8DAYS Review

In 8Days, you play as one of two ruthless mercenaries of G.O.D. (Gold, Oil, Diamonds).  As either Mike or Lola, you fight your way through five mind-numbingly difficult levels. The mercenaries of G.O.D. are expendable, and 8Days takes every opportunity it has to remind you of this.


The Good

There are a few elements of 8Days that I really enjoyed that displayed their attention to detail.  For example, if you reload a weapon before your current magazine is empty, you lose the remaining ammo in that magazine.  This is a small detail that drives me insane in many games, but I feel like 8Days is one of the few to get it right.  Beyond the acute attention to detail and some amusing dialog sprinkled throughout the game, there honestly was not much going for 8Days.

The Bad

There is a point where a game goes from being so hard that it is a challenge you want to overcome, to being so hard that the thought of doing the same section again infuriates you.  8Days is the latter of these two, and throughout the game, the difficulty is consistently and excessively stacked against you.  Besides having very little health, the AI is unreasonably quick and accurate.  Additionally, using co-op scales the difficulty up even higher, so it definitely is not enjoyable to invite a friend to play with you (unless, of course, you are trying to get rid of that friend).

The Achievements

8Days has a fairly average achievement list.  The game will require two full playthrough a (one as Mike, one as Lola) and several of the achievements are story-related.  Fortunately, for achievements that are not story related (often earned from exploring off-the-path areas), you will be able to go back and select specific chapters to replay.

The Verdict

When my editor sent me 8Days to review, I was foolishly excited.  By the time I had played the game a bit, I had to ask myself if maybe my editor wanted me to quit.  Why else would he make me play a game so difficult that I wondered if I would ever make it out of the first room.  They say, whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.  Unfortunately, in 8Days, that adage does not apply, because whatever WILL kill you, and you won’t get any stronger.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review

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