Dying Light: The Following
Dying Light: The Following may not ring any bells and you may be wondering what this is. Well before we got to Dying Light 2, we actually got this DLC for the first game. Now while this is DLC, Dying Light: The Following is more like Dying Light 1.5 than just some quick and easy DLC as there is a lot of content here.
I am going out on a limb here when I say that Dying Light: The Following has the best story of any of the Dying Light games! When I heard that we were getting some story-based DLC for Dying Light I was very excited, but I must admit I never expected it to be this good. I actually do not want to spoil what you have in store as the story is one of the major highlights of this. Rather than being set in an urban setting, Dying Light: The Following takes the story to a much more rural kind of area where there is this creepy cult that you need to investigate and deal with. It has an ending that legit shocked the hell out of me!
If there is one area that is not “amazing” in regards to Dying Light: The Following I would have to say it is the visuals. Do not get me wrong they are not bad or anything like that, but they are not exactly going to knock your socks off or anything like that. One thing I will say is that it has a very different kind of style to the original game thanks to the drastically different setting. Rather than run down apartment blocks and dumpsters you have fields, farmhouses, and bales of hay! It makes for a very different looking kind of game.
Make no mistake about it, Dying Light: The Following is most certainly more Dying Light, but it is done in a different kind of way. You will still have a tough time leveling up and fighting off zombies at night. But the rural setting of this DLC makes the way you go about the game far different.
The parkour that you could use to get yourself out of trouble in the main game is not going to save you as much here. The reason for that is there is not as much stuff to jump on, over and hide around from the zombies. As a result, the game feels a lot tenser and I found myself dying a lot more until I got used to the way the game was. Also, it feels like there are far fewer safe houses this time around. One huge gameplay change is the inclusion of a badass post-apocalyptic vehicle. As the world is a bit more spread out than the urban original. They have made it so that you can ho pin a car to get around. What is cool about this is that you can mow down enemies as you drive. Also, if you are playing with a friend they can hop in the back and take down zombies with a weapon. While you still have to scavenge for supplies to heal yourself and fight with. You also need to scavenge for parts for your vehicle that will keep it running and improve it.
Like the main game, you do have the main story to play through (which is excellent by the way) however, you also have lots of side missions to keep you busy as well. Seriously for DLC, you have a ton of content to have fun with here.
Final Thoughts On Dying Light: The Following
I could not have been any more impressed with Dying Light: The Following. The story is truly fantastic and very memorable. Also, the new setting makes the gameplay feel very different from what Dying Light offered. If you love zombie games and enjoyed the original Dying Light, you are going to really enjoy playing through this.
Final Score: 8.5/10
- The best story in the series
- That ending really did blow my mind
- You can drive a cool vehicle
- It poses a real tough challenge
- The rural setting is great
- It feels much tougher than the original game
- The added “races” did nothing for me at all