We’ve just lost George Romero, a kind, gentle man and a creative genius who single-handedly invented the zombie genre in Western pop culture, one of the most significant, prominent and compelling genres that culture has ever known. I knew that news of his death was coming and yet I can’t believe it. I should be going to bed and instead I am at my desk, sobbing and texting people I haven’t spoken to for years because he is irreplaceable.
He had a spectacular career that spanned my entire lifetime. What will we do without him? I have no answers. George. We will miss you so much.
Sony’s upcoming zombie game, Days Gone, promises to be utter mayhem and I cannot recall when I’ve awaited a game with more excitement. There is still no release date and I heard a rumour that it might be delayed until 2019, but I can wait patiently if it means they want to take time to get it right. A late game is only bad while it is late, until it is good enough for release; a game that is released in a bad condition stays bad for ever.
Anyway, Sony just published a new video to keep everyone’s excitement up. It shows actual gameplay, survival elements and story and I am surprised how involved it is. Someone said it was like the result of Horizon Zero Dawn and The Last of Us getting into bed with each other. In that case, we are in for an unholy treat. Here it is, 7 minutes of gameplay.
Everything is going just beautifully with Harry and I am loving it. He takes all our dates very seriously, so we go out and do things around London. It’s such early days, we only had our first date a month ago, but it feels like something. It feels like dating in a way that is more than just a euphemism for casual sex.
Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar (2010), Xbox 360. A third-person, open-world, action-adventure game set in the western United States and Mexico in 1911.
Welcome back to the TLYW Year of Console Gaming, which, as you’ve probably spotted, is completely great. We are attempting to play 14 games in 14 months. Today is 1 June, it’s Month 6 and I am thrilled to announce this month’s title.
As you know, we’re on an historical trajectory throughout this year. January and February were pre-history. March was Ancient Greece. April was the Middle Ages and May was the Enlightenment. This month, we are going to edge forward into the early years of the 20th century. We are going to spend the whole month experiencing the last of the American Frontier, aka The Wild West. Goodbye beaches and ships, hello horseback riding, shoot-outs, deserts and those cacti that look like a person holding up their arms. After five months of PlayStation, I’m moving to the Xbox this month, which should make an interesting change and expand my console gaming skills.
Here’s the trailer so you can see what I am in for this month.
Joy of joys, there is an expansion pack that has zombies. Now I know we have reached the 20th century in our historical journey. There will be quite a few zombies populating the autumn and winter of this year.
I will post properly very soon. I’ve been enjoying the unbelievable luxury of finishing each day’s work at a sensible time and then pursuing my interests, which right now means gaming. I think I’ve sunk about 30 hours into Far Cry Primal since I unpacked the Playstation at Xmas. On Day 1 I had effectively no experience with console gaming. 30 hours later, I can operate the PS4 controller with the skill and confidence, if not the twitchy reflexes, of a 17-year-old. I have speared rhinos, taken down whole camps of rival cavemen, grappled my way up mountains, used an owl to drop bombs, and tamed a sabre-tooth tiger, which I now ride around on. I think I’m about two-thirds of the way through the game. I only stopped this evening because I came to a large fort which I had difficulty handling. I now realise that what I need to do is capture one of the mammoths that is idling around outside the fort, ride it in there and trample everybody to death.
Anyway, this isn’t about Far Cry Primal. It’s about the game I’m going to play when it is released and when I have finished the other games on my urgent priority list. Of course, I am referring to Days Gone (tbc, probably 2017) by Sony Bend. It is an open world action-adventure survival horror game, played in the third person (a view I prefer because I can see more of what’s going on around my character). It is set in a post-apocalyptic rural environment where the place is overrun with hordes of zombies. I mean hordes. And they are fast. They batter down obstacles and they climb over each other to race towards you. I just watched the trailer and it is nail-bitingly tense action, genuinely frightening and quite stressful for all 10 minutes even when all you are doing is watching someone else play. Check this out:
I actually said ‘Oh no’ out loud when my hero made it to the roof of the building and I could see how many zombies surrounded us on every side.
Interview with one of the artists here on gamesradar.com. “Over the top, extreme action,” he says. Who doesn’t want that? This will be ideal for my newly polished console handling skillz.
More opportunities to run away from zombies! You know you wanna. 2.8 Hours Later, coming in 2012. This is a real-life group event where there are actual zombies in the streets, not just on your phone.
For runners. Who love zombies. A new app. Coming this spring. Want.
Feature in Wired magazine: here.