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The zombie parkour of Dying Light

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I'm sorry that I'm late, but my parkour seems to have gotten sillier.

I don’t get parkour. Sure, it looks like a fun, healthy and bonkers way to get from point A to point B. But at the same time it also involves strenuous physical activity, and if Bender Bending Rodriguez has taught me anything, it’s that walking and all of its variants are for chumps. And chumpettes. Still, running around like Peter Parkour has its uses, and when you’ve got the undead on your ass, it’s a functional way of getting around the apocalypse. And for Dying Light, the developers of that game tapped the talents of actual parkour pros.

According to a press release from Techland, actor, stunt co-ordinator and parkour founder David Belle was brought in to help develop the feel of parkour in Dying Light. You can see his input and direction, in the video above if you’re into that kind of thing.  “David’s influence really helped us push the parkour system to a point where it felt authentic yet still intuitive and worked perfectly in-game,” game director Adrian Ciszewski said in the statement.

We’ve had so many journalists and external playtesters say to us that this really is game-changer in terms of first person perspective freedom of movement.

I can say that Dying Light certainly does have a more organic feel to it, when it comes to navigation. There’s a ton of running, jumping and acrobatics to do in the game, with the post-apocalypse making for a rather swell playground. I’m not certain if the full product is as revolutionary as the PR paints it, but it certainly isn’t your stock standard method of getting around.

It’s pretty much the new status quo in gaming, as your regular running, jumping and crawling isn’t enough these days. Games such as Crysis, Titanfall and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare have given players the tools to move faster, better and more organically. And that’s a concept that I hope is here for a long time still.

Last Updated: January 22, 2015

60 Comments

  1. i’ll just leave this here

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    • RinceThis

      January 22, 2015 at 08:40

      0_O

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 22, 2015 at 08:48

      Wonder who is more stupid – this one or Kim K?

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      • Jaded_Reprobate

        January 22, 2015 at 08:53

        that level of moronic can not be quantified

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 22, 2015 at 08:57

          Everything can be quantified. The question is rather – brick or mud?

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          • Jaded_Reprobate

            January 22, 2015 at 09:00

            2 by 4

      • Mossel

        January 22, 2015 at 09:11

        Allow me to blow your mind. Both of them are stupid…to us. But secretely they are very clever and know that stupidity and sex sells, thus they are richer than any of us will ever be? So are they stupid or do they know how to beat the system?

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 22, 2015 at 09:19

          Its like Paris Hilton. If you ever heard the nonsensical garbage that pours from her mouth, you would be dumbstruck. But if you look at her business model and the way she invests, she is actually pretty clever. Granted, she has loads of help, but unlike most celebs, she listens to her advisors!

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          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:21

            Yeah and if I’m not mistaken I think snookie has a law degree! O_O

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:21

            Yeah but anyone can get a law degree.

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:25

            Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to defend her…but what? Anyone can get a law degree? Anyone can study four years of LLB and nail it? I think the pass rate at universities beg to differ.

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:30

            Yeah, law is 99% studying. It’s boring as hell. Some of the least bright people I know happen to be either studying or practicing law. It’s really not hard. Everything is in books. Study, copy, paste.

            Kind of like making a CoD game.

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:34

            I don’t know man. I know it is just studying, but it isn’t straight forward, it’s like applied ethics or philosophy. I wont be able to do it, cant study facts. But give me an integral and I’ll solve it easily! I know some clever guys that struggled with it, or at least one or two subjects.

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:39

            Haha, yeah it does require a specific mind set – but it’s one that’s really not difficult for most people. It doesn’t require intelligence, just a knack for studying and knowing the facts. And then the great lawyers learn to manipulate those facts. And start accepting bribe money.

            And sell their souls.

            To Rince.

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:45

            haha nice! Yeah the great lawyers are the ones that can actually use this knowledge to their advantage. Like Gerrie Nel! “I put it to you!”

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 10:18

            [mandatory downvote]

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:30

            On another note – how is Binding of Isaac?

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:35

            No idea…never played it… haha! xD

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:38

            OMG. Then what game did I see you playing last night? It’s one I was looking at getting myself XD

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:43

            I played one of two games. Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood and Van Helsing.
            Max is pretty cool, but ultimately too easy.

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:46

            Oh crap haha. Now I remember. Van Helsing was the game, another friend (just underneath your name) was playing Binding of Isaac.

            XD Damn I need more sleep.

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:48

            SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK!!
            O_O

          • Kensei Seraph

            January 22, 2015 at 09:55

            SANITY IS OVERRATED!!

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:55

            What’s this, “sanity” you speak of? O_O

          • Admiral Chief

            January 22, 2015 at 09:56

            It’s a spread for toast, I saw it in a shop once

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:57

            Ah that makes sense.

          • Kensei Seraph

            January 22, 2015 at 11:30

            It’s that thing that the people who get locked up in padded white rooms suffer from.

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 10:12

            I KNOW, RIGHT?!

          • Aries

            January 22, 2015 at 11:09

            Wasnt that free on PS+ sometime ago?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 10:17

            Yup. Currently standing at 25% pass rate.

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 10:21

            There we have it folks! (I tried googling the pass rate but couldn’t find it lol)

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 10:22

            Sjoe, people are laaaaaaaaaaaaaazy.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 10:28

            Nah, it is fairly difficult. It helps you nothing you study the material and know it off by heart, but you cant apply it in exams on case studies and when you submit your dissertation. That is a fail by default. I remember the first day in Roman Law in my first year. The Professor introduced herself, and said “look to your left, and look to your right. By the end of this semester, one of you wont be here anymore.” She was right.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 09:39

            SHUT YOUR FACE! WE ARE HONORABLE PEOPLE! XD LOL

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 09:43

            LOL! We are indeed, we have dignity!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 09:53

            you also LLB graduate?

          • Admiral Chief

            January 22, 2015 at 09:55

            No, he is just a terrible chopper pilot, as far as I know

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 10:08

            Wait until he turns extremist, he’ll be flying that chopper into your house, boet!

          • Admiral Chief

            January 22, 2015 at 10:19

            LOL he needs to take off properly first!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 10:27

            BUUUT…. he doesn’t need to learn how to land. One way trip/ crash 😉

          • Admiral Chief

            January 22, 2015 at 10:59

            Agreed, however, he needs to take off first 😛

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 11:09

            Cant be that difficult. I mean, I have flown choppers before…. in GTA…. LOL

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 10:11

            This has been proven so many time, I really need to sort that out!

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 10:10

            haha no, I misunderstood your comment. I thought you meant the rest of us in general. Im a BEng graduate.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 10:14

            Oh. You surely meant asocial sciences graduate? *RUNS*

          • Mossel

            January 22, 2015 at 10:19

            LOL!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 10:21

            Seriously, I never saw people study so hard and look so depressed like the two chem engineer students that lived next door. “Hey Thomas! How about a beer at the Pub? I cant, have lab and tests tomorrow.”

          • ToshZA

            January 22, 2015 at 09:21

            I think it’s just a case of “Empty Glass” syndrome.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 22, 2015 at 09:38

            As illustrated in “one night in Paris”

  2. RinceThis

    January 22, 2015 at 08:41

    So they didn’t get their training from…

    https://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrj290JWAa1qm8b0so1_500.gif

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    • HairyEwok

      January 22, 2015 at 08:47

      They used him for the zombies mechanics.

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  3. Admiral Chief

    January 22, 2015 at 09:11

    • HairyEwok

      January 22, 2015 at 09:17

      Bro this is the true Parkour of SA. So hardcore! (rfrsh).

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      • The D

        January 22, 2015 at 09:32

        You are henceforth banned for posting an image related to Crazy Monkey, local comedy that is about as funny as catching herpes.

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        • HairyEwok

          January 22, 2015 at 09:38

          LuuuuuuuL

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 22, 2015 at 09:45

          Aw shucks.

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        • ToshZA

          January 22, 2015 at 09:56

          I don’t know, knowing that some people caught herpes is pretty funny.

          Jack Parow for instance, I’d laugh so damn much.

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  4. Guild

    January 22, 2015 at 09:29

    That’s nice, I’m more interested in my pre-order and when it will be delivered since the production delay.

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    • Sageville

      January 22, 2015 at 11:03

      Same here….waiting patiently….

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