Review: State of Decay. Post Title Update

During my hot summer days with beautiful weather, what else could a normal man do but stay indoors all day trying to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, am I right? I thought so.

State of Decay is a third person Zombie fighting RPG developed by Undead Labs, a fitting name for the developer all games considered. Whether the team that made the actual game are actually over-zealous depressed Zombies who insist on making games about killing themselves has neither been confirmed or denied. But I will say this, they did it right. Melee weapons break, bullets are scarce and hard to come by and power weapons such as military grade Grenade Launchers are incredibly rare and only spawn in the ladder parts of the game. [blockquote type=”type1″ width=”25%” float=”left”]You’re going to need a stiff drink to tide you over because State of Decay, like several Zombie games before it, has special infected who’s main purpose in life is to make your existence a living hell and trust us when we say, they will. They will coat you with acid, throw you across the room, scream into your already sensitive eardrums and leap into the air only to land on you and rip your favorite vital organs out and scatter them all over the pavement.[/blockquote]

This is not a game for the lighthearted, as this is not your typical “photographer flies into a shopping mall and kills everything in site” game, this is a “limited tutorial throw you out in the dark woods and give you a tree branch Survival” game, and once your Character dies, he’s dead for good. That’s right Frank West, we don’t need you and your crappy Camera anymore! The saving grace of this of course, being that you can play as several other people over the course of the game. While hunting for supplies your friendly Lupus suffering friend sends you messages over a CB Radio, as she lacks the ability to do anything else remotely useful (We love you anyway Lily…) These radio messages can be to progress the story line, highlight a new supply Cache, complain that there are to many Zombies out in those damn hills or most importantly, survivors have called for help and now you and your awesome self have to go save them heroically. Saving these survivors and earning their trust will make them playable Characters.

Why do you need to play as several Characters? Why because this is a ridiculously large world to explore silly! State of Decay takes place in Trumbull Valley, USA and scatters itself in a very large, fully adventurous world filled with a fine selection of vehicles, including that Eco-friendly Hybrid to that sexy muscle car you always wanted for your 16th birthday. Did I forget to mention that every building in the game has a front door you can actually open? That’s right! Any building not completely destroyed can be entered, this ranges from houses, to trucking warehouses, to offices, restaurants, clinics, and most importantly, where would we be in the Zombie Apocalypse without a Bar and a Gun Shop? Unarmed AND sober!? Count me out. Luckily, State of Decay has plenty of them, booze and guns for all, what an awesome combination!

You’re going to need a stiff drink to tide you over because State of Decay, like several Zombie games before it, has special infected who’s main purpose in life is to make your existence a living hell and trust us when we say, they will. They will coat you with acid, throw you across the room, scream into your already sensitive eardrums and leap into the air only to land on you and rip your favorite vital organs out and scatter them all over the pavement.

I feel like people would have paid the full retail price for this game but Undead Labs has seen fit to bless us all with a $20 price tag, Jessi J would be proud. This game comes with a fully functional “Home Base” system, meaning you can establish a new home, upgrade it and than upgrade it some more with the resources that you’ve accumulated over time, by the way you need to do a lot of supply runs, come prepared and stay alive!

In addition to the Story, Undead Labs has announced that due to the games overwhelming success they will be launching a Sandbox mode, a free mode absent of Story and with only one goal: Survive. Undead Labs have also released that they want to bring Co-op to the Open World Arcade game, but whether it will be included in the upcoming mode is unclear at this time.

State of Decay is out now for the low, low price of 1600 Microsoft points exclusive to Xbox LIVE.

Summary
State of Decay, despite its flaws is an exciting, teeth-gritting, gloriously frustrating thrill ride. So long as the Zombie's don't walk through walls.
Good
  • Thrilling Gameplay
  • Intuitive Open World
  • Real World Consequences
Bad
  • Bugs bugs and more bugs
  • Sub-par visuals
8.5
Great
Gameplay - 9
Graphics - 7.1
Audio - 8.3
Story-Telling - 9.4
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Cody Spielvogel is a Freelance Web Designer and Journalist with a Niche in Gaming and Tech Articles. He works as a volunteer at other Under-the-radar websites as a Community Moderator and loves his Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. Follow Cody on twitter @CodySpie

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