DYING LIGHT: BAD BLOOD
Zombies, parkour and a thing called a battle royale mode…
Here’s that royale word again. Everyone and their undead aunt’s at it, and so it’s the turn of first-person parkour zombie-hacker Dying Light to leap feet first into the genre with
Bad Blood. It’s an expansion for the original Dying Light, and serves as a nice stop-gap while we wait for the sequel to land some time next year. Billed as a ‘Brutal Royale’, Bad Blood is a smaller, more personal affair than its PvP cousins, with 12 players at a time fighting it out with each other for a place on the chopper that’s going to airlift just one person out. The time that the helicopter leaves – and the evac location – will serve as the end-game point. Key to making it out alive is harvesting samples from the infected undead, and then hunting down the other players to steal their samples from them. Once you have enough samples, you become ‘Hunted’ – then you need to get to the evac zone and be prepared to fight off all the other players so you can be airlifted out.
The real joy of Dying Light is in the fluid free-running and sliding around the place, and your movement here will be key to evasion and survival, as you avoid zombies and the other players trying to steal your samples. To make the PvP combat feel more real and brutal, the expansion brings some new moves to the table, including parries and throws. There are weapons such as swords, hammers, scythes and the like to be found, plus a few grenades and throwable ranged weapons, as well as things like shields.
These are not your typical battle arenas, either. The densely packed and multi-layered urban environments will mean you’ll need to be careful of who or what might be lurking around that corner, or ready to jump on you from above.
During each match, collecting samples will enable you to level up your character. Each time you level-up you will heal fully and your maximum health will increase. You’ll also do more damage. So, just as scavenging for building is important in the likes of Fortnite, in Bad Blood collecting samples of infected blood is key. The biggest treasure troves of samples can be found in Zombie Hives. These will be pretty tough though; the more samples to be found in a hive, the more undead of all different varieties you’ll encounter, such as armed Goons, and tough, smashy Demolishers. And all the while someone, possibly a ‘friend’ of yours, will be waiting to stab you in the back with a big knife and steal your samples.
It’s coming to Xbox One hopefully later this year, and we predict this is going to be a lot of fun, in a really quite vicious way.
“It brings some new moves to the table, including parries and throws”