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Dying Light Dev Doesn't Like Comparisons with Dead Island and Mirror's Edge: "It's Lazy" - AusGamers

AusGamers spoke one on one with Techland producer, Tymon Smektala, who ran them through a lot of what their zombie survival title, Dying Light, is all about.

While the game itself can be said to channel elements of DICE's Mirror's Edge and Techland's own Dead Island series, Smektala isn't a fan of the comparisons.

"I think it’s a lazy thing to say," the producer asserts. "If you look at the game, it has zombies in it and it’s melee-based, so it is Dead Island, then you look at it again and see that the motion has that free-running aspect to it, so it is Mirror’s Edge.

"Of course, that description is ok, and covers the basics of Dying Light, but I don’t personally really like that description because it’s just a very small part of the picture that we’re trying to paint here... Mirror’s Edge really was a game that opened a lot of eyes, but even though it looked like it was set in an open-world, it was a corridor game with only a few objects that you could interact with. With the current demo of Dying Light, and how the whole game plays right now -- I’m pretty happy with how it plays -- you’re really not limited. You can think of any way to get around the environment and you can use that way, if it looks like it’s realistic for you to go there."

The full interview covers off a lot more including co-op, their new engine, systems and much more. (Dying Light, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Pintheshadows  +   687d ago
Well, Dead Island Riptide was lazy, so tough.
dumahim  +   687d ago
Kind of hard to not compare it to Dead Island when it's using some of the same animations and same combo weapons that were in Dead Island, albeit in much higher quality now.
FlyingFoxy  +   687d ago
Both Dead Island's are overrated IMO, the best Zombie/Infected games are Left 4 Dead 2 and Killing Floor, well when it comes to fun anyway.
Pintheshadows  +   687d ago
I also am a big fan of Left for Dead. I am also partial to State of Decay and Dead Nation.
sweendog  +   687d ago
Dont forget tlou
theDivision  +   687d ago
L4D was definitely fun especially the split screen coop. State of decay would have been so much more fun (IMO) if I could have create my own character and given him all the flaws I have, though it was still worth the 20$ all the same.

I have high hopes for Dying Light.
mike32UK  +   687d ago
After seeing the amazing trailer for the first game I ended up buying it the day it came out. Never before have I returned a game the day after I'd bought it until then. Such a crappy game, I like deep involving adult themed stories which is what was portrayed by the trailer, what I got instead was a mindless amalgamation of zombie battering, incredibly stiff game mechanics and terrible acting
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Pintheshadows  +   687d ago
The voice acting was so bad it was hilarious. One character going from Australian to South African to Pacific Islander in one conversation was truly a new level of spectacularly bad voice acting.

It made Just Cause 2's voice acting look exemplary.
azshorty2003  +   687d ago
I get where he is coming from. But it's name references like that, that help people decribe and understand what kind of game you are talking about.

If I knew nothing of a new game and someone said it is like The Legend of Zelda, BOOM, I can instantly picture a game dungeon crawling, exploration, etc.

I even reference this game a Mirrors Edge meets Dead Island. Sure theres much more to it then that, but on a base level, it instantly gets the point across to someone that has no knowledge of this game.
Rzep  +   687d ago
They've been talking about how different this game is to Dead Island for a long time now so I can see them getting tired with the Dead Island/ME simplification.

I really like what they are doing with Dying Light. A focus on survival and making zombies truly deadly is a nice way to shake up the formula they had with the previous games.

The problem with saying this is like Dead Island is that, someone who played Dead Island will then buy Dying Light and quickly die, because while even a horde of zombies in Dead Island wasn't a threat here fighting is barely an option and running is the right way to go.
Mogwai  +   687d ago
A different slant on this could be that it was lazy of them to do another first person zombie melee game!
luckily this looks like its shaping up to be the game dead island should of been and i for one am actually looking forward to it.
CocoWolfie  +   687d ago
thankyou, make your own game, make games be comparisons of you, be greater and youll have my purchase :p
Salooh  +   687d ago
It's nothing like mirror's edge. The way the character run is more like assassin creed. You just press one button and you move and that will do everything for you. It's a bad thing if you compare it to mirror's edge.

But when you look at dead island this game is a huge step forward to them. That's why i'm giving it a chance and i'm looking forward to it..
01animeking  +   687d ago
im going to wait to buy this i bought dead island straight away and was disappointed by its mediocre story and gameplay but dying light looks like a good game but im going to wait
Jovanian  +   687d ago
I think dead island sucked because the dyling light devs were working under really crappy publishers (deep silver)

unfortunately these jokers own the metro series now, who knows what will happen to it
KillrateOmega  +   687d ago
I would get tired of being compared to Dead Island too. That game was pretty disappointing.

I like how in this game, zombies are an actual threat, instead of the laughably weak meatbags that they've traditionally been. You can try to go around and mow them down in hordes, but it's VERY dangerous.
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wheresmymonkey  +   687d ago
Well if they don't want the comparisons they shouldn't have basically made dead island 2 with a new name.

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