XBOX ONE Dying Light: The Following

Last updated date: August 26, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

This title packs exhilarating gameplay, stellar graphics and new weapons into one powerhouse video game. It's survivalist zombie horror at its best, and it's difficult enough to be challenging without turning that corner into exhausting. Some players don't enjoy the new collection of side quests, but you're free to stick to the main storyline. In our analysis of 84 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Dying Light: The Following placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 30, 2019:
Checkout The Best Zombie Game for a detailed review of all the top zombie games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
172 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
After more than 20 hours with The Following, I’m impressed by how much I have left to do. There are corners of the map that I’ve left unexplored, sidequests I’ve left incomplete, missing persons I’ve all but abandoned, and hidden loot I’ve left undiscovered. I’m just as impressed that, after so many hours, I still want to go do all that. What do you know: I’ve grown fonder of a game that I already liked a great deal.
- Kotaku
February 9, 2016 | Full review
Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition is a great addition to an already superb game. If you like to lose yourself in a story, it won’t happen here, but the game’s mechanics are quite frankly awesome, and combined with stellar graphics, exhilarating gameplay and a massive amount of content, there’s little reason not to jump right in. Dying Light: The Following is well worth a buy if you found yourself yearning for more after the original, and are happy to sacrifice a meaty narrative for genuinely challenging, intuitive gameplay and exciting side missions.
- Game Spew
February 24, 2016 | Full review
The main Dying Light had a seemingly endless selection of quests and side distractions with The Following being no different. There seems to be far more depth to the quests themselves with one underwater expedition to find the source of missing food being a particular highlight. Races have also been added, as arcade-y as they are. You’re still driving through a countryside filled with zombies, so they act as roadblocks and obstacles. It’s like an undead Mario Kart and it’s frustratingly brilliant.
- Cultured Vultures
February 13, 2016 | Full review
The core difference really, lies in the scenery. Instead of the rising, crumbling structures of Harran to scrabble up, players are instead offered a large, rolling countryside to explore. It makes for a nice change of pace.
- Critical Hit
March 14, 2016 | Full review
The Following was larger than I expected, and it maintains a high level of quality throughout. Being pared down from the bloat of Dying Light earns it more moment-to-moment excitement, and I greedily consumed it over the weekend. The last few minutes have me pondering the future of what's clearly going to become a franchise, and I'm ready for whatever Techland brings next.
- Destructoid
February 9, 2016 | Full review
Dying Light was already a solid game in its own right, but what Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition offers is so much more. The base game is improved upon in a variety of ways, you have access to loads of DLC content and The Following expansion packed in with it all is expansive and fantastic. If you haven’t experienced the world of Techland’s Dying Light yet then this is absolutely the definitive way to do so, though it’s even good enough for those who have already played it to take a double dip.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
February 27, 2018 | Full review
This leads me to this review’s biggest caveat- The Following is an immensely enjoyable and well-crafted survival horror experience that I implore any fan of the genre to at least check out, but don’t attempt to do so without levelling Crane up to at least level 12, as the difficulty, even on Normal, will more than give you a run for your money if you try to jump straight in.
- Impulse Gamer
March 11, 2016 | Full review
Seasoned Dying Light players can instantly jump into the stunning and large new expanse The Following offers, anybody else should hold off until they have become fully equipped to fight well-armed human A.I. or like a challenge. With loads of new content, better graphics, sounds, weapons, enemy behaviour, and anything else Techland could think of this Enhanced Edition of Dying Light is worth the price tag alone. Now throw in the excellent new gameplay mechanic of driving and The Following expansion is a pure refreshing delight.
- PS Nation
March 3, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Surprisingly, the side quests somewhat mitigated the weak narrative. I don’t know why, but most of the additional content that didn’t have me pushing toward the credits was of a much better quality than the game’s main story.
- Critical Hit
March 14, 2016 | Full review
The difficulty, or at least the freedom to approach difficult situations too early in the game, can lead to a few frustrating deaths and some may acquire a fear of the virtual dark. I urge you to push past the minor barriers you may face as one of the best games of last year just got a whole lot better.
- PS Nation
March 3, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition takes parkour-fueled zombie survival to a whole new level. Enjoy the definitive Dying Light experience with the brand new Legend system, improved visuals, major gameplay enhancements, and more. This package comes with all the available bonus content, including Dying Light: The Following - a massive story based expansion that brings mysterious characters, deadly new weapons, unexpected quests, and fully customizable and drivable dirt buggies.Dying Light is now bigger, better and scarier than ever before. Enjoy the ultimate zombie experience as you scavenge for supplies, craft weapons, and do anything you can to survive in a city ravaged by the zombie virus. 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 most deadly weapon yet.

Overall Product Rankings

1. PS4 The Last of Us
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
2. PS4 Resident Evil 2 Remake
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
3. XBOX ONE Dying Light: The Following
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
4. XBOX 360 Left 4 Dead 2
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
5. PS4 The Walking Dead Collection
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
6. XBOX ONE Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
7. XBOX ONE Dead Rising 4
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 9
8. PS4 Days Gone
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 11
9. XBOX ONE Dead Rising 3
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 5
10. PS4 Dead Island 2
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Zombie Games

America’s obsession with the living dead kicked off in 1968 with George A. Romero’s aptly-titled horror flick, “Night of the Living Dead.” Since then, the slow-moving, brain-eating creatures have infiltrated every corner of our cultural zeitgeist. Zombie TV shows (“The Walking Dead,” Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet”) and books (“The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks) have spiked in popularity. Even the Center for Disease Control is in on the action: It featured a zombie preparedness blog on their website a few years ago. The agency claims it’s fictional advice — but we have it bookmarked, just in case.

The best way to practice for an end-of-days zombie scenario is with a zombie video game. They give you the chance to test-drive your own survival tactics or learn how to prepare for scenarios you never even considered. If you’re not buying into the zombie apocalypse mindset, you can still lose yourself in some of the best zombie games money can buy.

Today’s zombie games go well beyond basic first-person shooters — you have to do more than just kill as many sluggish, brain-crazy zombies as possible. The hallmarks of a great modern zombie game are a compelling storyline, realistic graphics, a variety of weapons to choose from and characters that you connect with. Game creators like Capcom and Sony have dozens of titles to pick from on multiple systems. 

How do you find the glistening needle in this zombie game haystack? You check out our tips and advice, then use your newfound knowledge to go forth in the night and defeat the zombies once and for all.

DYWM Fun Fact

Zombie stories have been around for centuries. They’re good for a scare, but if there’s a sudden influx of cultural zombie references, the brain-hungry monsters are probably being used for social commentary.  

The first-ever zombie film, “White Zombie,” was inspired by American writer William Seabrook’s incorrect assumptions about Haitian workers. During his travels to the island, he described seemingly catatonic Haitian field workers as “zombies.” In reality, they were exhausted from the inhumane conditions they faced while working in the fields for American companies. The movie spoke to American’s fears about other cultures and unfamiliar belief systems. 

Anxieties about nuclear war and communism cropped in zombie comics and movies during the late 1940s and 1950s. George A. Romero released “Night of the Living Dead” during the volatile 1960s, when tensions over the Vietnam war and civil rights had Americans on edge. 

America’s most recent cultural zombie explosion is an artistic expression of our deepest fear: each other. The emphasis on mass epidemic outbreaks, survivalism, and reliance on firearms speaks to deep-seated concerns about the current political and social climate. 

Zombies may not make these stressful issues any easier, but they do provide a canvas where we can paint our stories.

The Zombie Game Buying Guide

  • First off, make sure that the game you have your eye on is built to work with whatever system you own. If you’re buying the game as a gift, double check which system your recipient uses before you buy. There are great titles for every video game system, so don’t despair if the one you had your eye on wasn’t released for your hardware. “Left 4 Dead 2” looks great on the Xbox 360, “The Last of Us” is a favorite on Playstation 4, and “Dying Light: The Following” knocks it out of the park on the Xbox One. 
  • Thanks to major advances in graphics and realism, today’s zombie games are not for the faint of heart. Make sure that you’re ready for some blood and guts, and check out the game’s ESRB rating before you buy it (especially if you’re buying it as a gift for a younger family member). ESRB ratings are doled out by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, a regulatory organization that assigns age and content ratings to consumer video games. All four of our top picks have an M17+ rating (Mature, ages 17+) for things like blood and gore, language and intense violence. 
  • A fascinating storyline is what makes today’s zombie games worth buying, and you’ll get the most value out of your game if you find one that really speaks to you. The blockbuster “Resident Evil” series gets a facelift in PS4’s “Resident Evil 2.” It’s a remake of the 1998 smash hit, but it’s well worth the money, even if you already played the ‘98 version. Almost all of the residents of Racoon City have turned into zombies after the release of the evil Umbrella Corporation’s T-Virus. You can play as either rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy or college student Claire Redfield, who each take their own path to fight through Racoon City and meet up at an evacuation train.
  • If you like stories that have a longer, grander arc, PS4’s “The Last of Us” is right up your alley. It jumps from an initial viral outbreak in the suburbs of Austin, TX to 20 years later, when the infection has almost decimated civilization as a whole. Survivor Joel is a member of the Fireflies, a rebel militia. He encounters Ellie, a teen girl who is demonstrating resistance to the deadly Cordyceps fungus, and they take off on a journey to find the remaining Fireflies and potentially defeat the virus. 
  • Each zombie game has its own gameplay style. Some, like “Dying Light: The Following,” use a first-person point of view. It looks like you’re right in the game, looking through the eyes of your character as you fight off zombie attacks. DLTF also uses parkour-style movements, meaning that your character moves using only their body and any part of the environment. This opens up the game’s world, creating larger, more detailed maps and more nooks and crannies to explore. “Resident Evil 2” plays from a third-person over-the-shoulder perspective, so the camera follows behind you as you sneak up on the walking dead and take control of the situation. Think about past games that you’ve enjoyed and what perspective and gameplay style they’ve used. That will help you figure out which zombie game you’ll enjoy the most. 
  • Exploring new weapons is a huge part of zombie game fun. The most entertaining games have many weapons to choose from, ranging from your basic knives and handguns to high-powered rifles or flamethrowers. “Left 4 Dead 2” builds off the weapons from the first game in the series and introduces new ones, like a katana and a chainsaw. “The Last of Us: Remastered Hits” helps you mow down zombies with everything from a bow and arrow to Molotov cocktails.
  • The main storyline in most zombie games use a single-player approach to solving Earth’s zombie crisis. However, most of the games offer additional playing modes to switch things up. “Left 4 Dead 2” has its core single-player mode, plus a four-player cooperating campaign mode, an eight-player online versus mode and a four-player survival mode. “Dying Light: The Following” includes an asymmetrical multiplayer mode, and “The Last of Us” also has a multiplayer option.
  • Games with different difficulty levels or more than one ending will keep you coming back for more (and make the game worth your money). You can play as either Leon or Claire in the “Resident Evil 2” remake. Both paths take you down wildly different paths. Players can gain experience points through the bounty mode in “Dying Light: The Following.” The game’s new Nightmare Mode adds hours to the story’s deadly nighttime, and it increases the zombie’s stamina and strength for crazy-hard runs.