Dying Light 2, the sequel to the first game, is set 15 years after the events of Dying Light. In this game, you play as infected protagonist Aiden Caldwell. Coming to The City looking for a cure, Aiden finds himself looking at a civilization at the brink of collapse with warring factions. So let’s find out what to expect from Dying Light 2.
At one point his father saved his life and told him never to forget who he was. Aiden Caldwell is an infected survivor in an infected world. Caldwell has exceptional agility and brutal combat skills that make him a powerful ally and a valuable commodity in this dangerous world. He can achieve things no one else can, enter places no one else dares. With his unique abilities, Aiden has the power to be an agent of change within this decaying metropolis.
While not much has been revealed so far concerning new gameplay mechanics regarding combat or parkour, Dying Light 2 will offer more player choice in missions. Players can make decisions that will affect the environment around the city. By completing a mission in a certain way, say for example siding with a certain faction, players will see a substantial change in the environment as that faction gains influence and begins to change the city in their own unique ways.
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Some factions may end up establishing order while others revel in the chaos. For example in am demo of the game, you can take control of a water tower. If you give it to the Peacekeepers, water will be free to everyone and the streets will be a lot safer. Though, the Peacekeepers will attack anyone they deem an enemy and that may be you if you make a bad decision. Or if you side with the water smugglers, you will gain some of the profits of selling the water. But the streets are now filled with enemies because of your decision.
Aside from factions, one new change discussed is that the encounters with actual zombies will be lessened. The city is mostly populated by the survivors and faction members during the day, and only during the night when everyone heads indoors do the zombies come out. Zombies can also be found inside, in dark uninhabited buildings. The virus is now more evolved and is very weak against UV lights.
During your journey throughout the city, you can modify weapons, wall run and jump, sprint across pillars, use the infected to break your fall, pull vent covers off and crawl through them and hide, use your binoculars to mark targets and use your stamina to break down doors (but it also drains your stamina when climbing). Be careful when climbing, zombies can grab you to pull you down. Dying Light 2 also features a ‘Tech Tree’ that separates proficiencies of ‘Parkour’ and ‘Combat,’ get exp on each action and accrue giving skill points for new skills and upgrades. Reached a height you can’t get down? Use your Paraglider. You gain a grappling hook which you can swing from objects (enemies can grapple as well) or pull objects to you or even grapple mid combat to swing kick at an enemy/infected.
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