SIE Bend Studios’ Days Gone is finally here after all the hype and it’s all over the place. Like every new game, Days Gone reviews seen on the web currently range from mixed to ‘the best game of my life’, and it is pretty normal that such a ruckus caused. It is a big moment for gaming and PS4 as well, so let’s see what it’s all about.
As the prestigious PS4 is in its final year and PS5 next-gen console is coming in 2020, Sony seems to have a few tricks up their sleeve. Days Gone PS4 exclusive was years in the making and now it’s finally here and –
Days Gone ROCKS!!! The game absolutely lives up to the expectations set during the hype period.
Days Gone Story
The stage is set in the beautiful landscape of Oregon, Canada, in the pacific north-west, under Mount Hood. Zombie Apocalypse is well underway and people are driven out of their homes and towns. Forced to live in tribal communities, mankind has no other choice but to take up arms.
Our hero’s name is Deacon St John, who was a member of Mongrels Motorcycle Club before all this befell humanity. He is played by Sam Witwer, a well-known actor who already lent his voice and likeness to Galen Marek in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and voiced Emperor Palpatine and Darth Maul in other star wars games and TV animated series.
As the human society battles zombies, or freakers as they are called for the „Freaker Virus“ that infects them, everyone lives in war camps and supply transportation is crucial to survival. Deacon is a scavenger and a fighter for survival. He will take the player on a journey of helping people survive, exploring the open world, and even taking on the entire freaker epidemic.
Days Gone storytelling is one of the best parts of this game as the players will constantly get flashbacks and pieces of the characters’ previous lives. As you go further in the present, you are putting together all the pieces of Deacon’s story and forming an arc that is fit for a movie.
Days Gone Gameplay
The basic genre mix for Days Gone is open-world, action-adventure with motorcycle travel and a combination of stealth and open combat. Deacon has a wide set of weapons at his disposal, some quiet and others quite bold. He is a first responder, so he often needs to make do with what he can salvage. You can use anything from projectile weapons like crossbows, guns, and shotguns, to the machete. The game does tend to encourage stealth play for firing ammo is scarce here and gunfire attracts freakers instantly, which is guaranteed to make players paranoid about the firing.
Days Gone is in no way a fast-paced action shooter game, as the player also has what is called ‘bullet time’ ability at his disposal. Deacon increases his focus in the present moment and time slows down, allowing you to deal with waves of freakers. Melee weapons also wear out, so this game will tend to keep the player immersed in the survival mode all the time. Additionally, Deacon can craft things as he salvages materials from the broken world.
Days Gone Graphics and Appearance
Days Gone has a gorgeous presentation, for a zombie game. The scenery is presented by beautiful sunlight rays and tranquil colors of Canada. The open world is highly detailed and everything is modeled to perfection, down to the last bush. The damage the zombie apocalypse brought on to this beautiful scenery is all the viler as a contrast to nature’s grace presented in this game.
Characters and animation are familiar to players who played other SIE Bend Studios’ games like Uncharted and The Last of Us by Naughty Dog. SIE Bend Studios is the developer of all the old school Syphon Filter, and Days Gone sometimes even reminiscent this fan favorite.
Days Gone gameplay, graphics, and amazing storytelling definitely lives up to its expectation. The game is a PS4 exclusive and aims to bring this era to an end as next-gen PS5 is on the horizon. Days Gone costs $59.99, and if we forgive a couple of glitches, the game is absolutely worth it. The studio has released several patches immediately after release.