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Days Gone (2019) 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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Days Gone 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 days ago.
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This is an Adventure game with Action, Fighting, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Language and Violence. 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 ‘*!@?*’.

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.

Skill Level

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.


Days Gone usually costs £34.99 to £39.99.

Days Gone

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: PC and PS4

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Action, Fighting, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth)

Accessibility: 31 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Bend Studio (@BendStudio)

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