than expected.
  30. Feb 6, 2022
    Dying Light 2 is a satisfactory but unremarkable sequel in the franchise. It is nearly impeccable in terms of its parkour gameplay and the narrative driven by scene exploration. However, the awkward performance and lack of details make the story plot mediocre. It should have been a much better game.
  31. Feb 2, 2022
    I hope that, following a few updates, these creases can be ironed out. Until then, though, I'm not sure how often I'll be diving into Techland's neo-dystopian universe – but there's an allure that does entice me back. While the future remains dark for Aiden and his accomplices, I believe that, with a few upgrades, the sun won't be setting on Dying Light 2 just yet.
  32. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 was my first contact with the series and it can certainly be an exhilarating open-world game. Its gorgeous city, intense chases, fluid parkour, and visceral, meaty combat are well worth experiencing. Although they never completely overshadow its accomplishments, boring gear, repetitive side missions, and a story that never finds its focus do, unfortunately, keep it away from greatness. But, if you keep some of your expectations in check, all these missteps can easily be drowned in an ocean of freshly-cut zombie limbs and peaceful paragliding.
  33. Mar 7, 2022
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human isn't a bad game, but it can't help but get in its own way. For all the freedom of its parkour system, you'll have to sit through cut scenes and fumble through the interior environments. For all the talk of conflict between the factions or that the choices you make matter, the game only recognizes them when it is convenient to the narrative and forgets about it entirely in the next. Much like the undead that populate the streets below, the gameplay is best avoided by sticking to the parkour as much as possible as you work toward the conclusion.
  34. Feb 14, 2022
    Dying Light 2 exchanges simplicity for scale but it is still a decent sequel. The parkour movement and combat are both excellent, but the poor story, simplified night gameplay, and broken co-op mean this is not the best zombie game from Techland.
  35. Mar 1, 2022
    Dying Light 2 should appeal to fans of the original game with is terrific graphics and zombie-bashing action, though it suffers from poor pacing, a bland story, and technical issues.
  36. Feb 4, 2022
    Dying Light 2 is an enjoyable zombie survival game, but little else. It's hard to get attached to the world on any sort of deeper level because it's too overstuffed for any one thing to strongly resonate. And it really, really wants you to care since it spends so much time trying to generate those feelings. It's a good and occasionally great game buried in an abundance of ambition that is never fully realized.
  37. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 still retains many of the key factors that made the original enjoyable and exhilarating. Unfortunately, it's also bogged down by technical issues, janky mechanics, and a restrictive save system that prevents you from readily seeing outcomes.
  38. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 is a game with a troubled development, and unfortunately, it shows. I know how much the first game grew significantly over the years with patches and content updates, and I can only hope that this one gets as much support, because it still needs a lot of work before it becomes the game we were first promised back in 2018, if ever.
  39. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2 offers a great open world playground for zombie survival, but lacks an impactful story or meaningful choices.
  40. Feb 2, 2022
    There’s a lot going on in Dying Light 2 Stay Human. The story that’s presented is moreish, despite having predictable beats and clichés. Its movement is sleek and fast when it’s working but often stumbles over itself. The combat has glimpses of greatness but can wind up feeling a bit average. Overall, each element taken by itself has potential but when mixed together dilutes what could be a rich experience. Though there are moments of joy to be found, they’re punctuated by fetch quests and odd collision detection. Fans of the original will no doubt find fun in a return to the world, but for everyone else, you might want to wait a bit longer before you take a bite.
  41. Feb 23, 2022
    Dying Light 2 cannot manage its massive scale. It tries to put the accent on the narrative, but fails miserably at storytelling, and fills its unusual sandbox with soul-sapping drivel.
  42. If only “Stay Human” could navigate its story of post-apocalyptic morality with the same deftness as its assured, acrobatic protagonist.
  43. Mar 11, 2022
    There is fun to be had here, but aside from a few moments of joyous parkour, it's the sort of fun you can have in dozens of other open-world games. There is certainly some added fun in co-op with a couple of friends, but in a world where we get another open-world game every week, I just cannot recommend anyone go out and buy Dying Light 2 at full price. Especially not when it came out right before Horizon: Forbidden West and Elden Ring, both of which look far more promising.
  44. Feb 11, 2022
    With the story all over the place and meaningless choices, Dying Light 2 is a game that will leave most of the players with zero impressions. The potential of the plot and the faint writing of Chris Avellone are present but not nearly enough to make this game worth your time. This is only for the hard core fans of the genre.
  45. Feb 2, 2022
    It’s more Dying Light but at what cost? A marketing campaign promised the world but a production hamstrung by constant delays and shifts in key personnel has delivered a joyless game that lacks the spirit of exploration of its predecessor and strips out a lot of the joy.
  46. Feb 2, 2022
    Bugs, repetitive side content, bad storytelling, and the unfulfilled promise of its choice and consequence system leave Dying Light 2 unable to capitalise on the strength of its excellent parkour and combat mechanics.
  47. Mar 28, 2022
    Despite all my complaints, I initially had fun with Dying Light 2. The first quarter of the game was engaging. I think if the rest of the game played like this, I would have way more positive things to say, but the fact is that it’s just not done. This is clearly an unfinished game mired in mismanagement. I don’t blame the developers at all; the leaders and executives behind this work are responsible. What works here is clean and well done, albeit with some boring AAA niceties. After the first quarter or so, though, the game absolutely falls apart in almost every respect. I’m sad for what was produced here, but if I’m being honest, I’m more sad that I invested nearly thirty hours of my own time into this. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
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  1. Feb 2, 2022
    I got tired of the game after 20 hours for the reasons stated above. There's beautiful, inventive fun within DL2, but Techland doesn't do paying customers favors with the game's dialogue, pacing, and execution. Wait for a sale.
  2. Feb 2, 2022
    Maybe the world doesn’t need another zombie game in 2022, but I’m happy we got one, and I’m happy it’s the wickedly fun sandbox of Dying Light 2.
  3. Techland’s taken something quite distinct and sanded down the edges. Some will find it agreeably smooth, I’m sure, but you can only sand so much off of chaos before it becomes ordinary. Come the real zombie apocalypse we should all be so lucky to face a world this trudgingly well behaved.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 2827 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Feb 7, 2022
  2. Feb 14, 2022
    most Indie games I played are way better and interesting than this crap game. Asked for a refund and will never buy any other game from techland
  3. Feb 5, 2022
    The second game is a clear downgrade in almost everyway. The devs seem oblivious to what made the first game fun, it was essentially a zombieThe second game is a clear downgrade in almost everyway. The devs seem oblivious to what made the first game fun, it was essentially a zombie killing sandbox and it was the best one ever made.

    Hours of fun just playing around with the hordes of zombies, pushing them into traps, setting them on fire, kicking them through windows and off rooftops, mowing them down with the vehicle in the DLC. Each weapon felt unique, each swing was satisfying, the way the zombies seemed to react differently to every hit. Of course the story wasn't great but nobody cared, it was good enough to keep you moving through the game.

    So what do they decide to do with the sequel? Attempt to turn it into a branching RPG-like story focused game where all your choices will matter, which they seemed to have completely given up on half way through development and just left the barebones of it.

    That wouldn't be a problem if they didn't neglect almost everything that made the first game so good, zombies will now play canned animations after every hit before they go ridiculously flying through the air like they've been hit by a truck when they die.

    The weapons have lost all their weight and impact, a baseball bat will cut through a crowd of zombies just as easily as a sword will. Even kicking zombies off of rooftops isn't fun anymore because they don't go tumbling off ledges, now they just slide off and fall straight down.

    Overall the combat is worse than the second game, although human v human combat is improved it is nothing special. The ragdolling and physics have been massively downgraded, zombies won't even stick to spike traps anymore, they just collapse and die. There are less zombie hordes and they are less fun to kill. Almost all horror aspects of the game have been lost, night time isn't dark, no roaming volatiles and the loot scan ability now reveals every zombie in the area.

    For all the focus and marketing around the story it is no better than the first but it is definitely longer, more boring and more irritating. The only improvement is in the parkour but it still gets plenty of things wrong, the ridiculous running animation and Aiden having the same vertical leap as the Mario brothers are the obvious ones.

    Dying Light 1 is still the best zombie game, Dying Light 2 feels like a Ubisoft reboot.
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