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Days Gone Review
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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Ben Kendall and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Days Gone is a survival adventure game set in a post-pandemic Oregon. You roam an open world pulsing with life (and zombies). It's unusual for its scale and sheer number of enemies. Add to that the changing light and weather and Days Gone creates a world that draws you in.

It takes the premise and art style from games like The Last of Us but puts that to work in an open world setting. You aren't stuck progressing a linear story but can go where you want and progress the narrative in your own direction.

You play former outlaw-turned-drifter Deacon St. John search for his wife. This takes you on a quest through the large world, encountering a range of different communities and (inevitably) lots of zombies. You use firearms, melee weapons and improvised weapons to survive. Some encounters reward players for use of stealth, although combat is impossible to avoid. When triggered, these fights are unusual for the large number of enemies that swarm to attack. If overwhelmed you can use your motorcycle to escape.

Along with the main quest you can complete objectives in multiple ways. A dynamic weather system and day-night cycle affect how the environment and zombie Freakers behave. You also have to watch out for wildlife predators such as bears and wolves. To help you survive this living breathing world, as you progress you can craft new weapons, upgrade your motorcycle and learn new skills.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 63% off

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Bend Studio (@BendStudio)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete. After finishing the game offers many collectibles and weekly challenges to keep players entertained for many more hours. There's an unlock-able photo mode once you complete the game as well.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Days Gone usually costs £34.99 to £54.99. 

Days Gone

Days Gone Digital Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £44.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to strong violence, violence against the vulnerable and defenceless and strong language. Violence in the game is strong in nature, with frequent dismemberment and decapitation present. Some scenes also show characters throats being slit with graphic detail. Torture scenes are present within the game, including scenes of characters being tied up and attacked with blowtorches. There is one area in the game in which human characters are tied up and shot in the head. The game also contains use of the word ‘*!@?*’.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are plenty of different difficulty levels you can choose from, ranging from Easy to Hard II, as well as the more difficult Survival and Survival II game modes, which prohibit the use of fast travel. You'll need to be able to quickly react to changes in the environment, and some sections will require more than one input at once or, in other places, long presses.

While there are some areas where text is small and can be hard to make out, the subtitles can be adjusted to be large and clear.

You can swap a select few controls, and you can make crouching a toggle instead of a hold. However, there are still some other areas where you'll need to hold down the button even if you have this enabled. You can disable the need to repeatedly press the same button in the menu.

There is an enemy that gives an audio cue without an accompanying visual one, so this may present a challenge for deaf or hard of hearing gamers.
 
Our Days Gone Accessibility Report documents 29 accessibility features:

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