Review: State of Decay

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The end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents.

This game allows you to find out what You would do in a Zombie Apocalypse. This single player, 3rd person, Survival Horror game is developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft and is available on Xbox Live and PC. It was released on 05 June 2013 so it’s not very new but it’s definitely worth checking out. This game takes the zombie survival aspect and crosses it with resource management, base building and resource gathering amongst other things.

It is an open world game which really allows you to go anywhere on the map and do whatever you feel is important to you and to your group’s survival. You start out alone but you soon meet a group of people whom you can help and can offer you help in return. You need to go out and gather food and supplies to keep everyone going. Once gathered you must also manage those resources and make sure everyone has enough space and is kept happy.

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Combining all these elements together becomes challenging because you cannot ignore one aspect and focus all your attention on another. You need to find a good balance to make sure everything runs smoothly.

There is a lot of action to be had in this game and cause me quite a few sweaty palm moments. Handling one or two zombies at a time can be easy but if you don’t pay attention to your surroundings you can end up being attacked by a larger group and your chances of survival will be very slim.

You will need to establish a base and once you have found a location for it, you will need to expand by building barracks for people to sleep, medical bays to help people recover faster and workshops where you can build and modify weapons. These are only some of the buildings which you can construct.

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You will need to raid abandoned supermarkets and houses to obtain food, medicine, ammo and construction material. There are other survivors to be found with which you can trade goods. You can also rescue other survivors to join your own group.

You start out as Marcus. Returning from a fishing trip you find that everyone has turned into brain eating zombies. Marcus and his friend Ed then Rescue another survivor and head to the rangers cabin for shelter, only to find even more devastation. As you progress you find that the Army is also stationed somewhere in your area but you soon learn they are not there to help you.

These will certainly not be the best graphics you will ever see in a game but after a few minutes of playing that will not matter. There are a few glitches here and there but nothing that will detract from the experience. The voice acting is convincing and helps to draw the player into the game. The music creates a great atmosphere in the game as well. The sound effects are well done also. Overall the sound in the game will have you convinced you are really in a zombie apocalypse.

The game has a large map and there are many places to visit. Following the storyline will lead you to specific areas and will trigger events that will make surviving even more difficult. If you choose not to follow the main storyline you can roam wherever you please and complete the side missions or just make sure your group is kept happy and your base has all the facilities and resources it needs. When clearing out areas you can establish outposts. Zombies cannot come close to these outposts and their resources are added to your own.

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Securing water for your group is also very important to everyone’s survival. The player will need to venture out and gather all these things so you will need to make sure you have the correct weapons when going out in case you run into any zombie resistance. Building a workshop will help because you can modify your weapons to be more effective and you can build new weapons. As I’ve mentioned before, you can choose to follow the main story or you can go around completing all the side missions. Either way there is a lot to do in this game. I lost hours to this game. It is very immersive and has many elements that will satisfy most gamers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game and can recommend it to anyone who likes zombie survival games. You will be faced with different challenges that add to the overall experience. This Xbox Live title costs R219 and the download size is 1.81GB.

– by Gryphon25

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