It’s already been a few months since the Dying Light 2 Collector’s Edition release. Since then, we’ve had some time to gather our bearings and can start debating about whether or not the $230 was worth it.
However, to understand the appeal of Dying Light 2 Collector’s Edition in the first place, we must first dig into the roots. Overall, we’ll take a look at the game itself, what Dying Light 2: Stay Human offers us, and what the Dying Light 2: Collector’s Edition itself presents.
Dying Light 2015: What made it popular
The 2015 survival horror game introduced us to the middle-eastern city of Harran. Our hero, Kyle Crane, must retrieve the file that the game’s antagonist, Kadir Suleiman, has stolen. Along the way, he must battle through hordes of zombies to get to the quarantine zone Suleiman is hiding in.
Unfortunately, Kyle gets bitten by the zombies and rescued by a girl, Jade, and her brother, Rahim. This starts a whole series of interesting events that ultimately lead up to an ending that leaves much to be desired.
However, what exactly is it about Dying Light that made the game popular? Contrary to what you may believe, it wasn’t the game’s plot that attracted players. It’s the gameplay, environment, and combat that keep Dying Light’s loyal fans coming back. The map of Harran has become a space of fun for all open-world game lovers!
The gameplay itself doesn’t just involve combat, and that’s the fun part. In the game, our protagonist learns how to parkour! Some players describe this part as the most fun, especially when you’ve got a horde of zombies chasing you! Climbing ledges, jumping from roof to roof and even zip-lining are just some of the parkour features Dying Light offers.
Overall, most players describe the game environment as dark and terrifying. If you like good horror stories and the thrill of running into a zombie on every corner, you can look forward to the scares Dying Light will give you.
Finally, last but not least, most players cite the game’s combat as one of the reasons Dying Light is worth the hype. The combat system mostly puts you in the melee range of enemies with over 100 weapons to choose from. Combine that with all the customization options you get, there are over 1000 variations of weapons you can fight with.
When you intertwine the combat with the parkour mechanics and sprinkle a little bit of the amazing environment, you get a unique experience that only Dying Light can give you. This is probably what prompted the creators to go for another game.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human – what’s new?
Dying Light 2: Stay Human lets the parkour and mostly melee combat make a return. However, there is also a slew of new features this sequel brings us.
First, the dev team saw it fit to give us an array of new enemies. Of course, this also calls for new combat tactics and strategies. Most importantly, the zombies are now more hostile and aggressive at night. This may also call for a new approach: hiding or traveling via rooftop.
When it comes to traveling, the devs have added a new option aside from the grappling hook: paragliding! Our new protagonist, Aiden, can use a paraglider to travel through the European city of Villedor.
Dying Light 2: Staying Human also lets you create settlements. Players can set these up to attract survivors and merchants, which lets you buy better items. Overall, it seems like Dying Light 2 doesn’t have the same feeling of dread and despair that the original game was full of.
The game’s ending depends on Aiden’s decisions and actions. This means you could help one faction prosper and develop while bringing another to ruin. As a result, the game has a great replayability factor to get different endings!
Dying Light 2 Collector’s Edition Contents
According to Square Enix’s website, buying the Collector’s Edition of the game nets you the Collector’s Edition box. The box contains a whole bunch of goodies for Dying Light fans!
This includes the exclusive weapons charms, the legendary skin pack, and two DLCs available post-launch. When it comes to the digital bonuses, you get some wallpapers, an artbook, a comic, and the soundtrack!
As you can see, the list is quite lengthy and it doesn’t end there! Perhaps the most exciting part of the Collector’s Edition is that you get a “Defender of the City” statuette! What’s more, the statuette comes with a stylized UV lamp.
A hard copy of the artbook also comes with the digital artbook so you can look at it anywhere. Finally, the publishers have made a great choice in providing you with a physical map of the city as well as a UV flashlight and stickers.
Overall, there are so many great additions to the Collector’s edition that make it worth buying. This is especially true for die-hard Dying Light fans, as it’s a great ode to their favorite game in many ways.