Days Gone Gets Massive 25 GB Update Before PS5 Launch

The hefty patch will make the zombie apocalypse sandbox a whole lot more stable.

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Open-world zombie apocalypse game Days Gone just received a new update, and it's a chunky one that improves overall stability and addresses several issues that caused the Sony Bend-developed title to crash. Measuring in at a whopping 25 GB, the update brings Days Gone up to version 1.70. The patch notes are surprisingly short as well:

  • Added operational stability improvements
  • Addressed crashing issues
  • Fixed framerate drop and lag issues
  • Performance and stability performance

Days Gone will be one of several games in the PS Plus Collection alongside Bloodborne, God of War, and Persona 5, those will be available for PlayStation 5 PS Plus subscribers when the new console launches in November. Like many of those games, it'll feature some PS5 enhancements like an improved frame rate and loading times, features which The Last of Us Part II began preparing for with a patch of its own that has already dramatically improved its load times on PS4.

The new patch however, doesn't indicate if Days Gone will receive similar current-gen improvements or any other added improvements such as last year's New Game+ Mode or cosmetics from Death Stranding.

In GameSpot's Days Gone review, critic Kallie Plagge said, "Riding a souped-up motorcycle through the world and taking out zombie nests and hordes is satisfying in the way that completing open-world checklists often is, but by the end, you're left to wonder what the point of it all was."

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Got this when it came out. Played it for awhile, got bored with it, moved on. Went back awhile later during this whole Covid thing and finally finished it. Would have been nice to see this update back then hehe.

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I bought the Days Gone Special Edition when my regular online retailer offered it at the same price as the standard version only shortly after its release. I played it for a few hours and it wasn't bad; it just couldn't hold my interest in the long run. The game I got hooked on, despite its flaws, was Dead Island (Definitive Edition). Yes, it was repetitive, but with headphones on and sitting in a darkened room, it's easily the most fun I've had since I bought my PS4 Pro. Having said that, despite games coming out with all sorts of bells and whistles these days, I find myself returning again and again to a completely different game and genre: Pinball FX3 from Zen Studios. I just love the artwork, the animations, the game mechanics and the simplicity of the gameplay. It's all about timing. Quick to pick up, quick to put away. Very handy when work gets in the way or you're suddenly busy doing something else 🙂.

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Do they still release the games with the "ps favorites" or whatever tag (varies in regions) in retail updated?

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Pretty Ironic since i started playing DaysGone again 2 days ago.

*I bored quit on initial/launch era playthrough about 65-70% of the way through..

I don't remember why it got boring... Whatevs ive nothing really to play atm except back log..

Gamefly sent me Watchdogs but it hasn't arrived yet. and i installed Deadby Daylight on Xbox but kinda weary since it's 100% MP & i dunno how to even play it...

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The frequency and SIZE of the "updates" for this game is the reason I WILL NOT buy this game.

An UPDATE and a PATCH are NOT meant to be that HUGE!!!

If you can't properly finish developing a game before pawning it off on the public, you shouldn't be in this business.

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@runzwithscissor: i feel ya... i so rage quit the most recent COD(i rented it from Gamefly)_

DaysGone didn't have any game breaking bugs when i played it @ launch.. I suspect this patch is to make it playable on PS5... Was a fun game..

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@runzwithscissor: I Bought the game in the first week of release and only saw a couple of very minor bugs (a bird flying into a wall, and 1 zombie/infected stuck clipped into scenery) and 1 fairly major bug where scenery didn't load properly until I rebooted the game but that only happened once. Way less bugs than your average Bethesda game, hell I still see more bugs in Fallout 4 & Skyrim now than I ever saw in Days Gone in my playthrough.

A fair few of the updates added new free content to the game so I wouldn't be too critical. Plus it's a known issue with large openworld games that sometimes even small adjustments to just a few files can see whole large portions of the game being downloaded and installed again to make read speeds of the HDD more efficient. Should be less of that next gen because of how SSD's work.

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@analgrin: have we played the same game? I did not get it at launch, but when i played it, it was riddled with bugs. Graphical issues mostly but sometimes the controller just cut of or the bike refused to accelerate. It was loads. Never played a game more buggy since the latest Bethesda game.

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@Sindroid: i agree with analgrin(lol)_

i played it @ launch on regular PS4 and i didn't get any hiccups.. i started playing it again from scratch about 2 to 3 days ago and again no glitches..

im no fanboy and have no reason to defend the gam eor devs or even Sony..

The bike had hiccups that i assumed were from the mediocre driving mechanics..

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@Sindroid: I never had any issues with my bike ever. No issues with my controller either. And like I say I had one issue where scenery didn't load in which halted progression as my companion kept falling through the scenery killing them, that was after an extremely long play session so I wondered if there's a small memory leak of some sort.

Maybe they patched bugs into it later lol. Didn't think it was that buggy unless I got lucky.

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@analgrin: Texture load failure happened to me too on one of the snowy missions on the mountain in part 2 of the game. Managed to fix that but dont remember how.

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@analgrin: rotf

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"it'll take advantage of the PS5 hardware to improve its frame rate and loading times, features which The Last of Us Part II began preparing for with a patch of its own that has already dramatically improved its load times on PS4.

Wasn't it TLoU Part 1 (Remaster) that got the update for faster loading times?? Didn't know Part 2 got a similar update??

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I enjoyed this game. one of a few I actually made it to the end.

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I picked up this game free on the Playstation subscription whatever service. I got hit by this 25GB patch when I tried to play last night. I was hoping a patch that large might address some of the reasons it's not a great game, but I guess not.

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Reading Kelly's review makes it obvious that she never actually finished the game as her criticism of Deacon's character are addressed later on in the game when his bad deeds and selfishness ultimately catch up to him, he recognizes that he has been a terrible person, and depending on the actions of the player throughout the game can even completely redeem himself. This is why critics ought to actually finish the games they review, because reviewing only a small portion of a game is obviously going to be misleading, and slow-starters like Days Gone suffer the consequences.

Hopefully being on PS+ for PS5 will get more folks to give Days Gone the chance it deserves because it's honestly an underrated gem which I actually enjoyed enough to 100%, and frankly far better than a certain other high profile game set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world in which the characters all act like complete sociopaths who only get progressively worse as the story progresses, the majority of the game is just watching long cutscenes with cringe-worthy content and characters acting distinctively out-of-character in their surroundings, not to mention that the whole story relies heavily on shock value.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: that review effected my opinions on woke gaming Journos...

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: The whole "zombie-horror survival" genre isn't exactly my bag. So much so that I just couldn't get into Last of Us. How is this game(no spoilers please 😁🍻)? I'm a big fan of story driven games and this one still has my interest piqued. Considered buying a few times on discount, but now that it will be a PS+ game on PS5, I'll very likely give it a shot.

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@bryanweary: Depends what you didn't like about The Last of Us (which is my GOAT).

Days Gone has lots in similar but there's more action throughout and is fully open world. Think TLoU with a big dollop of Ubisoft open world mechanics. I wasn't that impressed with the E3 trailer, i thought it was going to be very shallow but it surprised me. Thoroughly enjoyed it in the end. Looking forward to playing through again on PS5.

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@analgrin: the lame loot in DaysGone for sure rmeinds me of the corny scrap from TLOU.. i boycotted the sequel so i dunno. Days Gone wasn't the awesome game we all hoped it would be. but it's still a good game....

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@analgrin: I really can't quite put my finger on what it was about LoU that I couldn't get into. I watched a buddy of mine play a bit and was enjoying the story. I may have just been zombied out at that point.

Will give Days Gone a try though. Thanks for the input!

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@bryanweary: hellzyeah Man... It's a good game..

i didnt finish it at launch and just started over a few days ago.. the stealth is fun... Sadly MetalGearSOlid V TPP ruined stealth Genre for me.. nothing measures up and probably wont for while... Far Cry comes close but.....

Actually Far Cry 2 is on my bucket list... installed it yesterday Via Steam.. i even have the old school strategy guide to it from Prima....

fyi i bought a strategy guide to 'Brutal Legend' on ebay and the dude through in a few older guides... I miss them!

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@sippio: Dude! Brutal freakin' Legend! Loved that game! As to stealth, that may have been my put off on LoU. I used to be really into stealth stuff back in the day. The Philter(as my friend used to call it) was one of my faves. These days, I'm more of a "get in your face with answers" kinda guy. 😂🍻

Edit - I did take a mixed bag approach with HZD and Ghost, though.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: Unfortunately, there are a few reviewers on this site as well as others, who take this approach to reviewing. Some make out that they have played "just the campaign" and not even really completed it and often on the easiest settings too. You can clearly tell that they didn't like it and read other reviewers remarks which become part of their review.

Game reviews are rushed affairs for the most these days and it's probably better to watch someone on a game streaming platform or an independent YT'r give their critique if you want to form an opinion on purchasing something.

And let's not even go down the paid review route. 😉

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@gotrekfabian: that’s not even the biggest problem.

She, and some others on this site (as well as many, many more on other sites) review games through a political lens. Which is about as useful to me as a Christian who reviews games though a Christian lens.

I like most people just want a relatively informed person giving a relatively informed critique of the game. Sadly this site offers less and less of that. And some of their writers, just on a technical front, are really pretty poor.

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@chriss_m: As a professional, impartiality is exactly what's needed and it's rare to see that. Most reviewer's will use the excuse that "it's my opinion and I'm entitled to that" but for me that isn't what a professional critique of something should be. It should be objective and informative and not be swayed by personal opinion, beliefs or standing.

I don't doubt that professional reviewing can be difficult but if that's what someone is paid for...

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