Tuesday, December 15, 2015

[Random] [Blade & Soul] Last Closed Beta Test for Blade And Soul!

Check out these 3 websites for keys!

http://bns.ingame.de/

http://invisioncommunity.co.uk/2015/12/14/blade-soul-code-giveaway/#keys

https://videogamesuncovered.com/2500-blade-soul-closed-beta-key-giveaway

Here's how to apply your CBT codes:

https://forums.bladeandsoul.com/forums/index.php?/topic/138882-how-to-apply-your-closed-beta-codes/

I was in the last CBT as "Tits Mcgoo" lmao. The boob physics in the game are heeeelarious.

Friday, November 20, 2015

[Random] Fallout 4/Pre-War

So there was a small thread on ... thread... eh sure thread. On Reddit's /r/fo4 subreddit asking about if anyone else may have wanted to see more of the pre-war life in Fallout 4. Since you begin playing FO4 in the Pre-War... I guess Massachusetts? I'm.. oh yeah it's fucking Boston, fucking duh.

Anyway, I'm extremely interested in the pre-war Fallout universe. Having read the Fallout Bible which has a TON of information straight from the devs about the universe there is awesome. And reading the timeline is awesome as well. But being able to play through the events in 3rd person RPG form would be so awesome as well. Unfortunately I think that FO4 may be the closest we'll ever get to experiencing Pre-War Fallout universe.

Buy Fallout 4, it's worth your money. I'll probably have a review up sometime soonish... within the next couple of months. (New mechanical keyboard ftw)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

[News] Far Cry Primal Announcement!

Far Cry has been a staple shooter for many years now, since Far Cry 1, and the beloved Far Cry 2 came out. Then Ubisoft released Far Cry 3, and to the critical acclaim of fans, it was good. Then Ubisoft released a re-skinned Far Cry 3 named Far Cry 4, just with a different baddie and story, and some new animals.

But Ubisoft has announced a Far Cry game that will play unlike any other, or so I've seen so far, but that's yet to be determined by any actual gameplay.

Far Cry Primal.

Yes, it sounds like it's going to be way overhyped and people will buy it and be disappointed. But still, it seems like a new take on the Far Cry genre that Ubisoft has created for themselves at this point.

Here's the trailer for the reveal of the game:




As you can see, you just play a caveman that hunts stuff and fights big cats. Honestly I don't know what Ubisoft is doing any more. Oh yeah, and the whole game is going to have a sepia tone on it as well, apparently.

It'd be nice if they actually introduced hunting mechanics, i.e working together with your cave-people bretheren to take down wooly mammoths. To bring back resources to wherever your people are and improve the tribe. I'm... really not sure what else the game could entail since cave-people didn't have a language that was actual dialog that we could listen to nowadays.

I did read that eventually you would have metal tools and such, and I feel like they're going to end up giving these cave people guns anyway for some reason.

That being said, Far Cry Primal releases on 02/23/2016 as stated on that video's description.

Be there, or be saber-tooth tiger food.

Monday, October 5, 2015

[News/Hype] Pokemon GO!

So I'm extremely excited for Pokemon GO! I really need a new phone probably to use it though.

Pokemon GO! is being developed by the same team who made another GPS-Based game... something called Ingress. I tried it out and wasn't too impressed by how hard it was to get into the game, and there wasn't really anything to do around me so I ditched it. But Pokemon GO is going to be way more fun to get into. It's literally walking around and catching Pokemon! How hard is that?!

Anyway, Pokemon GO!, as I said, is being created by the makers of Ingress, and I have to take it they're working closely with Nintendo as well, or, I would hope anyway. I am really looking forward to being able to walk around and play Pokemon GO! on the way to work or something.

So far it's been pretty hush-hush, and I don't think there's a beta available to get into or anything like that at this point, unfortunately.  Here's some news articles about Pokemon GO! to munch(lax lol) on:

Pokemon GO! Article 1

Pokemon GO! Article 2

As I was reading those articles myself, in Article 1, it does occur to me, that I most likely will never be able to catch all of the Pokemon. They're probably going to spread Pokemon out around the world, and not just have everyone able to catch Pokemon in one area. I would assume, however, that there is going to be Wi-Fi trading available, but we won't know for sure until it's released.

Also, there's a gadget that accompanies the Pokemon GO! App, called the Pokemon Watch. I am unsure of what it's for, and haven't done much poke(heh)ing around on it, but I could see it being used for movement emulation for throwing Pokeballs, instead of pressing a button on the App or something.

Here's the trailer for Pokemon GO! as well, even though the end bit is a bit cheesy:




So it looks like it's going to be pretty fun.

Pokemon GO! is scheduled for a 2016 release date.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

[Review] Dragon Age Inquisition: A Dwarf's Point of View

So Dragon Age: Inquisition is made by Bioware and is definitely going to get 2015's (2014's?) GOTY vote from me. I know the votes have already been made so I think it's going to be 2015. Anyway, I recently, albeit 3 days ago, picked up DA:I and I have just barely made it past the Hinterlands, on the urging of multiple internet sources telling me to. I seem to have outleveled a lot of the content, which isn't to my taste but all the more easier to experience the story with I suppose.

The story is one of intrigue, justice, and tons of fighting and explosions and poisons from Rogues. Oh, so much fun. I'm writing this review when I'm not even finished with the game because honestly, it's quite easy to see where the story is going, but it's definitely fun to play and definitely, at this point, a 10/10 game on my rating scale.

But I wanted to bring up an issue that is prevalent in today's society. Racism. As you're all aware, racism is something that isn't tolerated by the general public, but in some areas of the world, is still very much around. Even in the good ol' US of A there's racism, particularly in the south, but it is everywhere. DA:I definitely tackles the issue of racism hard on, but makes it a humorous gesture.

At the time of my playing, I made a Dwarf Warrior. However, little did I know that I would be the subject of many people's games as a Dwarf. The game has NPCs extremely startled that I, a Dwarf, am the Herald of Andraste (which is what your character tends to be called in the game, pretty much all the time). However, to me, Bioware has put a humorous spin on it, so instead of people calling me out for being a Dwarf, everyone expects it to be a normal Human, and are startled that it's a Dwarf and don't know what to say, which I find quite funny. However, I have to wonder what the other races' reactions are, either Human, Elf, or Qunari. I assume the Qunari would get some looks. I should try playing as that race after completing a playthrough with my Dwarf. In any case, I thought it was great how Bioware took the time to really customize the game, and really make me feel into it. It holds my attention for hours on end.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

[Review] Witcher 3 Review

Oh man this is going to be the longest review ever I think. Or maybe the shortest, I don't know. We'll see I guess.

The Witcher 3 (hereby referred to as TW3, lovingly) was created by CDPR, which stands for CD Projekt Red. TW3 came out in 2015, and was awarded over 200 awards before the game's release. Well before the game's release, actually. CDPR really had a ball making the game I'm sure, and already a new expansion is set to come out for TW3.

What is "The Witcher" series?

The Witcher Series is a series of now, 3 games, that have been made by CDPR, I believe based off of books by a Polish author who invented the Witcher universe. The first Witcher game was... extremely good in the storytelling, but lacking in other areas. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was very much improved upon, but taking your save from TW1 and moving it to TW2 serves pretty much no purpose. TW2 was a much better game than TW1, and after I moved onto TW2 from playing TW1, it was... just such a relief that I didn't have to deal with weird camera angles and controls, I could just play a smooth RPG experience... but I digress.

The Witcher 2 was still in the same universe, just very much later in the timespan, I can't be assed to look up how long exactly. But TW2 was extremely good as well, but it was not open world like TW3.

The Witcher Series basically revolves around one Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, and he is called another nickname in TW3 as well, which is the only place I've heard it, which is "The Butcher of Blaviken" by some NPCs who know him in TW3. There are characters who are constants in the Witcher universe, such as King Radovid, Djikstra, Zoltan, Dandelion, Triss, and Yennefer, and many more. It's always a delight to see past characters. The games revolves around Geralt's adventures traveling through the regions, assisting people with monster issues. Because that's what a "Witcher" is. Witchers are basically mercenaries for hire to kill monsters, hunt bandits, whatever. They're always looking for some coin to live off of, and Geralt's original "beginnings" are in Kaer Morhen, a Witcher Stronghold way up north, away from any civilization.

Witchers are pretty much ostracized by the communities of the Witcher universe, and so are the other races such as Elves and Dwarves. But when someone needs a monster slain, everyone always looks for a Witcher, so, harharhar double standards harhar.

There's a TON more to the Witcher universe that I've just barely touched on here, but rest assured, you can read it all on the internet if you don't want to play the games, AND you can read the books, since they've been translated into English... I believe, anyway.

Moving on to TW3!

Alrighty, let's talk about the gameplay.

The gameplay is extremely well done, 100% in my opinion. 10/10, almost no flaws. There have been a couple bugs I encountered but non-gamebreaking and I'm pretty sure they've been fixed as well. The only thing that really bugs me is...

You can't get Gwent cards from other NPCs.

If you miss quests pertaining to Gwent cards, you have to start a new playthrough. Even with the New Game+ DLC that is out right now, there is no way to have your Gwent cards carry over, unfortunately. I missed out on a quest where you could beat Thaler to get a specific, extremely overpowered card, and if you don't do the sequence of events right, you do not get the card. You can get every other card in the game (provided RNGesus is kind with the random cards from the NPCs) but you can't get that card that you missed.

One gripe about this that I have is they put the Zoltan Chivay card on a merchant in the game, so I don't see why they couldn't have done that with the rest of the "missable" cards. Oh well.

But that's really my only gripe with the game so far, and I've beaten it twice now and am kind of burnt out on it. Unfortunately now I have to go through and beat the game again to experience the New Game+ mode, and I haven't gotten around to it unfortunately. (The link is the link to my Youtube, by the way)

But what about combat?

Combat is absolutely... well. There's differing opinions on the combat, from "It's just all 'click click click' and no difficulty!" to "Combat is AMAZING HOLY FUCKING SHIT MY EYES CAN'T TAKE THIS LEVEL OF AWESOME". I tend to go with the latter, but as you level up and out-level content, provided you're doing the content at the correct levels, you do tend to outlevel stuff later in the game to the point where you touch something and it dies. But, this is the good thing about New Game+, is that you can restart the game and have things at your level, so that's not too bad.

But... equipment?!

Ah, yes. Equipment. The equipment scales well with level as well as... well, you really only have a few stats to switch out, and most people go with a specific armor set for an easier time with the game, which is the Ursine Set, since it generates Adrenaline. Adrenaline assists you in combat by making your attacks hit harder when you chain them, and there's a...

Skill Tree(s)

Where you can max out a thing where you can use your Signs using Adrenaline. This is the most common skill tree used, as far as I can tell, as it lets you glide through the game fairly smoothly once you acquire it... at level 33ish. Which is extremely late for the armor set, but by the time you are able to get it, you have all the materials, or most of them, to make the Mastercrafted set, which gets you to max adrenaline extremely quickly. However the reason I put "Skill Tree(s)" is because most people specialize in one tree, because you have limited slots for your "skills" in the menu. There are 12 slots, and chances are you're going to have many more, but unless you're playing on Easy, you're going to need to have synergy with your skills to compliment each other.

Anyway, enough of putting different topics where they don't need to be. The skill trees in the game involve combat, potions, and signs. Those are the only 3 skill trees at the moment, and then there's another one that has various effects that you can put into your trees as well, and one of those is the skill to use Adrenaline for Signs.

Music!

The music for the game is fantastic, just absolutely awesome. It's better if not at least on par with the scores from Pillars of Eternity, in my opinion. The PoE music was fantastic and putting that into a 3rd person RPG game with even better music is just... wow. The team who did the music did extremely well. I highly recommend buying the OST if possible... I don't even know if an OST is out for the game.

Controls.

The controls for the game are fairly well done, and they patched the "feedback" of pressing the WASD (or using a controller) for walking Geralt around, so he starts moving more quickly. However, for those people who have gotten used to the "less feedback" of the game, you have an option to turn it off.

You also have a horse, named Roach, in the game. Roach's controls are the same, but it doesn't really seem like they patched the feedback for the horse, so it's still fairly slow to start moving, but Roach is the best way to get around besides...

Fast Travel!

Fast travel in TW3 is extremely well done, and I urge all other game developers to take a hint from CDPR and just make all fast travel like they've done in their game, if they are going to make an open world game. There are numerous fast travel points, and they are all strategically placed so you can't just teleport somewhere and turn in a quest. They make SENSE to be put where they are. This is of course barring teleports to cities and such.

Give me the Graphics!

The graphics and looks of the game are just beautiful. Everything is hand-crafted in the world. Sure, some of the huts and such may be "copy and paste" upon first inspection, but every interior of every home is different.

The effects on the weapons and armor as well as any engravings, fabric, etc are just extremely well done. This effect is multiplied tenfold if you're able to boost the graphics settings to high or ultra even. It's extremely, extremely well done, I really can't stress this enough. The art designers for the game did very, very well. The art team should be praised for their work, as well as the rest of the TW3 team in fact. Or just CDPR in general!

All in all, 9.9/10. I'd give the +.1 for at least carrying Gwent cards over through the NG+, but since they don't have it... welp.

Definitely go pick this game up whenever you have the spare money! Also apologies for no screenshots, I have a new Windows install (W10) so all my screenshots are gone.

Edit: Actually... Witcher 3 Screenshots I took over 2,000 screenshots of TW3 and forgot I used the Steam Overlay. Enjoy!















Friday, June 12, 2015

[Review] Beasts of Prey (June 6, 2014)

THIS REVIEW IS HIGHLY OUTDATED. THE PRICE HAS DROPPED ON THE GAME AND IT IS WELL WORTH IT TO BUY IT NOW WITH A PVE SERVER THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED TO MY KNOWLEDGE. I WILL NOT BE UPDATING THIS ANY MORE.


Release Day Review:

Overview:
Beasts of Prey is an Alpha game. This means that there are heavily unfinished features and it is a bare-bones game. Personally I like my games to be full-fledged and ready to roll, but this dev team seems very committed to their game and ready to rock.

The game is a heavy survival-island type game. You can build custom structures or build a pre-built structure for the cost of some lumber that counts as a starter home. You can make all sorts of weapons provided you have the materials for the blueprints and the weapon parts (I.E. Pistol Barrel, Pistol Grip, etc).

And you're essentially supposed to be surviving other players and Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs as of the time of this review are disabled due to some difficulties with a lot of people having lag with them around. Also they tend to run a lot faster than the player so it was kind of OP even though I never really had a problem with it.

Gameplay:
The gameplay is pretty nice, the crafting is a bit plain but straightforward. It tells you the materials you need and unless you can't read, you should be able to craft everything provided you can find a goddamn rock. Rocks are the things that contain ores which you obviously need (Iron, magnesium, etc) and a lot of the time it's pretty ridiculous except at night when people aren't on. I think most of the playerbase is in the United States but I'm not sure, so I would go by those times.

Nevertheless it's not hard to get wood, only ores/rock because you really have to compete with other people for it.

As for the Dinosaurs, they do mass amounts of damage to you. Most are only there for looks (anyone who knows dinosaurs means this is the herbivores) and the only ones that really come after you are the carnivores. However there have been some issues with invisible dinosaurs so it's kinda sucked.

So:

Crafting
Dinosaurs
Survival

PvP is another factor in this game and one I wish wasn't there. I'm not sure why all these survival games aren't going co-op survival rather than 'HEY LET'S GIVE EVERYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FUCK WITH EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IN THEIR HOMES'. I really like the 7 Days to Die servers that are PvE only but I don't have money to start a server for this game that's PvE only, unfortunately.

It's pretty ridiculous on the community server, so much so that I started a private server just to play bymyself to advance through the tech tree. I barely got a bed out before a few people had guns and were at a major advantage over everyone else, kinda ridiculous IMO but whatever. Alpha, alpha, alpha.

Also on the topic of PvP, a friend was highly interested in Rust so he's been playing it since release and he said Rust had a big problem with people being able to take stuff through walls. And yes, that is indeed a problem in this game also. I had my bed stolen, my workbench stolen and I'm sure if they could have taken my furnace, they would have taken that too.

Crafting
Dinosaurs
Survival Aspect
PvP
Servers

Yeah that's pretty much it. For an Alpha game though it looks gorgeous (Please no comparisons to The Forest, it's a single player game for gods' sakes, just shut up) and the dinosaurs, weapons, structures are just so detailed it's marvelous.

However it does have its fair share of bugs and you WILL be frustrated with the game after a few hours if you play on the Community server, so just be prepared to be griefed and friendless for quite some time.

6/10 only because... (otherwise it would be 7/10)...

The pricing is stupid, would recommend for the stage that it's in to wait until the price drops/a sale. These literally UNFINISHED games are getting higher priced than normal single player indie games that wait until they're fully finished before release. It's ridiculous.


THIS REVIEW IS HIGHLY OUTDATED. THE PRICE HAS DROPPED ON THE GAME AND IT IS WELL WORTH IT TO BUY IT NOW WITH A PVE SERVER THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED TO MY KNOWLEDGE. I WILL NOT BE UPDATING THIS ANY MORE.

Friday, April 24, 2015

[Random] Steam Charges for Mods

So apparently today, 4/23/2015, Steam launched their "Pay for mods" thing on Steam. As of right now, Reddit has gotten on Steam's case about it and apparently, very many angry emails have been sent about the issue. However, I feel like this drastic of a change... well, let's just say I think Valve/Steam was prepared for something like this. I am pretty sure they are not going to change on their stance on this unfortunately and I think it's something they've thought long and hard about, for sure.

However, this doesn't excuse them from the rational and moral side of things. These people put these mods up because they wanted to make things for the community and not get anything back. They wanted to better their own game as well as other people's games. There is no point to let people charge for these mods that are supposed to be free, just because Steam lets them. There is no point in this. It infuriates me to no end, because I'm sure modmakers knew about this far before Steam released it, much less maybe had an inkling that this would happen at some point. I'm all for supporting large, epic storyline-telling content developers, but for people who release weapons and stuff... just... no. Some people can make those things in the blink of an eye, or even in a day. This is not the best stuff to be charging for, and is not worth any sort of money, no matter how "pretty" it looks. Especially in a single player game where you can't even show it off to people in-game without recording a video or making a .gif image or something. (The game it's available for is at the bottom of the post.)

I can only hope that Steam actually grows some fucking balls, and puts filters on this, to make mod developers actually develop content that is worth paying for. Not fucking 5 dollars for 1 follower. Yes... that is a thing on the workshop right now. Some mods are even 4 dollars. And speaking of payment though, people only have 24 hours to get a refund for it. What the fuck is that? What if I'm browsing the workshop before an 8 hour or 12 hour shift, and buy some mods I think I will like, and then have to go to work before I can test them? Then I get home and test the mods, and I bet 100% people are going to do shoddy coding jobs to the point where the stuff will break down AFTER the 24 hour period, but after that, they're home free. So what happens when my mod breaks down and I can't get a refund? Or worse yet, what happens if the dev of the mod just abandons the community completely and just rakes in all the cash like a fucking shitty indie dev who releases a half-assed piece of shit and then just leaves the community hanging, i.e. Yet Another Zombie Defense.

I just... I can't believe Steam would betray the community like this. It's just so stupid.

As of the time of this writing, only The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available to buy mods on. However I am sure over the next few months, it will spread rapidly and only make Steam worse. We will see.

Friday, March 27, 2015

[Review] Dying Light



Well, the review we've all been waiting for...





The review for Dying Light!

Dying Light was made by the same people who made Dead Island, which is Techland. Techland has only been around a few years, but in my opinion, have progressed a lot. A lot of people bashed on Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide, but they have to remember that those were the only games of their kind out at the time, and they still are. There are no zombie survival games out that that take the essence of Dead Island games or Dying Light even at this point, and create a whole new world around them.

But I digress. Techland is the first company of its kind to do something like they have with Dead Island and Dying Light, and I sincerely hope they keep doing what they're doing. Could have useful applications with medieval fantasy games too, that'd be a nice approach on their engine. Nevertheless, Dying Light will put you on the edge of your seat at all times. It's quite the exciting game. Techland has really hit the nail on the head with this game, for people who liked Dead Island and maybe for people who didn't. However, I did see a lot of people saying on the internet in general that Dying Light was just a re-skinned Dead Island, but I don't see that being the case here to be honest.

Story

Anyway, let's get into the nitty-gritty. The first thing I want to go over is the story. The real meat and potatoes of the game, besides maybe the skill trees and weaponry. The story revolves around a man named Kyle Crane, but everyone refers to him as just Crane in the game. There are only a couple sentimental parts where some people refer to him as Kyle. However, Kyle Crane is an operative sent into the city of Harran to nab a file, literally a paper file, by the GRE. The GRE stands for the Global Relief Effort. The file, stolen by a man named Rais, but Rais just to his cronies and people in the city. His actual name is Kadir Suleiman, a terrorist who really, really wants to watch the world burn on his throne... presumably made of human corpses, but I don't really know for sure. However, the file is extremely dangerous, because if the chemical compound is manufactured from the file, the compound could wipe out millions of people if mass produced into bombs. Or something like that. Anyway, it's completely dangerous.

Anyway, so you're thrown in as Kyle Crane, para-dropping into the quarantine zone. At first, the city looks great, beautiful in fact. Even as you're thrown onto the ground from a crap landing, and you're beat on by Rais's thugs. You end up being saved after you shoot a gun and attract... well, zombies. You're saved by Jade Aldemir and Amir Ghoreyshi. I'll just leave it at that to not spoil the rest, but you do end up joining up with a crew, but you obviously have an agenda to the GRE, so they can't get into your way, right?

General Gameplay

Okay, so now I can start talking about the big stuff. The general gameplay and such of the game. First off, I'm going to say that unfortunately, in my opinion, the environment for the game is very bland. It seems Techland wanted to use 3 colors: the color of rust, tan, and some green for the sparse trees in the game. This is extremely bad and makes for some boring gameplay in my opinion. I get that it's supposed to be in the Middle East region, or on the outskirts of it, but dang man. However, you can still find your way around the city, most of the time. Once you start needing to go into the second part of the map, it starts sucking, because there's only one tunnel to go through until you get to a certain point in the story, where it triggers a side quest to do.

Loot:

The loot system is pretty much the exact same as Dead Island. Sparing the fact that you can increase your inventory space via your Survivor skill tree, which will be spoken about a bit later here. However, loot is pretty standard fare. But, they have included way more skins for weapons and such, even if the fighting styles are... dreadfully the same for each weapon, unfortunately. But at least the weapons look awesome while you're running around and swinging them. Also there's generally been a range of loot added for crafting. Also, I should add that time does not stop when you lock-pick a box in the game. Zombies will still advance toward you and keep attempting to hit you and disrupt your lock-picking. Realistic, but annoying by far.  Also on the topic of lock-picking, most locks you come across are medium difficulty, which tend to be fairly easy, and once you’re used to the lock-picking, pretty quick. The only really tedious ones are the ones on the police vans that tend to have some good loot in them. However, the whole “lock-picking” mechanic is more like “find the section where you can turn the lock and free loot”. You don’t really have to work for it, unfortunately, it’s just tedious, as I said. However, Speaking of which...

Crafting:
Crafting in Dying Light is extremely easy and intuitive. You just double click on an item to craft it, and that’s it, as long as you have the base materials in your inventory. I don’t recall if Dead Island had this exact crafting function, but my gut tells me it didn’t. Also there are a ton of things to craft in this game. A lot of them are extremely helpful, and you should always try to craft the new things you get to see if they’ll be helpful to you or not. Hint: Exploding Firecrackers near the end of the game are so helpful.
Side-quests:
Side-quests are extremely valuable in this, as they give the player an objective, while pretty much assisting in the level up process in the way of giving players something to run at, hit, and giving survivor experience at the end of the quest. All of these are extremely important in the game, as zombies tend to get more plentiful in the game later as well as having special zombies. However, they have a large variety of side-quests, some singular quests where you just go and collect stuff, and… actually, you can just play it for yourself. But some of them are extremely imaginative and well thought out by Techland. They did a great job with the side-quests in all areas.

And speaking of special zombies…
Special Zombies:
So there are a number of special zombies in the game, ranging from the basic Biter, which isn’t really a special zombie, to Screamers, which are child zombies (literally, will touch on those later in this section). The entire list is:
Biters – Basic zombie that you will run into quite often, and that there are hordes of.
Viral – A little more “advanced” than the Biters, but not in terms of the virus. Virals are people who were infected with the virus, but didn’t die to become a Biter. They are extremely speedy and run at you and catch you by surprise most of the time.
Gastank – This special infected is able to take a lot of damage, more damage than most of the Special Zombies. They carry an oxygen tank on their back, because the zombie is inside a hazmat suit. If you shoot the tank, it will explode and kill the Gastank, but the noise attracts Virals and other zombies from miles around.
Goon – Goons are extremely strong infected who use a two handed weapon, which is usually a piece of concrete on a rebar handle. It also uses its not-occupied hand as a swipe attack, to push the player away and deal damage. This is the first of the special zombies to use a weapon. They typically take a lot to take down in the beginning of the game, but as you progress, it gets much easier.
Volatile – Volatiles are the bane of the player’s existence at night. They are extremely powerful and hard to kill, and if they detect you, they make a ton of noise. They are a very, very advanced version of the zombie virus and unless you have a death wish, you are required to stealth around them and not attract them. This zombie was the reason I avoided night side-quests at all costs, as well as making sure I got back to base in time before night came. I had quite a few close calls, and failed missions, due to Volatiles.
Toad – The Toad special zombie is a zombie that spews green “phlegm” at the player. They’re mostly just annoying, and easy to take out with a weapon throw. They’re just generally a ranged special zombie.
Bomber – These special zombies always caught me by surprise most of the time, as I usually took them for normal Biters in the heat of battle, and consequently got killed. Their explosions will kill you if you get close enough, and do less damage the farther you are from them. However, if you do any sort of ranged damage to them, they will explode and damage any zombies around them.
Bolter – Bolters are a… I mean, they’re categorized as a special zombie, but in reality, they’re not going to hurt you in any shape or form. However, they do carry a special item, basically their skin, called “Bolter Tissue”, which you need to craft some decent items, and endgame weapon attachments (i.e. Heavy Fire Damage on a weapon, etc. Not modules). I didn’t pursue these much, as I didn’t feel like I needed them.
Demolisher – Demolishers are basically the “Tank” zombies from L4D. They’re big, muscular, scary, and have a tiny head, of course. They tend to do a lot of damage, but if you keep your distance when you melee them or if you’re unloading a clip from a gun on them, they go down easy.
Screamers – Screamers are small child zombies that scream, literally, and alert other zombies to your presence. That’s pretty much it. What’s interesting is how you kill them, because even if you break a zombie’s neck, it’s still going to make noises, according to normal zombie canon. However, you turn them around and break their neck, and your character goes, “Shhh, shhhh…” as Crane lays them down on the ground, as a melee attack on them. I have never actually shot one.
I am really proud of Techland for putting this zombie into the game. You don’t encounter them a lot in the game, I only encountered 3, but people can’t get around the fact that there will be children dying in a zombie encounter. People will have to kill the undead one way or another, unless they want to die themselves, whether those undead are children or not. I sincerely bash any people who don’t think this would ever be a reality if a “zombie outbreak” ever happened. And yes, I know the chances of that are extremely slim, pretty much none, but still. You go, Techland.

General UI and Mechanics of Gameplay
So let’s touch on the UI for the game. The UI is extremely good and well-kept on the screen. It’s there when you need it, and when you’re not paying attention, just trying to focus on the gameplay, it’s not. It’s extremely un-intrusive yet shows everything you’ll ever need. The inventory UI is extremely good also, but pretty unchanged from Dead Island, minus the new Modifiers and Addons stuff for weapons. Also, quest tracking on the UI is easy and efficient. It’s extremely easy to pull up a new quest to track and run towards.
The art for the gameplay is extremely well-done. The details of the environment will immerse players extremely well, as well as the weapon details. Oh, the detail to weapons is astounding. They also put in the same visual mechanic of when your weapons’ quality goes down, the visual of the weapon appears damaged also. When your weapon is broken, the weapon looks… well, broken and unusable lol. It’s actually better done than Dead Island was in my opinion. And Dead Island Riptide.
As mentioned before a bit, the game plays kind of like Dead Island. Actually, pretty much exactly like it. It’s basically a first person zombie killer game… like the Dead Island games. However, the overall gameplay is a lot better, and a lot well thought out, with cut scenes and such too. The melee combat in Dying Light is also far more satisfying than Dead Island too, by a long shot.
Quarantine Zones make for extremely challenging gameplay, and you need decent weaponry and levels to even progress through them. They throw hordes after hordes of special zombies at you as well as the normal Biters. They are extremely hard, and I only got through 2 myself. However, if you do complete them, you get a decent bit of experience in all 3 of your skill trees.
Also, the mechanics of nighttime are particularly odd. If you’re not moving around or doing anything, time doesn’t advance, or if it does, it advances at a slower rate than if you were attempting to get back to base and stuff. However, inside the base, time advances normally. Also, it seems that when you’re out and about doing stuff during the day, the daytime tends to last two times as long as the night does if you’re out and about doing stuff at night. It’s a nice mechanic to push through the night and get to play during the day more.
I believe that’s generally all for the mechanics and stuff of the game.

Character Development/Voicing/Environment
So the character development in the game is quite good. The characters obviously have their own lives going inside the city of Harran. I’m not going to bother listing all the characters here, because there are a lot, but players will appreciate the story showing that the characters don’t just “start” having lives when the player gets there. You can tell the NPCs have an agenda from the start (that being the story), and you fit like a bad puzzle piece in the beginning, that ends up morphing into a great fit for their team. But I just like how the game doesn’t really revolve around Crane, he’s just a cog in the machine that ends up making everything work, and digs through the GRE to find their true intentions.
The environment in the game tends to look like Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide. Like, not totally a copy, but I mean, there’s only so much you can ruin buildings before they start to blend together from game to game. However, they do look different from Dead Island, so they’re not just copy + pasted buildings. Also the graphic quality is a lot better than Dead Island also. Also, in the second part of the story, I kind of feel like the “climbing gameplay” is very akin to a first person Assassin’s Creed game. There’s all sorts of ledges to grab and stuff, and it’s just what it felt like to me. Also, frieakin’ sewer levels man.
Also I wanted to mention that the game does tell you that when you “use” the “last level door”, the game tells you it’s the end of the game. So if you don’t feel like you’re up to the task, you can exit the window and get better gear before you end the game. Not gonna spoil what the contents of the ending are, but needless to say, you’re gonna need some decent stuff. However, I just wanted to point out that it’s great that the game actually pointed that out when I used that door. Not very many games do that nowadays. I felt like this section was a minor environment thing, because you’re using a thing in the environment to get the message.

Well that’s pretty much it I believe. I may add more if I remember anything, but it’s just a general overview of the game. The game gets an 8/10 from me.

And now a video for you guys to enjoy of Dying Light gameplay.


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