Dying Light’s second downloadable content pack comes in the form of The Bozak Horde, the word Horde would usually indicate players fending off waves upon waves of hostiles with a short break in between to recharge and reload, Techland takes a different route altogether with Trials instead of the norm. The aim is to survive the various waves, of which there are twenty in total with completion of all trials earning a compound bow as a luxury reward. Play with up to four players or friends and race against time to make it through The Bozak Horde alive.
Upon beginning the DLC, I wake on the floor in the lobby of Harran’s Football Stadium with a huge TV above me projecting a rather odd and mysterious character, who informs me that I have a bomb strapped to my ankle which will be activated and blown up if I fail to complete a set task. As I venture down through an elevator with the bomb activated, I enter the Stadiums underground car park and the games begin.
Each trial poses a new timed threat, with completion bringing about a reward, which ranges from both handheld and thrown weapons to assist players during the trials. The first event is fairly straight forward and involves a short sprint to a marked van with a bomb in the back which must be quickly disarmed however that is about as easy as the trials get. A knife is recovered from a nearby weapon crate, as a reward for reaching and disarming the explosive device in time.
Now armed players can defend themselves against incoming Zombies, of which there will be a lot!. Throughout the twenty trials, which appear to run in a set order, players are given three chances to survive, failure of any task and the bomb attached to your ankle is detonated leaving you losing not only your life, but one attempt. After all three attempts are gone the game is over and a restart is forced, sending players back to the beginning. There are no checkpoints in The Bozak Horde, which can be very disheartening if you have busted a gut to reach a high round only to fall and be taken right back to the start however it brings a very challenging feel to the expansion, while adding to the competitive nature of Dying Light.
Trials throughout the Bozak Horde range from fending off enemies to detonating bombs before racing through checkpoints, the true Parkour of Dying Light comes to the fray as players have to run, climb and vault to success. Early rounds see players fighting off Virals, which run at you with lightning speed and are very aggressive once they find their target, later rounds see players going on the hunt to take down the rather elusive Bolters before attempting to take down the giant frames of two goons.
As the DLC progresses the pressure increases and the stress levels rise, time is of the utmost importance which can lead to even the smallest of errors proving fatal. Working from the underground car park to the Football pitch itself, Bozak Horde offers so much in the way of sheer competitiveness while loading up on brute force and violence. For the players lucky enough to make it through all twenty trials in one piece there is the reward of a compound bow which can be upgraded to fire an array of different arrows from electric to exploding.
Each individual arrow can be crafted after completing a set task with the explosive arrow available after successfully making it through all twenty trials in under a set time, while the electric arrows can be crafted after taking down ten Virals with the bow in a single trial. The compound bow is an essential piece of weaponry which makes life in Harran that little bit easier because of the stealth like approach it can bring with it.
Overall The Bozak Horde brings a lot to the table with its competitive and challenging edge, players will have to be on their toes to make it through to the end with air still in their lungs. Dying Light is all about the use of Parkour and that has never more apparent than throughout the expansion as players race against time to complete the various set tasks before the clock runs out, setting off the bomb attached to each player’s ankle. It is a value for money downloadable content pack and adds to the growing aura of Dying Light.