Days Gone Review

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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

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

Price: 63% off

Platforms: PS4

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

Developer: @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 £64.99. 

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Days Gone Digital Deluxe Edition

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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 ‘*!@?*’.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language. Players use firearms (e.g., shotguns, machine guns, assault rifles) and melee weapons (e.g., axes, spiked bats, machetes) to kill several enemies; large blood-splatter effects occur when characters are attacked. Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: characters tortured with blowtorches; a mutant's head exploding from a gunshot; characters getting their throats slit; a man getting his ear cut off; a bag full of severed ears. The game contains some suggestive/sexual material: a woman dragged into an empty cabin by marauders (implication of attempted sexual assault with dialogue stating, “This one's a biter!”); dialogue such as “Wow, she is a looker. I'd hit that” and “…only if you promise to ride me as much as you ride your bike.” The dialogue briefly references drugs (e.g., “...doc's got me on some Oxy” and “…jacked up on some PCP...”). The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Days Gone Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@BendStudio) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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