The lights are on
in a bush with a weapon that is just about to break, a horde of zombies slowly
walking by and a zombie just of camera walks into the bush and exposes you,
then you run. State of Decay is the first zombie survival game which has felt
like you are actually trying to survive against the odds.
of Decay is a game set in a sandbox world filled farms, towns, cars, and of
course many zombies. You start off as a survivor and his friend just coming
back from camping to be met with a group of zombies which you happily beat their
heads in with a stick before moving forward to be met with your first
survivors. From here on the world is now yours to explore and do what you
to be a small band of select survivors in State of Decay? You can. Want to have
a massive group of survivors holding out against the odds? You can. The choice
is up to you and State of Decay rewards all play styles. Be it stealthy
sneaking into houses and looting, aggressive destruction of any undead with a
sledge hammer, or driving you car around town honking your horn to gets all the
zombies to come outside then mow the down. The options are endless.
you set up your home base you can get supplies from other housings around town
which involve going in killing all the zombies and searching any area that is shiny.
Every building you see in State of Decay can be looted for items, fortified and
set up as an outpost , further into the game if you let your population grow
you can choose to move to a bigger (or smaller) home base.
you get enough supplies you can start upgrading you home base. Make a workshop so
you can repair your weapons, build a farm so you can get a supply of food or
even make an infirmary to help with hurt members of your family.
are some things you should note. With cars, smash it up too much and it
explodes you will not be seeing it again, luckily you can repair these with a
workshop upgrade. The same goes when your character dies, they are dead! One
mechanic I enjoyed in State of Decay was where once a survivor sees your group
as a friend, you can control them. This allows your survivor you have drained
for keeping up the last three days to have that much needed rest to get back to
full health. Every survivor that lives in your home base also has a bit of back
story and once you play enough you can feel an attachment to your favourite characters.
story in the game is the basic zombie survival but it is still enjoyable. There
are some glitches, I had a zombie casually stroll through a wall, but they can
be easily overlooked for the size of a game you get for such low cost.
Undead Labs has put a lot of effort into this game which is available on the
Xbox live marketplace. Sadly my fellow Australians cannot enjoy this title as
of yet but with State of Decay finally passing through the classification
board. Fingers crossed it comes out soon!
I really liked State of Decay, but one thing that bothered me was all the stuff it threw at you at once. I often found myself tasked with 4 or 5 different missions to play(some of which were only playable at a certain time), problems to deal with at home, be it clearing out hordes and infestations, or finding survivors, and of course, the constant search for supplies, and survivors that went missing. I was always too busy to do them all, and would often struggle to keep the base afloat. Of course, this is where the game thrives as well, as it presents an initial challenge, forcing you to actually survive.