This week's The Joy of Gaming episode takes a look back at Sony Bend's Days Gone and explores why it's one of the PS4's best secret exclusives.
I agree. I want nothing but a sequel from them. Absolutely LOVED Days Gone.
So UNDERRATES!! Easily my top 5 exclusive
It is for sure the best thing I played this gen, followed by Bloodborne, FF7 remake and God of war.
It's in my backlog. Totally looks like my kind of game. Last time I rode a hog in a game was GTAV.
You need to go play it now.
Been sitting in mine too, but I finally started playing it a few days ago. I found the motorcycle controls kinda meh, but the game is pretty solid overall. There are some weird things I'm less keen on. Like the fact cars barely ever cough up "silencers", so I just end up buying them at camp which feels a little lame. I'd prefer being able to find and store gas as I find it - squirrel it away at camp, as a survivor would - but instead, you just have to find cans littered around the map & they never run out and they always respawn at the same points. So I just end up going to the same few fast travel spots & getting a can hidden in the same spot, rather than actually having to find them out in the wild. Little things like this that take away from the scroungy/scrappy feel of apocalyptic survival Upgrades happen slow, be it skills or motorcycle upgrades. They aren't hugely game changing, so they aren't as interesting as I think they could be. Having to unlock the ability to buy better guns and parts is fine, but camp levels also go up agonizingly slow. A lot of my play so far has been with a very similar motorcycle, very similar stable of weapons, skills upgrades that just feel like they're making existing abilities *slightly* stronger, and the same melee weapon. I feel like they could have done more to make you either feel more meaningfully powerful with upgrades, or give you upgrades that make you feel like you can play the game differently. The story is not amazing, but it moves things along well enough. I find it is a little repetitive - open world games are, of course, but this feels a little more so than most. For reference, I think H:ZD is a much better game overall, but DG is still a mostly good time. Probably a 7/10 or 8/10 from me thus far. Certainly worth firing up.
Dude it's all about your bike in this game. The whole entire game. It's addictive.
At least people with "agenda" agenda's cant really touch it. I love just how different a "zombie" game it is.
There was a small agenda from some review to ruin the game. It got a mediocre reception but when I played it I loved it. By far one of the better open world's this generation. Wish I got sreanded without my bike more often.
That was partly Sony's fault for sending review copies to critics before the initial patch was released. Reviewers had to play a buggy mess of a version of the game. Days Gone isn't God of War but I do think it's a solid 8/10.
Are you talking about that review from that red head girl at gamespot that said something about white males, and it backfired on her? There this 20 minute video of her talking about the game and mention something about white males, that made Youtubers like The Quatering called her out. That is the same chick that gave Last of Us 2 an 8/10 because it was too violent for her. I think that's was the controversy I recall about 2 years ago.
I platinum'd Days Gone. End of Year review said it took 95 hours. Absolutely a phenomenal world to explore. 10/10 in everything except 7ish on the Unreal Engine issues. Still a 9 in my book and a must buy for PS4. What an amazing experience. I really believe Bend will knock the sequel out of the park.
Days Gone was criticized for having a white man as a protagonist. Kotaku and IGN are good examples of these racist reviews.
Don't forget the whole issue that Gamespot reviewer had, because the "zombies were white", even though it's something clearly explained in the story.
Final aeon Did the ign reviewer ever apologize or follow up when confronted about that?
She didn't as far as anyone can tell. It makes it obvious she didn't get very far in the game. Yet Gamespot keeps her on. This is a company that fired Gertsmann because he wouldn't give a better score to Kane and Lynch 2...and Gamespot had a marketing deal with the publishers. Zero accountability or standards from these people. The reviewer Kallie Plagge (a plague on the industry, how ironic) is a vapid, imperceptive SJW millennial more concerned with her twitter page and tilting at windmills than she is with serious journalism. This is just one more example of why I rail against game media. No standards and no punishment for their actions that continually damage our hobby. Also they gain the wonderful opportunity promote themselves which is what matters most. Quite a few of these clowns are not gamers but rather people that could not thrive in any other industry and gaming is simply a glorified social media opportunity for them that provides the additional chance to shove their fantasy world agendas down everyone's throat.
Like how gamers criticize TLoU 2 for having a lesbian central character. Both viewpoints are deplorable.
"Like how gamers criticize TLoU 2 for having a lesbian central character. Both viewpoints are deplorable" Both are absurd but they are dissimilar. One is just gamers being jerks and most of those didn't care that she was a lesbian. That wasn't their issue. The other case is someone in a position to have an impact on the reputation of a game on a massive scale and using that position to shove their beliefs on the public, damaging a title in the process. One incident is some people screaming, the other is a person using their influential platform to push a social agenda.
Morganfell I understand where you're coming from and you are correct about the media using it's position when it came to Days Gones Deacon. It was disgusting. But these days the line between media and end consumer gets more blurry by the day. So I don't agree that you are letting the average gamer off the hook so easily. I know that Ellie's sexuality is not an issue with you or me, but to certain gamers it really is an issue to the point where they are spouting craziness that the game is pushing an "agenda". To me those gamers are to be lamented just as much as any media blowhard. In fact these people are worse because in public they don't put their hate on display as much. At least the media is up front about their illogic. But yeah it's easy to let the average hate fueled gamer off the hook because they are not as on display. So I can't be too mad at that.
Show me the"average gamer" that has the ability to reach the people and impact them to the degree of Gamespot. The lines are not so blurry. Look at not only the influence of the review itself at Gamespot but how that single review is amalgamated at sites such as Metacritic. And its effect is felt on other social media such as twitter and on a scale the average game cannot match. Not even close to being the same thing as some ranting individual. Besides the world has always been full of singular morons. Regarding the issue with TLOU2. Like quite a few people, I didn't care for the game. Not hate, I just didn't care for it based upon a host of narrative reasons. And like quite a few people it had absolutely zero to do with anyone's sexual orientation. In fact that actually fit. For the truly angry, Abby was the central object of their bloviating. I would rather not discuss it further because I like this thread being about Days Gone, a highly underrated game and enough has been railed over in TLOU threads.
I expected this to be a Dead Nation open world.. I had no idea it was RDR x TLOU.. This game blew my mind, graphically gameplay mechanics, story, customisation and weapon variety. The events trailers really didn't do this game justice I thought you just fought hordes
This is one of those games that makes me a scroungeaholic. Still play it to this day. Love the weapon effects.
morgan TLOU2 made me wanna play Days Gone.. recovering gates power, finding fuel made me wanna replay it
I also like their ammo balance. They do not give you battlefield load outs but neither are you completely bulletstarved. It makes combat situations like camp clearing a matter of player choice on the approach. Not to mention the day/night choice. This adds to the replay for me as I will employ different tactics depending on how I feel.
One of the best open world games i have ever played.
Agreed. This game really blew me away
I don't know if it is the best PS4 exclusive, but I can say this one is better than any UBISOFT games I played in current generation. It is amazing to think about the fact that BENDStudio nailed it on first trial at the field where UBI is pilling up shit of annual iteration. My expectation for UBI has been drastically declined after this game. At least for me, there is no wonder why all of UBI's major franchises have gone on hold.
I am really looking forward to valhalla though, of all their games this one has the setting that excites me the most.
Said it before and i'll say it again, Day's Gone is one of the most underrated games this gen
Lol gotta defend your exclusives don’t ya?
Did my comment trigger you😂😂😂 😂
@Bellowbellend anywhere else? You mean the misterious "RealWorld" where tlou2 just sold 4million copys in 3 days??? Aaaah I see quite laughable right? :)
Nope just calling out nonsense. Days Gone was rated exactly right. A 7/10
Wow. You really are on the front lines of the Xbox defense force aren't ya? How pathetic
Nope. I call games how I see it. No bias.
Stealth kills in this game were unexpectedly satisfying.
It's a solid game. I'm playing through it right now and it's better than reviews gave it credit for. My only complaints are that it occasionally suffers from noticeable performance(framerate) issues even on the PS4 Pro and that the game feels kinda long.
It had more technical issues at launch, so I can kind of see where reviewers were coming from, though most ended up too harsch IMO. Where it stands now, is a much more capable title, and one I would recommend to most people.
Yep it's my game of the gen if it wasn't for the performance drops on base model
That why I never go off a review. There is a cult classic in "riddick" on pc which got 10/10s yet a small UK studio closed down cause they got 3/10 review scores for "prison break" and only sold 100,000 but the game itself is identical to riddick. My guess is reviewers didn't even play it or just auto shat on it cause it was a tv series game. Prison break was a great game, no screen tearing, no day1 patch needed, no glitches just a solid game which copied the riddick game formula in prison yet riddick got 10/10 and prison break 3/10?
Yup game was awesome from start to finish can’t wait to see whatever Bend do next.
Next time AAA gets a bad score, I'm buying.
I’ve just finished it. Really great story and the combat is great.
Great game, day one owner and platinum holder.
Days gone would have been my number 1 game of this gen if it wasn't for the performance issues on base model twds the second half of the game. Can't wait to play all the great exclusives again on ps5 and with a nice new hdmi 2.1 4k tv 😊
I really enjoyed it, it was way better than I thought it would...the hordes concept, the weapon hunting by killing hordes and the story was pretty good especially the ending.
Interesting how every comment about this game is positive now. I remember it being very harshly criticized back in the release date, pointing out it was buggy, messy, uninspired and bland. I guess if the same treatment will go for that "other zombie game".
You remember wrong. The audience's reception to Days Gone was very positive in contrast to the review scores. Only xbots and people who hadn't played the game were hating on it, and you you could spot those people miles away.
It was clear, at launch that some of the reviewers had not finished the game. Ign review being the main culprit, they seemed to have an issue with the white male protagonist and specifically point out out a scene where deacons wife says 'promise to ride me as much as you ride your bike” as gross and offensive. However if you play the game through this scene is explained as a joke between the couple.
Kinda funny games and other reviewers fast travelled everywhere like wtf
Woah. . . Ain't seen you in a while. A true n4g veteran. This was a game I skipped but knew I would eventually play. It would be a smart move to put it on Ps+ if its sales have stagnated. It'll surprise a few people and drive up interest in a possible franchise or whatever bend do next.
Not really. It's a poor man's TLOU.
Most reviewers are completely out of touch. People give them more attention than they deserve. Let them sink themselves.
I absolutely loved Days Gone, alongside Spiderman, It's one of my PS4 favourites. It'd be ace if Sony Bend, as well hopefully working on a sequel, give the original game the PS5 treatment, hopefully eliminating all loading screens, adding more textures and smoother frame rates.
It is a very good summer game, not excellent but just a quality game. The suffered game from awkward pacing and didn't introduce or utilize it's key features very well so many could think the best parts of the game were optional and miss out. Zombie crowd control mechanics remains one of my favorite. The game is an easy recommendation at the usual discounted price you can get it these days.
Most underrated game this gen = Days Gone. Most overrated game this gen = Breath of the Wild.
I wouldn't say BotW is overrated. I see where the high scores come from, it achieves something really remarkable. What puzzles me is the consistency of those scores, but this happens very often with critics.
Other than chopping down trees, cooking ingredients, and having Spiderman like climbing powers, I didnt feel like BOTW did anything better than what say, Witcher 3 accomplished. I found the gameplay to be very boring and repetitive, the story completely forgettable, and the breakable weapon system annoying as all get out. Plus it annoyed me that Nintendo had voice acting in some parts and traditional text bubbles in others. They need to join the 21st century and commit 100% to an all voice acted campaign like everyone else.
For me, BotW was a fantastic reinvention of the Zelda formula. It was Zelda, the "original" open world game, but in a modern open world. It worked out so well for me. But there were still some problems. The major problem I had is that the story, even if I thought it was ok and the dungeons were totally amazing, was very short. I wanted more, way more. Also, the game needed more real sidequests aside from the shrines, it was actually kind of boring just to go around and hope to find some. And the lightnings, just f*ck them. Other than that, I think the game was almost perfect and I had a really good time.
I think the zombies kind of sucked and were boring myself. Great game mostly tho.
Its not a secret a lot of people knew it was great regardless of the usual Sony exclusive hate campaign.
It is not a secret. It is one of the best PS4 exclusives, like many others. PlayStation has a lot of them. But God forbid having a gay protagonist or it would get a 3 in the user score.
It's bizarre that some of the media hated Deacon for being white, straight, and male. And then some of the gamers hated Ellie for being a down to earth lesbian. It sucks that we just can't keep the arguments about games. So many people need to bestow their own values when there is absolutely no need to do so.
How is the world dead and empty apart from pockets of zombies or does it feel like it was lived in?
I really loved it. I was so hooked on this game
I'm playing it right now, it is a pretty solid game. Just not crazy about some of the gameplay. The story and the characters are pretty good thus far.
Yeah, hoping for a sequel.
No i disagree, it isn't bad at all, but to be honest it isn't what we expect from Sony Studios, certainly not what this article is making it out to be, its not a cult classic.