Days Gone

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Entertaining, bloody biker adventure burns rubber, monsters.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Even under the worst of conditions, it's still possible to not only survive, but to help other people while doing so. Though, on the flip side, the player does a lot of terrible things in their quest to do good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player can help other people in need, strangers as well as friends. His ultimate goal is to find his wife. That said, in doing good, the player also does a lot of bad things; bad things he justifies by telling himself that he's trying to do good.

Ease of Play

The controls are similar to other third-person shooters, but has some new aspects that may take some getting used to. The game has three difficulty settings, but can be unforgiving, especially if you do something stupid. Or loud.

Violence

Players use a variety of guns and melee weapons to kill human characters, as do the humans they fight. But the infected ones use their teeth to bit you. All of which results in large amounts of blood and gore. People are tortured and mutilated, while a woman is shown being pulled by several men into an empty cabin, presumably to be raped.

Sex

There are some suggestive comments made about women. A woman is shown being dragged off by some men; the implication being that she is about to be raped.

Language

Frequent uses of swearing such as "sh-t," "f--k," and "a--hole." 

Consumerism

There are two different versions of the game for the PS4, with the Digital Deluxe Edition providing additional bike skins, and extra content for an additional price. The Windows PC version packs in the previously released downloadable content (DLC) and adds New Game Plus, Survival and Challenge modes, and PC enhancements.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Dialog contains references to Oxycontin and PCP.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Days Gone is an action/adventure game for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs. Using a variety of weapons that include guns, axes, and machetes, players have to kill both zombie-like creatures and normal humans. Meanwhile, your human enemies will try to use the same weapons to kill you, and the infected opponents will try to bite you really, really hard. All of these combat scenes result in a lot of blood and gore. There are also scenes of people being tortured and mutilated, and dead bodies everywhere. A woman is dragged off by some men, presumably to be raped. The dialog contains numerous curse words -- including "f--k," "a--hole," and "s--t" -- and sexually suggestive statements, as well as references to such drugs as PCP and Oxycontin. The PS4 offers two different builds, with the Deluxe version offering extras like bike skins, PS4 dynamic themes, and skill unlocks for an addtional cost. The Windows PC version packs in previously released downloadable content (DLC), with New Game Plus, Challenge and Survival Modes, and a range of PC-focused enhancements.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byBaileyrae November 20, 2020

Actual parent who owns the game!

Ok first off I must say the Christian dad with the two sons Your kids have a wool pulled over your eyes buddy. I’m not that Christian you would say but I can’t... Continue reading
Adult Written byTuckerTheTrucker May 5, 2019

Not As Violent Commensense Says!

I think that days gone is a appropriate game for kids 10 and up when my kids 10 and 14 both wanted it I hesitated but I saw video And It Wasn't that bad a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGhfhcvygghf67 June 1, 2021

الخياس

لعبه خايسه و شكرا
Teen, 14 years old Written bymax_fireson May 14, 2021

What's it about?

In DAYS GONE, you play a biker who is trying to survive after a viral outbreak turned the infected into feral cannibals and society into a forgotten concept. Now, you make your living as a bounty hunter while also killing any of the freakers (the feral cannibals) and the opportunistic bandits you come across. Unfortunately, your custom made bike is quickly stolen at the beginning of the game, which forces you to use a poor substitute as you try to navigate the post-apocalyptic world. Along with trying to clear areas of monsters and outlaws, you also have to scrounge for ammo and supplies. Additionally, you'll need have to improve the relationships between you and your fellow survivors while trying to remain independent. But you'll have to stay vigilant, because not only are the forests teeming with freakers, some of whom travel in packs, but they'll even launch attacks on you when you least expect it. That includes sneak attacks from the hills while you're riding your bike, which require split second reactions to avoid these hazards so you're not engulfed by monsters. The Windows PC version of the game includes all of the previously released content for the game as well as new elements like ultrawide monitor support, an unlocked framerate to take advantage of top of the line graphics cards, enhanced options to let players customize the resolution of the environments, and multiple control schemes, including PlayStation Dualshock support, mouse and keyboard, and other third party controllers.

Is it any good?

While similar to other post-apocalyptic open world action games, the mix of game mechanics from other games and reliance on a motorcycle to get around, sets this apart. In Days Gone, civilization has been destroyed by a plague that turns people into feral cannibals. Playing a biker named Deacon, you have to drive around the wooden, rural world of post-apocalypse Oregon, completing tasks, running errands, and surviving random attacks. You'll also need to scrounge around for whatever spare ammo and supplies you might need to accomplish your tasks. But while this may sound like Far Cry New Dawn and Fallout 76, the game's third-person perspective and skittish enemies gives this a different feel by requiring you to be sneaky. While the monsters don't have good situational awareness, and can be killed from behind if you're careful, they're also unpredictable. Not only will they turn around unexpectedly, but they'll scream for their friends when they do. Fortunately, when you're trying to sneak around, the third-person perspective makes it easier for you to smack people with bats, 2X4s, and other melee weapons silently instead of shooting them. The visuals also give you both a sense of your surroundings and the horror you're facing. On PCs, players have even more options to be drawn into the gameplay, such as unlocked framerates for the best graphics cards and ultrawide monitor support. If you have a top of the line computer with an ultrawide monitor or 4K display, it'll be very hard to not be drawn into the gameplay, and utterly shocked by how terrifying things can go from bad to worse when a blown stealth attack results in a surprise horde descending from the woods to swarm your location.

Relying on stealth attacks, and conserving bullets that can put you in dangerous situations is vital since ammo and the size of your backpack are both very limited. Further complicating matters, you're under constant threat from other bikers, who are trigger happy and don't take kindly to strangers like you. Plus, you're forced to use your motorcycle to get around when you don't want to walk, which makes a ton of noise. That can be extremely dangerous since the forests are teeming with freakers, and some even travel in swarms that will attack you like piranhas at a buffet. But this is also where things can go awry. Your bike is a a gas guzzler, and breaks down easily, as do your melee weapons. As a result, you spend a lot of time looking for gas and scrap metal (though the latter is somewhat plentiful). Still, even with the resource issues, and its similarity to other open world adventure, zombie, and zombie-like games, Days Gone is different enough to keep you riding through the wasteland for hours.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Days Gone affected by the fact that you kill people as well as feral cannibals devoid of all humanity? Is the impact intensified when you kill one of the infected instead of a normal person?

  • Part of surviving in Days Gone is finding useful items and repurposing them, so can you use these lessons in real life to reduce the amount of waste in the world?

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