[Games Around the Corner] Week 20, 2021 – Zombies, Old People, and Dodgeball
This week, some zombies from PS4 land will flood into PC with the arrival of Days Gone. You’ll also be able to find silly physics-based humour as well as sci-fi multiplayer dodgeball.
Released for the PS4 in 2019, open world action-adventure game Days Gone will arrive on PC this week. The game follows former outlaw biker-turned-bounty hunter Deacon St. John as he survives in a post-pandemic world with gangs and zombie-like enemies called Freakers. Deacon has a Drifter bike for transport, and can use traps, weapons, and skills to deal with enemies.
Set in the Pacific Northwest, the game promises environments that include forests, snowy plains, and desert lava fields, with mountains, caves, and rural towns available to explore. There will also be weather and day/night cycles that “dramatically” affect the world, with the Freakers also responding to these changes.
Days Gone will include New Game Plus, Survival, and Challenge modes, along with bike skins and PC features like ultra-wide monitor support, unlocked framerates, and various graphical improvements. It will be released on May 18.
Just Die Already
Created by the designers of Goat Simulator, Just Die Already is a wacky and violent physics sandbox game about old people. Set in a near future where people aren’t pro-creating, the game puts players in the shoes of a retiree who has been kicked out of their retirement home and has to, as described by the game’s Steam page, “perform dangerous challenges and explore the world for retirement tickets to qualify for free retirement care”.
Rather than actual jobs, these challenges will include activities like launching yourself from a catapult and landing on someone. There are plenty of other opportunities for silly antics too, with the game promising plenty of objects like bazookas, trampolines, and jetpacks that can be interacted with and very fragile player characters. There’s also a glue gun that lets players do things like attaching fireworks to a bike or sticking wings to their arms for flight.
Other features include NPCs that will react differently to your actions depending on their generation, secrets and hidden paths to find in the game’s city, up to four-player online multiplayer, and cross-play.
The game will be released on May 20 for Steam, Epic Games Store, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch.
Knockout City is a team-based multiplayer game involving a sci-fi version of dodgeball. As the game’s Steam page describes, the dodgeball mechanics here allow you to “Increase your attack by passing to power up dodgeballs, targeting your opponents with a variety of specialized balls, or “balling up” at any time to get thrown by teammates”. The maps aren’t your typical dodgeball courts either, with match locations including “back alleys with pneumatic tubes”, “busy streets”, and skyscraper rooftops where you can utilize air gliders.
The game will have 3v3, 4v4, and free-for-all modes for players to square off in, and those that assemble an All-Star dodgeball Crew with friends can unlock Crew-only rewards. Other features include crossplay and the ability for players to customize their character’s appearance.
Knockout City will be released on May 21 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S. PC, and Switch.