|System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC|
|Pub: WB Games|
|Release: February 9, 2016|
|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.
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.
Date: January 28, 2016