Dying Light 2: Stay Human is Techland’s latest open-world zombie-killing ammo. It was launched on February 4, 2022, and has been a hit for the developer, selling more than 2 million copies recently.
However, it’s not just roses and sunshine. The game launched several complaints about bugs. Console users in particular seem to do worse than PC. The studio has been busy producing successive patches for the latter, with several improvements and bug fixes to address any and all problems with the game.
We’ve already covered our Dying Light 2: Stay Human at Launch review, which can be read here. The series is dedicated not only to killing zombies in style, but also to doing it with your friends in a cooperative mode – however, how are things in this regard?
Just like the review, the collaborative experience also ran on PC.
Double the excitement with Dying Light 2: Stay Human’s Co-op
Let’s start with the good: Dying Light 2: Stay Human includes a full co-op campaign for up to four players in one session. Except for the introduction, which takes about half an hour, players can beat the entire game together with friends. This includes the epilogue and epilogue as well, something the First Death Light did not allow.
The co-op feature becomes available once Aiden (the protagonist) is in the open world of Villador and has acquired binoculars – the game’s main tool for exploring the surroundings. This happens after completing the Markers of Plague mission, after which players can pause the game to access the online menu.
Dying Light 2: Passing parkour and human combat just got more fun with friends. However, since players can import saves from any point in the game, those who have previously beaten the game can easily leave newbies in the dust since there are all mandatory upgrades (such as gliding and grappling hook).
How does looting work in a co-op?
Anything players get in a co-op session can be returned to their save file. The world progress will be exclusive to the host only.
On that note, the host also has complete control over the choices made during Dying Light 2: Stay Human’s many decision-making moments. Other players can only vote to indicate which option they would like to choose.
Game content analysis
Dying Light 2: Stay Human has a large number of missions and activities to participate in all over the map. Dark areas like Forsaken Stores can be hacked to craft items, GRE Anomaly bosses can be taken down for good loot and GRE blockers, along with a good list of side quests.
There is a lot to cover, which will take upwards of 60 hours to complete easily.
It’s basically the same experience as the original game. But there are moments when co-op can take a nosedive, thanks to the game’s buggy nature.
These appear as recurring bouts of not being able to connect to a friend’s session and random disconnecting back to the menu screen when the session is loaded. Other times, players have also experienced in-game audio being turned off.
While exploring for the purposes of this review, the bazaar seemed to be particularly prone to bugs. At one point, the game had no sound. No footsteps, no background chatter, no pranks from NPC dialogue, no contextual audio cues, nothing.
Although restarting the game resolves the issue, it is a critical issue that should not be overlooked. Any fun the game managed to conjure up at that point fades into thin air.
In the end, while Dying Light 2: Stay Human is a good game, its technical issues really hinder the experience. For those of you who are wondering if the game is worth picking for co-op, you might want to reconsider until the kinks are ironed out. The game is now released on PC, PS4, PS5, XB1 and XSX | S.
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