Dying Light 2 has been on shelves and in digital collections for over a month now. Several reputable video game reviewers have provided their services for the newly released Dying Light 2 game on Xbone, Series X\S, PS4 /5, PC, and Switch.
A look at the sources we will dive into:
- Game Informer (9.5/10)
- PC Gamer (84/100)
- Tech Radar (4/5)
- PSUniverse (9/10)
- VG247 (4/5)
- Dual Shockers (9/10)
- RogueCorp (93.5/100)
How did the game fair with these sources?
The number in parenthesis notes the rating associated with the brand. This also corresponds with the picture above. I do mine (Rogue Rating) with a possible score of 100 which allows a little bit more clarity. Others have their reasons for why they score their way. Having only a possible 5 available points seems wild to me because in this case we see that the game only lost one point with VG247 & Tech Radar, yet the game gets an 80%. That is just far too vague for me.
First thoughts, by the numbers.
4/5 is just not high enough. This is a far too vague figure. A much more defined figured hits me at PC Gamer. 8.4 out of 10 is very intriguing. I obviously find it low; however, I am open to opinions. I find some interesting points when looking into PC Gamer’s reasons behind the figure.
Game Informer (9.5/10)
“During the 50-plus hours I invested in this fantastic game, I often thought about playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the first time, feeling overwhelmed by its wealth of content and not knowing if I screwed something up with a hasty decision.” Andrew Reiner (Game Informer)
- Combat takes a backseat
The main complaint from Game Informer was combat related. The game scored very well so they only hit it with subtle negativity. Which I can appreciate. They say that combat takes a back seat to the other great content. I also very much agree to the quote above, and I thought the exact same when I first played Dying Light 2.
PC Gamer (84/100)
- Infected fighting is a bit boring
- Controls for PC
- Story underwhelming
“A underwhelming story but a massive, exciting sandbox of parkour and kinetic combat.” -PC Gamer
I do see where they are coming from. They rate for PC Games. So they do not take into account the console version. This will make the Controls / Key bindings stand out a tad more than on a grander scale. They also claim that infected fighting is boring in comparison to fighting bandits. I can agree there to a degree. Renegades have camps to storm and other ways to interact with them. Zombies can only do so much. Where I absolutely cannot see eye to eye is how in the world, they can say the story is underwhelming. I thought it was excellent!
“Dying Light 2: Stay Human has been a long time coming, and thankfully it’s worth the wait.” -Garri Bagdasarov (PSU)
The folks at PSU knock the game only a touch. They finally gave it a 9 out of 10 which I can appreciate. The main knock was that the stamina drains way to fast even when fully upgraded. I do see where they are coming from on this, but I cannot agree. You want the game to have its challenge even in late game. I believe you have plenty of stamina when maxed out. If you think you don’t then you probably need to rethink how you are using it in that particular situation.
Tech Radar (4/5)
- Occasional dodgy voice acting and dialogue
- Doesn’t look spectacular
Dying Light 2 lost a point with Tech Radar for the 2 reasons above. “Occasional dodgy voice acting and dialogue”. I do agree that this happens in the game but, the second comment astonishes me. Dying Light 2 looks absolutely amazing. Perhaps Tech Radar is just doing too much these days.
“Dying Light 2 is messy and uneven. It’s also unique, exhilarating, and just plain fun to play, with one of the best settings in recent memory – despite the nagging feeling that the game could, and should, be more than what it is.” – Josh Broadwell (VG247)
I do see the points that Josh is getting at in his review of Dying Light 2. I do find the review to be slightly unfair though. The game is certainly everything he mentions, but maybe not to the degree he claims. For example, saying the game could, and should be more than it is. The truth is that it could and should be. The issue here though is that where the game is right now beats the brakes off of others like it. So, if and when it does become more it will just continue to widen the gap between itself and other games.
“There were a few occasions in which I found myself having to climb down to the streets below to then climb up the side of another building, simply because there just wasn’t an easy route to the other side” Kyle Knight (DualShockers)
- Minor Inconveniences
DualShockers reviewer Kyle does a very in-depth review of Dying Light 2 from a positive light. He does not really go into why the game loses that one point making it a 9 out of 10. His review mentions some issues he finds to be minor inconveniences, so I am left to believe this is his reason.
- Better tip / tutorial system, especially for beginners
- Better early looting
See Dying Light 2 – Full Review – We did have some issues with the game. Our review shows exactly where the points were ultimately lost for the game. There were just a couple issues, but overall, a slam dunk game.