Dying Light is one of the most overlooked games of 2015, which is a real shame because the game itself is fantastic and one of the best zombie games ever to come out of developer, Techlands’ portfolio. In fact, it’s one of the best zombie games, period. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I did a full review of Dying Light when it first came out and you can check that out here. Instead, what I’ll be covering here is Dying Lights latest DLC, Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition. This not only will cover The Following, but also the added features included with the Enhanced Edition update.
Kyle Crane and the folks in Harran learn about a cult group living outside of Harran that seem to be immune to the virus. Due to the dwindling supple of Antizin, Kyle decides to venture out to the Countryside and see what this is about and to find a possible cure in the process.
First, let’s start off with what makes the Enhanced Edition different. Every person out there who owns the base game will now have the Enhanced Edition, free of charge. That means players get access to Nightmare mode, 250 Legend Levels, and other under the hood upgrades.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about The Following DLC. The Following adds a ton of new content that makes it feel like an entirely new game. In fact, it could be its own standalone game if it wanted to be, seeing as you can’t exactly jump from the Countryside to Old Town / The Slums without quitting out of either areas and loading up the other.
The Following adds an entirely new map called The Countryside that is huge! It’s about twice the size of the previous maps with much more varied terrain. While the traditional parkour element is there as well as all the combat elements, it’s the addition of the new driving element that really makes this DLC stand out. Each player receives their own zombie smashing buggy that can be upgraded and customized. You can customize it with different paint jobs you find and can upgrade with better parts. The driving element is also its own skill tree that you can level up to further enhance your buggy. You only see the driving skill tree if you play The Following and it doesn’t show up if you are on the other maps.
There’s also the inclusion of new bounties that will help you level up even quicker. As of right now, there are only regular bounties that you can do over and over again as well as daily bounties that change. They are neat little challenges that can net you several thousand XP when completed.
Another addition is the inclusion of bows and crossbows now. While the bow was an item you could only get in the Bozak Horde DLC, you can now get them for free at the quartermaster and is available to everyone with the Enhanced Edition. The crossbow however is only available for The Following players as it’s an item you pick up from a specific mission as well as an item you can craft with a blueprint.
If you’re worried about The Following not having many missions, don’t. There are plenty of main missions and tons of side missions to keep you busy. Like the core game, there’s plenty of variation between missions so it doesn’t feel like you’re doing the same things over and over again.
Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition is one of the most feature rich DLC’s I’ve encountered in recent memory. There’s a full storyline included, lots of new story related characters, a huge new map, new weapons, and new gear. The biggest addition being that of your vehicle than can make traversing the larger map a breeze.
Honestly, there’s a lot to love about The Following and very little to complain about. It builds upon an already solid core and makes it even better, which is a hard thing to do. With that said, if you own Dying Light and loved it, you owe it to yourself to pick up The Following. If you don’t own it, go out and get Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition which will include the core game and every single piece of DLC available at a very reasonable price.
I’ve been playing a lot of Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition since it came out, both solo and with a buddy. While the game is entirely playable solo, it is way more fun if you play it with friends. Below are some of my adventures that give an accurate representation of just how fun this game is. If you have the base game, you owe it to yourself to get The Following DLC. You don’t even have to get the previous ones, just get this one.
Warning: Content is adult in nature. Adult language, exploding heads, severed limbs, online shenanigans. All of this was played while the kiddies slept. That’s me being a responsible parent I guess.
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