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Review

Dying Light was one of last year’s surprise hits, revitalising the zombie themed action genre with exhilarating parkour traversal and gruesomely satisfying melee combat. Now, a year later, The Following expansion looks to breath new life into the game; calling veteran zombies slayers back to the fray with new challenges and tempting new comers all the same. And thanks to some superb storytelling, and new additions that remarkably don’t feel out of place, The Following is looking like a winner.

The Following introduces you to the rural area outside the city of Harran where the original game took place. This new area is largely made up of large open spaces with scattered locations of interest, all of which are running alive with zombies. You parkour skills, therefore, are less useful here, instead you’ll need the aid of a dune buggy to make your way safely across the fields.

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The huge new area is ideal for the dune buggy, offering an enormous amount of space to drive through as you knock over the undead, smash through fences and launch yourself over ramps. Better still, this new rural map stays intriguing with a generous scattering of interesting locations to visit and explore. Moreover, a great story involving a cult who are immune to the zombie infection drives the experience forwards and is wonderfully expanded on through the side missions on offer.

It’s certainly a good setup with it’s intriguing new tale, locations, and dune buggy shenanigans, however, the story is over with fairly quickly, with the side missions offering up padding. But this is certainly a case of quality of quantity and it’s easy to forgive. And thanks to a great cast of characters, which are exceptionally well voiced, it’s easy enough to while away hours of your time searching for loot and completing side quests.

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In addition to the new area and traversal option, The Following also adds a new skill tree for the dune buggy, encouraging you to complete challenges such as hitting ramps and running over enemies. further challenges are also offered in the form of bounties, which range from simple ‘kill X enemies’ tasks you can complete at your leisure, to timed daily challenges and accumulative goals for the community. It’s a great way to encourage replay and give those looking to play some cooperative sessions more objectives to complete, however, the MMO grind of it all has the potential to turn some people off.

Dying Light The Following is a great expansion to a great game, offering a new experience and story within the same zombie filled world. And with all the other DLCs and patches included in this enhanced version it’s a great package for those yet to try this delightfully gory and intense zombie smasher.

Thanks to Xbox and Techland for their support

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Fancy a copy of Dying Light: The Following, it will only cost you $10,000,000.

Who can recall back to February last year when we wrote about how Dying Light creators Techland had teamed up with Game to create the My Apocalypse edition. If you recall this edition came with some excellent goodies, plus your real own Zombie defense home and all for a mere £250,000. Well just when we thought it could never be beaten the teams have come back and done it again, but this time they have definitely upped the ante. Introducing Dying Light: The Following – The Spotlight Edition.

So what does it contain, well for a start you get 4 copies of the great game that is Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition, all signed by the dev team for the platform of your choice. This enhanced edition takes parkour-fueled zombie survival to a whole new level. introducing the brand-new Legend system, improved visuals, major gameplay enhancements, and more. As expected this version comes with all the available bonus content, including Be the Zombie, Cuisine & Cargo, Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and The Bozak Horde. Finally to top of the game content you can now travel beyond the walls of Harran to discover a vast, dangerous new region in 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. However as you can imagine it doesn’t stop there and this edition really rolls out the red carpet with the following;

  • Supporting Role in Dying Light: The Movie – Become an integral part of Dying Light’s move to the silver screen! Participate in action scenes and deliver lines with an international cast of actors.
  • Screening Tour – VIP passes, first-class flights and five-star accommodation for every film festival and special screening featuring Dying Light: The Movie.
  • Professional Acting Lessons with Roger Craig Smith – The voice of Dying Light’s Kyle Crane and one of the most talented and prolific video game voice actor will make sure your delivery creates a powerful and lasting impression.
  • Personal Trailer on Set – Enjoy the luxury you deserve. Custom-made, personal trailer to make your time on set as comfortable as humanly possible. Luxury amenities, 3-star chef catering and 24/7 service included.
  • 10 VIP Tickets for Opening Night Share your moment of success with family and friends.
  • Original Copy of the Script – A lasting memento, signed by the cast.
  • Stuntman/Parkour Training – Show everyone your best during action sequences thanks to a professional and extensive course OR leave the taste of danger to a personal stunt double.
  • Off-road Driving Course
    Join the high-octane action of Dying Light: The Movie driving sequences. And you get to keep your favorite car from training!
  • FX Make-up Session – Become the sensation of any party by turning into a gruesome zombie thanks to the help of a professional make-up artist.
  • Become the Voice of Kyle Crane – Relive the outbreak in Harran in a much more personal manner! Kyle Crane will now speak with your voice in a personalized version of Dying Light which you can share with your friends!
  • 4 Copies of Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition – Signed by the dev team, for the platform system of your choice.

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However this all comes at a price and yep you got it, this ones a biggy. To experience the red carpet lifestyle and all the extras you can shake a stick at you are going to need to stump up a mere $10,000,000. So if you have a bit of spare change all you have to do is contact a Techland representative who will aid you in the legal steps required to complete the purchase, it’s as easy as that. I think I’ll have two please.

Dying Light Nightmare Mode confirmed

dyingLightTheFollowingTechland published another episode of its ‘Highlights’ video series, in which the developer details the multiple improvements and additional content being added to the upcoming Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition. The new video focuses on the Nightmare Mode – a new difficulty level that restricts overpowered Easter Egg weapons, introduces XP penalties for dying, ramps up the difficulty of enemies, and more.

We’ve designed the Nightmare Mode for those seeking a really challenging and immersive experience. Nightmare Mode takes everything that was brutal in our Hard Mode and twists it even more

says producer Tymon Smektała.

We’re trying to bring the Dying Light experience closer and closer to the feeling of a real apocalypse survival experience where every move you make can really determine if you live or die. We’ve added one bit of salvation though. Playing Nightmare Mode in co-op will earn you XP faster and increase your chance of finding gold tier weapons.

Nightmare Mode will be a part of Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition, which launches February 9, 2016. Players who already have the base version of the game will be able to buy the expansion Dying Light: The Following individually as downloadable content. All the buying options are detailed on the official website.

 

 

Dying Light community maps streaming this weekend

This Saturday, the 23rd of January, members of the Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition development team will be steaming them playing the very best community maps created with Dying Light Dev Tools. The event will be streamed live on Twitch, starting at 1000 PT/1800 GMT.

We said on many different occasions how much we enjoy playing maps created by our fans, but now the time has come to show it.

says Michał Napora, community manager.

There’s so much variety and ingenuity in there, even more so since we added co-op and PvP support. One more thing: we will be making select maps available on consoles, and we will play some of them this Saturday!

Techland will also soon be revealing a comprehensive list and release date for community maps coming to consoles.
You can catch the stream Saturday, January 23rd, at 1000 PT/1800 GMT, on their official channel twitch.tv/techland

New Dying Light: The Following trailer released

When Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition releases on February 9, 2016, expect plenty of new features and additional content, one of which is the new in-game challenges, Bounties.

… these are unique objectives that change every day. So even if you did all the quests, challenges, you always have a reason to jump in, preferably with some friends. – Maciej Binkowski, lead game designer.

Players will be expected to utilise the XP gains from completing the Bounties, all ready for the new Legend Levels which unlocks once they fully upgrade one of the base skill trees.

Gamers who previously purchased the base game will not be disappointed, as they will receive the new Bounties, as well as plenty of other upgrades, as part of a free improvement update released on the same day.

Weaponize Your Ride in Dying Light

A brand new gameplay trailer has been released showing off drivable dirt buggies. Developers Techland go into great detail about the game’s three-fold nature of vehicle development.

Your buggy is going to be crucial to surviving out in the open, so we want to create an emotional connection between players and their ride,” explains producer Tymon Smektała. “On top of the lethal weapons and upgrades you’ll be able to add, there are a lot of cool paint jobs, a number of unmistakable bobble heads and little charms to put inside, so you can really make the buggy your own.

Dying Light: The Following, players will be able to:

– UPGRADE their four-wheeled weapon with such lethal add-ons as flamethrowers, UV headlights, ramming bars, and more.

– CUSTOMIZE the buggy with more than 40 unique paintjobs and distinctive accessories;

– MODIFY their ride with better suspension, engine, brakes and other parts that will improve the buggy’s performance;

Dying Light: The Following will be released on Xbox One on 9 February, 2016.

Action Adventure Game of the Year

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The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is Action Adventure Game of the Year.

Third Place – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Greg Giddens (me) started off his review of MGSV: TPP with:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is excellent. It’s hugely ambitious with sky high expectations from it ravenous fan base, and yet it still manages to surprise, even astound us with its excellence.

And truer world have never been said, if I do say so myself.

The Phantom Pain offers a tactical open-world to experience that is abundant in emergent gameplay opportunities. You can approach missions practically however you like, and with the huge amount of equipment you can research you can then replay these missions dozens of times and experience them completely differently.

Greg goes on to say:

…its open-world design is unmatched in the action and/or stealth genre, offering extreme freedom that offers oodles of replayability, and the story is intriguing, profound and subtly spun with a focus on action rather than words.

And indeed with such strong mechanics, such an enticing open-world, and of course the classic Metal Gear story driving the experience, it’s no wonder to see MGS V grace our list of top action adventure titles from this year.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – Dying Light

Techland learnt their lessons from Dead Island and put them into practice with Dying Light. The result is a scary and intense action horror title that’s oodles of fun to play, alone or with friends.

Richard Berry said in his review:

Dying Light is huge, it’s loaded with challenges and collectibles with enough missions to see you easily rack up in excess of 50 hours game time. It’s certainly the most fun I’ve had in co-op since Borderlands 2. For me the dynamic day/night cycle is the stand out feature with the night cycle offering a completely different change of pace.

The terrifying night cycle, the exceptionally fun parkour movement, and the stiff but well-balanced challenge, makes Dying Light a superb action adventure game, and one that so very nearly took top spot in out awards.

Check out the review here.

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Action Adventure Game of the Year – Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics have sussed out Tomb Raider. They’ve rebuilt Lara as a more human and relatable characters, created stunningly beautiful and complex environments to explore, and giving player precisely the mechanics they need to fully engage with Lara and her thirst for exploration. It’s a hugely impressive reboot of the long running franchise, and this second instalment since the reboot improves on the first in every way.

Dave Moran said in his review:

The story this time is much better than the previous game, it feels more gritty and every time I thought I was nearing the end, something else came along. The different locations are excellent, and the game looks stunning

And indeed it’s this exceptional design and ultimately hugely enjoyable experience which places Lara’s latest adventure top of your action adventure list.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Life is Strange, Elite Dangerous, King’s Quest and Mad Max, all of which were nominated by the TiX staff but didn’t quite make the cut.

Dying Light DLC & Season Pass price increase on its way.

We are very close to seeing the brand new (and huge) DLC for Dying Light, so big in fact that the devlopers have made the decision to increase the price of that and the Season Pass. The good news is that fans will still have time to pick up the Pass at the cheap price for another week or so. Let the letter below from the team explain things:

Dear fans,

Over the past weeks Dying Light: The Following has almost reached its final stage: main quests, side quests, new skills, and driving challenges are ready. We now are moving into the polishing period. Looking at it, it’s clear how big the expansion pack has grown – it could be a stand-alone title, but since it would mean a launch delay, we decided against it.

However, due to the increased scale of the project, we needed to revise the pricing that we announced back in August, and so we want to let you know that Dying Light: The Following will be priced at $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99.

As promised back in August, our expansion will still be free for all Dying Light Season Pass holders. However since the Season Pass will now include this bigger-than-anticipated addition, we needed to adjust the price accordingly.

Starting December 8th 2015, the Season Pass will be sold at $29,99 / €29.99 / £23.99. We didn’t want this to come as a surprise to you, so we’re announcing it in advance. This price change will not affect players who already own the Season Pass.

So if you’re looking forward to Dying Light: The Following, you still have time to get the whole Season Pass package, including the expansion at only $19.99. Just remember to do it before Dec 8th.

We’ve got some cool reveals about what’s in Dying Light: The Following and we’ll be sharing them with you really soon, so stay tuned!

Regards,

– Dying Light Team

Dying Light devs want YOUR letters!

Techland are giving fans the chance to get involved with their upcoming DLC Dying Light The Following.

 

One of the new missions will take place in and around an abandoned Post Office. The place has been ravaged by survivors and zombies, with mail scattered everywhere – this is where the fans come in. Techland wants to receive your mail – “letters of distress, horror or bravery” – the team will then choose from the entries and recreate them in the game, including full author credits.

We’ve already seen what fans can do when creating awesome stuff for us,” says Tymon Smektala, producer, “so we found a cool little way to let them actually be a part of the story and have their efforts and names appear in our game forever. Just no dick pics please.

Get your distress mail in now.

 

 

Grab three hours with Dying Light’s playable demo

Are you yet to step into Techland’s world of zombies with Dying Light? You must have missed my review then… it’s a must buy for any zombie fan, even more so now that there’s going to be a sizeable piece of DLC dropping. The new content is called Dying Light: The Following and includes dirt buggies, a huge new area to explore and a brand new progression system.

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Need more convincing? Then why not see for yourself because there’s now a demo available that will let you explore the first ‘Slums’ area of the game. There’s three hours of unique content – so quite the demo – and includes one story quest chain, some side quests, challenges and random encounters.

With online co-op for up to four players and the full day/night cycle, if you aren’t hooked after playing this  this demo, then there’s no hope of enticing you to this superb parkour survival zombie romp.

 

 With the demand for Dying Light still high after more than half a year on the market, we wondered what else we could do to help players decide which game to buy. Then we thought: demoes were pretty much a standard in the previous generation, but suddenly they’ve become few and far between. So we decided to use some of our resources to release a demo now and let everyone experience our game first-hand.

says producer Tymon Smektała.