This last week I have been somewhat attached to the new zombie apocalypse thriller that is Days Gone and all I can say is how impressed by this game I’ve been. Those who know me know I love a good zombie game to get myself into, as well as having a huge map to go off and explore as opposed to being stuck on a mission based game. The minute I found out about this title over a year ago, its safe to say that I was little bit excited (quite clearly an understatement, just trying to remain my level of coolness).
Again, this is one of the Playstation exclusives I love to get my hands on as soon as they are released and never have I been more glad to spend full price on a game and in this review I’m going to go into why.
The story itself is that you’re a bounty hunter, Deacon St. John who has to live with the guilt of leaving is wife on a helicopter with the wrong people as the zombie apocalypse began. You are a drifter who will do any job for that bit of cash to get you by, as well as trying to keep yourself alive long enough to not become the one thing your continuously hunting.
First things first – graphics, for me this is such an important thing to have whilst travelling through an open world game, as well as making the Freakers (zombies) seem lifelike and realistic. Might I say I love how spot on they got this. The weather changes with every lonely day that passes by you. Making the environment you work your way through that bit more interesting. Timing is of the essence, in that your missions are dependant on what time of the day it is.
This isn’t one of those games where the harder zombies come out at night, I would just advise you if you go out at night, stock up! There are quite literally hundreds of them and they will just be keep coming unless you burns the nests of them and be sure to make sure they are burnt to a crisp. You’ll have to do so many for that area to be clear so anything that looks dark and dingy, will 99% be one so trust your judgement and burn it to the ground. Make sure you do access the environment your about to break into as certain things in the area will bring zombies to you, quicker then you can say frackadoodledo.
Arsenal wise is pretty sweet in that you can carry up 3 guns, a few different melee weapons, plenty of med kits and you can keep hold of materials to craft Molotov’s to your heart’s content. One of the things I’ve enjoyed about your weaponry is that yes you can buy it from merchants at a cheaper rate if you’ve learnt enough trust with that said merchants camp, but there is plenty of police cars to break into and you’re always guaranteed to be able to take the ammo from there. In addition to taking what you want from police cars you can take medical kits from both ambulances and fire engines, as well as picking a melee weapon, more often than not, the beast that is a fire axe. My personal favourite as kills zombies with pretty much one strike to the head.
Like I mentioned you will find yourself picking up plenty of materials to make medkits and Molotov’s along the way so you’re never in a position where you either can’t buy one of make one, its making sure you keep an eye on the materials you have. The only thing I really do find comical with the items you find is that you make a silencer out of old car oil filters which just made me laugh as you can buy them but just be sure to check every vehicle you find yourself driving past as your sure to find one hanging around somewhere.
Another aspect to this game which I’ve found to be spot on, is how realistic they have made the travelling side of things. You are using your drifter bike for all means of transport so its priority number one that you keep it in tip-top shape and always have a full tank fuel at your disposal or at least know where the nearest fuel station is. Making sure you plan your route is of the essence of importance and making sure you don’t over shoot turns or anything as this will only cost you much needed fuel.
As well as fuel, keeping your bike well maintained is the up most of importance as without it, your walking and let’s face it, with a hundred plus zombies chasing you, I’d much rather sprint to my bike and just go as opposed to playing hide and seek with so many of them. You can easily find parts as there are so many abandoned vehicles around, you just need to find the ones that haven’t been fully destroyed and look like they have been left in a hurry as more times than not, these are the ones with items for you take.
Now, like I mentioned earlier not only are you dealing with zombies you are dealing with camps, there are groups of ravagers who are all trying to kill one another, just so that you can be their one and only bounty hunter. It’s good to fight between the two as they will both help you in different ways, one of them specialising in your bike and making the best bike you can have, whereas the other camp have a massive arsenal for you, at a discounted rate of course, nothing is for free in this world once its on route to ending. One good thing is that all the camps have a gun locker, so whatever gun you buy will automatically be stored in there and can be changed at any time.
The only problem being is that if you steal a gun from a ravager then you cannot store these in your locker, so with these I would advise stock up on the ammo and make the most of it whilst you have it. My arsenal for example is a sawn off shotgun for the close up affairs, sniper rifle with the oil filter silencer attached and a pistol again for the closer more personal affairs. You do have your own personal knife which never breaks however often you use it, the only downside to the melee weapons you pick up is that they don’t last forever and will eventually break which isn’t brilliant. Be sure to make sure you use the skill points you get from doing the story missions to quickly obtain the repair aspect to melee weapons.
My only real negative with this game is how often your character will talk to himself and more times than not, he will do it whilst someone is talking to you or if you’re in the middle of listening to something from the evil corp, NERO. They are somewhat involved in what caused the zombie apocalypse so be sure to pay attention to their off sites and steal what you can from them as their bases you visit will often have some pretty good loot available. The controls for the bike do take some adjusting as when you are chasing someone you almost need to focus on three different controls which isn’t easy as you need to remember to steer, accelerate and shoot. You do have to somewhat focus on drifting as this is probably the easiest way to get around corners as opposed to slowly leaning into them.
All in all, I could not recommend this game more if your into your open world series as this is gem to the collection and let's face it, who doesn’t love killing zombies. I personally thought paying £50 for it was well worth the money but there will be some out there who feel that this is a bit steep, so even if you do wait for it to come down in price, make sure you jump straight on it.
- Massive open world for you to explore and not get lost in
- Arsenal quick to be changed without the added annoyance of paying it through the PSN store
- Realistic scenarios that make it that bit more interesting
- Main character talks over things too much and will somewhat disturb you from important information
- Zombies aren’t the easiest to kill so ammo can deplete quickly
- Long distances for everything so petrol consumption is something to very very wary of