Mixed or average reviews - based on 109 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 63 out of 109
  2. Negative: 4 out of 109
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  1. Apr 28, 2019
    Superb zombie-slaying combat and enjoyable motorcycle gameplay are integrated perfectly with a well-paced story. But the game’s major highlights are the terrifying zombie hordes which are unlike anything seen in a videogame so far.
  2. Apr 25, 2019
    There is a lot to Days Gone, and it is a larger game than people might expect.
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    Bend Studio delivered a great narrative game, innovative mechanics, addictive gameplay, a very well-considered progression curve, great audio design, stunning graphics, and it's very fun to play. The hordes of the game are something that we've never seen and are simply amazing, an impressive technological display that's not just surprising but a lot of fun. Days Gone is a very welcome addition to the PlayStation classics library.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 3, 2019
    A huge open-world horror, stealth-action, adventure melting pot that manages to tap into everything we love about Sony’s games while finding its own voice buried beneath the horde of ideas. Days Gone has been worth the wait. [Issue#162, p.74]
  5. 90
    Days Gone checks all the boxes of a proverbial PlayStation exclusive, but never feels like it’s stepping on anyone else’s toes. Despite the games, film, and TV that you can easily draw comparisons too, Days Gone handles it all in such a way that it has its own unique identity. The more I played it, the more I loved it, until finally finishing the long journey and not wanting the adventure to end. Sam Witwer is brilliant as Deacon St. John, and his journey of survival, humanity, and self-discovery through a deadly world via motorcycle is a memorable one that shouldn’t be missed.
  6. Apr 25, 2019
    I can’t think of many other open world games that pack in as much character, as much wonderfully crafted narrative that Days Gone does. Sure, it’s a story about a world overrun with a deadly virus. But it’s also a story about people, about hope, about survival. It's at times uplifting, others heartbreaking. Couple that with Days Gone's beautiful setting and a varied array of well-designed story missions, and you're left with something pretty special.
  7. May 3, 2019
    Days Gone does not doing anything we haven't seen before, but it does have its own unique style. Exploring the beautiful world where Deacons story and the side missions are a great combination: this game is very enticing.
  8. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone has an astonishing and rich open world with great characters and a lot of quests to accomplish. Bend Studio is finally becoming great. Sony must be proud.
  9. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is an exceptionally refined and gorgeous open-world action adventure game. It doesn't bring a whole lot new to the table but what it does offer is hours upon hours of exciting gameplay and a layered (albeit often overly verbose) narrative.
  10. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    Bend Studio made a great game with a rich, believable and captivating story. They’ve also resisted the lure of trends: there’s no multiplayer, no lootboxes, no “game as a service” plans – just a very solid (and finite) singleplayer experience. That makes it a rare gem these days, maybe one of the last of its kind. [Issue#238, p.42]
  11. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone might be one of the most entertaining survival games we've ever played. It presents a strong narrative and systems that make the game always unpredictable. It may not be a "must have", but it sure is a damn fun video game.
  12. May 23, 2019
    Days Gone has become one of the great titles in the PlayStation catalog, and although it does not exceed the quality of the great titans of its generation, offers between 40 and 50 hours of fun, with a good narrative and a great character.
  13. Apr 25, 2019
    The tension is not always extremely high and the story is missing the epic nature of The Last of Us, but if you're looking for an awesome single-player adventure for those long spring evenings, then Days Gone is the game for you.
  14. Apr 25, 2019
    Even with all the promotion we're seeing now, Days Gone still carries the aura of a title that could be miscast and possibly overlooked at a glance, like it was for me a few years ago. You don't know until you play, and this stands as one the more pleasant and satisfying surprises of the year for me. It's been a long road to this game, but the ride is worth it.
  15. May 9, 2019
    Days Gone offers fun open-world exploration and survival-horror gameplay elevated by a compelling post apocalypse narrative and top-notch presentation.
  16. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone puts Bend Studio once again on the map of all PlayStation gamers after many years of oblivion. While it doesn't deliver any meaningful innovations in terms of open world and gameplay mechanics, it's a fun game that sports gorgeous graphics and a surprisingly great story/cast of characters, easily paving the way for a sequel to the stories of Deacon 'the Drifter' St. John.
  17. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone doesn't re-invent the Open World concept, but thanks to the terrific combination of survival elements and third-person action, it's still a lot of fun.
  18. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a very nice game. It’s not original or perfect, but it’s really enjoyable from the title screen to the ending credits.
  19. Apr 25, 2019
    For better or for worse, Day Gone exceeds expectations. Bend Studio focuses heavily on the plot of its latest work, sometimes even at the expense of the gameplay, forced to adapt to the narrative needs of the survival game. Despite this, Days gone is still a very unique experience, thanks to its extremely recognizable personality shining through.
  20. May 7, 2019
    A game doesn’t need to be perfect to be enjoyable, but it does need to have substance and Days Gone has this in handfuls. Days Gone is a game that deserves a player’s patience and perseverance as only then will you get to experience the game as it is intended. The story opens up and becomes more in-depth the longer you play and leads to you uncovering more important information.
  21. 80
    Sure, it's clunky at points, has enough rough edges to cut someone, and is perhaps too slow in getting to the good stuff, but give Days Gone and Deacon a chance and they will win you over.
  22. Apr 29, 2019
    In Days Gone I receive all features I like in video games - atmosphere, interesting characters, realism, well-made shooting, and cool stealth mechanics. Despite that Days Gone may be a real disappointment for fans of Ubisoft's open world games - there's a lot of content but it's all based on the story-driven campaign. It's a long storyline but there's nothing else to do.
  23. Apr 25, 2019
    Although not without flaws (mainly the uninspired shooting and stealth elements) and a frame rate that needs to be more stabilized, Days Gone still is a commendable first effort from Bend Studio to the big leagues of AAA games. The world they crafted is filled with quality writing and a very strong lead character with Deacon St. John, who is likeable and as flawed as needed in order for him to be more humane than the typical "knight in shining armor".
  24. Apr 25, 2019
    Make no mistake, though, this is still a well-made game, albeit with a lot of familiar elements underneath the zombie apocalypse veneer. PS4 players should still absolutely play the game and they will come away satisfied as a whole. Just know that this isn’t the same type of top to bottom hit that some past Sony exclusives have been.
  25. Apr 25, 2019
    A good game for the PS4. Nothing more. Days Gone does not take any risks nor propose anything new.
  26. Apr 25, 2019
    There’s also a ton of game here, with the main story missions at least leading well into 30-40 hours worth of content.
  27. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a blend of multiple open-world and zombie games. Even though the gameplay stays pretty much the same throughout the entire game, the acting, riding your motorcycle and the survival bits make this game worth while.
  28. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a grim, beautiful B-movie; its action and writing are full of pulpy thrills, and by the end of it, I found myself liking a character called Deacon St. John – an achievement in itself.
  29. 80
    Days Gone offers a dangerous and desolate world full of bad things and bad people. if you're willing to put up with some shortcomings the reward is one of the best open-world zombie apocalypse games to date.
  30. Apr 25, 2019
    Even with all its technical problems, Days Gone offers an essential story for fans of the genre. Long and full of content, with a great graphics element and eye-catching novelties such as the motorcycle and the horde.
  31. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone offers an emotional rebuttal to apocalyptic nihilism.
  32. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a very enjoyable game, with a beautiful setting, some interesting ideas and a good story, but Bend Studio has bitten off more than it could chew, and it shows. It takes too many things from open-world adventures, and the execution doesn’t always live up to the expectations. Overall, it’s entertaining and solid, but a less ambitious project would’ve end up being better.
  33. 80
    Days Gone overcomes loose controls, familiar mechanics and gameplay loops, and a well-worn setting to tell a very relatable story featuring one of my favorite characters in recent years.
  34. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone features a huge and beautifully looking open world that's great to explore. The game is, however, plagued by many bugs that take away from the experience overall. It's a shame since the story, characters and enemies make the game so much fun to play.
  35. Apr 25, 2019
    Like the winding roads of Farewell Wilderness that contain both serenity and danger, Days Gone is a journey with a winding range of emotions. Though the game borrows heavily from other open-world games, Bend Studios has done a solid job melding it together into a package that’s more than the sum of its parts.
  36. Apr 25, 2019
    Luxurious environments and tons of content make Days Gone a good choice for open world lovers. But the ambitious adventure crafted by Bend Studio has more than a few annoying issues and shortcomings under the hood.
  37. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is fun and satisfying, but its artificial lengthening and not deviating from the standard of open world games in most of its mechanics and activities (except for the Horde) cause it not to shine as much as other PS4 exclusives.
  38. Apr 25, 2019
    With Days Gone, Sony Bend offers a worthy adventure and an inspiring hero to the player, and while many technical drawbacks still remain, the overall experience is truly enjoyable.
  39. Apr 25, 2019
    With jaw-dropping graphics, fantastic music, great gameplay, likeable characters - and terrifying hordes - it is hard to tell that Days Gone is Bend Studios first truly big-budget game. Even though the game is not as polished as the best first party games from Sony, it still might end up as one this year’s best single player experiences.
  40. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone tries its best to bring something new to the table of an already overused post-apocalyptic zombie shooter genre. It gets some things right and some things not that great, but as an overall experience, it's a game packed with a great atmosphere and some darn fun exploration. If you liked games like Mad Max or you're in absolute love with the zombie survival games, try not to miss this one.
  41. 80
    Though a touch derivative and brought low on occasion by the odd technical issue, Days Gone is a sprawling and handsomely made open-world adventure that contains a surprising amount of heart and ample amounts of violence to match.
  42. Apr 25, 2019
    Like the world it’s set in, Days Gone is a game that’s a little rough around the edges. Yet it persists, taking characters that are easy to write off and fills them with a surprising amount of heart.
  43. Apr 25, 2019
    It has rough patches, but Days Gone is a good time. Ripping across the vast wilderness looking for hordes to wipe out is undoubtedly fun, and Deacon’s sort of comic book story is competent. Is it an excellent open world game? Not quite. Is it worth playing? Oh yeah. The gorgeous and well-built environment is a treat, and the mechanical twists on the Sony’s first party formula make Days Gone a nice spring surprise.
  44. 80
    For its strengths and its faults, I kept finding myself drawn back to the game’s evocative narrative all the way through. Even after the open world shenanigans and tedious emphasis on combat wore me down, I carried on at the thought of finding out more about characters who at that point were starting to feel like real people. And at the centre of it all, is Deacon St. John – a callous, cold-blooded ex-biker ex-military mercenary, but he’s got an enormous heart, and that makes all the difference. The whole game is a joy to play, because of the optimism which he and his friends build up over the course of what is otherwise a bleak and empty landscape. And this is more than a fitting summary for Days Gone – a zombie game in 2019 featuring open-world mechanics we’ve all seen before – but like Deadon, the team at Bend Studio have got an enormous hearts, and, just like with Deacon, that makes all the difference.
  45. Apr 25, 2019
    The new Sony exclusive is far from perfect, but it's still remarkable.
  46. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is one of the better zombie games in recent years. It doesn't beat out the Resident Evil 2 remake (very few games do) as being my go-to zombie fix, but it's an entertaining if somewhat unevenly-paced adventure through post-apocalyptic Oregon.
  47. Apr 25, 2019
    It took a few hours to get under my skin. But now that I've gotten into a rhythm with its post-apocalyptic horror-survivalist aspects, Days Gone puts on a good little self-serious road drama.
  48. Apr 25, 2019
    While being nowhere near brilliance in any area, Days Gone still gives you an entertaining mix of exploration, horror, stealth and survival light in mostly stunning environments.
  49. Apr 25, 2019
    With a large and beautiful open world, swollen hordes of infected freakers, and over 30 hours of story, Days Gone is a well-polished game on the surface. However, the game does not offer anything truly remarkable, and maintaining your bike can be annoying. That said, its strengths lie in exploring its open world by bike, and the qualities of its biker protagonist, Deacon.
  50. Apr 25, 2019
    The concept, atmosphere, and some parts of Days Gone's gameplay are very similar to The Last of Us. Considering it's an open-world game, it's even more fun than TLOS in terms of exploring. Dealing with thousands of zombies is both exciting and challenging. The story is just fine, but the ending confuses me because it doesn't make everything clear in a way that makes sense. What's more, the frame rate is unstable, and it would be much more fluent were they to fix the problem.
  51. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone has good gameplay foundations. The scarcity of supplies and ever-present threat of zombies put me on edge as much as it gave me options to escape by the skin of my teeth. But the inability to fully deliver on either the story or open world fronts makes it a title of both possibilities and limitations.
  52. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a solid game that lacks substance. The story has some cool twists but doesn’t move forward fast enough. Hordes are cool and let the game finally shine, but why hide them for so long?
  53. I played Days Gone, and I thought that if Sony Bend Studio had more time to develop this game, it could be something far better than this product, even one of the best games of this generation.
  54. May 30, 2019
    I expect and hope for a sequel. Just know that going into this game that there is a lot of tedious nonsense to pad out a really good game to make it feel more worth every dollar, much to its detriment. I want to give this game a better score because the best moments are so good, but the large portion of this game is so bloody tiring that I just can’t.
  55. May 10, 2019
    The game has weak shooting systems and some bad weapons, much like Red Dead Redemption II. But while the other games have been highly rated, Days Gone has had its legs cut out by the bugs.
  56. May 6, 2019
    Although Days Gone is suffering from tons of technical issues and, of course, unbelievably weak AI, it still manages to make up for them by offering solid, diverse gameplay, wonderful atmosphere and world design, and great music and sound design. Let's just hope that Sony gives Bend Studio another chance.
  57. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone has potential to be enjoyed as a nice survival experience, but its inconsistent story and boring missions make us feel like it should be a much better game.
  58. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is an ambitious new IP that borrows heavily from its influences. It still maintains its own identity and features some genuinely fun gameplay. It's unfortunately held back by countless technical issues, but if you're willing to tolerate these, the moment to moment gameplay is enjoyable. While there's nothing revolutionary about the game, it's worth a go if you're a zombie fan.
  59. Apr 25, 2019
    Sadly, Days Gone ends up as a failure regarding the attempt at creating one of the best survival games on the market. Despite the fact that it is a fun game, it has far too many errors to be considered a must-have title. The story is inconsistent, the missions tend to become repetitive and there are plenty of problems in stability as well as bugs that, in essence, make this one of the weakest exclusive games to be found on the PlayStation 4.
  60. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is incredibly moving, but occasionally frustrating. Just when you start to get burnt out on resource collection and uniform side-missions, the story suddenly hooks you back in. Despite Deacon’s impatience and short temper, his story is often compelling. His actions have consequences, and the map evolves as you make positive and negative changes. Unfortunately, it can also be buggy and less than believable, which is heart-breaking considering the care given to this world and its characters.
  61. Apr 25, 2019
    With its nice gameplay, many weapons and a good mix of stealth and action, Days Gone could be a great game. But it also has many technical flaws, its writting is muddled at best and has no subtlety.
  62. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a pretty good Open World Action game. However, it does have the usual issues that we can see in many Open World games as it does not bring anything new to the table and you won't see the massive hordes of zombies rushing to feast upon you until the second half of the game.
  63. Running across a horde of freaks in Days Gone is a helluva thing.
  64. May 23, 2019
    I came for the zombies, but I stayed for the bike.
  65. Apr 30, 2019
    Ultimately, I will look back on my time with Days Gone fondly. No, it wasn’t on the same level as other PS4 exclusives before it, but as I eluded to in my opening, not all meals have to be gourmet. Bend Studios set out to make a game about a biker in a post-apocalyptic world full of Freakers that aren’t quite human and aren’t quite dead, and it’s generally a fun experience with some clever gameplay choices and a few moments of brilliance.
  66. Apr 26, 2019
    Day’s Gone provides an entertaining experience that tries harder to make you feel than it does to make you think. The characters and their inner conflicts may not stay with you, but the act of seeing them through their adventures could keep you happily engaged for quite a while.
  67. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is excellent when you’re riding your bike or stealthily dispatching enemies. The action sequences, however, illustrate very poor enemy AI. Furthermore, all the quests and activities soon become extremely repetitive and bland. The game falls flat just when it should be reaching its climax.
  68. Apr 25, 2019
    The zombie apocalypse is well-trodden territory and the open-world spin of Days Gone can only differentiate it so much. There's a strong narrative focus, but Deacon St. John doesn't carry that weight as deftly as he could. There are highlights and fun tools available within, but the game doesn't push those forward initially, leaving the players to deal with some tedium first. Days Gone is a great foundation for something better though, so hopefully Bend gets the chance to improve upon it.
  69. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone has a couple of fantastic ideas, including the blockbuster horde battles that offer some of the most heart-pounding zombie spectacles I’ve seen yet. Unfortunately, these fantastic moments are fleeting, with generic missions, a messy story, and a plague of technical bugs holding back Days Gone from becoming a zombie-slaying classic.
  70. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a keen and engaging open world zombie adventure despite some issues.
  71. Apr 25, 2019
    Deacon St. John is a pretty cool dude and we really appreciated the biker setting in a beautiful world filled to the brim with missions and adventure. The story is decent enough and the gameplay feels smooth enough to make sure you'll enjoy your time here. At the same time there are many performance issues like frame drops, occasional stuttering and even the odd crash now and again. The game is rife with bugs and glitches which will detract from the entertainment which is a true shame. Without these issues the game would have turned out much, much better.
  72. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone’s survival horror underbelly gives it just enough identity to set it apart from the dozens of other open worlders already available. A dense selection of overlapping gameplay mechanics make for entertaining action, even if the title’s unremarkable mission design doesn’t always make the best of them. The story can drift, and the overall package isn’t quite as polished as its PS4 exclusive counterparts – but as far as gaming comfort food goes, you could feast on worse snacks than this.
  73. 70
    Days Gone is a fine addition to the evergrowing list of first-party Sony exclusives. Does it have the shine and polish comparable to Naughty Dog's best works? No, but it delivers a dense and beautiful open world that proves that there's perhaps a little bit of elbow room left for zombies in gaming, even if we're not calling them that this time around.
  74. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone seems like a classic case of a game that grew too big for its own good. The production values are excellent and it packs some tense gameplay and emotional stories, but the poor pacing, tedious open world, and padded length significantly drag it down overall.
  75. Apr 26, 2019
    Days Gone is contextually broken, its gunplay is deplorable, its ‘open-world’ premise is a joke and its narrative consistently overrides that open-world ‘design’ goal. It’s pretty, in parts, but it’s broken across the board because it’s disparate in what it wants to be, and that’s because it fails to be Days Gone. Instead it just mimics, brokenly, games already gone.
  76. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a fairly typical open world post apocalyptic survival title that offers a few memorable mechanics and story beats, but is eventually consumed by genre clichés. Poor technical performance further hinders its chances of survival, but perhaps with time that wound will heal.
  77. Apr 29, 2019
    Days Gone feels like a medium quality candy in a very high quality wrap. It’s extremely beautiful and starts off brilliantly, but lacks the ability to maintain the tension and interest over time. With some good combat and lots of content, but a boring story and repetitive gameplay, Days Gone never unlocks its full potential.
  78. Apr 25, 2019
    While full of good intentions with its impressive hordes of mutants and some remarkable panoramas, it may be that the impression of having already played Days Gone a dozen times in the last 5 years comes to your mind very quickly.
  79. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone has some moments of brilliance, but there're far too may bugs. The hordes improve the game drastically, it's just a shame that a lot of the game suffers in other avenues.
  80. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone feels bloated, like a movie that goes on for an hour longer than it needs to or should’ve. It’s messy and confused, but peppered with genuinely thrilling encounters with rampaging hordes of zombies and occasionally breathless firefights. There’s a good game in here somewhere, but it’s buried in a meandering storyline, repetitive missions, and just too much obligatory stuff to do without an eye on the smaller details that could have given it much more character.
  81. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is an above average open-world game that is brought down by a weak first act, poor shooting, and a lot of technical issues.
  82. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone has moments where it reveals its brilliance, but they’re buried under a litany of uninteresting and repetitive missions and numerous technical issues.
  83. May 26, 2019
    Days Gone could have been much better if the developers cut it by at least a third, and added more varied missions into the mix.
  84. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 31, 2019
    At the beginning of the game you’ll feel like you've already played this game... then it will let you go for a while only to return with reinforcements (and lots of bugs). However, Days Gone has a couple of pleasant moments, that can't be denied. [Issue#295]
  85. May 28, 2019
    Regardless of how pretty the world of Days Gone is to look at, it’s a game that tried too much and truly suffered from it. The story drags on, the writing for characters is so inconsistent it becomes infuriating, the entire camp system adds more bloat to the game and nothing really feels as good as it should. The main selling point of the game, the hordes, don’t even truly matter until 30 hours into the already lengthy 40-hour game which alone is a huge misstep regardless of how enjoyable they may be when they finally appear. I know there is a solid 10 to 15-hour game within Days Gone, but there is too much unnecessary stuff that has been piled onto it that makes it a forgettable and unenjoyable experience.
  86. Rather than focus on what it does well, Days Gone does everything. Despite some great tech and compelling core ideas, especially when it comes to its battles against massive enemy hordes, a dull and repetitive open world structure makes Days Gone a chore.
  87. Apr 26, 2019
    Running on a treadmill and Days Gone are very similar experiences. You put in time and effort, yet you remain in the same spot. Thrilling gameplay and crazed “freakers” cannot save this game from its LONG, uncompelling story. Ultimately, the number of hours invested in Days Gone do not pay off. This is not a full throttle Sony exclusive that we’ve come to know and love, it’s miles away from that.
  88. Apr 25, 2019
    Ultimately, Days Gone is best described as an infuriating-if-enjoyable mess. It offers both a good central tenant of an idea and a unique take on a saturated genre, but is subsequently let down by dated storytelling, unnecessary bloat (the level-up system is so ineffectual you may question why anyone bothered to include it) and an investment in time and patience that really doesn’t come anywhere near to justifying the eventual pay-off.
  89. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone seems to have taken many cues from The Last of Us and Uncharted, but fails to match their standards. Thrilling chance battles with Freakers are punctuated with meandering and dull flashback chats with your wife, bookended with abrupt loading screens, with one mission even forcing us to pick flowers.
  90. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone features some potentially interesting community-building mechanics and the appeal of a bikers vs. zombies game is hard to ignore, but it never lets its best ideas take center stage. Instead, it focuses on lackluster combat and a repetitive set of missions. It moves along on the kind of momentum that exists almost by default in big open world packed with activities, but I could never get fully engaged, partly due to its dragging pace, scattershot story, off-putting protagonist, and frequent bugs.
  91. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a derivative but enjoyable action-adventure with a beautiful environment, using AI and physics to create exciting moments of procedural entertainment. But its familiar tale of mankind struggling to re-create society after the end of the world and its romantic through-line are haphazardly structured and under-written, and the characters are too busy calling each other sons of bitches and assholes to say or do anything moving, original or profound. This is a game of fun and fury – it’s thrilling at times, but it signifies nothing.
  92. Apr 25, 2019
    For sure, Days Gone have a good story and characters that are pleasant to follow. But missions and gameplay are too repetitive, AI is too silly, bugs and freezes too frequent (even on PS4 Pro) to have us considering it as a fully enjoyable game. Too bad.
  93. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone follows every post-apocalypse cue in the book. It does combat, level design, and bike riding well but struggles to overcome a basic story.
  94. Apr 25, 2019
    This sordid state of affairs leads me to believe that Days Gone was either rushed out by Sony to fill a gap in releases and buy time for the likes of The Last of Us Part 2 or that Bend Studio, a veteran of PSP and PS Vita titles, simply cannot develop for a bona fide console.
  95. Apr 25, 2019
    There are glimmers of true excellence here; small stretches of Days Gone can be especially fun and polished. However, the assembly of these various parts suffers from the lack of an engaging story, compelling characters, or an open world that feels organic and worth exploring.
  96. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is an alright first step for Bend Studio. It's a competent open world game with massive, diverse environments for you to explore, even if there aren't actually a lot of interesting things to do. It's also very vanilla, and there just isn't much substance beneath its glossy surface.
  97. Apr 25, 2019
    A peculiarly constructed open world zombie game that sidelines its most unique features in favour of generic action and unengaging storytelling.
  98. Apr 25, 2019
    With some tweaks to the pacing, it could have reconciled its warm, frank look at humanity and been something special.
  99. Apr 25, 2019
    Derivative and beset by astounding technical problems, Days Gone is a rare misfire among Sony’s first-party efforts. While the core fantasy of surviving in a world overrun with infected occasionally shines through, Bend Studio doesn’t deliver nearly enough compelling moments to justify the long slog it takes to see this mediocre story through to its end.
  100. Edge Magazine
    May 23, 2019
    What a shame. Days Gone is ripe with potential, but it's always in those moments before something actually happens: when you hear the rumbling of thunder heralding an impending downpour, or a distant engine letting you know tourble's on the way. But when it all kicks off, the spell is broken. This is "State of Decay" without the stakes, "The Last of Us" without Naughty Dog's storytelling chops, and the most generic, overlong open-world game around. [Issue#333, p.106]
  101. May 2, 2019
    Days Gone has a lot of great ideas, an interesting story and some of the most beautiful eyes in the business, but other than that the game is lacking in both polish and execution. Overall it's completely serviceable, but that's about it.
  102. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is a game that is, at once, both so close and so far from being what it could have been. There are certainly things here to enjoy and sufficiently pass the time. Those dusty roads of Oregon being the most prominent, but when that world is so empty and its inhabitants so vacant, it starts to become a real challenge to care.
  103. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone may have excellent dialogue and enjoyable cutscenes but it’s obvious that its gameplay didn’t receive that same level of refinement. It fashions itself as a stealth game, but the stealth mechanics are sometimes unpredictable and the melee combat grows stale quickly. Its pivotal moments turn its hero into an action star, but gunplay is underwhelming and lacks any real thrill. Though it places you in a post-apocalyptic setting, the survival mechanics do nothing more than add monotony without ever raising the stakes...Sadly, Days Gone is the first real clunker of a PS4 exclusive.
  104. Apr 25, 2019
    I did a lot of things in Days Gone. I burned every single Freaker nest; I cleared every ambush camp; I maxed out my bike; I took out a few optional hordes just because. Like Deacon with Sarah, I kept going because I hoped to find something, to follow a thread to a possibly fascinating or satisfying or impactful conclusion. But at the end of it all, I'd only gotten scraps.
  105. Apr 25, 2019
    There is a living, breathing undercurrent of ambition undeniable in the scale and intricacy of developer Bend Studio’s creation. And you can tell the effort here is to apply to a naturally tense open-world survival structure the kind of high-impact narrative one would expect from a linearly-funneled action game. But the result is one of the best examples of why that can’t work, and of the damage such an effort can have on otherwise solid foundations. With the game’s pacing ground to dust in service of open world largess, expansiveness, and narrative potential, the core of “Days Gone” is buried too deep for even a zombified resurrection.
  106. May 2, 2019
    I was ready to love Days Gone, and in some ways, I still do. It didn’t love me back, though. If SIE Bend had cut the length by a third, cleaned up the technical problems and had more variety in level design, it could have been one of my favorite games of all time. It’s tragic in hindsight, because I can feel the love and passion flowing through it. Unfortunately, the shared appreciation of our homeland pales in comparison to the astoundingly long list of problems on display here. It’s heartbreaking, but only homesick Oregonians like myself need apply.
  107. May 2, 2019
    Days Gone is far from the worst specimen of its genre but in a year already packed with 50 hour+ endeavours, it rarely makes the case for its own existence.
  108. Apr 25, 2019
    There is no denying that Days Gone is visually impressive, heightened by expressive motion capture and a lifelike wilderness. The signs of life that should make for a great experience are all there. But in every shining sunset, detailed human face, and open clearing, I couldn’t find any shred of soul.
  109. Apr 25, 2019
    The game meets the baseline level of quality we might expect from a big-budgeted joint, yet it remains a tiresome, empty experience.
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  1. Apr 25, 2019
    If you're hungry for a new weekend-filling zombie adventure on PS4, Days Gone is an easy rental recommendation. If you're already working your way through a big-game backlog, on the other hand, you should probably spend your days on other fare. [Impressions]
  2. Apr 25, 2019
    A disappointing dud among the litany of quite remarkable recent PlayStation exclusives. After epics such as God Of War, Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a game that wavers between boring and frustrating. A game that’s had more than enough time in development, and which has such uninspired design choices at its core, that more time probably wouldn’t have solved them. Days Gone simply doesn’t offer anything sufficiently fresh or interesting to carry it to the finish line.
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    A frequently gorgeous, sadly generic open-world game that runs out of steam well before its extended play-time is over.
  4. Apr 25, 2019
    It's . . . fine, I guess? Not something I'd urge you to go pick up on day one, but a pretty good time-suck regardless. I like it, I just don't love it. I don't hate it, either. It's just perfectly okay. [Impressions]
  5. Apr 25, 2019
    Look no further than the game developers calling the zombies “freakers,” and expecting us to take that as something new.
  6. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone seems like an accurate reflection of how things would go after an actual, IRL zombie apocalypse: clumsy, violent, and filled with failure.
  7. May 2, 2019
    Like a zombie, it lurches through the motions, hungry for brains, lacking its own.
  8. Apr 25, 2019
    Days Gone is by far the weakest Sony-backed PS4 exclusive to have come out in a while. Doesn't mean it's bad, it's just not particularly great. It takes inspiration from Red Dead Redemption, The Last of Us, and plenty other games, but fails to find its own voice or sense of charm. It's alright though, if you want yet another zombie game.
  9. Apr 25, 2019
    The problem is that it’s all wrapped around a painfully generic zombie story, one that ultimately plays out like a dozen games you’ve experienced before. All of that effort feels wasted, especially in a world where Sony also publishes the brilliant The Last of Us, which took a seemingly straightforward post-apocalyptic zombie narrative in interesting new directions. Meanwhile, in Days Gone, the end of the world is somehow incredibly bland.
  10. Apr 25, 2019
    I would’ve gladly dealt with choppy gameplay if it meant more horde encounters, as they were truly the highlight of Days Gone. SIE Bend Studio at least reignited my interest in zombie-fighting, a genre with little gas in the tank after years of movies, TV shows and video games dealing with the living day. Sad, then, that Days Gone saves its best moments as a kind of reward for slogging through a cliche-ridden journey across post-apocalyptic Oregon, tied to a sullen and angry hero.
  11. Apr 25, 2019
    The lack of seamless transitions between gameplay and cutscenes means you’re often staring at a black screen as the game interrupts you, the story is predictable, your activities are repetitive, and the technical issues – frame rate drops, freezes, and myriad bugs – are a constant annoyance. While it’s still slightly better than most recent Xbox One exclusives, Days Gone just isn’t anywhere near the quality of the majority of PS4 first-party releases.
  12. Apr 25, 2019
    And that’s Days Gone in a nutshell: a waste of time that doesn’t get you anything decent in return. I could have written everything here after a few hours of playing, but I kept thinking “There’s gotta be something around the corner to justify all this.” And so I’d play a few hours, and then a few more. Soon, a big plot turn was being communicated, and so I gave the game another chance. But that, like Deacon’s code, was just a long con. A game with a billion carrots on a stick, but no matter how many you eat, you’re still hungry, but at that point, the sunk cost of eating these damn carrots is so large you might as well keep eating. [20 Hour Impressions]
User Score

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  1. Apr 26, 2019
    DAYS GONE – a breath of fresh air in its genre. I have long wanted to plunge into the World as the plot of the series the Walking dead. SoDAYS GONE – a breath of fresh air in its genre. I have long wanted to plunge into the World as the plot of the series the Walking dead. So far, only the first hours of the game, and I'm absolutely delighted. The plot unfolds without haste, the hero is interesting, he wants to empathize. You want to live with him this way. And of course his bike! This is a separate topic for discussion. Thank you Sony for another interesting plot game. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2019
    This game will get a ton of hate therefore will get a 10. Especially Xbox Fanboys. But if I were to score it based off of pure gamingThis game will get a ton of hate therefore will get a 10. Especially Xbox Fanboys. But if I were to score it based off of pure gaming enjoyment, it gets a 10 still. PS4 exclusive quality and it is just a great game period. Compared to any other game out here now, it is top tier. I don't get the hate. Seriously, never had so much fun since horizon zero Dawn. Maybe I love this game because I am an adult. Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2019
    Awesome game. This game feels like a great John Carpenter movie. Great story, beautiful graphics, amazing soundtrack/audio, amazing weatherAwesome game. This game feels like a great John Carpenter movie. Great story, beautiful graphics, amazing soundtrack/audio, amazing weather effects, cool environments, beautiful animations. One of the best post-apocalyptic games ever. Full Review »