Review Roundup: Days Gone is a Perfectly Standard Game That Can Be Both Fun and Aggravating at the Same Time
Sony’s latest exclusive title for the PS4 is now released, and from early reviews, it looks sort of like a letdown. Bend Studio’s latest title, Days Gone, seems to have a ton of wasted potential and it’s bumming reviewers out!
Many fans have been skeptical for the highly anticipated release of Days Gone and it seems that they were right. Of course, the game could be fun for some people, but for the majority consensus, the game failed short of being a true PlayStation exclusive. Days Gone is in the middle of the road, its fun at times, and aggravating at other times. Depending on how the game’s running for you at the moment, you can either be having a ton of fun with it or not and for the most part, that’s not a good sign for a game.
Down below are some of the most respectable gaming sites in the industry, check out the highlights for their reviews on Bend Studios latest title — Days Gone.
Days Gone checks all the boxes of a proverbial PlayStation exclusive, but never feels like it’s stepping on anyone else’s toes. Despite the games, film, and TV that you can easily draw comparisons too, Days Gone handles it all in such a way that it has its own unique identity. The more I played it, the more I loved it, until finally finishing the long journey and not wanting the adventure to end. Sam Witwer is brilliant as Deacon St. John, and his journey of survival, humanity, and self-discovery through a deadly world via motorcycle is a memorable one that shouldn’t be missed.
Days Gone has good gameplay foundations. The scarcity of supplies and ever-present threat of zombies put me on edge as much as it gave me options to escape by the skin of my teeth. But the inability to fully deliver on either the story or open world fronts makes it a title of both possibilities and limitations.
Days Gone feels bloated, like a movie that goes on for an hour longer than it needs to or should’ve. It’s messy and confused, but peppered with genuinely thrilling encounters with rampaging hordes of zombies and occasionally breathless firefights. There’s a good game in here somewhere, but it’s buried in a meandering storyline, repetitive missions, and just too much obligatory stuff to do without an eye on the smaller details that could have given it much more character.
I did a lot of things in Days Gone. I burned every single Freaker nest; I cleared every ambush camp; I maxed out my bike; I took out a few optional hordes just because. Like Deacon with Sarah, I kept going because I hoped to find something, to follow a thread to a possibly fascinating or satisfying or impactful conclusion. But at the end of it all, I’d only gotten scraps.
Days Gone has a couple of fantastic ideas, including the blockbuster horde battles that offer some of the most heart-pounding zombie spectacles I’ve seen yet. Unfortunately, these fantastic moments are fleeting, with generic missions, a messy story, and a plague of technical bugs holding back Days Gone from becoming a zombie-slaying classic.
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