Is Days Gone worth it? Players on the fence are curious if the latest zombie game is worth their time and money.
Days Gone is an action-adventure survival horror game released exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Developed by SIE Bend Studio and published by Sony Interactive Studio, Days Gone was released on April 26 to mixed reviews from critics and cautious optimism from players.
Is Days Gone Worth It?
The protagonist of Days Gone is Deacon St. John, a drifter/bounty hunter who was separated from his wife during the initial outbreak of the zombie apocalypse and is now, two years later, living on the road with his friend Boozer.
Its gameplay has the typical stealth elements combined with short and long-range weapons. It also features a day-night cycle in a dynamic weather system with the zombies (here called "Freakers") weaker and passive in sunlight and aggressive and dangerous after dark. It also features a crafting system with scavenging for parts.
The main unique selling point for Days Gone is Deacon's motorcycle, which provides transportation over long distances and can be modified with parts to enhance speed, durability or maneuverability.
Days Gone is a mish-mash of existing games in the horde of the zombie game library, with elements most reminiscent of Dying Light and The Last of Us. It is mostly competent other than its notable issues which required a massive 13 GB update to try and address in patches. However, it does nothing new and can mostly be described as bland and inoffensive.
For players with free time looking to have a simple world to romp through and a basic plot to string it together, Days Gone is harmless enough and its addition of a motorcycle is an interesting acknowledgement of the increasing problem with open-world games that are too large to be navigated in a fun and timely manner when on foot.
It will probably be best enjoyed after a price drop and more patches to address its issues.
Cover image courtesy of SIE Bend Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment