Dying Light’s frightening nights

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Much to my own surprise, I loved the hell out of Dying Light when I got a chance to play an alpha version of the zombie survival game. Made by the same folks who brought you Dead Island, I was expecting it to be much of the same. It’s not though. It’s a tense, terrifying experience, with a crazy day/night cycle that ramps up the immediacy of it all.

A new video from Techland shows that cycle in action. This is actually the very mission I played – and as you’ll see, you’ll be avoiding the hordes of zombies rather than just killing them And that’s in the day. Once night falls, it gets even worse and the undead become increasingly formidable – and you’ll have to use your wits to survive. By the time I reached that final checkpoint, I was genuinely shaking. If the whole game’s that good, we’re going to be in for one heck of a thrill ride.

Here’s what Techland says of its zombies.

"Slow, apathetic, and easily visible, the infected are not much of a threat in daylight. But this relatively safe state of affairs is turned upside down as the sun sets. At night, it is you who is at a disadvantage. Without daylight, the senses of the infected become more acute while their thirst for human flesh skyrockets. They run, jump, and climb, so there is really no place where you are safe anymore."

The game is coming in what I’d imagine to be early 2015 (even though release dates are still officially 2014), and will hit old and new gen consoles, as well as PC. Maybe by then people will be over being over zombies.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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  • Acornbread

    This is looking really awesome, hope it turns out well. Didn’t enjoy Dead Island at all, despite wanting to.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      I pretty much hated Dead Island. Same boat though; I wanted to love it. From what I’ve played of Dying Light, it seems genuinely good.

      • Acornbread

        Zombies for life I say, but we’re in dire need of something proper. Besides Telltale’s The Walking Dead, I haven’t played anything that got my attention. State of Decay was promising but got boring too quickly. Is DayZ worth checking out? I see it’s in alpha or something on Steam….

        • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          I’d stay away from the Alpha, to be honest.

  • Rock789

    Thanks for the vid Geoff – been looking for some more Dying Light ever since I watched the first gameplay video about a month back on YouTube… And was totally blown away! This game seriously has my attention. Also watched a vid of someone actually playing the demo and it really looked slick so far – good looking, fluid and with an environment that encourages tense stand-offs.

    From everything I’ve seen, I’m VERY interested in this game. It’s like a mesh of Mirrors Edge and Dead Island, but with seemingly better game mechanics. Can’t wait to find out more.

  • CodeName Tailgunner

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    -Dylan Thomas

    • Umar Bravely Default

      Never until the mankind making

      Bird beast and flower

      Fathering and all humbling darkness

      Tells with silence the last light breaking

      And the still hour Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

      -Dylan Thomas

      • CodeName Tailgunner

        Jack and Jill went up a hill,
        To smoke some Marijuana.
        Jack got high unzipped his fly,
        And Jill said “I don’t wanna.”

        —————————————

        Jack and Jill went up a hill,
        To have a little fun.
        Stupid Jill forgot her pill,
        And now they have a son.

        - Not Dylan Thomas

        • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          Darryn in all of his splendour
          Has no luck with opposite gender
          Though you’ll probably see
          He’s a fan of “the D”
          And it’s fitting that we call him Brenda

          - Geoff

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            Hahaha

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            As a true knight in shining armor
            I will try to defend Brenda’s honor

            He might suck at the opposite gender
            But will never do the same with a member
            And even though he is fine
            He will always decline
            To cross swords with a man in full splendor

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            BOOM!

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            I feel that you’re wasting your time
            Your writing is almost a crime
            Your structure’s all wrong
            It reads more like a song
            And so few of your sentences rhyme.

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            I’m sorry to seem impolite
            And you must think me rather uptight
            But a limerick has form
            And I’d be rather warm
            If you just got the syllables right.

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            There once was a writer named Geoff
            His face was just a slightly bit off
            Now some say thats racist
            Even more say its lacist
            But Im happy to tell them to fuckoff

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            I’m sorry to say “What the eff?”
            That’s really not how you say “Geoff”
            You’ve fucked up my name
            Which is really a shame
            ‘Cos you’ve made it sound pretty zef.

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            Sorry Geoff for messing your name
            Game of Thrones really altered the same
            Now talking about fucked up
            Tell your mom I say whats up
            And go back to playing your games

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            Now Geoff was a pretty nice guy
            Was never even prone to lie
            Except when rhyming
            Leading to crying
            And Gavin telling him to die

          • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

            Sniff, that was beautiful.

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            hey, what about my honor? :P

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            hey I tried

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            This may not work out as you planned,
            While the words that you’ve used all sound grand
            His honour is moot
            There’s no real dispute
            ‘cos he’s only had sex with his hand

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            Now all of this I understand
            As Darryn, like me, is quite bland
            But how did you know?
            Do you like to watch bro?
            And how long till you offer a hand

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            I’m going to be pretty blunt.
            I’m perturbed that you shelter this runt
            Why be on his side
            When he’s rather quite snide
            And he’s actually really a…terrible person.

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            When you put it that way it really does bring the point across.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            HAHAHAHAH!

        • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          There once was a lady named Zoe,
          Whose pallor was ashen and snowy
          but despite pigmentation
          abhorred segregation
          And would often give a black dudes a blowie

          - also Geoff

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Wow… I’m reading this like it’s an epic rap battle!!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            It is awesome :) And as for the PS2… I got excited, then realized the chances of meeting you and getting it were about as likely as Tim competing with @OddSockZA:disqus or @codenametailgunner:disqus at rapping ;)

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            Geoff finds himself in quite a mess
            As Zoe has made him distressed
            For once you go black
            You never go back
            And Geoff knows she wont settle for less

          • Stanley Watson

            This thread of comments is indicative of part of Lazygamer’s awesomeness.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I liked Dead Island and its sequel. They’re both underrated co-op games – with a super cool crafting system, but I wouldn’t put them in my top 20 games list. They’re far too flawed for that. But, I’m keen to play Dying lights. It’s almost as if they’re finally making the game they wanted to from the beginning.

    • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

      Dead Island co-op was great. The sequel was a bit too much of a copy and paste deal for me, but the game itself was good fun. Spent many hours playing that game co-op. I’m a bit tired of zombie games though, feels like the industry is way too lazy (or just not creative enough) to come up with something fresh.

      • Umar Bravely Default

        I think it was a bad game as much as people were more disappointed with it as they were expecting a serious zombie game with a heavy tale

        • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

          I didn’t know a single thing about the game until I got. Probably why I liked it. That’s the problem with games being over hyped these days.

          • Umar Bravely Default

            Yup, the initial Trailer really overHyped the game

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Absolutely agree! Some of my most favourite games have been ones that I just stumbled upon – Saints Row, Tearaway, Dragon Dogma, Spec Ops the Line, Infamous, Killzone… etc.

            These are games that I knew nothing about, played them and thought :”HOLY MEATBALLS OF AWESOME”

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            Completely. I just stumbled upon Skryim. Imagine that. Then went back and tried Oblivion.
            I see now the Admiral is on Steam playing Fallout NV. Lucky bastard.

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Don’t forget that incredible trailer. That trailer put the game on the map, but it also left people frustrated because the game and the trailer were so different in tone and scope. Dead Island isn’t an emotional game, it’s a skop-skiet-en-donder game with zombies. That trailer made it seem that it would be what Last of Us eventually became.

          • Umar Bravely Default

            EXACTLY. I was of that people…When I first saw that trailer, I was like, this is the apocalypse game I was waiting for my entire life…..just didn’t turn out that way

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            At least we got Last of us! :D

          • Umar Bravely Default

            Which by far has the best tale of them all. If I want Zombie Survival I can play State of Decay too :)

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yep, I enjoyed State of Decay. I’m especially keen to see what they can do with a bigger budget. State of Decay 2 should be something.

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            That’s the only PS game that I have on my wishlist.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        I agree, I think Zombies, Space Marines and Modern Warfare are three tropes that have been overplayed this last gen. Hopefully, ninjas will get some love again. I miss ninja games… :D

        But I think after Asscreed 4, we might get inundanted with pirate games, which would be fine with me. Man I love sailing in games….

        lol one of the reasons why I loved Two Worlds 2 and Zelda Windwker… Just give me a boat and areas to explore…. = Happy banana!

        • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

          I just want Dinosaurs. But a proper game with a story.
          Ninjas can work too though.
          I must be honest. I’m a big Warhammer 40k fan, so those are the only Space Marines for me and I’m not tired of them yet.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Dude… I;ve been wanting Dinosaur-anything for decades now. I’m even thinking of getting the Walking with Dinosaur wonderbook (PS3). There was even a dinosaur paleobiology course on coursera….

            Sniff.. it makes me feel like a little kid again!

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            Mmm. Yes. Turok didn’t quite do it justice and most of the other games these days with dinosaurs in are all MP.

          • Acornbread

            Turn-based strategy along the lines of Civilization with a Terra Nova-esque backdrop, build your colony and defend it from others, plus DINOSAURS. :P

  • Tidycpc

    Looks good

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