The long wait for Dying Light 2 Stay Human is finally over, and as a massive open world action RPG that’s brimming with content, it’s got plenty of stuff going on that players constantly have to juggle. While fans of the first game will feel pretty comfortable right off the bat, that might not entirely be the case if you’re new to the series. As such, to help you with a smoother entry into the city of Villedor, here, we’ve compiled a few handy pointers that you should keep in mind as you jump into Dying Light 2.
EXPORE AT NIGHT
Like its predecessor, Dying Light 2 Stay Human wastes no time in hammering home the fact that the Infected plaguing its world hate the light and thrive in the dark, which means the world is absolutely teeming with them at their worst when it’s nighttime. Also like the first game though, heading out at nighttime is a risk worth taking, because this is often when you find the best gear and rewards for activities, or access to areas or quests that can only be entered at night.
AVOID THE STREETS
This is something else that’s crucial for all newcomers to know. Dying Light 2 essentially tells you that the floor is lava- avoid the streets as much as you can and stick to the rooftops. The streets are, more often than not, teeming with the undead regardless of the time of day, and if things go wrong as they so often can if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get cornered. As such, making good of your parkour skills and staying on top of the streets is always important.
EXPLORE, SCAVENGE, UPGRADE
Dying Light 2 leverages both its post-apocalyptic setting and the fact that its an RPG to really double down on the importance of crafting- and given how essential crafting and upgrading often tends to be in the game, having the requisite resources on you is crucial. There’s a lot of stuff littered around the world of Dying Light 2, so make sure you keep exploring environments and thoroughly scavenging every room you enter.
Something that really, really helps out with the aforementioned scavenging is the Survivor Sense. It’s essentially the all-too-familiar detective vision equivalent in Dying Light 2, highlighting enemies and objects in your proximity. For stealth, combat, and exploration, it’s useful in all the ways you would expect it to be, but again, the emphasis on scavenging in particular makes it necessary to make good and frequent use of Survivor Sense.
Of all the gear, weapons, crafting resources, or any number of other things you can go looking for in Dying Light 2’s large world, very few of them are as useful as Inhibitors. For every few of these that you collect, you get to upgrade either your health or your immunity, and both of these feel like crucial upgrades every time you get them. Inhibitors are hard to find and even harder to acquire at times, but they’re definitely worth the effort.
Speaking of Immunity- this is one of several major new mechanics introduced in Dying Light 2. Aiden, the game’s protagonist, is infected as well, which means if he stays in the dark for too long, he’ll turn and die, which makes nighttime exploration and traversing interior environments quite tricky. Getting to light sources or consuming items that boost your immunity is key, then. Any time you’re in the dark, keep an eye on the timer that begins counting down as soon as you leave the light- and make sure you always have immunity boosting items on you.
SKILLS TO UNLOCK FIRST
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a little stingy with its skill tree, what with several unlocks being surprisingly basic moves that you’d expect to see in the game’s base moveset. As such, unlocking a few of these skills before all the others feels almost like a necessity. Things such as sliding, wall running, and dashing might not seem worth the skill points you’ll be forced to spend on them, but it’s better to add this stuff to your arsenal as quickly as possible.
OTHER USEFUL SKILLS
Of course, Dying Light 2’s skill tree does have a number of interesting unlocks as well- but which one of these should you prioritize? Depending on the way you choose to play, there’s a few that can be really useful. Being able to jump off an enemy’s head can be useful if you want to quickly get off a crowded street, as is having the ability to ram into and bulldoze through crowds of zombies or enemies. Skills such as Double Jump, Safe Landing, Active Landing, and Firm Grip can also be quite useful- perhaps not in very flashy ways, but they all come with valuable boosts.
Combat in Dying Light 2 can be quite hectic at times, especially if you’re being crowded by a large group of foes, and while your weapons are, of course, your best friends in these situations, it’s important to remember that you can also kick enemies. That can be useful in various situations. You can kick an enemy into someone behind them, you can kick someone off a roof, and of course, kicking people away to give yourself some room in case you’re ever being cornered is also always a good strategy.
Pretty much everything is falling apart in the harsh post-apocalypse of Dying Light 2, so it makes sense that weapons in the game come with durability meters as well. This should go without saying, but always keep an eye on how much durability your weapons have left. If you’re fighting low-level grunts, switch to one of your less powerful weapons. While modding weapons can yield additional durability, not every weapon has mod slots, while those that do can only be modded a limited number of times- which is something else to keep in mind, especially for weapons that you are particularly fond of.