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Top 12 Engaging Games like Dying Light You Should Try

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What Games Are Like Dying Light?

Dying Light surprised everyone when it came out. It piqued my interest early on, which faded away soon, thanks to its generic gameplay. The improvements over the years, however, have been pretty huge, with updates and fixes coming years after the initial launch. It goes without saying that they have amassed a large fanbase over in a short span of time. If you're a fan of this zombie apocalypse action-adventure game, it's only fitting to look for something else to fill that gaping hole in your heart.

While you wait for the next entry of the franchise, let's take a look at some games like Dying Light to hold you over till then.

Games Like Dying Light

  1. Days Gone
  2. DayZ
  3. State of Decay
  4. The Divison 2
  5. Escape From Tarkov
  6. Mirror's Edge
  7. Far Cry 3
  8. Dead Island
  9. Left 4 Dead
  10. The Last of Us 2
  11. Hunt Showdown
  12. Metro Exodus
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1. Days Gone

A lot has already been said about this underrated masterpiece. Days Gone was panned by critiques early on, but gamers all around the world didn't share the same opinion. They loved every bit of this open-ended, zombie-themed game, turning a blind eye to the professional reviews that warned everyone of its countless bugs and crashes.

It's not a perfect game, not by a long shot, but it's not trying to be. This story-heavy game hinges upon its dreadful ambiance and shock factor to tell the story of a vagabond who's trying to survive just another day in this zombie-infested world. Sure, the gunplay could be a lot better, but you're missing the point if you're entirely focused on that. If you're into shoot-em-ups, go for World War Z or Warframe to satiate your cravings.

The gameplay might feel a little repetitive at first, but everything gets better later on as you progress further to the heart of the story. Clunky animations and lousy execution aside, Days Gone is a fun PS4 exclusive that deserves a chance.

If you're looking for a game like Dying Light, Days Gone is perfect to sink some hours into.

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2. DayZ

Does anyone remember when DayZ used to be just a mod? Well, the mod is still available to this date, but there is a full-fledged game available as well. Back when Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ, first started working on this mod, he just wanted to create something fun for himself and others. Little did he know that his experiment would blow up into something substantial, with millions of players across the globe participating in it.

The drill is quite familiar, especially if you’ve played battle royale games before. This PVPVE game places you in a large Bohemian island, where you, along with countless others, try to survive for as long as you can. You have to protect yourself from other players as well as the crazed zombies running amok the island. If you die trying, which you inevitably will, respawn and give it another shot. The only difference between this and other battle royales is that there is no endgame here. So those looking for some kind of reward at the end of a game session might be disappointed.

Yes, DayZ still suffers from pesky bugs, something they should have taken care of years ago, but it still is fun, especially if you’re playing with a few friends.

3. State of Decay

Developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios, State of Decay is an action-adventure game where you can choose to go solo or play with friends. This zombie survival game stands out from the others on the list, primarily because of its unforgiving nature.

For starters, the deaths in the game are permanent. There is no respawning option for the characters you lose in the game. Once you lose your companions, they’re crossed off forever. Learn to manage and lead them efficiently, however, and the scenario won’t be as grim.

Your management skills will often be tested as you’ll scramble for resources. With supplies scattered all across the map, you’ll have to be smart and patient with your strategy. You’ll shape the story, depending on your choices and skills. Give it a shot. If you are looking for games like Dying Light, State of Decay is a must-have.

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4. The Division 2

Developed and published by Ubisoft, The Division 2 is the sequel to the first entry in the franchise. While the first entry was a fun shooter, the second one is even better, building upon the foundation laid by the former. While Ubisoft has decided to stick to the same formula that made The Division tick, the second offering of the franchise feels smoother, with better side missions and a satisfying ending.

The game takes time to get into the groove, but it really gets going after the first couple of hours. It seems as if Ubisoft has listened to its fanbase this time around, delivering a polished product - something that will keep you occupied for a long time. In your quest to take back Washington DC from the grips of fanatics and factions, you’ll be spending an unhealthy amount of time shooting people. Get your loadouts ready and jump straight into the fray!

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5. Escape from Tarkov

Unforgiving and unflinchingly cruel, Escape From Tarkov is a hardcore first-person shooter all the way through. The game takes place in Tarkov, a war-ravaged wasteland where only people left are scavengers and outlaws who'll stop at nothing to get what they want.

Cut off from the rest of the world, the player has to somehow make it out of the hellhole. In a place where everyone is just as desperate as you to get out, you can trust no one but yourself. Though the game often feels unfairly difficult, you should stick to it. Once you perfect its plethora of gameplay mechanics, it's a fun ride all the way through. No, the game doesn't get any easier; you just learn to navigate through it with much more ease. If you're prepared for a challenge that will keep you hooked for a long time, Escape From Tarkov is for you.

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6. Mirror's Edge

Developed by Dice, Mirror’s Edge is a first-person action-adventure game where you’ll spend a majority of your time jumping through the rooftops and running across its constricted maps. Though the game steers clear of the gore and violence, for the most part, you’ll still be fighting and killing folks every now and then. If you’re here for the gunplay or melee combat, however, you’re missing the point. This game is meant to be a running simulator where you have to be precise with your movements and directions. One off movement and you’ll most likely fall to a painful death.

Starting off easy, Mirror’s Edge gets progressively difficult and puzzling, compelling you to think out of the box to survive. The rush of adrenaline when you’re being chased across the rooftops can only be experienced first-hand. If you’re looking for games like Dying Light, Mirror’s Edge should be your best bet.

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7. Far Cry 3

Other games in the Far Cry series could easily have made this list, but including just one game from the series seemed like a fair choice. While other games in the series are good, Far Cry 3 easily topples them in terms of the sheer variety and freshness it brought to the franchise.

While Far Cry 2 took place in the lush jungles of Central Africa, the third game of the series, is a different ball game. Taking place on a tropical island, Far Cry 3 introduced to us one of the most memorable villains in any game. Ubisoft took a lot of risk with the new direction of the series, something that paid off handsomely.

For the first time ever, Far Cry went open-world, and what a breath of fresh air it was. Unfortunately, the publisher has continued milking the series after the third installment, sticking to the same old formula. Here’s hoping they return to their innovative roots once again.

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8. Dead Island

Dead Island is often compared with other zombie games, but it feels like a polished role-playing game once you delve deep into it. You’ll be taking on countless quests for different people, which will help your character become stronger and better equipped to deal with hordes of the undead. As you become more skilled, the game suddenly becomes a lot more fun.

The story is nothing to write home about, but chopping off waves of ghouls never gets boring, thanks to its innovative melee combat. More often than not, you’ll be trying your hands on new weapons.

Dead Island is fun when you experiment with its playstyle. You’ll die repeatedly in doing so, but the game never punishes you for that. You’ll just respawn a few meters away with less money. So, boot the game up and have all the fun you want.

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9. Left 4 Dead

As hard as it may be to believe, there was a time Valve, the company behind Steam, used to make video games. Published and developed by Valve, Left 4 Dead is a survival horror game where you can take on zombies alone or in co-op mode with your friends.

The much-dreaded zombie apocalypse is finally here, engulfing everything and everyone. Most of the people are turning into zombies, except for a lucky few immune to the virus. Your job is simple, survive in the barren land and get out of there.

There are five levels to every map. The first few plays like just every other zombie survival game where you have to make it past hordes of zombies. The final level, however, raises the stakes a bit higher. Rescue vehicles are on the way, but you’ll have to survive another few rounds of zombies before they finally arrive. The whole affair is nightmarish, in a good way.

It’s not some casual game where you can sit back, mash a few buttons and call it a day. With zombies being fast and ruthless, you have to ensure the safety of everyone in your team, for teamwork ensures swift victory.

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10. The Last of Us 2

Despite being divisive, this sequel to the critically acclaimed action-adventure The Last of Us has been a resounding success for Sony. The second part of the story continues right from where the first one left off, amping up the horrors to provide a dark masterpiece that will keep you thinking for a long time.

In a world where people are already used to all sorts of outbreaks, disasters, and wars by now, it's getting harder to scare people. The situation is not helped by countless horror games, movies, shows, and comics that have brought upon all the disasters they could possibly imagine. We've grown numb to it.

The Last of Us 2, however, takes a different route to scare you, by making you the part of the problem as well. It's a game without any heroes who usually save the day. By making you face the consequence of your actions, which is never pretty, they make you just as much of bad guys you're up against.

If you're ready for a suffocating experience, The Last of Us 2 should be a perfect fit.

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11. Hunt Showdown

Crytek, the developers once lauded for their ingenious Crysis series, have given their flagship shooter series a much-needed break. After the commercial failure of the third entry in the franchise, they soon started working on Hunt Showdown, which seemed like cash-grab at first glance. I'm glad to report, however, that it's to the case with their online PVPVE shooter. Unlike most of the games pertaining to this genre (Survarium, for instance), it's well-balanced with minimal microtransactions. Yes, paying money can get you gears and hunters faster, but you can unlock everything in the game for free if you spend a reasonable time in its swamp.

Infested by monsters, the Louisiana swamps need the help of few brave souls who can get rid of these ghastly creatures. If you succeed, you'll be paid for it, which will unlock more weapons for you to purchase If you die, however, everything you have gathered so far will go to waste and you'll start all over again.

This admixture of horror, stealth, and shooter genre is perfect for those looking for a refreshing alternative to Dying Light. It's the tense, adrenaline-rushing moments you'll encounter so often that makes the game worth it. Give it a shot and see if you can endure the beautiful torture.

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12. Metro Exodus

It has been 25 years since the nuclear apocalypse. Everything we know of the old world is gone, but the hope still remains that there is still life outside the tunnels of the Russian Metro. While people living underground have believed so far that there isn't anything out there, Artyom, the protagonist, will soon remark upon an adventure across Russia that will prove everyone wrong.

The third game of the series takes the semi-open world approach for the first time, ditching its constricting metro tunnels for the meticulous open-ended maps where exploration is rewarded. If you loved the tight gameplay sequences of the previous games, there's some of that as well, but in limited sessions. For the most part, you'll have a clear sky over your head - not something Metro series fans are used to. Yes, the game has gone mainstream in a bid to attract more audiences, but it's still the same nightmarish series you adore.

Did I miss out on any other game like Dying Light? Let me know in the comments section.

Comments

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 25, 2020:

I like the sound of The Last of Us and the 2nd part.