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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition is an adventure game that's a collection including the original Dying Light game and its downloadable content (DLC). It contains a lot of violence, blood, and gore, mostly against zombies, and players can use real weapons, such as axes and shotguns, from an immersive first-person perspective. Enemies can splatter blood, lose limbs, be impaled, or even be decapitated during combat. Many of the cut scenes are graphic in nature, too. The game is a bit scary, with some "survivor horror" elements, not unlike a Resident Evil game. Along with strong, frequent profanity, including "f--k" and "s--t," parents also need to know players can talk freely with other online gamers.
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What's it about?
In case you missed 2015's Dying Light -- an action-heavy zombie-killing survival horror game -- a more comprehensive version has just debuted. Titled DYING LIGHT: THE FOLLOWING ENHANCED EDITION, this Mature-rated disc includes the original game, as well as a brand-new Legend system, gameplay enhancements and fixes, improved visuals on next-generation consoles, and a ton of bonus content. Previously released as downloadable content (DLC), the add-on material includes modes such as "Be the Zombie," "Cuisine & Cargo," "The Ultimate Survivor Bundle," and "The Bozak Horde." Newly created content includes a sizable story-based expansion, with a new area, bonus weapons, extra characters, plenty of missions, and a customizable dirt buggy. In the main game, you play as Kyle Crane, a soldier dropped into a quarantined area of the fictional city of Harran, Turkey. Set in a vast open world and with day and night missions, you must survive the zombie outbreak by scavenging for supplies, crafting weapons, setting up traps, rescuing survivors, parkouring throughout the environment, and battling hoards of the flesh-eating undead. You'll also uncover more of the political landscape of the town and face off against a brutal dictator, Kadir (Rais) Sulaiman, while completing many objectives based on your mission goals and while helping others.
Is it any good?
This expanded collection of content for this extremely popular title makes a really good game even better. Though it's not played side by side with the original, the new game tends to look better, and the animation is smoother. Having all the downloadable content in one place offers a big value proposition -- including many multiplayer modes that build on the game's existing head-to-head gameplay -- including the cooperative (co-op)-focused Bozak Horde DLC. The Bozak Horde adds a new compound hunting bow to take down zombies, adds more parkour and stealth, and beefs up the online play by letting you team up with friends to tackle increasingly challenging objectives (there's also support for global leaderboards).
Perhaps most importantly, Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition introduces a new chapter of Kyle Crane's story, where you must venture outside the quarantined zone and investigate a mysterious cult along a eerily quiet countryside. This new region is bigger than all the areas of the original game combined. Good thing you also have access to a new driveable dirt buggy that you can upgrade and customize. If you love zombies, shooting, and parkouring, this graphic first-person game is a blast to play on your own and online with friends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in the media. Is there a double standard in media? Does it seem like it's OK to watch award-winning TV shows about zombies, such as The Walking Dead, or superstars like Brad Pitt in films such as World War Z, but that when it comes to video games, some parents and media are upset about it? Is the issue that the person is participating in it?
Discuss the survival horror aspects of the game. What makes scary games and movies fun to play and watch? Are there reasons why people like being scared? Do you think the plot would be as successful if the monsters in this game were completely different?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Home Video Games
- Release date: February 25, 2016
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- Last updated: February 13, 2020
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