Set in a post-apocalyptic Oregon two years after the start of a global pandemic, former outlaw-turned-drifter Deacon St. John discovers the possibility of his wife Sarah still being alive, which leads Deacon on a quest to find her. Days Gone 2021 is played from a third-person perspective, in which the player can explore an open world environment.
Players can use firearms, melee weapons and improvised weapons, and can use stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures known as Freakers. A major game mechanic is Deacon’s motorcycle, which is used as the player character’s primary mode of transportation as well as mobile inventory.
Originally slated for a 2018 launch, Days Gone was delayed several times. The game eventually released on April 26, 2019. Upon release, it received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the open-world aspect, gameplay, and Sam Witwer’s performance as Deacon, although the story, lack of character development, and several technical issues were criticized.
As part of Sony’s efforts to bring more of its first-party content to Microsoft Windows following Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone 2021 released on Windows on May 18, 2021.
Days Gone 2021 Gameplay
Days Gone 2021 is an action-adventure survival horror game set in a post-apocalyptic open world, played from a third-person perspective. The player controls Deacon St. John (Sam Witwer), a former U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Afghanistan War veteran outlaw-turned-drifter and bounty hunter who prefers life on the road to wilderness encampments.
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 nocturnal zombie-like creatures that are quickly evolving. In the E3 2016 stage demo, two types of Freakers were revealed, Newts and Swarmers. In the E3 2017 stage demo, infected animals such as bears and wolves were revealed to also comprise the Freakers, and human enemies are revealed to be featured in the game as well.
Plot in Days Gone 2021
In near future Oregon, the Freaker Virus has decimated the globe, turning a large portion of humanity into violent cannibals. Outlaw bikers Deacon St. John (Sam Witwer) and William “Boozer” Gray (Jim Pirri), alongside Deacon’s wife Sarah Whitaker (Courtnee Draper) attempt to flee to safety, and manage to find a helicopter run by the National Emergency Restoration Organization (NERO), with room for two more. While Sarah boards the helicopter, critically injured from a stab wound, Deacon decides to stay behind with Boozer. He promises to reunite with his wife.
Two years later, Deacon and Boozer work as mercenaries in the Pacific Northwest. Sarah is believed dead, as the NERO refugee camp where she was believed to have been staying was overrun by “Freakers”. The two men plan to head north, fleeing their enemies and searching for a better life, but their plans are interrupted when they are attacked by a gang of cultists, the Rippers.
Boozer receives serious burn wounds on his arm, and he and Deacon hide in a safehouse to recover, where they learn that the Rippers have placed a bounty on their heads. Deacon sees a NERO research team being transported by helicopter, and he tracks down one of the scientists, James O’Brian (Bernardo de Paula). O’Brian reveals that Sarah’s helicopter was diverted to a different camp mid-flight, leaving the possibility that she is still alive.
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Days Gone 2021 on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1259420/Days_Gone/