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  • Summary: A survival game presented from a first-person perspective, Dying Light is set in a broad, dangerous open world. Throughout the day, you comb a city environment ravaged by a puzzling epidemic, scouring for supplies and fashioning weapons to assist you in defeating the hordes of brainless,A survival game presented from a first-person perspective, Dying Light is set in a broad, dangerous open world. Throughout the day, you comb a city environment ravaged by a puzzling epidemic, scouring for supplies and fashioning weapons to assist you in defeating the hordes of brainless, flesh-hungry enemies the plague has spawned. When the night falls, the hunter becomes the hunted as the infected increase their strength and aggressiveness - but even more deadly are the nocturnal, inhuman predators that leave their nests to feed. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Feb 4, 2015
    90
    It’s dark, gritty, 80’s style vibe goes extremely well with the parkour elements and questing. All these elements add up to take the zombie genre to a new level, one I just can’t seem to get enough of.
  2. Jan 31, 2015
    88
    A surprisingly solid and entertaining game, with good gameplay mechanics and great atmosphere. Its rather light and uninvolving story gets balanced by high tension levels and a very amusing co-op. Every zombie games lover should consider playing it.
  3. Feb 2, 2015
    85
    Dying Light’s combat is at its best during melee fights due to the sheer brutality of the hand-to-hand animations, as well as the satisfying nature of hitting an attacker with the weapon you looted or crafted.
  4. Jan 30, 2015
    70
    As a follow up to Dead Island, Dying Light represents an improvement on the technical front, but has lost some of its knockabout charm in the process.
  5. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Mar 10, 2015
    70
    A lot of fun in small bursts, but not amount of polish, parkour or persistence can plaster over the cracks of the aging Dead Island mechanics and systems. [Issue#121, p.72]
  6. Feb 3, 2015
    70
    As someone who enjoyed both Dead Island games, warts and all, Dying Light certainly feels like a vast improvement...Unfortunately, Techland is still unable to deliver a story worth telling. I didn’t feel any emotional attachment to any of the characters, nor did I care if they ended up surviving or not.
  7. Feb 6, 2015
    58
    I was hoping that Dying Light would be more than Dead Island in a big city. And while the parkour elements as well as the stealth are a welcome but in some cases underutilized addition to the proven zombie killing formula, a lot of the core gameplay is run-of-the-mill open world: Mindless fetch-missions with almost no coherent or suspenseful story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 128
  1. May 30, 2015
    10
    I love this game. The combat is excellent, the world is large and full of things to do and places to explore, and the graphics are gorgeous. II love this game. The combat is excellent, the world is large and full of things to do and places to explore, and the graphics are gorgeous. I recommend this game to fans of Mirror's Edge and Left for Dead, because this game is fantastic. Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    Great game, perfect fusion between "Mirror's edge" le pakour style and the apocalyptical world of ZombiU, but way way way better than the wiiGreat game, perfect fusion between "Mirror's edge" le pakour style and the apocalyptical world of ZombiU, but way way way better than the wii u game. There's some nice easter egg distributed. Xbox one version has an advantage, XBox one controller is better than DS4 Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2015
    10
    As I'm writing this, I've played for about five hours, and in those five hours, I've had one of the most fun, and genuinely frighteningAs I'm writing this, I've played for about five hours, and in those five hours, I've had one of the most fun, and genuinely frightening experiences I've had playing a zombie game. Combat is very simple, but in this game, it's much safer to run early on. Stop to fight out in the open,and you can very easily become swarmed, and die very quickly. But that's why I love the movement system. It'll take a bit to get accustomed to at first, but once you do, you'll have a blast (If you like parkour in video games). My one complaint gameplay-wise is that there's no actual function to check your watch, and the only way to do so is to hang from a ledge. Though you do get radio warnings an hour before sunset, which is nice.

    The story is certainly more interesting than I was expecting (To be honest I wasn't even expecting one), and the voice acting is good. The game is very pretty to look at too. But it becomes a whole different game when the sun goes down. That's not just a marketing tagline, it really does change. Instead of dodging slow zombies and scavenging for supplies,you're now running for your life from a much faster,stronger,and more dangerous enemy, one that stalks you relentlessly. But, at night, experience points double. So, when the sun goes down, you really have to ask yourself...is the risk really worth it?

    Edit: So, I played a little more into the game, and I found a good a workaround for the watch issue. If you carry a good knife with you, you will hold up both arms when it's equipped, letting you see your watch just fine.
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  4. Feb 8, 2016
    9
    I had forgotten just how much FUN to play, "Dying Light is". The only let down in this game are the poor graphics such as the trees and faunaI had forgotten just how much FUN to play, "Dying Light is". The only let down in this game are the poor graphics such as the trees and fauna and water and lakes in areas as well although the lighting effects are very good. The story is engaging with plenty of HUMOUR and the main character is even more sarcastic than before and the voice acting is also very good. The main 3 improvements in "THE FOLLOWING" are as follows; 1. The addition of buggy which handles very well that has weapons such as a flame thrower and can also be driven in coop. 2.The additions of new hand held weapons such as a cross bow and sub machine gun. 3.A larger map almost twice the size of the original which was generous and adequate in size in the main game as it was. The game & movement mechanics are FLUENT and FLAWLESS. Only 2 hours into The FOLLOWING and I can see many FUN FILLED HOURS AHEAD especially in coop as there's even more FUN & FRIGHTS to be had. You'll love this especially if you are new to the game. A BIG 9/10 for me !!!! Expand
  5. Oct 20, 2015
    8
    The storyline in this was great especially utilizing coop. The parkour + zombie gameplay really worked out. The parkour was very wellThe storyline in this was great especially utilizing coop. The parkour + zombie gameplay really worked out. The parkour was very well developed and once you get a hang of it is very fluid. This game could have been better if there were better online game types. Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2018
    8
    I have like 150 hours already and i can't stop! This game fun, i really like the zombie-parkour concept which is that small thing that madeI have like 150 hours already and i can't stop! This game fun, i really like the zombie-parkour concept which is that small thing that made Dying Light way better than Dead Island. One thing that was annoying me was gun-fights. Shooting system on XBO is good to fight with slow zombies, but when your opponents are armed and so f*cking strong it makes you feel uselesss sh*t. Anyway - you should at least try it. Expand
  7. May 17, 2021
    0
    A game that revolves around 2 elements: parkour and zombies. Both elements are, unfortunately, not funny, poorly developed and poorlyA game that revolves around 2 elements: parkour and zombies. Both elements are, unfortunately, not funny, poorly developed and poorly created.
    Gameplay: 0/10 (fails under every point of view)
    Graphics: 2/10 (this would hav been a poor game even for the late 360-ps3 era)
    Setting: 2/10 (not interesting, not funny, not good in any way).
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