Everything You Need To Know Before Starting DAYS GONE

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Days Gone has some problems and received mixed reviews, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an enjoyable ride. It’s a slow build-up game, but if you know what to do first and what to invest your energy and time on, you can get up to speed and get the most out of Days Gone, fast.

Check out the tips and strategies you should know before diving into the undead-filled mayhem that is Days Gone.


Best Skills to Unlock First

Deacon St. John starts as a relatively ordinary joe without any grand abilities. To feel like you can actually take on the many Freakers and Hordes out in the Oregon forest, you’ll need to level up and gain skills. We suggest these two first:

  • Field Repairs, which lets you fix melee weapons on the fly.
  • Focus Shot, which lets you slow down time when aiming with a gun.

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How to Buy and Store Guns

Yeah, the philosophy in Days Gone’s gun collection system doesn’t quite agree with us and we don’t particularly like it. Basically, you can never get ownership of a gun you find in the open world. Instead, to save a gun so you never lose it, you have to buy it.

Deacon’s motorcycle is apparently the most important thing in the whole game. You need it to get out and about, to fast travel, and to even help some cutscenes. It also needs gas to achieve all of these things. As such, you’ll want to improve your motorcycle’s speed, gas tank, and endurance – and you should make your priority spending on these things. With that said, you should probably gift the stash you find early in the game to Copeland’s camp, since that’s where you’ll purchase most of your bike upgrades.

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Which Camps to Invest In

You’ll soon learn there are multiple camps in the world of Days Gone, and each of them is beneficial to invest in for entirely different reasons. As we discussed, Copeland’s Camp is a fabulous place to upgrade your motorcycle quickly in the game, but you’ll have to earn support to reach better upgrades. Because of how much time it takes to develop trust with particular camps and earn credits to spend, investing in a useless camp can be astonishingly disheartening. Click on this link to know more about the camps.


How to Fast Travel

Fast traveling in Days Gone isn’t quite as straightforward as simply unlocking points to travel to. You’ll also need to clear out hordes in between point A and point B. Check out the full page for full details on where to unlock fast travel points and more.


Which Stat to Increase and More Tips

When you reach your first NERO Site, you’ll be able to choose between building Deacon’s Life, Stamina, or Focus. Get a few points in Focus, but prioritize Stamina for most of the game. This resource is used to run and roll away, which could mean life or death if you find yourself in a tough spot. There are a lot of small tips and strategies that, when looked at as a whole, can make a huge difference in your play-through. Don’t miss these 21 tips.


Play on the PlayStation 4 Pro

Our reviewer and other players around the office reported that Days Gone experiences some loading and texture issues. Though Days Gone’s 1.04 patch did reduce loading times significantly, playing on a PlayStation 4 Pro will still noticeably better general problems like model popping and slow texture loading. So, if you’re able to, we recommend playing on the PS4 Pro to limit tech difficulties.


Don’t Touch That Wire

Last thing – tripwires are no joke. Think you’re going slow enough on your bike that it won’t affect you? Think again. Touching that rope will send you into the air like a cat that just noticed a stealth cucumber. Then you’ll have to spend time fending off bad guys and fixing your bike.

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