Days Gone is a weird one. I had no expectations whatsoever for the first, what, two years of info? And that seemed to be the consensus. Then, in the last few months, there was a quiet groundswell of “Days Gone might actually be good.” The late review embargo was worrisome, especially given Sony’s unusually long leads for Horizon and God of War, but some of the gameplay actually looked decent (and the story about how Unreal Engine 4 doesn’t support two-wheeled vehicles, so your motorcycle has two invisible, non-functional tires squished into it gave it some seat-of-their-pants charm).
I’ll still check a couple other reviews, of course, but hey, maybe I’ll be able to give Sony’s new refund policy a test drive.