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.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Days Gone 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Themes and Violence; also with Moderate Language and Drugs and Mild Sex.
15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The open-world nature and scale of the game make it more challenging. There are multiple storylines and character arcs to keep track of.
Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2021
Price: 63% off
Out Now: PC and PS4
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Genres: Adventure (Action, Fighting, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth)
Accessibility: 31 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather