13 minutes of The Day Before Gameplay show: Something is wrong here!

Published: Apr. 09, 2021
Updated: Apr. 09, 2021

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Finally, the event for The Day Before was held, and we got 13 minutes of gameplay. That makes us think quietly and secretly: "Bullsh*t".

Event shown: After several technical difficulties and the postponement of the event, 13-minute gameplay for The Day Before was presented today. Mind you, there were these technical problems with a trailer. But criticism aside, we clarify what is apparently really behind The Day Before.

You can skip the trailer summary & scroll straight to the analysis!

The Day Before Trailer cement concerns

That Was Shown: The 13-minute gameplay trailer for The Day Before essentially features four major sections. And in fact, there could be no description that better represents what is shown than "sections", because we miss an open world miserably - more on that later.

At the beginning, there is a 2-minute monologue scene in which we stare at a radio. After all, some story exposure can't hurt in a first-time reveal. Then we see something that we already know in brief. Two cars drive through the wilderness and have to fight against mud and mud in order not to sink.

In section three of the trailer, the two protagonists arrive at a gas station. After the second driver drove through a board of nails, they have to look for spare parts and repair kits here.

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They go into the building and activate the electricity, fight against zombies with an excessive amount of ammunition in their pockets and mend the tires - on to section 4. After the two drivers drive through a tube section again and pass an intersection, they end up at a farm.

This will be looted again and freed from zombies. In addition, the main character tries to deactivate an alarm system, which goes wrong, and apparently calls the police on the scene. At this point, we didn't know if these were real players or NPCs. Unfortunately, the trailer doesn't make that clear, maybe you'll discover something more.

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Gameplay trailer contradicts information from the developer (analysis)

That's it: As you can see in the upper part of the article, we are anything but convinced of The Day Before and its 13-minute trailer. It simply does not seem to correspond to what was touted to us with waving flags. There should be a big open world, but the only thing we have been shown so far are linear sections of tubing and smaller, freely explorable levels.

The routes that both protagonists cover by car are always part of such a tube. It is also so narrow in places that no other player could drive past them. A free journey does not seem possible either.

Here is a "professional" replica of the areas shown

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  • Braun: streets
  • Black: map border
  • Gray: building
  • Blue: water
  • Forest: not accessible
  • White: walkable

Two possibilities: Either The Day Before is not at all what developer Fntastic promises, or what we see there is used to measure the possible hype. With a bit of luck, The Day Before gameplay is a similar tactic used by developer PlayWay.

This studio publishes trailers for games that neither exist nor are in development. Depending on the response from the YouTube community, the game may or may not be commissioned. Both possibilities unfortunately sound more plausible than The Day Before is a real project that keeps its promises.

Your Opinion: But what do you think, are we too critical and The Day Before is surely the game Fntastic spends it on? Or do you not believe in the game? No matter what you think, share your opinion in the comments (no registration required).

Sascha Asendorf is the co-founder of Guided.news and has been running online magazines in the gaming sector since 2013. Starting with a strong focus on survival games, Sascha now deals a lot with role-playing games and is an expert on survival and RPG titles like Conan Exiles, Baldurs Gate 3 & Cyberpunk 2077.
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