Dying Light The Following Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Dying Light The Following by Pawel Blaszczak.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 77.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 19.1
Album Excellence: 23.3%
Dying Light: The Following is a 2016 expansion pack for the open-world first person survival horror game Dying Light. The game was developed by Techland, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 9, 2016. The expansion introduces new characters, a new story campaign, new weapons and gameplay mechanics. Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition includes this expansion, the original Dying Light game and all of the downloadable content released for the original game. The score is composed by Pawel Blaszczak.
I’ve tried playing Dying Light a little. It’s an impressive game technically, but I didn’t play too long as it didn’t interest me too much. The music for the original game though was brilliant. It was inspired by 80s horror and that happens to be one of my favourite genres. I am hoping that this score will follow suit and give me more of the same. The score opens with the title cue ‘The Following’ and I’m pleased to say that the sound of The Following is following it onto this expansion pack. The opening cue might not be great lyrically, but I love the sound of it. ‘On The Edge Of Light’ is much better and it use the main theme from the original game. It’s a calming laid back version, but again, it’s main attraction is it’s sound which is definitely inspired by the 80s. ‘Last Turn’ is turning up the heat a little bit, but I would definitely like the score to get harder than this, give me a bit of dark heavy synths.
It’s strange, but maybe a year or two ago, the sound of a score would be enough to make me completely fall in love with it and this falls into that category. Since then I have been discovering a ton of music with amazing 80s sound and so I’m more picky than I used to be. It needs more than just a sound, it need rhythm, it needs melody, it needs progression. This score doesn’t win in all categories as it would have before. The music is not as interesting as I would have hoped. I will have to revisit the original score and see if that was as good as I remember it was, because this one is not firing on all cylinders, i’m not connecting with it. Give me something, like the opening of ‘A Touch Of Darkness’ with the awesome synth to get me started, then develop on top of that and give me some great 80s horror music. This is what I want, not the dance inspired music like ‘Done’ for example. Too rhythmic and it’s just not clicking. It’s a shame because I really looked forward to this score. Still, there are a few highlight cues that I would happily revisit at a later date.
2. On The Edge Of Light
4. Deserted Day
8. A Touch Of Darkness
12. Brothers Of The Sun