I wasn't sure what to expect from Dying Light, a new open-world zombie game from a studio known for making the regrettable open-world zombie series Dead Island. Imagine my pleasant surprise, then, when I discovered some cool ideas during my first five hours with the game. Maybe you can teach an old zombie new tricks.
We all wanna parkour like Super Mario or Ryu Hayabusa, but only a few people ever get to actually do it — like freerunner Jason Paul.
I've seen parkour videos where the perspective makes it look like a video game. I haven't seen many where I actually hold my breath and think, boy, even in a video game that might have been fatal.
Techland just released an intense new trailer for Dying Light. The video shows off the open-world zombie game's supremely bloody gameplay, along with some nimble parkour moves:
Ubisoft enlisted Devin Graham to make this Watch Dogs mini-movie featuring expert freerunners:
I am so sorry. I tried to come up with something different, but I kept coming back to "Peter Parkour". Hopefully this superhero-themed video from Ronnie Street Stunts can redeem the headline.
With a touch of Minecraft to boot—but only if you squint.
Usually, when we show you parkour, it's footage of successful, awe-inspiring runs. The point is to highlight finesse in movement. But actually getting to that skill level takes a lot of practice—and failed runs.
Characters like Ezio in Assassin's Creed make parkour seem so easy—you're literally just a couple of button presses away from doing some cool move or trick. It's not so easy in real life, of course.
Boy, these guys did a damn fine job nailing the game's trademark style, from the outfit to the obstacles to the field of view on the camera they used.
Which shouldn't be surprising, seeing as they've starred in a metric ton of platformers but hey, video proof!
Between lightsabers and usage of the Force, Jedi are already pretty cool. Even so, watching the folks at ronniestreetstunts free-run as Jedi over the desert is effin' awesome.
I can’t tell if these guys are imitating Mirror’s Edge, or if this video is just a testament to how well the game captured what parkour feels like. Either way, this first person Parkour video is so much like Mirror’s Edge that it’s actually a little bit terrifying.
There’s even moments that feel like it is straight…
Slow zombies may be a cliche, but I'd take them any day over having to figure out how to survive against super agile, parkour zombies—like the ones in this video by ronniestreetstunts.
Just when you think no one could really move through the forest as gracefully as Connor from Assassin's Creed III, someone does. Free-runner Ronnie Shalvis, specifically.
The entirety of this video is impressive, but things start to get really crazy around 1:50 in.
Cosplay is one thing; many men and women have worn the Assassin's hood. Actually going out into the city and scaling buildings, though... well, that's another thing entirely.
FreeJack is a parkour MMO that looks like Jet Grind Radio, only without the skates, and starting tomorrow you can test it out.