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12 Very Impressive Minutes Of Next-Gen Zombie Parkour

Here's a 12 minute gameplay demo of Dying Light, Techland's free-running zombie survival game. It looks impressive, every bit the Mirror's Edge-meets-Dead Island thing that Stephen talked when he first saw the game earlier this year.

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It's nice to finally see the game in action. Dying Light will be released next year across both current-gen and next-gen platforms, but this demo seems pretty clearly next-gen. Look at that foliage blow in the wind! That is some next-gen foliage, buddy. (I've hit up Warner Bros. to see which platform this demo's running on. Probably a PC, if I had to guess.)

Some of this seems pretty rote—particularly the big "bruiser zombie" that pops out at one point—but other parts seem cool, in particular the great-looking running animations and the way that the city's design seems to allow for true improvisation. As long as you really have to keep avoiding confrontation and never get, say, a flame-thrower, this game could be a lot of fun. That said, I've never really loved Techland's Dead Island (though I know some do), so I'm hopeful but a bit wary that Dying Light will be a less janky experience.

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Also: Favelas really are the new hotness in games, huh? Hey, at least they're colorful.

What do you guys think? Ach, ja or nicht nicht?

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"Coming out for current and next gen platforms"

We really really REALLY need journalists to start grilling devs on the disparity of quality in the Next Gen vs Current Gen releases of the same games. I'm concerned that my experience with Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed 4, Dying Light and several others are going to be so watered down because I'm not getting a Next Gen system until probably a year into their lifespan.

I'd like to request to Kotaku, if I may be so bold, that you try your best to get your hands on copy of these game and give us side-by-side comparisons so we know what we're going to get as early as possible.

Case in point, I'm terrified that this is what I'm going to get on the 360 when I've been advertised this for over a year.