This is not an indepth review, but just a light look on this game, and some of my thoughts. After burning around 50 hours of my life trying to crush this game, the gears are turning.
tl;dr - I loved this game.
Nearly every "professional" reviewer I've read is critically wrong about a lot of what they said, and it makes me question if they ever really played the game. I can't really go in depth as to what they were wrong about, for spoiler reasons, but if someone wants a more spoilerized version on wtf, then DM me on Discord or here.
The gameplay was as you'd expect in this game. There is no new ground being broken, and quite frankly, I was worried about Gas consumption. This was never an issue for me, as there are gas resource pumps scattered everywhere.
I was also worried about the idea of Horde combat. Again, this isn't an issue at all, and the game introduces you to having to face hordes late in the game, when you're actually prepped for it, so this again isn't a problem. (The giant horde battle that was shown in the reveal trailer took me 5 attempts to actually do, though)
The music and overworld were very fitting. Normally I'd be annoyed by open world games, but there is enough to do as you travel that you don't really worry about a lot. Zombies Freakers only do their horde deal at night, and it's easy to dodge. Later you get infected animals, and they become a bit more of an issue.
The story was extremely immersive. I found myself wanting to keep pushing through, even though this game seriously should have had a been cut in half, for Days Gone 1 and 2.
If I had any real negative thoughts, is the length of the story.
The story itself is fantastic, but it gets repetitive with it's tasks. There are only so many "Drive half way across the map for this objective" missions you can do before the fetch quest system starts repeating itself for simple rewards.
The story is what really just had me sitting there. It subverted ALL of my expectations, and kept doing things I wasn't expecting. It avoided every cliche in the book and kept it both fresh, fun, and kept me in.
Some nights, I thought I was going to put it down, since it was getting a bit much just to do another rescue op, or blow up another ambush camp, only to find myself picking the controller back up the next morning.
I finally beat it, but with how long it was, I youtube'd the secret ending, as the tedious nature of the missions got to me, and I'm glad I did. This is not a game I'll 100%, as that would honestly take me over 70 hours of game play. And without the story to hook me in, it just becomes busy work.
8/10. Would strongly recommend.
i'm interested in the spoiler thing, dm me on discord. i probably won't end up playing it so i don't care about spoilers