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The Day Before (2023) is a survival game set in a post-pandemic America where infected humans prowl the streets. With hundreds of other online players, you form teams and vie for equipment as you fight off the infected and eke out a living in the harsh, ever-changing open world. It offers a similar narrative setting to The Last of Us but here the sprawling map and multiplayer aspect make communication, strategy and quick-thinking just as important as shooting.

In America, after a deadly virus has caused most of the population to become mindless, flesh-eating zombies, you ally with other survivors, exploring desolate cities and scavenging for scraps, being sure not to draw attention to your movements. Teams of other players also prowl the streets, and you must either try to come to a diplomatic solution or kill them and loot their bodies. As a new government slowly emerges, you can make your way to their headquarters to trade goods with other players, in peace without fear of attack or betrayal.

While you can go it alone, the many dangers of the world and its inhabitants mean that there is often safety in numbers. Shooting creates noise which may draw more infected toward you, so stealth is often the best way to explore new terrain. While the map is full of beautiful locales and areas of untarnished nature, reminding you of the world that once was, it can also be a place of danger, as sudden snowstorms and rain rapidly decrease your temperature, forcing you to seek shelter.

The result is a game that encourages teamwork and collaboration and often presents violence as a last resort that often escalates situations. Trying to survive in the harsh but beautiful country is punctuated with moments of beauty and collaboration as you create your own stories and interact with other players.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Day Before 24 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Shooting game with Action, Fighting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game. While many people play on the same map at the same time, you'll only be interacting with a few at a time.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 18.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

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. You quickly shoot weapons and take cover behind objects, and also sneak through buildings. Communication with other players is vital, as is coping with being killed.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 5.


The Day Before usually costs £33.50.

The Day Before

Steam Store PC £33.50
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox Series X|S.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/03/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1 (100 online)

Genres: Adventure, Shooting (Action, Fighting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

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

Developer: Fntastic Games (@FntasticGames)

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