dying light 2
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT
T he funny thing about zombie fiction is that it’s never really about the zombies. It’s about the people among the zombies, and the decisions they make in order to survive. We’ve come a long way from mowing the undead down while wearing a Lego head in Dead Rising, and Dying Light 2 is a fine example of the genre’s recent maturing.
The ubiquitous Chris Avellone is signed up for narrative design duty, and really that tells you a lot about how different this sequel is to Techland’s 2015 game. Avellone’s famous for imbuing stories with consequence and placing weighty decisions in players’ hands. So it goes here: Will you ‘overthrow’ a group of thugs controlling the city’s water supply and leave it back in charge of the Peace Keepers? Or will you side with those thugs for a slice of their precious takings? The city, and your experience within it, will change profoundly, whatever you choose.
Staying with that example, let’s say you kill the blackhearts controlling the water supply. The general public get access to water at street level, and you see signs of prosperity and regrowth all around the place—not to mention numerous spots to replenish your health around the world map. But with the water under the PK’s control, they gain more power. They’re quite hardline against anyone who disagrees with them. You watch dissidents being beaten in the street, knowing it’s down to your decision.
What if you side with the thugs? Well, you get rich. You have more resources with which to upgrade yourself. But for the people below, things aren’t good. Your deal with the crims has attracted the slimiest, most amoral folks in the land to the city, and they’re making a hell of a mess.
With moral quandaries like this to wrestle, it’s easy to forget about all the undead. Like we said: Zombie games aren’t really about zombies, but Dying Light 2 doesn’t turn its back on the heart-pumping melee fights on which the original was founded. Dying Light 2 is one of E3 2018’s best curveballs, and we can’t wait to see how else your actions manifest in its world.
below like George Romero’s films, this zombie fiction is not just about the zombies.