Days Gone is an open-world game infested by Freakers, filled with abandoned buildings, and set against a beautifully rugged landscape. While Days Gone might not have opened to rave reviews, it is a game that has aged better than its contemporaries and made a special place in the hearts of players. Whether it is bike maintenance or fighting off an entire zombie horde, here are 5 tips and tricks for Days Gone that will help your bike move smoothly along its path.
1. Keep your vehicle fueled
Days Gone is all about making your way through Oregon with nothing but your motorcycle, the open road, and the ever-looming zombie threat. Repairing and upgrading your bike and making sure that it doesn’t run out of fuel are essential on this journey. Thankfully, the game provides you with an abundance of fuel to ensure you never run out. Fuel can be found on Tow Trucks, gas stations, in the vicinity of NERO checkpoints, and in areas with a high concentration of buildings. Once used, these fuel cans generally respawn in exactly the same place, making it easy to know where you can find one in a pinch. It’s also a good idea to fuel up whenever you pass by a gas station to make sure that you’re always topped up.
2. Make good use of NERO injectors
The National Emergency Response Organization, commonly known as NERO, is the organization tasked with responding to the Freaker pandemic. At every NERO Research Site, players can shoot themselves with NERO injectors. Doing so allows players to buff their three core stats: Health, Stamina, and Focus. While Health and Stamina affect your health and dodging abilities, Focus allows you to slow down time while shooting, to get that sweet glory kill on an oncoming Freaker or an enemy marauder. With 30 injectors to be found all over the world, it’s a good idea to hunt them down and buff up your stats as you make your way across the map.
3. Unlock Field Repairs
A staple of this game is its never-ending zombie horde that reacts to where you are shooting. Under those conditions, sometimes it’s better to use a melee weapon and opt for a silent kill instead of going in guns blazing. One of the first tips we recommend implementing is investing in the Field Repairs melee skill. Every melee weapon displays its current state in the lower-left corner of the screen. Once this indicator hits zero, your melee weapons are effectively useless. Investing in Field Repairs allows you to repair your melee weapons when they are around 10 – 20% and even upgrade them to do more damage. This allows you to repair weapons on the go, keep replenishing melee weapons, and avoid their permanent destruction. This is a tip you truly shouldn’t disregard.
4. Take care of your bike
Since we already discussed how to keep your trusty motorcycle fueled, it’s time to learn how to upgrade and repair it. Repairs are simple and can be done from the start of the game. These repairs use Scrap you can find salvaging through the open world. The first set of upgrades for your bike can be purchased at Copeland’s camp. Here you can upgrade your Engine, Exhaust, Storage, Fuel Tank, Frame, Nitrous, and Tires.
We recommend starting off by updating your Engine and your Fuel Tank. Those two will help you cover long distances on less fuel. The bike parts available to you for upgrade each depend on your Trust Level with the camp. As you level up Trust individually for all 3 camps, you will slowly unlock better upgrades for your bike. To build Trust with a camp, you need to complete the missions and hand in Freaker bounties.
5. Learn to deal with Hordes
It feels like we have covered everything except combat. But in a zombie survival game that throws countless hordes of zombies at you, this might be the most important thing to learn. The best way to combat an oncoming zombie horde is, unsurprisingly, lots of preparation.
Observe your surroundings
The first step to taking on a horde successfully is to observe your surroundings. Take the time to investigate and set up traps before you alert the horde of your presence. Look for alleyways and smaller spaces that would restrict the number of zombies coming at you, giving you the chance to fill them with lead or discharge proximity bombs. Carefully planted proximity bombs can help you take down an entire horde without having to use too many bullets. Also, remember to plan an exit strategy for when things get hairy. Observing your surroundings is all about making the best of a bad situation.
The right weapon and crafting
This might seem obvious, but should still be said. Your best bet against a horde is to arm yourself with an LMG or an assault rifle. You need to be firing a high number of rounds while still being able to move. Molotov Cocktails, Frag Grenades, and Attractor Bombs are your friends. These will help take out a chunk of the horde and buy you a few extra seconds to get out of the way or better position yourself. Pick the right gun and craft as many throwable explosives as you can to take down the horde fast and hard.
Use your Focus
Now that we know how to intercept them and deal damage, we come to the secret weapon. Focus is the ability that allows you to slow down time and save bullets by taking down zombies in one hit. In a clutch, this could mean the difference between life and death. Also, If you have the Under Pressure skill unlocked in the Ranged category, reloading during Focus time will pause the timer. This means you can now keep taking headshots with your assault rifle without having to worry about dying when reloading. You can also craft consumables to give yourself a boost in Focus while taking on a horde.
Being one of the main selling points of the game, you can also run into zombie hordes at the start of your play-through. In a scenario where you are hopelessly underprepared and underpowered, your best bet is hopping on your bike and riding like the wind. While hordes can be super fun, once you have some experience, you’ll understand when to fight them and when it would be better to make a tactical retreat.