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Dying Light 2

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming actioner pits agile survivor against many zombies.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dying Light 2 is an upcoming action adventure game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game is a sequel to 2015’s Dying Light, and takes place 15 years after the events of that game. In that time, the world has fallen to the constant onslaught of infected zombie hordes, leaving only one remaining settlement left for humanity. Players take on the role of Aiden Caldwell, a young infected survivor who’s frequently tasked by people in this city with getting his hands on supplies and accomplishing tasks for other people. Much of Aiden’s success is his skill with parkour maneuvers and grappling hooks, allowing him to traverse the environment quickly and fluidly, as well as his strength in combat. To survive, Aiden will need to navigate the wishes of different factions, each with their own goals for the settlement; players will need to think carefully, because their choices will have massive consequences. For example, choosing to turn on water pumps in one location to ensure that people have water can result in uncovering a hidden, once flooded portion of the settlement. But this can also cause havoc in other parts of the city, and even release new kinds of infected to attack people at night. Players will use guns, knives, fists, and other hand-made weapons against the infected hordes, who are frequently trying to tear you apart. There’s lots of blood and gore to be seen, with characters able to decapitate enemies, knock them off buildings, or use them as shields to absorb their impact from high distances. There’s plenty of swearing included in the game, with “f—k” and “s—t” heard frequently in dialogue. Players will also see some scenes inside bars, with patrons drinking many different alcoholic beverages.

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