Days Gone is so good that it might force Xbox One and PC owners to jump into the PS4 bandwagon. Sony Bend stressed that its upcoming masterpiece won’t be your typical post-apocalyptic zombie game.
Days Gone features a compelling story, top-caliber gameplay and a fresh take on the survival horror game genre. Because of titles like The Last of Us and Left 4 Dead, gamers have grown accustomed to fending off zombies and living long enough until the next cut scene.
Days Gone will carry over many of the genre’s trademarks. However, it will also break new ground as far as overall concept is concerned.
PlayStation Lifestyle pointed out that the game’s wave of undead antagonists, known as Freakers, aren’t mindless zombies. They eat, drink and sleep. Freakers are split into two categories: Newts and Hordes. Newts are newly-infected Freakers who prefer sneaky attacks, while Hordes are swarms of hungry Freakers searching for their next meal.
In a post on PlayStation Blog, Sony Bend creative director Ron Allen explained that in most open-world games, the player draws the danger to himself. In Days Gone, danger lurks in every corner. Days Gone protagonist Deacon St. John must use his experience as a bounty hunter and a motorcycle rider in order to survive.
Deacon’s muddy off-road dirt bike is his primary means of traversing the High Desert of the Pacific Northwest. The Harley-inspired bike also acts as his trusty steed where he can store items like firearms and tools for crafting.
Days Gone may be brimming with post-apocalyptic tropes, but it offers something more than your average open-world third-person shooter. Sony Bend is also advertising the game as a dissection of the human spirit.
“It’s about the human condition. This guy’s a broken man,” said Allen. “Because Deacon has suffered so much loss he holds on to that aspect of his past, and cherishes those relationships. It’s about him finding himself, because he no longer has his motorcycle gang.”
Sony Bend has yet to announce an official release date for Days Gone. One report predicted that the game will be available on PS4 sometime in 2017.
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