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Think of this game as The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, The Last of Us and World War Z combined into one game. Get the picture?

Days Gone is an open world action-adventure survival horror video game released on 26 April 2019 by SIE Bend Studio for the PlayStation 4. It is the first intellectual property created by SIE Bend Studio since Syphon Filter in 1999 and the first home console game developed by the studio since Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow in 2010. Unreal Engine 4 is being used for the game development.

The game takes place two years after a global pandemic occurred which killed almost all of humanity, and transformed millions of others into "Freakers", mindless zombie-like creatures that are quickly evolving. The player controls the game's protagonist, Deacon St. John (Sam Witwer), a drifter and former bounty hunter who prefers to live a dangerous life on the road over living in wilderness encampments. In the E3 2016 stage demo of the game, two types of "Freakers" were revealed, Newts and Hordes.


As the game is set in an open-world environment, players are allowed to use multiple ways to complete objectives, such as utilizing stealth for silent takedowns or taking the aggressive approach by using long- and short-ranged weapons. A dynamic weather system and day-night cycle is also featured in the game, which affects gameplay, making "Freakers" weak and slow during the daytime, but fast and aggressive during the night. Vehicles such as motorbikes can be used to explore the game's world. Players are able to craft new items to improve combat efficiency.

E3 2016 Announcement Trailer

E3 2016 Gameplay Demo

E3 2017 Gameplay Trailer


Days Gone contains tropes such as:

  • After the End: Set 2 years after a major apocalypse caused by the virus.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Whenever you undertake a mission that prominently involves your motorcycle, such as one where you have to drive somewhere with one of Deacon's friends, the game temporarily makes your bike immune to damage and gives you infinite gasoline. You can't repair or refuel it until after the mission's over, which has confused a few people.
  • Ape Shall Not Kill Ape: Averted; the Freakers will chow down on each other under the right circumstances. The first time you encounter a Breaker, it rips a regular Swarmer's arms off and proceeds to eat it alive. Other Swarmers are seen eating a still-living Newt. And if NERO are actually intelligent Freakers, as possibly hinted at by The Stinger, then they have no qualms about experimenting on the primal strains of Freakers, who in turn attack their scientists and soldiers just as savagely as they would regular humans.
  • Apocalypse How: A Planetary Societal Collapse as the majority of humans either died or mutated into "Freakers" that left the few surviving humans into communities of make-shift camps.
  • Artistic License – Biology: When Deacon retrieves a live sample for Sarah to inject her solution in, she says every cell within the subject was destroyed. Also when the two are handling a live subject of a virus known to infect human beings through blood and saliva in a lab setting, no PPE is used at all: no gloves, no mask, no goggles. Sarah somehow has a biochemistry Ph D yet would fail in basic lab safety inspection.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Deacon tries to infiltrate the Militia as a recruit, during the induction ceremony the Colonel speaks disapprovingly of one of the recruits' prison tattoos (including facial markings indicating the number of murders she's committed) and orders her to be sent to the work camp as a laborer. The Colonel moves on to Deacon and take a long look at his many tattoos... and reveals he immediately recognized them as military tattoos, engaging in some friendly banter about his service and warmly welcoming him to the Militia.
  • Bandit Mook: While they don't do so during regular gameplay, during story missions Newts will often steal key items from you, forcing you to track them down to get it back.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Bears are just about one of the nastiest things you can encounter out there in the world. And then later on you encounter zombie bears.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Colonel Garret and the Militia end up becoming the greatest immediate threat to the rest of the Oregon survivors, while Skizzo serves as a personal antagonist to Deacon for the whole of the story. Skizzo ends up conning his way into becoming The Dragon to the Colonel, but it's pretty clear he's only out for his own self-interest and hurting Deacon.
  • Black Helicopter: NERO personnel travel in black helicopters.
  • Book-Ends: The same place you start the playable portion of the game is also where the story ends: when you complete every other chapter of the story, you get a new mission that takes you back to the Pioneer Cemetery.
  • Bring It: This is Deacon's response when he's on top of a water tower while the zombies are surrounding on both sides by using the bridge and climbing a shed near the tower.
  • Bullet Time: One of the first abilities that can be unlocked is the ability to slow down time while aiming.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Colonel Garrett mentions that Sarah makes tea to help with his digestion later on she ends up killing him by poisoning his tea with Hemlock.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Deacon's wife Sarah died in the early days of the outbreak when the refugee camp she was sent to was overrun by Freakers. Deacon searched the camp but Never Found the Body. Turns out Sarah is still alive, having been transferred to a different camp due to being a government scientist, eventually ending up in the hands of the Militia and eventually joining them.
  • Degraded Boss: Each Elite Zombie is first encountered as the boss of a story mission. You'll start to find them in the open world afterwards.
  • Doomed Hometown:
    • The residents of Sherman's Camp were massacred in a war with another group of survivors. Iron Mike was one of two remaining residents that walked out of the town alive. The former returns to the town with Deacon to show him what he went through.
    • Rikki came from a small town outside of Portland, where the city fell to the Freakers and was then allegedly nuked. However, Rikki doubts the latter happened because everyone would have felt the radioactive fallout.
  • Elite Zombie:
    • There are 3 Boss in Mook's Clothing Freaker types. Breakers (roid-raging bodybuilder-sized Giant Mook zombies) and Reachers (very fast Lightning Bruiser zombies that hit hard, use hit-and-run tactics, and can soak a few dozen machine-gun rounds). There are also Ragers, which are zombie bears significantly tougher and more dangerous than even regular bears.
    • To a lesser extent, there are Screamers (who can summon more Swarmers if they spot you) and Bleachers (who are tougher than regular Swarmers but still behave like standard enemies).
  • Evil Old Folks: Tucker, who runs the Hope Springs enclave like a labor camp, eventually driving several characters to prefer death over safety and food. Even Lisa, who grew up with Tucker as a neighbour, hates her after a short while at Hope Springs, and Tucker merely laments losing another worker when falsely informed of her death.
  • Faceless Goons: All NERO personnel wear armored hazmat gear that completely conceals their faces. Their soldiers are Gas Mask Mooks while their scientists have completely opaque faceplates on their hazmat suits. The Stinger implies there's a very good reason for this.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Shaw and Esposito, a couple of NERO soldiers who show up in a lot of the collectible intel items, can be found dead in one of the last NERO sites you open up, in Highway 97. They were trapped inside the bunker when its power failed, unable to escape or bring themselves to commit suicide. The implication is that they starved to death.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The mysterious NERO that was responsible for trying to contain the outbreak two years prior, and currently sending field teams to studying the Freakers.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It's revealed that the virus was deliberately engineered by the government (as represented by NERO) for unknown purposes, and was accidentally released when a whistleblower stole a sample in hopes of exposing the government's dirty deeds. The Stinger also potentially hints that NERO are actually an intelligent species of Freakers, and that they'll soon be coming for Deacon and the other Oregon survivors.
  • Heart Container: NERO injectors found at NERO outposts can be used to permanently increase your stats (health, stamina, or focus).
  • Heavily Armored Mook:
    • Heavies are hostile survivors wearing bulky, makeshift body armor and armed with machine guns. They can take a lot more bullets than regular human enemies, but are considerably slower as a result of their armor.
    • NERO soldiers, who wear proper military-grade body armor, might be less physically imposing than Heavies, but they're genuinely Immune to Bullets and cannot be defeated in combat by you. However, The Stinger implies that their superhuman toughness is actually superhuman due to their Freaker biology combined with the armor they wear.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Downplay. Boozer drives the bomb truck into blowing up the gate to Wizard Island and apparently himself. But it later turns out that Boozer had jumped out of the truck at the last second.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • Per the game's Zombie Apocalypse setting, humans are its worst enemy and bandits pose a threat to Deacon.
    • The Big Bad of the game starts out as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but starts to believe this trope over the course of the game, quickly turning him into a shining example of it. He eventually ends up planning to use the army he was going to use to wipe out the Freaks to destroy all other survivor groups instead, reasoning that all of them are no better than the Always Chaotic Evil groups like the Rippers or the Maurauders.
  • Invincible Minor Minion: NERO soldiers wear military-grade body armor and are immune to both your firearms and melee attacks. The only way to deal with them is to evade them with stealth.
  • Jump Scare: Try opening a car trunk and there's a chance a Newt will jump out at you.
  • Kill It with Fire: Fire is the only way to destroy Freaker nests, and also makes for a good weapon against swarmers. It just does Damage Over Time on Breakers.
  • Man on Fire: Enemies can be set on fire with Molotov cocktails. But setting a Ripper on fire, however, doesn't immediately kill them as they are dope up on PCP, and instead they will attempt to run at Deacon and grab him, setting him on fire if he doesn't succeed in breaking out of their grip.
  • Mercy Kill: Deacon hunts down Taylor for murdering Doc Jimenez and stealing the Militia's drugs. Taylor begs Deacon not to turn him over to the Militia to be hanged. Deacon decides to mercy kill him by giving him a drug overdose.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The outbreak was caused by one of Sarah's coworkers. He correctly thought they were building a biological weapon for the government. He broke into the lab to steal a sample and brought it to a environmental convention in Portland hoping to be then next Edward Snowden. He accidentally infected himself when he stole the sample. He then infected the convention attendees. They got on planes back to their homes infecting people along the way. Two weeks later...
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Played for laughs when Deacon brings Copeland's conspiracy-spiel radio show, Radio Free Oregon, back on the air.
      Deacon: That's great, yeah — Radio Free Oregon is on the air once again. Oh God, what have I done?
    • Played seriously in one mission where Deacon mercy kills a seriously injured woman against her will rather than leave her behind to be eaten alive by the Freakers. He suffers a serious Heroic BSoD afterwards, but is able to compose himself fairly quickly.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: The term used for the creatures is "Freakers".
  • Oh, Crap!: Deacon's reaction when he sees the horde.
    Deacon: Look around, brother. You know how this is gonna...end.
  • Precious Photo:
    • Deacon carries a photo of Sarah.
    • Captain Kouri carries one of his wife, Karie.
  • Savage Wolves: Wolves and zombie wolves can be encountered wandering the wilderness. Both are very hostile to you.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The trophy for collecting 541 items from corpses is "You've Got Red on You."
    • Upgrading any of your health, stamina or focus for the first time is "Better Living Through Chemistry."
    • Clearing out all ambush camps, infestations and NERO checkpoints in a single region is "Welcome to the Party, Pal."
    • Unlocking your first skill is "Don't Stop Me Now."
    • Getting out of Crazy Willie's is "Just A Flesh Wound."
    • Killing a Breaker, Reacher or Rager with a knife is "This is a Knife."
    • Collecting 18 hard-to-find items from all the NERO checkpoints in the game and getting 100% on all story missions unlocks a schematic you can use to make Gabe Logan's air taser from Syphon Filter.
    • Manny's book Zen and the Art of Bike Repair is an expy for Robert Pirsig's fictionalized autobiography Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
  • Stealth Sequel: If some of the in-game documents and secrets are to be believed, than 'Days' is set in the same universe, and takes place after the events of the Syphon Filter games.
  • Technically Living Zombie: The Freakers are not reanimated corpses and are instead virus infectees.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Two-Dog, an old enemy of Deacon, tries to tackle him off the roof they're on to kill him. He ends up breaking his leg when Deacon used him to soften the fall. He then starts screaming in pain while a huge horde of zombies is nearby. You can guess what happens next...
  • Undead Child: Everyone under about 12 years of age simply died from the virus. However, kids above that age turned into Newts, who are essentially about 12-14 year old Freakers. They're much weaker than regular Freakers, and will usually only attack if you're already badly injured or you intrude upon their space.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The setting of the game takes place two years after civilization collapsed from a global pandemic that killed most of humankind and turned a majority of the survivors into the zombie-like Freakers.


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