We may have just lived through an actual global pandemic, but that hasn’t dulled the appeal of open-world action-adventure games set in one!
Days Gone takes place many years after a nightmarish pathogen decimated earth, creating zombie freakers and morally bankrupt marauders.
Developer Bend Studio brings us a thrilling experience in the American pacific northwest, where we play as Deacon St. John, a drifter bike-riding bounty hunter in need of cardio.
The Best Days Gone Mods
The modding community around Days Gone has everything from cosmetics to cheats. This list includes our favorite experience-enhancing mods for the PC version.
10. Multiple Fuel Tank Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacities allow the player to augment the amount of fuel the drift bike can hold.
This can be increased in increments of 50% all the way up to 250%. We love this mod because of the friction it removes from the Days Gone experience.
Riding through the landscapes is one of the best aspects of the game; running out of fuel is not.
This mod is perfect for those who don’t mind a slight downgrade in realism for an upgrade in fun. People who enjoy extreme accuracy may want to skip it.
9. Explosive Gore
Explosive Gore transforms most kills into a bloody spectacle. One graphic takedown is good. Two is better, and infinity is best.
Fans of the genre appreciate the rush that comes with utterly demolishing an opponent.
With this mod, every time Deacon kills someone or something, it will pop like a garbage bag stuffed with meat. Breakers, Newts, Humans, Reachers, Screamers, and Swarmers all blow to bits for your viewing pleasure.
When used in conjunction with the number four pick on this list, the results are incredible. (If your gaming rig is up to the challenge, that is.)
8. Car Opener
Car Opener increases the rate at which Deacon opens car hoods and trunks.
This is pretty straightforward. Jimmying open the trunks and hoods of abandoned cars for the chance at sweet, sweet items and weapons in Days Gone takes too long. With this mod, it happens “way faster,” according to the creator.
Downloading Car Opener is a no-brainer; once you try it, it’ll be impossible to go back. Derelict automobiles are the treasure chests of Days Gone.
7. Better Flashlight
Flashlight improvement replaces the old-fashioned flashlight with a modern, bright LED flashlight. It’s about time.
Deacon’s standard flashlight is not suited to the devastating global pandemic in which he lives.
This upgrade makes it much easier to see in the dark, get around at night, and navigate caves and structures. Plus, the light emitted goes further and is clearer; no more obscured visuals, even up-close.
6. Not a Reshade (Nar)
NAR improves the graphical performance of Days Gone.
NAR is an Unreal Engine 4 overhaul that refines ambient occlusion, sharpens the appearance of shadows, makes dark areas darker, improves god rays, more precise tone mapping, and a pile of other tweaks.
As a bonus, it eliminates much of the stuttering that plagues the game from time to time.
A graphical overhaul mod is a given for most of our lists; they offer so much for a simple, free download. It makes you wonder why devs don’t just do it in the first place.
5. Athletic Deacon (Better Stamina)
Athletic Deacon increases the player’s stamina.
Poor ol’ Deacon gets winded so quickly, it seems. Traversing the terrain of Days Gone is no simple physical feat With the Athletic Deacon mod, he becomes an Olympic-level athlete. His stamina will deplete much slower.
Sprint, roll, and dodge whenever you see fit without managing your stamina usage. This gives players an in-game advantage, but it’s a massive quality of life improvement, too.
There are options to adjust how much additional stamina Deacon gains.
4. Massive Hordes (Challenging)
Massive Hordes more than doubles the size, range, and difficulty of zombie hordes in Days Gone.
We’ve heard from more than a few veteran gamers that the hordes in Days Gone could use a little more spice. This mod is the answer.
Massive Hordes ups the difficulty of horde encounters, offering tons more targets, bosses, and longer duration and range.
It’s not for the faint of heart, but Deacon St. John is up for the challenge if you are.
Hordes can now range from 280 to 999. That upper bound is HUGE.
3. Super Accuracy
Super Accuracy makes Deacon the bounty hunter a more accurate marksman.
This mod removes recoil, sway, and minimizes spread for every weapon in the game while making the reticle size constant. The creator claims that this mod “turn[s] Deacon into John Wick.”
Sounds good to us, honestly. It’s great for people who are less confident with their aim in video games.
Super Accuracy pairs well with Explosive gore; land every headshot to burst those walking meat balloons.
2. The Growler, Evolved
The Growler can now be stored and used as a standard weapon with this mod.
Players can find the storable version of The Growler minigun at the Wizard Island merchant. The Evolved rework makes this weapon a horde-slaying godsend.
Enjoy infinite ammo, no recoil, primary slot placement, and a new reticle.
Arm yourself with The Growler, Athletic Deacon, Super Accuracy, and Multiple Fuel Tanks to conquer Days Gone like never before, without fear or risk.
1. More Ears
More Ears makes freakers drop two ears instead of one.
This mod takes the top spot for its elegance and simplicity. The human head (usually) has two ears, so why do freakers drop one? That question does not sit right with us, nor did it sit right with this mod’s author.
More Ears mean more money for supplies, guns, and melee weapons. Double the ears will add up over time; you’ll be surprised.
Be extra careful not to allow your stack of ears to pass 999; this overflow can cause issues.
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