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Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
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  1. Feb 3, 2022
    100
    My final thoughts on my overall experience with Dying Light 2: Stay Human remains positive. Seeing some coverage come out and be turned off by the bugs and issues that were pre-release was expected, but disappointing since I had faith that Techland would stay true to the fans and make sure the experience is covered top to bottom with prime support for the players and community. I commend the entire development team including Lead Designer Tymon Smektala for being engaged with the community leading to the release and listening to what they all have to say. It shows in the final release and look forward to spending even more hours in Villedor for years to come.
  2. Feb 2, 2022
    95
    Dying Light 2 is a masterpiece. We loved the navigation mechanics, brutal combat, deep characters and the feeling of changing the world with every decision. Even though we found some bugs and a little downgrade compared to the E3 gameplay.
  3. Feb 2, 2022
    95
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is the sequel we hoped for and nearly everything Techland promised. There are some technical issues that can affect your quality of gameplay, but I have all the faith in Techland to iron those out, possibly even before its official release. This is going to be the game to beat this year.
  4. Feb 10, 2022
    90
    With a beautiful open world, great narrative side missions, and enough tension to raise even the calmest player's blood pressure, Dying Light 2 wrings a mountain of slick fun out of the most dire of settings. Scary to play solo and a ton of fun in multiplayer, Dying Light 2 will keep you entertained for a long time with its fantastic mission structure and groundbreaking day/night mechanics. It took a while, but Dying Light 2 was worth the wait.
  5. Feb 2, 2022
    90
    Stay Human is a worthy sequel to the original version of Dying Light, one that’s improved excessively in many ways. The Parkour part of the gameplay is especially a great fit, mixed with huge environments and solid level design. If you liked the last game, you’ll definitely find a lot more to enjoy here, but even if you never played Dying Light before, the 2nd version still worth both your time and money.
  6. Feb 2, 2022
    90
    Dying Light 2 takes everything we loved about its predecessor and improves it in a unique way. A very interesting story with ramifications and an entertaining gameplay makes the game highly recommended. Only a small number of visual bugs keep it from reaching its full greatness.
  7. 90
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human has been a long time coming, and thankfully it's worth the wait. I loved the time I spent exploring Villedor; finding random events and scaling buildings took me back to the old days of Assassins Creed II. While I wish I wasn't being timed on the occasions I went into a dark building or decided to explore at night, it's a minor issue to overlook when most of the game is so brilliantly executed and fun to play.
  8. 90
    Dying Light 2 is a bigger and bolder sequel that improves upon the original in every way. Not only does it have one of the most enjoyable traversal systems in any game ever, but it also provides players with interesting characters and quests to break up all the running.
  9. Feb 2, 2022
    90
    Dying Light 2 is a great game. Its greatest quality is its generosity, whether in the gameplay but also in the heart of its vast open world. I found it entertaining to the highest degree and intelligent with respect to its mechanics, especially with regard to the Parkour. The characters are all credible and we don’t let them down to the end. The ultra satisfying progression system, the craftsmanship, and the possibilities offered by paragliding and grappling make Techland’s game a very complete experience.
  10. Feb 2, 2022
    90
    I've loved my time with Dying Light 2. While it undoubtedly could use a patch or two, the foundation that's been laid for the next five years is solid. The parkour is fun, the combat engaging, and overall, Stay Human manages to be one of the tensest games of the past decade. It's everything the original was, only better. Can we ask for anything more?
  11. Feb 2, 2022
    90
    There's no doubt about it, Dying Light 2: Stay Human is a sequel of epic proportions. Everything fans loved about the original title is still very much present, but now with a bigger story, new features, and a vast open-world filled with areas to explore and loot.
  12. Feb 2, 2022
    88
    Dying Light 2 is a fantastic title that manages to improve almost every aspect of the original game. It is one of the most ambitious and beautiful open world games I have ever played, and if you were a fan of the first game, then you should definitely give this one a try. Not only does it blend combat, exploration and storytelling in a superb way, but it also delivers an unforgettable experience that will remain in my heart for years to come.
  13. May 7, 2022
    85
    Delivering a huge improvement on the first title, but lacking with new features, Dying Light 2 Stay Human is quite fun, brutal, rewarding and a game of exceptional quality when it comes to the open world. Minor issues still exist here, but Techland successfully manages to live up to the hype surrounding the game.
  14. Feb 2, 2022
    85
    Techland has managed to create something more important than just another well-written video game. Behold, a convincing open world that encourages you to discover its secrets and provides lots of fun, regardless of what you're doing. Dying Light 2 isn't perfect, but it perfectly makes up for its few flaws. A sequel better than the original!
  15. Feb 2, 2022
    85
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human isn't a revolution as the first game, but it is a solid entry with hours and hours of content, although probably not as long as 500 hours. It has everything it needs to become a game that fans are going to love.
  16. Feb 2, 2022
    85
    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.
  17. Feb 2, 2022
    85
    Dying Light 2 takes the same survival horror route as the original but improves everything that made the first game so much fun in the first place by breathing life into its world, characters, and narrative. Its RPG elements and dialogue options are a noticeable upgrade and give weight to your decisions, even though they may not always be that impactful. Its greatest strength lies in how it reinvents the idea of survival in a zombie apocalypse. And that makes for a frighteningly good time.
  18. Feb 2, 2022
    85
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human may begin like the shuffling corpses you run into during the day, but evolves into the ferocious horde you encounter in the shadows of night. With an engaging gameplay loop of parkour and combat, the exploration of Villedor is something you’ll enjoy for hours on end, and with up to three friends at that. Yeah, it may take a little bit to get hooked, but once you’re infected, it’ll be all you can do to stay human.
  19. Feb 2, 2022
    85
    Dying Light 2 gives us a sandbox to live and die for. This is the premier adventure game that marries combat and parkour systems for an exceptionally thrilling experience. And while there are moments where the narrative stumbles in terms of consequences, it doesn't matter as waves of zombies move in for the kill. I look forward to the many more hours of content that await on the other side of this campaign.
  20. Feb 11, 2022
    83
    Dying Light 2 is bigger, better and bolder than its predecessor and even if it's not exactly a looker on console, offers fifty hours of fun for both newcomers and fans of the first game. It's not perfect by any means, but we cannot avoid recommending it.
  21. Mar 10, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2 ups the ante from the original in almost every way, offering more satisfying parkour, combat and enough jump scares to make you never want to walk in the darkness ever again. A worthy and essential sequel.
  22. Feb 21, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2 is a very interesting and specific experience. It disappoints with its “meh” story and weirdly boring characters, but where its shadow is darkest, there are also areas where it shines the brightest. Its gameplay, most notably parkour, are ridiculously fun, intuitive and open-ended, with great adrenaline segments in the form of the day-night cycle that provide almost completely different gameplay experiences that shall provide you with a lot of hours of fun for sure.
  23. 80
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human takes a while to hit its stride but once it does you'll be running across the rooftops with speed and grace. If packed open world games aren't for you then stay away, otherwise this has incredibly fun mechanics after a slow start.
  24. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    I enjoyed my time with Dying Light 2 and found it an entertaining open-world experience that I want to keep playing beyond the 30 or so hours I put into the main storyline.
  25. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    The challenging development has visibly affected Dying Light 2 in many ways, but it is still a successful game with a lot of content for several passes. I had fun from start to finish and that's the main thing.
  26. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2 gets off to a slow start, and some might even see it as a slog, but if you see it through just a bit longer, you'll discover a tension-filled journey through the zombie apocalypse that rewards players who are fearless and leap into danger. Soon you'll be gliding, leaping, and zip-lining through the world and cleaving the most deadly of Infected with precision and utter brutality. This is not an easy world to live in, and at times the darkness can almost overwhelm you, but more often than not the rich characters, compelling narrative, and thrill ride combat create a mixture that just can't be resisted, and it's a world I look forward to returning to.
  27. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Strong narrative packed with delightful parkour and fun combat, but the open world is too traditional.
  28. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2 doesn’t feel original in the slightest, it is bested elsewhere in visuals and gameplay, but as a total package there’s a lot on offer. And gamers will get their money’s worth out of this zombie-bashing post-apocalypse fearfest. It is a game that leaves you with a constant but strangely addictive edge-of-the-seat sense of stress like a strong horror movie. And plenty to discover in a dark, menacing future world.
  29. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2 is messy and uneven. It’s also unique, exhilarating, and just plain fun to play, with one of the best settings in recent memory – despite the nagging feeling that the game could, and should, be more than what it is. Techland has made great strides forward with the sequel, but it’s clear the future of Dying Light can’t be just about making a bigger city to climb around in. The sequel has given the series some good breadth – now it just needs some proper depth.
  30. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2 is a good game that happens to be the long-awaited sequel to a great game. There's still a ton of fun to be had, and the exploration alone is worth the price of admission. At the same time, it's bigger without necessarily being better. I had a lot of fun with it, but I can't help but feel more positive toward the original. If you're looking for a fresh new world to smash zombies in and you're burned out on Harran, then Dying Light 2 will scratch that itch well.
  31. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is another exhilarating parkour and zombie-pummeling playground from Techland, although at times, the seams holding it all together are a bit obvious. Given the game’s glitches, minor gameplay annoyances, and crudely bisected story and world, reports of behind-the-scenes issues feel all-too-plausible. That said, the foundation here is rock solid, and Techland has proven they’re capable long-term builders, so I’m confident Dying Light 2’s embers can be stoked to a full flame in time.
  32. 80
    With a significantly improved movement system, an engrossing, branching narrative, and an open world that's consistently engaging, Dying Light 2 was well worth the extended wait.
  33. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    The story here pulled me in quickly, and is well worth paying attention to. Exploration with parkour is just plain fun. The game doesn't feel like it's forcing the player to explore and complete every marker on the map, but rather giving the player options for how they want to approach the game. The survival aspects aren't overwhelmingly hardcore, but feel tuned to provide the perfect amount of tension.
  34. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human makes freerunning more fun and creative. By providing more control, main and side quests are surprisingly engaging and deep. The characters come out well through excellent writing and voice work and the player is repeatedly brought into conflict by the many choices that really have an impact on the story. The beautiful Villedor is ideal for endless freerun fun, with or without friends.
  35. 80
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a solid step-up from Dying Light in almost every way. Still, its increased emphasis on storytelling feels entirely misguided to the point where it’s worse than Dying Light. Despite this, Dying Light 2 has fantastic traversal, satisfying combat, and some great quest design and variety that makes it Techland’s best.
  36. Feb 2, 2022
    80
    Dying Light 2’s makeup is considerably different from the first game, delivering an impressive and meaty character RPG you can sink time into, even if it does come at the cost of the game’s night-time horrors.
  37. May 11, 2022
    75
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human looks more like a DLC to the first game than a whole new one. This does not mean it is a bad game, but it is not one that you should rush to buy. It looks and feels like you are playing the same Dying Light from years ago, and despite the storytelling being solid and entertaining, it is not enough to justify buying it right now.
  38. 75
    Dying Light 2 is probably exactly what fans of the first game wanted. The story may not be particularly motivating, but combat is fun while the PS5 powers a smooth experience. A few questionable tweaks by Techland will not be appreciated by all players, but co-op will make it easy to forgive some of that. If you’re not completely tired of zombie games yet, give Dying Light 2 a try. There’s plenty to see and do, and you’ll likely enjoy your harrowing stay in Villedor.
  39. Feb 4, 2022
    75
    It's been a long time coming, but finally the Dying Light sequel is here. The parkour is refined, the combat is great and the city is lively enough to keep you entertained for a long time. There is also plenty to do in the game, but at the same time it is mainly more of the same without really big innovative steps forward. The first few hours are also disappointing and the visual modes do not offer a best of both worlds standard. A fine sequel, but perhaps a victim of too high expectations.
  40. Feb 2, 2022
    75
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human could have been one of the highlights of the year, but a disappointing story, some frustrating design choices and performance issues mean it doesn’t cash in on its potential.
  41. Feb 2, 2022
    75
    Dying Light 2 is safe in some respects, and bold in others: like its propensity to lean into some arcadey notions.
  42. Feb 2, 2022
    75
    Dying Light 2 keeps all the qualities of the first episode, and won't disappoint the lovers of zombies, parkour and weapon tinkering. Despite relatively detailed faces and some beautiful panoramas, the game has some issues, like an annoying open world, which multiplies the tricks already seen elsewhere, especially in Ubisoft productions. We were expecting something more new and fresh.
  43. PLAY
    Mar 7, 2022
    70
    Dying Light 2 has some big technical hurdles to overcome, and fans may want to wait for a patch or two. Yet this a game that is just a joy to jump around. [Issue#12, p.78]
  44. Edge Magazine
    Feb 24, 2022
    70
    It isn't more than the sum of its parts, but those parts are at least expertly arranged to foreground the very best in firstperson athletics. [Issue#369, p.104]
  45. Feb 3, 2022
    70
    Dying Light 2 is so close to being great, but it is held back by a myriad of technical issues. It's fine with friends, but wait for some patches if you intend to fly solo.
  46. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    As with the original game, Dying Light 2 Stay Human will find its share of audience, while the teams at Techland will continue to expand their vision. The solid base is already there, and it would be interesting to see how the game will turn out in 5 years time.
  47. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    For all its promises about an expansive world that players shape with their choices, Dying Light 2 is essentially a by-the-numbers sequel that doesn’t offer much that’s new. But that’s no bad thing when the reality is that I haven’t had quite this much fun with a AAA video game in years. Techland’s long-awaited zombie RPG mostly delivers the goods in style, providing an expansive - if not entirely original - open-world playground that’s filled with epic action, pleasingly brutal combat, and some difficult choices. The end of the world has never been so entertaining. Just try not to rush through the main story, okay?
  48. 70
    A little rough around the edges, especially in terms of the storytelling, but the interminable wait for this open world zombie sequel has been worth it.
  49. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is often let down by noticeable issues, but remains a consistently enjoyable experience until the end nonetheless.
  50. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    Indeed, if, like me, you have a weakness for the zombie-hued, and for the sway and flail of first-person platforming, then Dying Light 2 is easy to recommend.
  51. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a unique game that players have waited seven years to play. It’s an ambitious project that aimed to improve upon the original’s mechanics while creating more of a unique world. In many ways, Techland has succeeded, giving us a much more involved story that’s presented better, additional moves and actions that enhance gameplay, more rewarding nighttime features and a great playground in Villedor. The game gets into trouble elsewhere, though.
  52. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    When the platforming actually works, Dying Light 2 is an absolute blast. Chaining together a high-flying hang glider maneuver, then grappling off the edge of a building before executing a perfectly timed series of jumps makes you feel like a superhero. It’s just too bad that more often than not, something will go wrong and you’ll fall to your death instead.
  53. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    Dying Light 2 is a super solid follow-up to the 2015 original, building upon its fantastic gameplay loop with new traversal options for even more parkour fun. It's extremely disappointing, however, that the narrative and open world promises Techland made in the lead up to launch haven't been realised. Your choices don't have nearly as much impact as we would like, and the map is much more rigid than pre-release footage would have you believe. Still, Dying Light 2 feels awesome and empowering to play, and that can go a long way.
  54. Feb 2, 2022
    70
    Dying Light 2 expands and refines a formula Techland has been peddling since its breakout success with Dead Island. This sequel learns a lot from modern open world video games, its massive, zombie-infested sandbox rarely feeling empty, especially as you breeze through city blocks with a Mirror's Edge-like finesse. However, Dying Light 2 inherits the same problems - a dull story, tiresome combat, and character progression that’s a tad too sluggish.
  55. Feb 2, 2022
    65
    While Dying Light 2 does a lot right with its gameplay and new-gen presentation, it’s still a far cry from zombie gaming greatness. The weak story, uninspired mission design, limitations on initial player skills, and bugs let it down in a big way. Sure, a lot of this will be easy to ignore when fighting the undead as a four-man squad, but “it’s fun with friends” is an excuse that can only get you so far.
  56. Feb 21, 2022
    60
    Dying Light 2 has a strong, if restrictive start and manages to pull you into an intriguing mystery that grows into a satisfying finale, with an engaging gameplay loop. However, the game also vastly overstays its welcome. With an overly drawn-out narrative and an irritating main character, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth by the time the credits roll.
  57. Feb 18, 2022
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  58. Feb 7, 2022
    60
    Techland's horror sequel features crunchy combat and thrilling parkour, but buries its best bits with a clumsy story and open-world excess.
  59. Feb 2, 2022
    60
    With a slow plot and uninteresting characters, Dying Light 2: Stay Human's few redeeming qualities are what sets the franchise apart from other zombie games out there.
  60. Feb 2, 2022
    60
    Dying Light 2: Stay Human feels like it lost its direction somewhere along the way. It begins as an interesting zombie game wherein the threat feels tangible, your character feels weak, and the world feels primed for a dynamic story. However, the further you get into the game, a lot of its early ideas feel sidelined for a generic zombie plot, uninspiring combat, and the absence of any kind of danger.
  61. Mar 4, 2022
    50
    Dying Light 2 is an experience rife with suffering, stemming from its dawdling progression, woeful narrative and intrusive presentation issues. In spite of these shortcomings, the parkour shines once the right equipment and skills are unlocked, salvaging a modicum of joy from this disappointing nightmare.
  62. Feb 2, 2022
    40
    If you’ve played a zombie game in the past decade, this mishmash of tattered post-apocalyptic stereotypes will feel all too familiar.
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  1. Feb 11, 2022
    Dying Light 2, as released, has too many technical, design and narrative issues to be fully enjoyable. The game seems hell bent on not letting you enjoy the best it has to offer.
  2. Feb 2, 2022
    Dying Light 2’s appeal is, ultimately, more game than story. Perhaps Techland’s developers were presented with their own vexing, profoundly consequential choice, where they had to choose to save one structural component or the other. If so, they picked correctly. This is a video game, after all, and a well-balanced combat system, plus exhilarating parkour with effortless contextual moves, can save even the weakest story. Vice versa seems impossible.
  3. Feb 2, 2022
    So far, it’s a game whose core element—exploration—is often engaging, but because much around it is boring, I need the exploration to be more engaging, and the game’s feature gating hinders that. Again, maybe that changes by the end. But it sounds like it’ll take a long time to get there. Supposedly that's a selling point.
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 3555 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Feb 5, 2022
    6
    Initially I thought this game was a 10/10. But around 10 hours in the quality completely switched. The story went from decent to **** trash,Initially I thought this game was a 10/10. But around 10 hours in the quality completely switched. The story went from decent to **** trash, my game was riddled with bugs everywhere making it unplayable. Audio and dialogue was completely **** Avoid this game if your on old gen frame drops are atrocious sometimes even going down to 3 frames a second. The whole “your world, your choices” is complete **** I was having a great time until I got to central loop. Skip this game for now looked much, much better in trailers. Full Review »
  2. Feb 14, 2022
    0
    Bad game, boring quests, denuvo cancer inside, crappy and buggy to the fullest, fake commercial success from dismal techland
  3. Feb 14, 2022
    0
    don't believe the Hype created by Techland. It's all fake. And fake is the great sales success they described. The truth is games are verydon't believe the Hype created by Techland. It's all fake. And fake is the great sales success they described. The truth is games are very unhappy about DL2 because we have been deceived:

    1. graphics has been heavily downgraded from E3 version of 2019
    2. the game has hundreds stupid bugs
    3. animations are a joke
    4. it is boring and mediocre in everything
    5. can't be saved manually and saves corrupt frequenty
    6. story is nonsense
    7. characters are flat and dull
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