I have spent the weekend playing through Days Gone and I have to say, The reviews I read prior to playing through, have no merit. Maybe these reviewers were having a bad day or got assigned to review the game from a genre they simply don’t like in general. I don’t know what they were thinking when they wrote their reviews, and I don’t normally comment on someone else's opinion of a game, but the poor to mediocre ratings this game has received are baffling to me. End rant.
The main protagonist of the game (Deacon St. John) is my newest zombie slaying hero. His character has a great back and current storyline. He is a badass with a heart of gold buried deep down inside of him. True to his friends and loved ones, he keeps his guard up and obviously doesn’t want to have his personal walls broken down by others with their sentiment. I suppose in a world that's gone to hell (not much different than the world we live in today), it’s probably a wise way to be.
Deacon has made some decisions in the past that make his overall character, questionable, to say the least. In the end, it’s a life lesson that many of us need to learn in life. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover and you can’t judge someone based on their past (unless they are still doing the same stupid crap today). Deacon is a great character that I was pleased to experience.
Moving beyond Deacon St. John, is the storyline itself. You will get to know other characters, but nearly as well as you will Deacon. With time, you will grow to understand what has happened to world around you and see how others deal with it. Reduced to surviving, not everyone you meet is going to be very nice. Like any post apocalyptic game, you’ll find good guys, bad guys and really bad guys. While have some said the storyline is mediocre at best, I feel the story is actually pretty good. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but if you enjoy a good story in your video games, you will likely enjoy this one. It is told well and has a lot of focus on the details.
The game is filled with mission after mission. It's difficult to say what is a side mission versus the main story, as the it all blends together in one form or another. It is a large open world game that offers a lot of freedom in where and when you do things. You can have a slew of different missions available to you at once, so th choices are plentiful. If for some reason you just want to go off and collect items and slay some zombies, feel free. You can get lost for hours just messing around and ignoring missions, but it’s up to you how you play.
There is a good amount of weapons available in the game. As you progress, the more weapons you’ll have access to. You will also be able to unlock recipes to create some pretty cool melee weapons. Craft healing and tactical items as well as certain ammunitions for your arsenal. But wait! There’s more!
I’m sure if you’ve seen any ads for the game, you’re aware that you drive a motorcycle around in the open world. Your bike is your main means of transportation in the game and it is also customizable and parts are upgradable. With time, you’ll have one helluva chopper to sit on. Don’t overlook upgrading your bike. It is more important than meets the eye. Fact is, your bike can take damage and will need to be repaired by either yourself or pay a mechanic to do it for you. You’ll also have to keep an eye on that fuel gauge. Run out of gas and you’ll be walking around looking for more to put in the tank. There are gas stations you fuel up at, also fuel can be refilled by a mechanic or find a gas can laying around.
Fuel isn’t as scarce as you would think and neither is ammo. I’ve heard other reviewers say that both are difficult to find and not plentiful in the game, but that’s simply not true. You can find ammo and fuel fairly easily. You can purchase it from merchants and you pick it up from dead bodies. I did not have any problems keeping stocked up and I thought it was actually a little too easy to find resources. I’m not complaining, I’m more curious about why others say it was so difficult. Oh well.
All in all, Days Gone is a great game. While there are complaints that the game gets repetitive, it is a fairly long game. In one way or another, all games are repetitive. I have friends that Apex Legends with me. These friends told me that wouldn’t buy Days Gone because it’s too repetitive, according to reviews, and they’ll wait until the price drops a little. Yet, they sink hours on end playing Apex Legends and don’t say a single work about repetition… I’m not going to say much more than that. I’m sure you see where I’m going with that.
On a scale of 1 - 10, I give Days Gone 8.5 out of 10. The game really deserves a better score than this in my mind, but I’m trying to be realistic here. It has beautiful graphics and insane detail to just about everything. Good story with a protagonist that really stands out and can be relatable in certain ways. Aside from a few bugs, such as an audio bug that pretty much requires the game to be turned off and back on to clear it up from to time, there isn’t much to complain about. While we live in a world where multiplayer reigns supreme, Days Gone is a nice break from the norm and I highly recommend it.