From the makers of the Syphon Filter series and Uncharted: Golden Abyss comes Days Gone, a fresh take on the zombie infested post-apocalypse that challenges players to survive in its open world. You play as Deacon St. John, a former outlaw-turned-drifter and bounty hunter who would much rather live life on the road than in wilderness camps scattered across Oregon. The undead here are known as “freakers” and differ slightly from the traditional zombie in that they are still alive. This is Days Gone’s attempt to bring additional tension to combat sequences each time you unleash countless bullets towards a heard of flesh-eaters.
Crafting plays an important role in Days Gone. With almost every car, building and environment searchable, Deacon can upgrade his means of dealing with freakers to make him a far more effective survivor. Combat and discovery are a vital part of the experience, as is learning how to manage hundreds of on-screen undead all piling up on one another. Upgradable weapons include a remote mine, crossbow and a big game rifle.
Deacon’s primary method of moving through this realistic open world is his bike. That is, until, it carelessly is stolen from him at the very start of the story. From here it’s all about building up your new motorcycle to be the fastest and most reliable travelling vehicle and biker gang member can depend upon, effective at driving through hordes of freakers when moving from point to point.
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While many might take one look at Days Gone and think, “Oh no, not another zombie game!”, we’d say you can rest easy knowing that there a couple of gameplay features and narrative surprises that makes this game’s take quite unique. “Sons of Anarchy meets The Walking Dead” simply doesn’t do it justice as a surface-level description, and this is because as a first-party PS4 exclusive title it shows a level of thought and quality lacking on other platforms. Here are some cool things Days Gone has got going for it.