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Techland managed to create probably one of the best Zombie games ever with Dying Light, it's currently heavily discounted again and it's now hit five years since release.

It was actually released on Linux same-day as Windows, something that was quite a surprise years ago for such a huge release. Sadly, it wasn't in the best state but they eventually got there and it ended up as one of my favourite games on any platform.

To celebrate the occasion, Techland has turned on the HyperMode in-game event. This is where you're as strong as Superman, sending Zombies flying as you punch and kick. Additionally, for this event Techland has also boosted XP gain and there's person and global goals to hit to earn rewards.

It's one of those dumb yet ridiculously fun events you need to take part in, if only to relieve perhaps a little stress by sending Zombies flying through a fence or two. Surprising how satisfying that actually is.

Also, for those following Dying Light 2, it was recently indefinitely delayed. Instead of Spring this year, there's now no date for it. It's also still listing Linux for it on SteamDB, so fingers crossed.

Back to Dying Light, it's also on sale and absolutely worth picking up if you still don't have it. Find it on Humble Store and Steam.

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tgurr 27 January 2020 at 12:44 pm UTC
@liam is it worth playing Dying Light via Proton instead of running the native version? In the past I read that it performs much better via Proton than the native port, wonder how you run it since you seem to play it quite frequently. I've been playing the native port some years ago but need to pick up on it again some time, hence my interest.
Liam Dawe 27 January 2020 at 12:44 pm UTC
tgurr@liam is it worth playing Dying Light via Proton instead of running the native version? In the past I read that it performs much better via Proton than the native port, wonder how you run it since you seem to play it quite frequently. I've been playing the native port some years ago but need to pick up on it again some time, hence my interest.
To me, it makes no difference. With the native port, I'm usually around 100FPS anyway and I only have a 60hz monitor so the native version is great for me.

I should add, that's because I do have an overpowered GPU now, before on my older GPU it would hover around 50-70FPS. If you don't have the literal top-end GPU, Proton will likely be a lot better in this case.

The problem is, the Linux port of Dying Light is old now and OpenGL. Plus, it was worked on by about 2 people from what I was told before. Hopefully if Dying Light 2 is coming to Linux, they will use Vulkan...


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 27 January 2020 at 12:48 pm UTC
ShabbyX 27 January 2020 at 2:23 pm UTC
Just started playing this, and I thought the kick became super strong because of level up!

Also, just had my first night outside. Don't know if I'm willing to go through that much stress again :-S
dpanter 27 January 2020 at 3:40 pm UTC
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Oh man, that first night... such scars sweet memories will never fade.

The native version is not bad anymore since Techland fixed a few long standing bugs that could break the game, most notably the Drop Attack with a bladed weapon that would cause a long pause, hang the game or CTD.

While the native version should run smooth and be stable now, it doesn't work on all systems. Black screen with white loading bar crash can sometimes be fixed by adding a launch option to skip the intro: -nologos

Proton can also alleviate this problem, should have better performance for most systems, plus it offers more graphics options for increased visual fidelity. I.e. darker darkness and shadowier shadows.
edmondo 27 January 2020 at 7:43 pm UTC
ShabbyXAlso, just had my first night outside. Don't know if I'm willing to go through that much stress again :-S

Oh yeeesss... the first night outside was very intense... total panic... where is my flashlight... where should I run... they are everywhere... and they want me!
Whitewolfe80 27 January 2020 at 8:25 pm UTC
You have to hand it to techland 5 years and still making content for the game its fun still combat is good as ever. Wish they had done the same with gunslinger or at least made a sequel by now
ShabbyX 28 January 2020 at 5:23 am UTC
edmondo
ShabbyXAlso, just had my first night outside. Don't know if I'm willing to go through that much stress again :-S

Oh yeeesss... the first night outside was very intense... total panic... where is my flashlight... where should I run... they are everywhere... and they want me!

So these comments at least are reassuring that the rest won't be so bad!
dpanter 28 January 2020 at 8:43 am UTC
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There are plenty of *Oh shiiiiiit* moments to come in the full game playthrough, although nothing quite blows your socks off like the first night.
ninjasftw 28 January 2020 at 10:14 am UTC
I played it native for most of the game however there seemed to be a bug where it would consistently crash during an underwater section of the story. Changed to Proton and it worked fine for the rest of the game.
Great game though, once you're more comfortable night time is the most fun!
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