Dying Light The Following Review

Dying Light The Following Review

So, I just got through playing the DLC for Dying Light, The Following. Man, what a trip.

First off, like every other zombie video game head out there, I thought that Dying Light was the best damned zombie apocalypse game, ever. Granted, not much had come out to match it in years past.

And to support that claim, I submit the following (see what I did there – slick right?):

  • Dead Island 1 and 2 were pretty good, but the FPS sucked in those games (I know they kind of improved the mechanics in the second iteration, but it still sucked).
  • Deadspace 1-3 were also amazing, but they featured space zombies, so the games were not quite built along strict genre tropes.
  • Fallout 3 and 4 totally rocked, but they don’t fall squarely in the zompoc genre.
  • And Dead Rising? I was never a fan. So sue me, but I thought it was repetitive as hell and just not that much fun to play.
  • And Left 4 Dead was awesome, if you’re into co-op play (even as last-gen games, they still hold up).

But, if you’re a shut-in, middle-aged, antisocial fiction writer like me who generally hates talking to people and who has zero friends who game, then you probably prefer games with long single-player campaigns that massively deliver on the story-line front.

And let me list the reasons why I liked Dying Light so much; awesome single-player campaign, outstanding game play, excellent game mechanics, and an overall appreciation for all the things fans love about zombies. Granted, the game features fast zombies. I know it’s not cool to have fast zombies in a zompoc movie or book these days, even though everyone is doing it (which is why I made my zompoc book series THEM about a paranormal apocalypse and not straight-up zompoc), but it makes a video game much, much more interesting.

The only thing about the game was that it was so intense, by the end of the single-player campaign, I was wiped out. I just couldn’t play another minute of that game. So, I had no desire to play The Bozak Horde, and skipped that DLC entirely. Yet, when The Following came out, I kept hearing good things about it. And let’s face it, running over zombies at 90 mph in a tricked out dune buggy sounds hella’ cool. So, I downloaded it and started on the campaign about a week ago.

I’ll just say that one thing I hate about DLC releases is when they are light on game play and story. Some of the DLC for Fallout 3 suffered from this failing – it was basically just a few new areas to go kill things. Big whoop. But with The Following, you’re getting tons of new missions and an entirely new storyline.

In The Following, Kyle Crane finds out that there’s a place outside Harran where people are immune to the dreaded virus. So, Kyle heads out to see what’s up with these folks, because the people at the Tower in Harran are running out of the antidote that’s keeping them from turning. (Ah, sci-fi zombie plots – totally implausible, but don’t you still love ’em?)

And that’s where the dune buggy comes in, and in a big way. See, this new area is open countryside, and it’s freaking huge. So, Kyle needs some wheels to get around, and wouldn’t you just know it, there’s a band of bandits nearby who have the only operating vehicle around. And once you liberate your ride, that’s when the real fun starts.

I’m not going to ruin it for you with a bunch of spoilers, because it’s best if you see what the dealio is yourself. However, I will say that the driving mechanics are surprisingly fun and realistic, and that once you get used to zipping around in that dune buggy, you’re not going to want to go back to Harran. It’s sort of like when you get the Batmobile in Arkham Knight, it totally spoils you on the other travel mechanics in the game. Except that the Batmobile was so dominant in Arkham Knight, it ruined the gameplay – but in The Following, the driving element simply makes everything that much better.

I can’t say enough good things about this DLC, and if you’re like I was and sitting on the fence about buying it, just go get it and play it. Techland and Warner could have easily turned this into the next Dying Light, but instead they managed to get a nice fat DLC out to fans of the game, and not too long after the original title had hit store shelves.

So, for once a video game design company and publisher got the DLC thing right. And fans of Dying Light should rejoice, because this is everything you probably wanted in a DLC for the game, and more. Now, go mow down some zombies; trust me, you’ll thank me later.

2 Comments

  1. Robert Briggs on June 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    15June,2016

    Hey Dude you wrote some really good books.

    I’ve already gone through Books 0,1,2,3,, and I ‘m currently just starting Aberration.

    Thanks for all the good reads.

    In school I was your opposite, I hated school except for books about wild life, Indians, and frontier settlers, hunting and fishing were my favorites except for trapping Muskrat, Mink, Rabbits and Possums.

    Every now and then I’d catch a Mallard Duck by setting a trap on a piece of drift wood sticking about 6 or 8 inches under the water.

    The creek I trapped in back in the late 50s & early 60s has really filled in a lot due to all the old farmers have passed away & their kids not farming & raising cattle on the old farms like they was when I was a kid 11 thru 15 years old.

    In 1963, I discovered girls, which I liked a lot especially the pretty ones but, I liked most of them anyway, mostly because they didn’t try to beat me up like all the boys did.

    I was skinny as a rail wore glasses and everyone thought I was a Sissy because I liked to hang out talking to all those good smelling pretty girls.

    One day while I was in the second grade I was talking to my true love but, she didn’t know it yet because I hadn’t told her she was yet; when this Bully named Butch come up to me and started calling me SISSY AND THEN HE SLAPPED ME ACROSS THE FACE!

    That scare me really bad and I started crying and he laughed at me and punched me in the stomach.

    About ten seconds after that I went Ballistic on Bad Ass Butch, grabbing him around the neck I threw him over my hip and jumped on top of him and started punching him with every thing I had, if a teacher hadn’t come around the corned of the building when she did and pulled me off him, I might have really hurt Old Bad Ass Butch.

    To make a long story short I got hauled up to the Mr. Bowers Office who was the Principle of South Harriman, Elementary school in South East TN 37748, about 35 miles west of Knoxville, TN just off I-40 West Bound.

    Mr. Bowers, introduced me to the Board of Education, for fighting, let met tell you right now I would have rather foregone that introduction because I thought he was going to beat my ass plum off!

    I never got into another fight again untill I got into the 7th grade and then it was with a friend of mine, Morgan Alred, who’s Daddy owned the ESSO Gas Station, which was right next door to where I lived in an old Civil War Grocery Store building.

    We were dirt poor with holes in all clothes and shoes plus a lot of our used clothes were given to us by the the Big Baptist Church, which was in walking distance of our house.

    Granny Briggs, made us kids, (all seven of us) go to Sunday School and Church, every Sunday Morning and Night.

    When I ask her why, we had to go to church her reply was, we were not going to grow up being a bunch of Heathens if I can help it!

    My Daddy was fond of Moonshine Whisky and I mean VERY FOND of it and so was his Boss, Bluke.

    Bluke owned a construction business digging septic tanks, sewer lines, installing driveways and gravel roads back out in the country where no body else would go and do the work. Bluke was my best buddy, he would let me help grease the High Lift Loader, and Bull Dozier. He showed me how to use most of the hand tools pliers,crescent wrench, open end and boxed-end wrenches, plus sockets and ratchets & he told me what their names were and their sizes. He let me operate the old hand pump used to fuel up the dozier and high-lift loader. I wasn’t too found of fueling up all the heavy equipment because it got this little 12 year old boy very tired very fast but, Bluke let me drive his old dark blue Chevy Pickup when we were out in the fields and on the back roads. I ask Bluke why he was teaching me how to do all this stuff and he said I wanted to teach my son how to do all the things but, my wife moved out because I wanted to drink beer and watch the Yankees Play in the World Series ans she informed me her son was not going to be around a drunk, I think of you as my friend and it might help you when you grow up to learn how to do these things.

    Well it did help me a lot but, Bluke drunk himself to death and never knew that he was responsible for me becoming a hydraulics mechanic on the Navy’s Jet Aircraft.

    I worked on Navy Jets for 12 years then got out of the Navy after returning from Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, Italy, Spain, France, Alaska, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, not necessarily in that order.

    I just got tired of being gone from the States all the time so I got out after 12 yrs and went to work on driving a tool & equipment truck for the TVA Electrical Construction Crew building
    a 500 KW Three Phrase High Tension Power Line from Oakridge (The Secret City) down to Chattanooga,TN, plus two or three other Power Lines from Georgia to Kyle’s Ford Virginia.

    When that job ran out, I went back into the Navy and retired with 20yrs active duty and returned to my Home Town of Harriman,TN where I sit back and read books of authors like MD Massey, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Mark Gimenez, Terrill Lee Lankford, Jeffrey L. Diamond, Jefferson Bass, DR. David Jeremiah (Agents of the Apocalypse) A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times. This is a very interesting book and I recommend it to everyone, and Billy Gram.

    Well I guess I’ve run my mouth long enough, I hope I haven’t bored you to death.

    May the Good Lord take a liking to ya and Bless You and all your Loved Ones.
    MN1 Robert Briggs
    USN Retired
    Vietnam Veteran

    • M.D. Massey on June 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Robert, good to meet you, and thanks for your service. Also, thanks for the compliments on the books. I’ve learned that you can’t please everyone, but I’m happy with pleasing most of my readers. Looks like I’m in good company with the other authors you read. By the way, I got your email and wrote back, but my email got returned. Anyway, I tore through both seasons of Bosch, so I guess I’ll have to check out the books now.

      Best regards,

      M.D. Massey

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