Japan seems to have a stronger affinity for zombies hordes in comparison to Norse Gods or robot dinosaurs. Days Gone, the latest PS4 exclusive is selling strong in Japan, even better than God Of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.
The first week sales numbers are in and Days Gone has sold over 114,000 units. this is great news for developer Sony Bend, since Days Gone had been getting middling reviews from major critics. We ourselves have been having a darn good time with Days Gone, and so it seems is the mainstream audience.
Most of the criticism seems to come from Days Gone being overly familiar in terms of its Far Cry style open world formula, and an over-saturation of zombie games. However, it’s clear that folks like the Far Cry formula, especially because it works and is easy to follow. And as far as zombies are concerned, Days gone has a interesting take on their zombies, or Freakers, as they call it. And the story itself is actually pretty good.
Days Gone is almost here! The team at Bend Studio can’t wait for players to test their luck against three difficulty modes that ship with the game on April 26. Whether playing Easy, Normal, or Hard mode you can expect a game that challenges your survival skills across a 30+ hour golden path and many more hours of open world hordes, ambush camps, infestation zones, mysterious NERO checkpoints, and dynamic events in the post-apocalyptic Oregon setting.
Not only does this world come for you, but starting in June, a whole new difficulty mode and new challenges each week are coming for all Days Gone owners with an active internet connection — for free!
‘Survival’ difficulty mode tests players by daring them to beat the story with increased difficulty settings, no fast travel or Survival Vision, and an immersive HUD that removes maps and indicators from the gameplay screen. Every tweak and change made is designed to further immerse players and ratchet up the tension to make this the definitive survival experience.
Each week beginning in June, a new Bike, Horde, or Combat challenge will be deployed to test players even further. These challenges take key gameplay features of Days Gone, and twists them in unique ways to earn additional items and rewards. We’ll give you more information on the specific challenges down the road.
Beating the Survival Difficulty and challenges won’t be in vain — players can earn new trophies and unique bike skins to show off in photo mode to prove they’re bonafide Days Gone survivors. Are you?
There’s no lack of zombie shooters in the gaming market these days, however, it has been a while since a game came in and tried to do something different. Well, now we have two new zombie shooters releasing withing 10 days of each other, both doing different things. But they have one thing in common: Both have zombies – a LOT of zombies.
Days Gone is the next big PS4 exclusive releasing on the 26th of April. It is developed by Sony Bend Studios, and is exclusive to the PS4 and the PS4 Pro.
World War Z is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on the 16th of April. It is developed by Saber Interactive.
Both Days Gone and World War Z are the biggest games by their respective studios. Sony Bend was renowned for their Siphon Filter games from the PS1 era, though their last few games were middling Uncharted spin-offs on the PSP. Saber Interactive has worked on the remake of the original Halo game, and The Masterchief Collection. Their most recent release was NBA Playgrounds 2, which did not see a lot of commercial success.
So if you’re wondering which one of these zombie games you should go for, here’s a breakdown of the games, and you can decide which zombie murdering playground you want to jump into!
First up, let’s talk about World War Z:
World War Z is a co-op zombie shooter, in the vein of Left 4 Dead, where you have to go from one end of the map to the other, with various objectives along the way. You can play in a team of up to 4 players, and will go to various locations across the world to stop the zombie threat. Locations include places like New York, Tokyo, Moscow and Jerusalem.
Each of these locations have multiple missions within them that tell a story. I’m not sure as to how good the story will be, since that doesn’t seem to be the focus for this game. If you’re getting World War Z, expect a solid co-op shooter, and a whole lot of zombies.
If you’ve seen the movie that the game is based on, you already know what you’re in for. Imagine hundreds of zombies rushing at you and your team, toppling over everything in their path.
The gameplay is a mix of stealth and action – you are encouraged to remain stealthy in the early sections as you explore and uncover objectives. Once you go guns blazing, more and more zombies will start showing up, and, if you’re not careful, you could be easily overwhelmed.
The AI director (the in-game logic that defines what encounters are triggered and when) also sounds really competent. It will change up things on the fly to give you a dynamic experience. If you are able to make progress too easily, more enemies will be spawned, and you will be required to adapt. However, if you’re low on health and resources, the game might throw you a helping hand and spawn turrets or mortars that you can use.
Exploration is also key to survival, since some of the best weapons and loot is the game is hidden off to the side.
There’s also a good variety to the zombies themselves – some with explode into a cloud of toxic gas, leaving you gasping for breath, while other bigger zombies could rush at you and take you down in one hit. Screamers will call in more zombies, making the fight ever tougher. There are other types of zombies just waiting around the corner, so come prepared, or be prepared for a nasty surprise.
There a ton of content here to keep you and your friends hooked for months, and with the right support from the developers, World War Z could be the next Left 4 Dead.
Pros: Strong Co-op Elements Tons Of Zombies Varied Locations Weapons & Customization
Cons: No Single Player No Story Focus Graphics Look Average
Now, let’s talk about Days Gone:
Days Gone is Sony’s next big PS4 exclusive, and while I wasn’t too sure about from the early trailers, I have slowly come around on the game. Firstly, Days Gone is a single player game, and there’s no co-op or multiplayer here. However, there’s a much bigger focus on the story here, in comparison to World War Z. And if you’re someone who prefers single player story driven games, then Days Gone is for you.
You play as Deacon, a biker trying to survive after a terrible incident brought down society and turned a majority of the population into zombies. Deacon also has a tragic backstory involving his wife. Not much has been revealed about her yet, though we’re sure that it’ll be a part of the game’s story.
The single player story is said to be over 30 hours in length, with over 6 hours of cut-scenes fleshing out the story. That’s a LOT of cut-scenes. In comparison, Metal Gear Solid 4 has around 8 hours of cut-scenes, and some of them were over 90 minutes long.
This focus on story also means that you’ll have multiple story threads available to you at any given time, and you can choose to pick one up and follow that through, or keep jumping between story threads at any given time. Everything they have shown so far of the story looks really promising, and we’re hoping that it truly delivers.
Being a zombie game, similar to World War Z, there’s again a big focus on the number of zombies you’ll be fighting at any given time. While you might come across smaller groups of zombies, the main thing that the developers have been showing off from the early reveal trailers are the massive hordes with hundreds of zombies. A horde with around 300 zombies has been called a small horde by the developer, so maybe we’ll see large hordes of maybe 500-1000 zombies. And since this is a single player game, you will not have team mates by your side to cover you back. You’ll have to be constantly on alert, and every battle will have to be approached strategically.
The zombies themselves are a bit different – they’re called freakers and have their own daily pattern. They eat, sleep and drink, and behave differently during the day and night. Once again, there are a variety of these freakers – Swarmers will attack you in groups. Screamers will, uh, scream, and call in more freakers. The newts are smaller freakers, possibly children who mostly stay away, but might attack you when you turn your back on them. Breakers are bigger freakers who deal heavy damage, and are tough to take down.
Then there are these infected animals, including wolves, bears, and even crows. From what has been shown in trailers, they look even more deadly than regular freakers, especially the wolves who can chase you down even when you’re riding you bike.
The Drifter’s Bike & Open World
Unlike World War Z, Days Gone is an open world game, and your main mode of transport is your drifter bike. You’ll be relying on this heavily since getting around on foot can be extremely dangerous. There are way more zombies that you’ll be able to take on, and more often than not, flight will be better than fight. I assume that the bike will require repairs and upgrades, and you might end up building a deep bond with your bike in the same way as you did with your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2.
You’ll also need to keep an eye of the condition of your bike and the fuel gauge. Neglecting these can get you stranded in a rough situation without a means to escape. Keep an eye out for extra fuel containers, and materials for repair and upgrade.
The way the open world map opens up to you is also really interesting. Instead of a region unlock or a tower system that clears up the fog on the map, you will only see trails you have traveled on. This means that you’ll have to familiarize yourself with signboards and markers to navigate the world efficiently. You can fast travel between safe points you have unlocked, but it’ll cost you.
Freakers and animals aren’t your only threat, because there are other human enemies that you’ll need to deal with. Enemy factions are all fighting for resources, and you’ll need to get through them for you and your friends to survive.
Weapons & Customization
With so many dangers all around you, you’ll need a solid arsenal of weapons at your disposal, and Days Gone seems to have that covered. You have assault rifles, shotguns, crossbows, and everything can be upgraded and customized.
You can find weapons as you explore the world, or buy them from vendors at friendly camps. Weapons will also need up-keeping, or they will degrade over time, reducing their damage and accuracy. It does seem like there are a lot of systems in place, and could get either cumbersome or overwhelming, but with the right balance, Days Gone could be something special.
Pros: Heavy Narrative Focus Looks Gorgeous Open World & Exploration Interesting Twist On Zombies
Cons: No Multiplayer
Alright, so let’s quickly summarize!
World War Z is a co-op zombie shooter, with massive levels to explore. There’s less of a focus on the story, and more focus on the multiplayer elements. If you like games like Left 4 Dead and want a good new game to play with friends, World War Z might be your jam.
Days Gone is a story heavy single player game, again with a lot of zombies. There;s no multiplayer, but the game is open world, with a lot of gameplay systems in place. If you have been enjoying Sony’s recent streak of great single player games, and want to kill a bunch of zombies, then Days Gone is for you.
If you want my opinion, I am more excited for Days Gone. While the early previews made it look a bit generic, the recent trailers showing off the story and exploration focus have piqued my interest. I really do wish it had some multiplayer or co-op, because the world of Days Gone looks like it’ll be fun to explore with a few friends by your side. However, going at it solo will make for a more intense experience. Also, I can always jump into World War Z for some fun zombie shootouts with friends.
So, which one of these games will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more coverage of Days Gone and World War Z coming soon.
Days Gone is the upcoming PS4 exclusive, that boasts a massive open world, and is filled to the brim with zombies. Given the scope of the game, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to know that it has a huge install size of 67 GB. However, what is surprising is that it is the biggest Sony first party title yet, bigger that Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, and Spiderman.
This large install size is mostly due to the open world nature of the game. It is so big that your bike in the game is absolutely essential to your survival. Running out of fuel or letting your bike go into disrepair can mean certain death. The world is treacherous, and threats come at you from every side.
Another reason are the zombie hordes. While there are many games with zombies, Days Gone has massive hordes of them that attack you. A horde of 300 is considered to be a small horde, so one can only image what a large horde looks like.
Days Gone also looks gorgeous from everything we have seen so far. The environments are rich with detail, and the dynamic weather effects are breathtaking.
Are you excited for Days Gone? We definitely are, so keep an eye out for more coverage coming soon.
Days Gone is the upcoming game by Bend Studios, a Sony first-party developer, that has been working on the zombie (freakers, but we know what they really are) game for a few years now. With Days Gone releasing in two weeks, Sony has been pushing the game quite hard, and it’s now clear that Sony has great expectations from the game.
Speaking to Average Caucasian Shark, a PR rep for Sony revealed that the goal with Days Gone isn’t just to release one and move on, but to have this first game be the start of a new franchise. “The goal is always to make a game that people love and want more of,” added the rep.
This is great news for Playstation fans, since Sony has been hard at work building new IPs like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Ghost of Tsushima, etc. More new IPs means new ideas coming to bear fruit, and new experiences for players. That’s not to say that Sony hasn’t been focused on existing IPs as well. God of War got an excellent reboot. Uncharted got a great send-off with A Thief’s End, and a great spin-off with The Lost Legacy. The Last of Us 2 is looking really promising.
Sony is in a great position overall when it comes to games on their platforms.
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Sony Interactive Entertainment Bend Studio have released a new 30-second TV spot for Days Gone titled “One Bullet.”
Here is an overview of the game:
At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, loss, madness, betrayal, friendship, brotherhood, regret, love—and hope. It’s about how, even when confronted with such enormous tragedy, hope never dies.
Hero: Deacon St. John
Play as Deacon St. John, a bounty hunter facing a brutal struggle for survival while searching for a reason to live.
Unique Enemies – In addition to hostile drifters, marauders, and militia, Deacon must face a wilderness overrun by dangerous and evolving Freakers. As with any living creature, Freakers eat, drink, hibernate and build nests, behaviors that Deacon must learn and adapt to.
Freaker Threats – Freakers are humans infected with the virus that destroyed the world. With a variety of types, from Screamers to Swarmers to massive Hordes, Freakers are constantly on the hunt for their next meal— you.
Human Threats – Most survivors fled to the wilderness in search of safety. Some formed groups that roam the broken road looking to murder the helpless. Others lost their minds. In the open world, trust no one and keep your survivor skills sharp.
Animal Threats – From dangerous predators like the mountain lion to infected creatures like Ragers and Runners, your chances of survival in the wilderness are only as good as your bike. Always be prepared to fight to survive.
World: Unique Setting
Adapt to quick environmental changes inspired by the harsh high-desert of the Pacific Northwest. One minute, Deacon is riding through a dense alpine forest—or snow field or lush meadow—and the next, he’s fighting his way through harsh desert lava fields and caves.
Ancient lava flows scar and define the hazardous environments, delivering a breathtaking and diverse backdrop of regions to explore. From small towns and mountains to cliffs and river basins, explore the beautiful but threatening world, left in the wake of humanity’s destruction.
Days Gone is due out for PlayStation 4 on April 26.
In a Days Gone storyline called “I Remember,” Deacon attempts to deal with his tragic past. Long before a global pandemic killed the world — turning the Pacific Northwest into a terrifying no-man’s land of Freakers, Marauders and those just struggling to survive — the Farewell Wilderness set the stage for an unlikely romance between an outlaw biker and an extraordinary young woman from Seattle.
The wilderness is where they met, it’s where he taught her to ride, where she taught him about botany — the reason she was in the high desert in the first place. It’s where he proposed to her. It’s where, in a small church in the tiny town of Marion Forks, witnessed only by long-time friend William “Boozer” Gray, Deacon and Sarah were married.
With just a touch, Sarah Whitaker’s charm and sincerity was always able to soften Deacon, allowing him to show his awkward and tender side. He loved her so much that, a longtime member of the Mongrels MC, Deacon St. John chose to leave the MC and become a NOMAD for her so they could spend more time together. Share a life together.
Two years later, Sarah is gone. Deacon, now a drifter and bounty hunter on the broken road, is left with only a photo to remind him of the woman he loved and the man she had helped him become. In a brief moment of peace at the church where they exchanged vows, Deacon reflects on everything he’s lost, the burnt out shell of the church, a reflection of the man he’s become — haggard, worn, and alone.
But in the world of Days Gone, you are never alone for very long. And in a strange way, Deacon seems to welcome the intrusion. Anything, to help him forget his broken vow: “I promise to never leave you.”
PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios Release Lineup: The Next Wave of PS4 Games
2018 has been a banner year for Worldwide Studios, with great games like God of War, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, and MLB: The Show, as well as other PS4-exclusive games — each of which demonstrate what makes PlayStation the best place to play.
But the Worldwide Studios team is hard at work. We wanted to give you a status check on the next wave of innovative experiences from our studios in Bend, OR; Tokyo; San Mateo, CA; London; and more. Each title is as varied as its hometown!
Release date: November 6, 2018
As previously announced, Déraciné from Sony Interactive Entertainment, SIE Japan Studio, and FromSoftware is scheduled for release exclusively for PlayStation VR this November 6, 2018.
In an emotionally deep narrative, players will take the role of an unseen faerie who forges a personal bond with the children in a secluded boarding school. While moving around the boarding school in frozen time, players will collect and piece together various bits of information that serve to unfold an overarching mystery. Déraciné is the VR debut from Bloodborne director Hidetaka Miyazaki, and FromSoftware.
Release date: April 26, 2019
We want to share a change in release date for this highly anticipated title from Bend Studio. We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeframe to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone.
As PlayStation fans already know, Days Gone is an open-world action game set in the high-desert of the Pacific Northwest. Traversing harsh landscapes on their drifter bike, players must fight for resources as they attempt to survive broken roads, unpredictable weather, attacks from other human factions, infected wildlife and roaming Freakers — a brutal, dynamic world that is dangerous both day and night.
Release timeframe: Spring 2019
Developed by the Pixelopus team at PlayStation, Concrete Genie follows a bullied teenager named Ash who escapes his troubles by painting spectacular living landscapes and mischievous creatures in the walls of his abandoned hometown of Denska. Using a magical paintbrush, Ash discovers his paintings can purify Denska’s polluted walls and bring life back to the town.
Pixelopus, a development studio at PlayStation’s San Mateo campus, is targeting an early 2019 release date for Concrete Genie for the PS4 system. We’ll have more details to share in the weeks and months ahead!
Everybody’s Golf VR
Release timeframe: Spring 2019
The hit golf franchise, Everybody’s Golf, makes its PS VR* debut in Spring 2019! Developed by Clap Hanz in association with SIE Japan Studio, players will use the DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move motion controllers to swing their virtual golf clubs.
PS VR allows players to experience the world of Everybody’s Golf in ways they have never been able to before: getting a better sense of the terrain, reading wind direction to evaluate shots, and more.
We know many of you will want to know about key upcoming titles such as the beta for Dreams, Blood & Truth, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us: Part II. The studios are hard at work polishing up these epic PS4 games, but we aren’t yet ready to share a release timeframe. When that news is available, rest assured – you’ll be the first to know!