After much thought and debate with myself, I, Izzari, being of sound mind and relatively in shape body, do declare that I enjoyed the game Dying Light. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Probably something like, “This is impossible! Izzari never likes games!” or “My whole concept of reality has just shifted irrevocably!”. Just keep your head together and I’ll explain. Everything is going to be okay.
We’ll begin with my biggest pet peeve; the storyline. Dying Light’s is solid all the way through. Predictable? Yeah, sure, but what isn’t nowadays. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve lowered my standards or just have a soft spot for zombies, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story in this game. The characters were likable, including the villains. There were no filler missions in the main story quest — I cannot stress this enough, I HATE FILLER MISSIONS. “Hey, I know you’re busy with saving us all and such, but we really need you to go see why we haven’t heard from so and so real quick before you get back to it. I’m sure the plague/demon/virus/generic villain will wait before proceeding with whatever they’ve got going on.” So. Kudos on that, Techland. Also — spoiler alert? — it leaves off open ended, leaving room for
a sequel god damned DLC. Please, please do not do the DLC story extension nonsense, Techland. I beg you. The Anti-DLC Movement begs you. Do the work and make another great game.
Moving on, the leveling system is genius. I mean, gaining skills based on your style of play? Revolutionary. The co-op system was flawless as far as I’m concerned. Side missions were entertaining and actually influenced the universe you play in to some extent. Weapons stayed pretty on par with your level, nighttime was actually scary, and until you put in as much time as Red, you are never completely safe.
There really is nothing bad I can say about this game. Sure, I could nit-pick that I beat the main story in 12 hours or so, most of which I was running around doing nothing, but I’m not going to. Why? Because the rest of the game keeps you involved for far more than that. As The Elder Scrolls have proved over and over, when your game is entertaining to just play, the length of the story gets swallowed in the lifespan of the game.
And for those of you that like a rating on a game, also known as tl;dr, I rate this game thusly:
If I were drunk, I would fight someone knocking Dying Light. Seriously, play it.