The open-world survival game Dying Light 2 has had a rocky development cycle, and when that happens, the end results aren’t always pleasing. In addition, there is no doubt that during development this game also faced other difficult circumstances arising from the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and home isolation, as well as the consequences of their impact on development. All of this led us to question whether Dying Yet Light 2 would manage to reach the level of the game. Will it meet the needs of players, or will the development issues and impact of incompleteness be overwhelming? In fact, we received the review copy late and perhaps we were a bit lucky as we heard about many issues that players were facing before the updates. We also had some issues, but they weren’t major and didn’t impact the gaming experience much. Anyway, what we wanted to say is that despite everything, Techland has made a game it can be proud of.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human: A Game of Survival and Humanity
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a really meaningful name for this game. On the one hand, the name expresses the moral aspect and the characters’ attempt to preserve their humanity in a destroyed world where life forms have almost disappeared, and on the other hand, it expresses our hero “Aiden”, who is in the process of turning into a zombie and constantly struggles throughout the game not to… show up. “Aiden” and his sister “Mia” have been subjected to inhumane research on a group of children by a mad scientist named “Waltz” and he is now searching for his lost sister. However, this is not the only narrative focus of this game. In addition to the human axis and emotional brotherhood, there is also a conflict of ideologies between human groups trying to build a human society on the ruins of destruction.
A Struggle Between Freedom and Authority
There is a philosophical struggle between freedom and authority, between order and independence, and in the midst of this struggle there are different kinds of people. There is the good and the noble, there is the deceitful, there is the fighter… and there is the sacrificer towards whom one cannot help but feel gratitude and appreciation. The game did a really good job of building its world and trying to imagine what the state of human society would be like in a catastrophe like this. Perhaps the first few hours of the game alone are enough to illustrate the depth of the human side in this game, and we admit that we really liked it. This was definitely not a hollow game, despite the coldness of the main character, as is the case with first-person games that try to put the player in the main character’s shirt to imitate him. The problem is that the game doesn’t support manual saving and we wanted to try out different story options to see their impact on the progression of events.
An Immersive Gameplay Experience
The gameplay in Dying Light 2 is wonderful, but its beauty will only be revealed after very long hours of play, and that is our biggest criticism of this game. The start of the game is very slow and parkour skills are very limited. The game relies on moving, jumping, and running between rooftops, buildings, walls, ledges, wooden bridges, etc., which limits the player’s ability to gain more skills, and more quickly. The weapons break. The player will find themselves in real suffering at the start of the game until they are able to evolve the weapons, which increases their durability and reduces the speed at which they break, even if repairing them remains impossible. Is it the curse of the open world? Is it the 500 hour curse that the developers wanted to introduce? I don’t know, but I trust that this game pays a heavy price for delaying the unlocking of player character development skills, especially essential skills like parkour skills that add to the fun of moving around the game world.
The movement aspect of the game is average. There are many and varied weapons with the ability to upgrade these weapons and even add elements such as electricity to them. However, the human enemies are not very smart and their movement patterns are often repetitive. Fighting relies on melee weapons as well as the use of parkour skills, such as kicking enemies. However, the game mechanics are solid and the navigation options in the environment are fun. This includes a sail that allows the player to jump from one building to another and fly through the air. The sailing mechanic is very similar to that found in Legend of Zelda games, especially with locations that pump wind up to lift the player. The game world is designed vertically and is more layered than any other open world game and offers many similar ideas to Ubisoft games, such as controlling certain locations on the map and using them to help one of two camps, PK and PK. to serve apostates.
A Unique Twist: The Virus-Infected Hero
The special idea in this game comes from the virus-infected hero “Aiden”. In the dark, Aiden’s immunity decreases and he approaches transformation, and the player must constantly inject him with drugs to increase immunity or search for sources of violet light for protection. This makes exploring at night exciting and challenging. However, it is easy to explore the interior areas, which are full of rewards such as immune boosters and other medicines in buildings, abandoned shops, empty houses and dark areas because zombies roam the city streets in the evening. During the day, most zombies hide in houses, making indoor exploration more difficult, but navigating city streets becomes easier.
We tested the game in various ways to check performance and its stability was with Direct I still have problems dealing with it, but it wasn’t that bad. In the game, we also encountered a memory leak issue that causes a sudden drop in performance after a certain amount of play, among other issues, but these were relatively minor. Ray tracing adds a lot of depth to the game world through ambient shadows and diffused light, which makes the biggest difference in image quality, but the reflections were lower than the actual display resolution of the screen and were not at the required level. and there aren’t many reflective materials at all. The game also doesn’t use ray tracing to affect reflections on the water.
A Visually Impressive but Overdue Game
The game’s appearance doesn’t really look impressive. It looks like a previous generation game with new generation technology, namely ray tracing. The textures are average and the character models don’t look as realistic as the characters from games like Horizon and Cyberpunk 2077. In fact, the game is long overdue. It will be impressive in this regard in 2022, and perhaps ray tracing technology has saved the face of the game in this regard. Don’t get us wrong, dear reader, because we don’t underestimate the data transfer that the game performs. The developers have confirmed that it is better than what other open world games offer thanks to the layering and verticality of the world with lots of interiors. This was a dream of ours as we are fans of survival horror games, even if we cannot classify this game as a horror game. It’s worth noting that the game doesn’t support HDR.
An Engaging Sound Experience
This game features an oscillating sound level. On the one hand, the voice output is not good enough and does not offer modern performance tuning techniques, which include scanning facial expressions, etc. Rather, you have the feeling that the characters are reading the text from a book, but the music, on the other hand, is really wonderful! There are calm melodies that create a special atmosphere in moments when it is needed, and there are fast melodies that sound when the player starts running and roaming around the city.
A Game of Patience and Exploration
Dying Light 2 is a great game, but its slow pace and slow unlocking of skills and character upgrades are factors that test the player’s patience, and we can’t help but feel like the experience is a kind of repetition that could have been overcome easily, especially with the variety of content provided by the developers, which even … solving puzzles in some locations that the player wants to control on the map. This game is suitable for the patient player who doesn’t mind investing time to get the reward and is full of secrets, exploration and side content. Dying Light 2 doesn’t break any conventions of open-world games, but it does so in its own way.
We received a review copy for the PC from the publisher
- Meaningful and immersive storyline
- Well-built game world with depth and detail
- Unique gameplay mechanics, such as the virus-infected hero
- Challenging exploration and combat
- Stable performance with minor issues
- Impressive use of ray tracing technology
- Great music and atmospheric sound design
- Plenty of secrets, exploration, and side content
- Slow start and limited parkour skills
- Weapons break easily, causing frustration
- Average movement mechanics
- Repetitive enemy AI and combat patterns
- Underwhelming graphics and character models
- Slow unlocking of skills and character upgrades
- Some performance issues, such as memory leaks
- Subpar voice acting
1. What were some of the development challenges faced by Dying Light 2 Stay Human?
During development, Dying Light 2 Stay Human faced difficult circumstances such as the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and home isolation, which impacted the game’s development. However, despite these challenges, the developers at Techland have managed to create a game they can be proud of.
2. What is the gameplay like in Dying Light 2 Stay Human?
The gameplay in Dying Light 2 Stay Human is centered around survival in an open-world environment. Players will navigate the game world by moving, jumping, and running between rooftops, buildings, and other structures. The game also features a variety of weapons that can be upgraded and customized.
3. Are there different narrative focuses in Dying Light 2 Stay Human?
Yes, in addition to the survival aspect, Dying Light 2 Stay Human also explores themes of moral choices, human society in a post-apocalyptic world, and conflicts between different factions. The game offers a deep and immersive narrative experience.
4. Does Dying Light 2 Stay Human support manual saving?
No, Dying Light 2 Stay Human does not support manual saving. This means that players cannot manually save their progress and must rely on the game’s autosave feature.
5. How does the game perform in terms of graphics and sound?
The graphics in Dying Light 2 Stay Human are not considered impressive compared to other games in the same genre. However, the game does utilize ray tracing technology to enhance the visual experience. The sound design, particularly the music, is praised for creating a special atmosphere in different moments of the game.