After a significant delay and a subsequent postponement Dying Light 2: Stay Human is finally here. In this article we’ll dive into everything you need to know about the zombie survival RPG.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Dying Light 2: Stay Human is obviously the sequel to the critically acclaimed first Dying Light (2015). It features a world overrun by zombies, where a parkour enthusiast has to survive in a hostile world. As with any good zombie fiction, humans are often a bigger threat than the undead. Dying Light is no different.
Factions and characters
The world of Dying Light 2 features three distinct factions:
- Survivors pride themselves on their adaptive skills, building safe zones to try and rebuild civilization
- Peacekeepers are ruthless former soldiers that try and establish control over The City
- Renegades are your Mad Max-inspired lunatics, fighting for an axe wielding tyrant
As a player, you get to choose which of these factions you help and which ones you fight. That influences the world around you, as well as the story that unfolds.
Locations might be run over by enemy factions, or liberated by your pals. Practically though, the Survivors and Peacekeepers give you different types of rewards when you help them. So it’s more of a practical choice than a moral one.
Nighttime is still scary
During the day, zombies are relatively scarce and meek. They chill in buildings and generally don’t really lock onto you if not provoked. When darkness falls, the game flips itself on its head. In darkness, zombies become abundant, aggressive, and scary. That’s when you have to start running for your life.
Special zombies, the product of 15 years of mutation, also come out of their lairs. There’s also a bunch of new types of zombies in the game not unlike Left 4 Dead’s monsters.
New toys to play with
Parkour is still your number one weapon. Dying Light 2: Stay Human enhances that element of the game with a bunch of new moves, abilities and features. There’s a bigger emphasis on RPG-elements this time around, zo looting, crafting and progressing feel more like an actual RPG.
Throughout the story, you’ll unlock all sorts of new ways of traversing the recovering world of Dying Light. For instance, you can glide around the map with a glider or parachute. Oh, and there’s a grappling hook!
Besides running, your character can also be kitted like a true post-apocalyptic brawler. The game introduces a bunch of new toys like the javelin, a compound bow, and the occasional firearm.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human is out on February 4th for PC, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. As expected, there are multiple versions available:
- Standard Edition: Just the game
- Deluxe Edition: Includes the main game, some in-game skins, the soundtrack, and the first story DLC
- Ultimate Edition: All of the above, with a second DLC-pack, XP boost, and crafting materials as a bonus
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