I killed three kids today. Granted, they were infected with a highly contagious virus and it was a video game, but it was still brutal.

And that’s part of the reason I’m excited for Days Gone. It doesn’t pull any punches about what a post-apocalyptic catastrophe, zombie or otherwise would look like. After two long years of watching theatrical trailers, I finally got to take the upcoming third-person action-survival game for a spin, and it was definitely worth the wait.

Set in the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone is what would happen if Conrad McCarthy’s “The Road” happened to a bunch of Hell’s Angels. Gamers will become Deacon St. John, a former member of the Mongrel’s MC biker club trying to survive in a world where a plague transformed most of humanity into bloodthirsty monsters. 

But in addition to the freaker hordes, you’ll have to contend with infected animals, both of which are faster and more aggressive. And there’s several other rival groups who will be more than happy to put you out of your post-apocalyptic misery.

I played two separate missions during my E3 2018 demo. The first tasked me with scavenging for bike parts after I sent my friend Boozer off on his bike to be a distraction and lead some of the freakers away.

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