Dying Light: The Following Review
Dying Light: The Following Box Art
System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Techland
Pub: WB Games
Release: February 9, 2016
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Whatever your feelings about its survival gameplay elements, you can't deny that The Following looks and sounds great. Sneaking through the fields of long, swaying prairie grasses made me feel like a kid playing hide and seek, and the colorful ribbons the cultists have strung up look fantastic as they flutter in the breeze. It's nice to see a zombie game with this much color, as the lack of the usual grey-brown filter actually makes the zombies themselves look even more gruesome in contrast to their environment.

The only glitch in audio-visual quality is that the accents of the various locals are not particularly consistent. Some of them sound close enough to the desired Turkish accent to pass muster, but others sound like they were transplanted directly from Mexico City or Bombay. Since all the signs in the area are in English anyway, I guess accurate local flavor just wasn't Techland's top priority.

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If you enjoyed the original Dying Light, The Following keeps its base gameplay but adds a fresh perspective with the wide-open rural setting, mysterious story, and the dune buggy. There's plenty to see and do here, though you'll have to look off the beaten path to find the most interesting bits. If I had some good fun as a dyed-in-the-wool zombie game naysayer, I'm sure you z-fans will appreciate it quite a bit. Techland definitely put in a ton of time and effort to give the popular Dying Light the kind of expansion it deserves.

By
Becky Cunningham
Site Editor
Date: January 28, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Evocative and technically excellent, only a bit of excessive motion blur during driving mars the visuals.
3.5
Control
Combat controls are fluid and easy to pick up – parkour and buggy controls are a bit more dodgy.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Strong sound design, especially effects, but uneven accents from voice actors.
4.0
Play Value
This is a real, old-school, meaty, expansion-sized addition to Dying Light, albeit with some design flaws that can reduce long-term enjoyment.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Discover the untold chapter of Kyle Crane’s story thanks to this massive expansion. Leave the quarantine zone and investigate a mysterious faith that has asserted itself in the seemingly serene countryside – a region bigger than all areas of the original game combined!
  • Dying Light: The Following introduces the drivable dirt buggy that you can freely customize and upgrade with special weapons, attachments and decals to create your deadliest weapon yet.
  • Discover the secret behind The Following via open-ended nonlinear gameplay that draws you ever closer to the cult's center of power.

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