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Dying Light

Invade A Friend's World In Techland's Zombie Apocalypse

Techland's spiritual successor to Dead Island lets players free-run across a zombie-filled open world. We’ve already gotten our hands dirty with the game, but at this year’s Gamescom we got a chance to partner up for a run though the city in co-op.

During our hands-on with the game, our goal was to set up a bunch of explosives inside an apartment complex in order to send out a signal to other survivors who might be out there. However, this larger goal was punctuated by several smaller challenges that pitted us against our partner.

While in co-op, you’ll want to spend a lot of time working together to ensure that you and your friend survive, but during these co-op challenges, you’ll be presented with the opportunity to have some friendly competition. One challenge had my co-op partner and I competing to see who could kill the most zombies in a set amount of time, while another challenge had us racing to get through a section of the sewers faster.

These challenges are always opt-in, so you can choose to not participate if you’d like, but they’re a good way to earn extra cash and other bonuses.

Co-op challenges won’t be the only point in the game that you’re interacting with other players, however. Much like in games like Dark Souls, other players can invade your game and hunt you down. When dusk comes, your game is vulnerable to attack from other players. These players choose to invade your game as a hunter – an extra-powerful zombie who can easily eviscerate you and your co-op friends.

When these invasion challenges happen, human players will have to survive the hunter’s attacks and then find and destroy his three nests to win. Meanwhile, hunter players have unlimited respawns, and if they kill the human players six times they win. Hunters are quick foes who can jump around the environment and climb up the sides of walls. Fortunately, humans are equipped with a ultraviolet light that will temporarily stun the Hunter and give them some time to run away. Players will be able to opt out of these co-op opportunities.

During our hunter invasion, my partner and I barely won, but I’m eager to jump into the role of a hunter and see how challenging that role is. Dying Light releases on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, and PC this coming February.

For a deeper look at the game's single player, check out our hands-on from E3.

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  • Hype meter rising...! This game just sounds better and better the more I read.
  • Well, color me impressed. I was already looking forward to this title. My anticipation just got that more increased.

  • I never trust these because it always is "we can't wait to see more of this game we are really impressed" Game informer final verdict 6.5/10. I am excited for this game but I don't trust previews ya know?
  • Dark Souls invasions, Watch Dogs On-line Hacking, and now this. This just became a must-play for me. Love this style of gaming.
  • I'll be playing the heck out of this game next year. I have been patiently waiting for the release, though it seems so far away. Need my Zombie bashing fix! :)

  • drop-in co-op is glorious and this game's weapon/skill customization and combat dynamics makes it one of my favorites to play with the wifey...second only to Borderlands. Can't wait for the current-gen sequel ^.^

  • Awesome.. I've never been a co-op guy and most games I'm not interested but this and Destiny are co-op for sure as the missions just beg for it.

  • Enough talk about this game. Let me play it now!

  • I don't like what I am hearing regarding the invading modes. I think Hunters can quickly become a huge annoyance with their unlimited spawns and superhuman abilities.
  • "Fortunately, humans are equipped with a ultraviolet light that will temporarily stun the Hunter and give them some time to run away."

    So are we fighting Zombie Vampires now or something? lol

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    It's nice to see how much the Souls series has influenced games now what with all the world invading and hacking(Which is just another take on the invasions)in games like Watch Dogs.

  • Co-op, as in how, local or online?
  • At least you are not forced to be invaded. Co-op in this sounds like allot fun.

  • i cant wait

  • Invading a friend's game sounds cool.

  • Can't wait to play the hunter

  • Very cool. Can't wait to see how this game shapes up.