This game is NOWHERE NEAR as bad as the reviews are saying.
Is it flawed, certainly. Does meet the DIAMOND standard set by Best Titles in the platform? Absolutely not. Are there major gameplay mechanics that just feel a bit off, yeah… most of them feel like they’re not quite done cooking.
But at its core, this is an enjoyable game that is leaps and bounds better than nearly every other exclusive we’ve seen from any other platform THIS YEAR (SO FAR). It’s got great voice acting, an engaging story, and when everything is working well, it’s beautiful to look at, listen to, and experience.
It only starts to falter if you try to hold it to the standard of what we know is possible on the PS4 because of games like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.
But if that’s the ruler you’re measuring this game with, you’re not giving the game a chance. Each game should be measured upon its own merits, and not the merits of other games.
And when I see IGN giving this game a 6.5… which is equal to what The Order 1886 got, half a point less than the 7.0 they gave Sea of Theives, and a FULL POINT less than what they gave Knack 2 and STATE OF DECAY 2!!! (7.5), You have to wonder what they’re grading?
Let’s be honest, had this been an XBOX, or Switch exclusive, EVERY SINGLE SCORE would be 8 or better. But because Sony has set the bar so high with their exclusives anything that isn’t light years beyond what everyone else is doing is a complete failure.
I feel like it’s getting dinged for what isn’t there, rather than getting credit for what is.
And again, Days Gone is not perfect, I’d struggle to call it “great”, but it’s significantly above average, and deserves FAR BETTER than a 6.5.