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Top 9 Games Like Days Gone Everyone Needs to Play

Games Like Days Gone

Are you a fan of post-apocalyptic zombie mayhem, but you’ve already played Days Gone so many times that you can recite every line of dialogue? Fear not, dear gamer, for I have scoured the depths of the internet to bring you nine games that will take you through new adventures while still retaining your favorite parts of the genre!

And let’s be real, with the way the world is going, a post-apocalyptic setting might not be too far off anyway. So, let’s grab our weapons, stock up on canned goods, and dive into these games before it’s too late! For starters, we have:

1. Death Stranding

Death Stranding

Death Stranding is the game that asks the age-old question: “What if the mailman had to save the world?” It’s a game that’s truly in a league of its own, and not just because of Norman Reedus’ butt physics! That’s a big bonus, though, I have to admit. This game was considered to be pretty unique by many, let’s find out why that is:

One reason it’s considered unique is its emphasis on exploration and traversal. You’re not just running around shooting baddies (although there are some of those, too), you’re also hiking through treacherous terrain, delivering packages, and trying not to get dragged down by ghostly apparitions. It’s like if FedEx had a survival horror mode, and you’re their last minimum-wage mailman tasked with saving the world!

And how is it similar to Days Gone, you ask? Well, both games are set in post-apocalyptic worlds where the population has been decimated by some kind of catastrophic event. In Death Stranding, it’s supernatural creatures; in Days Gone, it’s zombies. But the sense of isolation and danger is definitely present in both games. Plus, in both games, you get to ride a motorcycle! Because nothing says “I’m surviving the end of the world” like a sweet set of wheels, am I right?

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the incredibly rich story, arguably the best part of the whole game! If you’re ready for a journey filled with emotions and action, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Death Stranding: available on PC and PlayStation.

2. Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

Playing Metro Exodus makes you feel like you’re surviving in a world where everyone’s name is Vladimir because there are way too many Vladimir’s here! It’s a game that’s known for its immersive atmosphere and tense gameplay, but unfortunately, it can be a bit of a performance hog on some systems.

But is it worth trying anyway? Absolutely! I mean, who needs a smooth frame rate when you’ve got mutated monsters trying to rip your face off? Plus, the game’s graphics are so gorgeous that you’ll barely notice the occasional stutter. I personally played the game at sub-60 FPS, but your mileage will hopefully vary toward the higher end.

The game itself is a first-person shooter where you play as Artyom, a Russian dude with a sweet beard and a knack for surviving in a world gone to hell! You’ll spend a lot of time sneaking around, trying not to get eaten by mutants, and shooting everything that moves (and some things that don’t, just to be safe). But it’s not all about the pew pew pew – you’ll also need to scavenge for supplies, craft weapons and gear, and manage your resources wisely.

Now, as a Days Gone fan, did I like it? You bet I did! Both games share that same post-apocalyptic vibe, where every decision you make could mean the difference between life and death. Plus, Metro Exodus also has a focus on exploration, scavenging, and crafting, just like Days Gone. And who knows, maybe you’ll even learn some useful Russian phrases while you’re at it. Like, “Help, I’m being attacked by a giant rat.” (That one might come in handy.)

To try out Metro Exodus, you’ll need a PC, PlayStation, or Xbox.

3. Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn proves that even the apocalypse can be pretty! It’s got all the classic Far Cry gameplay that we know and love, plus a whole new post-apocalyptic twist.

In this version of Far Cry, you’ll be running around, taking on the nefarious Twins and their band of crazy highwaymen, all while exploring a world that’s both beautiful and deadly. Seriously, have you seen those pink flowers? They’re so pretty, you almost forget that they’re growing in soil that’s been irradiated to high heaven!

But it’s not just about the aesthetics. You’ll also have a whole range of weapons and vehicles at your disposal, all of which are held together with duct tape and optimism. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to ride an animal into battle. Because nothing says, I’m a badass survivor like charging into battle on the back of a wild boar.

And what about the similarities to Days Gone? Well, both games share a sense of lawlessness and chaos, where the only rule is survival of the fittest. Plus, in both games, you’ll be driving around in vehicles that make you question how they’re still even running. But hey, when the world ends, you make do with what you’ve got!

The platforms you’ll find this game on are PlayStation, Xbox, and PC (and Stadia, while that lasted).

4. Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn

Here’s the 5-minute rundown of Horizon Zero Dawn – the game that proves that robots and bows can go together like peanut butter and jelly!

You play as Aloy, a badass warrior who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where robot animals roam free. And when I say robot animals, I’m not talking about your run-of-the-mill mechanical pets. I’m talking giant, menacing creatures that will happily stomp you into the dirt if you get too close! So, what do you do? You shoot them with arrows, of course! And if that doesn’t work, you can always hit them with a spear or use a fancy gadget to take them down.

But it’s not all about the robot animals. You’ll also be exploring a huge, open world that’s filled with ruins, treasure, and danger at every turn. And did I mention that Aloy can climb almost anything? Seriously, this woman’s upper body strength that’ll give even Lara Croft a run for her money!

Coming from Days Gone, you’ll like that both games share a sense of survival in a hostile world where you’re constantly fighting for your life. In both, you’ll be scavenging for resources and upgrading your gear to take on tougher enemies. Plus, both games feature a wide variety of weapons and gadgets that you can use to take down your enemies. Also, the post-apocalyptic motorcycle vibe is here, too…kind of. In Days Gone, you’ve got your trusty hog, while in Horizon Zero Dawn, you’ve got… well, you don’t have a motorcycle, but you can ride a robotic bull, so that’s pretty cool, right?

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive, to begin with, but has gotten a PC port, so you can play it on whichever of these platforms you prefer.

5. DayZ

DayZ

As a Days Gone enjoyer, you’ll be pleased to know that DayZ is a lot like it, but with zombies! And who doesn’t love zombies, right? I mean, they’re like the gift that keeps on giving, except instead of presents, they give you infections that turn you into one of them! But hey, it’s the thought that counts… wait they don’t even have brains, never mind.

So, what’s so great about DayZ? Well, for starters, it’s a survival game where you’re dropped into a world full of zombies and other players, and you have to figure out how to survive. And let me tell you, it’s not easy. You’ll be scrounging for supplies, avoiding the undead, and trying not to get killed by other players who are also trying to survive.

There’s a whooole bunch of guns, too – DayZ has pretty much anything you could want to kill the undead and other players, and then some. You’ve got everything from shotguns to sniper rifles, and each weapon has its own strengths and weaknesses. So, you’ll need to figure out which one works best for your play style.

If you asked me to compare this game to Days Gone, apart from what I mentioned earlier, both games also share a sense of survival in a hostile world where you’re constantly fighting for your life. Plus, scavenging like a rat and using the resources in the best possible way is a main-stay here, so you’ll be comfy with that. The game is available for purchase on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

6. Dying Light

Dying Light

The parkour mechanics in Dying Light are a real game-changer and have to be the best part of the game for me. Unlike other zombie games where you’re stuck on the ground, slowly shuffling around with the undead, Dying Light lets you move around in a way that’s both exhilarating and practical. You can leap over fences, clamber up walls, and leap across gaps with ease! It’s like being in an action movie where you’re the star, except instead of fighting bad guys, you’re fighting hordes of the undead. Wait, I think that’s The Walking Dead, they have parkour, right?

Now, as for the comparison between Dying Light and Days Gone, while both games do involve zombies, that’s about where the similarities end. Dying Light is all about movement and momentum, where you use your parkour skills to outrun and outmaneuver your enemies. On the other hand, Days Gone is more about using your wits and your firepower to survive in a world overrun by zombies. So, while both games offer plenty of opportunities for zombie slaying, they offer very different experiences.

Don’t let that deter you, though, the new parts of this game are what made it so much more fun for me coming from Days Gone. Seriously, if you’re looking for a game that lets you move like a parkour master while taking on zombies, Dying Light is kind of unbeatable. Whether you’re still in love with Days Gone or are ready for a new adventure, you’ll be able to enjoy the thrill of taking down the undead here once again! You can play Dying Light on PlayStation, PC, Xbox, and Switch while you wait for the sequel to come out, which will really blow your socks off!

7. Dead Island

Dead Island

Imagine you’re on a tropical island, surrounded by palm trees and crystal-clear waters. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and everything seems idyllic. But then, you notice something strange. There are people stumbling around, groaning and snarling, with blood dripping from their mouths. Yup, this is no summer vacation, it’s a damn zombie apocalypse, and you’re right in the middle of it!

In Dead Island, you’ll be fighting off hordes of the undead using a variety of weapons, from knives and pipes to guns and grenades. You’ll need to strategize and use your reflexes to survive, whether you’re battling zombies on the beach or exploring the abandoned hotel complexes that dot the island. Also, when describing combat, I like to use words like visceral and satisfying, with plenty of opportunities to dismember your enemies in creative ways!

Comparing this game to Days Gone, there’s a very familiar kind of vibe all throughout the game that’ll keep you feeling familiar but fresh. The enemies are zombies, your goal is to kill them and survive, and in the process, you explore the desolate, post-apocalyptic world that’s as beautiful as it is mangled. There’s lots to love, and it all comes in a fresh perspective that we’re all dying to experience in this genre.

So, if you’re in the mood for a tropical vacation filled with zombies, Dead Island has got you covered! Playable on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and even Android.

8. Biomutant

Biomutant

Ah, Biomutant, the game that’s making waves in the gaming community faster than a mutated platypus (seriously, those things can swim). It’s no surprise that people are comparing it to Days Gone, including me, and I’m going to tell you exactly why you need to try it.

The gameplay of Biomutant is a wild ride, like strapping yourself to a rocket and blasting off into the unknown! You play as a furry little critter, who’s on a mission to save the world from a mysterious force called the World Eaters. Along the way, you’ll be fighting off mutated monsters, exploring the vast open world, and customizing your character with different abilities and weapons. Man, can I never get enough of some sweet character customization.

But what sets Biomutant apart from other games is its unique storytelling. The game is narrated by a wise old man, who describes your actions in a way that’s both humorous and insightful. On that note, let’s compare this game to Days Gone in a bit more depth.

First off, both games take place in a post-apocalyptic world. So, if you’re a fan of desolate wastelands and ruins, you’ll feel right at home in both games. And, of course, there are plenty of mutated monsters to fight in both games, because what’s a post-apocalyptic world without some weird creatures running around? But where Biomutant really shines is in its customization. You can create your own unique little critter, with different abilities and weapons to suit your playstyle.

If you’re convinced, you can try this game out on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, and become the furry creature you’ve always wanted to be… Wait… Not like that.

9. State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2

Here’s something you probably didn’t know or expect when you read the title of this game: the developers originally planned to include unicorns as a playable character. Yes, you heard me right, unicorns! Unfortunately, the idea was scrapped because they couldn’t figure out how to make the horn work with the game mechanics. But hey, maybe in State of Decay 3, we’ll finally get to see some mutant unicorns in action!

The gameplay in State of Decay 2 is like trying to survive a family reunion dinner without getting into an argument with Uncle Jerry. It’s intense, it’s stressful, and there’s always the threat of someone losing their cool. Basically, the game is all about building a community of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. You’ll need to scavenge for resources, upgrade your base, and recruit new members to your group.

Now, let’s talk about the similarities between the State of Decay 2 and Days Gone. Both games take place in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and other monsters. In State of Decay 2, you’re tasked with building a community of survivors and scavenging for resources to keep them alive. And in Days Gone, as we know, you play as a biker dude trying to survive in a world overrun by zombies and other hostile humans.

But where the two games differ is in their approach to combat. I found that State of Decay 2 is more focused on strategic planning and resource management, whereas Days Gone was all about fast-paced action and intense survival mechanics. Both are fun in their own right! To try out the State of Decay, you’ll need either a PC or an Xbox.

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And there you have it, folks! Nine games that are sure to scratch that Days Gone itch. Whether you’re looking for fast-paced action or a more methodical approach to surviving a post-apocalyptic world, there’s a game on this list for you.

But here’s the thing: at the end of the day, it’s not just about the gameplay mechanics or the graphics. It’s about the feeling of connection and camaraderie that comes with surviving together in a harsh world. It’s about finding hope in the face of adversity and overcoming impossible odds, and I hope I helped you find that today!

Allison Windler

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Allison Windler

Allison loves interacting with gamers on forums. Always curious about what’s next in the gaming industry, Allison enjoys a fun conversation and is keen on enlightening other gamers about the latest news, game releases, leaks, and more through her writing. When not writing, you will find Allison grinding League of Legends or living the digital nomad life by traveling to different cities. Learn More

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