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Hello, my name is Eric Rogers from parentinggamers.com and this is Parenting Gamers Review of Dying Light. In this video, I am going to give you a quick overview of the game, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
So the first question is, what is Dying Light?
Dying Light is an open-world, first-person, survival horror game with parkour elements. Let’s unpack these terms.
First off, a first-person shooter (or FPS) is a game where the player experiences the action in the first-person perspective, as if he was actually in the game, as you can see in this clip here. This clip also shows you the parkour elements, which includes jumping, grabbing ledges, and running across buildings to navigate the world.
Next, is the term “open-world”. An open-world game is a game that allows the player a measure of freedom to determine where to go and what to do. There is normally a main story-line but the player is free to ignore it and just explore the world if they choose.
For example, in this clip, my next mission location is marked by the orange dot on the map in the top right and my objective is given in the wording underneath. However, I can choose to ignore those for now and run off an explore the world.
The survival horror aspects of the game come from the setting. The game takes place in a city that has been overrun by a virus which turns most of the population into zombies. This is a pretty popular theme right now. What sets Dying Light apart is it’s day/night cycle.
As you can see in this clip, these zombies do not give me much trouble. That is because it is day time and they are much more subdued. At night, however, the zombies become much more aggressive and harder to deal with.
The next question is, what about the content?
A quick warning. I am about to show you some quick clips explaining the rating Dying Light received. These clips are graphic and contain strong language.
Dying Light is rated M, which is the equivalent of an R rating in the movies. The rating includes these 3 descriptors:
“Blood and Gore” and “Intense Violence”
and “Strong Language”
The other thing to keep in mind is that Dying Light includes a multi-player co-op feature. This allows the player to join a mission with up to 3 other people. These could be 3 of his friends or 3 random people. The issue is that you have no control over who joins his game. For the most part, this won’t be an problem but it is something to keep in mind.
So, what’s the verdict? Is Dying Light a game you should allow your gamer to play?
My recommendation is holding off on this game until your gamer is older. The M rating carries with it a “17 and up” qualifier. Most stores won’t even sell an M rated game to anyone under the age of 17. So I would say, use that as your gage. If you wouldn’t allow your gamer to watch an R rated movie, specifically horror movies, you probably don’t want to allow them to play Dying Light.
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