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REVIEW: Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light

Have you never been told to look both ways before crossing the street.

Alright you city slickers go find yourselves a pair of over-alls and a piece of straw to chew on, cause your about to head to the country. Dying Light has dropped their latest DLC, The Following, and they’re giving you a customizable dirt buggy to ripe and roar through zombie filled fields. With the new addition of this weaponized ride, you’ll be plowing through the undead masses. Plus with Dying Light”s online co-op you and your friends can act like a couple of farmhands, and go work the fields together. One of you can drive, while the other can fire off some rounds into some zombie brains. Along with the dirt buggy the developers at Techland have added a brand new weapon, a crossbow with interchangeable ammo. Imagine starring in The Walking Dead crossed with The Dukes of Hazard and you’ll have an idea of how it feels to explore the world of Dying Light.

Try not to get any limbs stuck in your bumper

Try not to get any limbs stuck in your bumper

Original Dying Light’s main protagonist, Kyle Crane, was dropped into a quarantined metropolis, where he used all his parkour skills to run and jump around the sprawling city while avoiding or fighting the infected at every corner. This time around you are set loose on a much larger region of the world, continuing the story of trying to stop the zombie outbreak. If you played through the original section of Dying Light, you get the bonus of porting over all your character’s level progression. Luckily the enemies are based on your skill level, so don’t worry to much if you’re a beginner. Don’t let your guard down because not only are you up against a variety of zombie hordes, but weapon toting marauders capitalizing on the chaos as well. The best part this time around is you have a death machine on wheels.

Plenty of fresh air.

Plenty of fresh air.

My favorite part of Dying Light’s gameplay is the freedom of moment. Unlike some of the zombie fighting games out there, you aren’t blocked off from areas of the map by a waist high crate. You are encouraged to explore every section of the playable map in Dying Light: The Following. By the time you get your parkour skills developed, you are able to run,slide, or leap over an obstacle in you way. You’ll feel like an ultimate ninja once you added those skills to your combat skills. You’re given the option to wield either melee weapons or firearms, but remember guns make noise, and noise attracts unwanted attention. My advice would be get good at slicing zombies heads off.

The new driving mechanics are very responsive, and makes it easy to Tokyo Drift through a tight corner crowded with zombies. Be cautious of flipping your ride over, because it takes a second to flip the vehicle back on it wheels. When your engine has attracted a bunch of enemies, you usually need to keep moving. Techland has factored in all the hassles of having a working whip while living through a zombie apocalypse. You need to watch you’re fuel intake, the warning lights on your dashboard, and the time it takes to deal with both. You must go to the rear of you vehicle to refuel, and you’ll have to pop the hood to fix any mechanical issues you are having.

Much like when Dying Light first came out, I’m not going to be able to take my hands off the controller for some time thanks to Dying Light: The Following. I myself am a good o’ country boy, and love to tear through the fields and the woods in an all-terrain vehicle. Techland continues to make a mark, on gameplay and graphics. If you haven’t purchased Dying Light. You can get both the original and Dying Light: The Following, buy purchasing Dying Light: Enhanced Edition, which includes all DLC yet released. This includes multiple new maps, story arcs, a battle arena, weapons, and outfits. The great thing about coming late to this party, is you will only be paying the price of the original game. I give Dying Light: The Following a 9.5 out of 10.

Cross your heart and hope you die.

Cross your heart and hope you die.

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Written by: JW Corman

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