Bend Studio’s new open-world game Days Gone is one of my most anticipated games, and not just for the hordes of uncountable zombies, although it didn’t hurt it any.
In this version of the undead apocalypse, the zombies are called Freakers, which fits, because those gameplay videos freak me out. Not only do you have to worry about endless undead waves of zombies but they’ve added a new danger, ‘zombie-wildlife’.
Bears, wolves, and other wildlife are just as likely to become zombies as humans, great, as if you didn’t already have enough to worry about. You’ll play as Deacon, who is just trying to survive in a world that’s been devastated by the outbreak. It should be fairly easy in an open world game surrounded by the undead, zombie wildlife, and humans who are trying to kill you at every turn, right?
Sony’s E3 2017 demo of “Days Gone” showed off the variability of gameplay. First off, Freakers are everywhere in this huge and dangerous world and sound can be your enemy, or your friend when you’re playing. You can use it to your advantage and blow a hole in part of the fence surrounding an enemy camp, and the dead will rush to it and start taking care of your enemies for you.
The developers at Sony Computer Entertainment Bend Studios also showed how you can approach the same mission in a completely different fashion. Are you a fan of more stealthy attacks? You can have Deacon quietly infiltrate the encampment and take out enemies using close-quarters combat.
If you’re anything like me, ‘quiet’ may not be ‘your style’. But be warned, once the gunfire starts, enemies are alerted as well as anything in that area. You can even pick up and reposition traps and lure enemies to them, or unchain captured freakers to cause a distraction or to get away.
Days Gone reminds me a lot of Daryl from The Walking Dead, out on his own in this open-world genre, and armed only with his chopper and a few weapons. I love the fact that the chopper requires fuel, and that if the bike runs out of gas you are stuck and on foot until Deacon finds some. Bend Studios said the bike would remain wherever it’s left, so you don’t have to run and ‘Get to the Chopper!”
Another great feature is that there are day and night cycles in this world as well as its own weather systems. This game is a fresh new look…looking thru the eyes of the living, looking into the many eyes of the dead. Days Gone will be exclusive to the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and no release date has been set as of yet. If you are a zombie fan this game has to be at the top of your list when it does get a street date, and I’ll tease you with one last thing…”zombie-bear”.