Platform: PC | 2013 | Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios | Developer: Undead Labs | 1.712 GB
State of Decay is an open world zombie survival horror video game for Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade and Microsoft Windows.
State of Decay focuses on survival: stealth, evasion, distractions, base building, survivor community, securing resources, and moving through the world more than actual zombie combat. The game is in an open world, where the player's choices are an important factor.Players are able to choose a location to build a base in. Structures such as watch towers, gardens, sleeping quarters, kitchens, workshops, medical bays, and barricades can be constructed to defend against the infected population, help survivors recover faster, and build explosives and other tools.
Food, medicine, shelter, ammo, and construction materials are necessary for survival.To obtain these supplies, the player will need to go on raids to abandoned supermarkets and many other locations, although food can be grown at the base. The player can also find other groups of survivors that are willing to trade their resources with the player, in exchange for ammunition. The player will be able to rescue other AI survivors to help with defense, build facilities, and repair cars/guns (with the appropriate facilities). They can also be sent out to loot, find a new base location, or to come pick up supplies found by the player. Once a high enough relationship is developed with these new characters, they will become playable.The player's choices will affect how the gameplay evolves .The game world is 16 square kilometers but because of mountains, it is 8 square kilometers of playable area.
What the developers say:
Greetings, PC players! This is the Early Access version (controller only, for now) of the record-breaking zombie-survival game State of Decay. Those willing to throw in with us at Undead Labs and your fellow early adopters will automatically get the final Steam version, completely free, with no need to restart, when we officially launch later this year.
What you'll get if you choose to join forces with us to make the PC version kick ass is an unfinished CONTROLLER ONLY test version of the game. It's not ready to be reviewed. It will not be perfect. It may still have crashes. It won't have a keyboard and mouse interface...not at first. Over the next however-many-weeks, we will be putting up versions of the PC interface and using your comments and feedback to make it awesome.
This process is not for everyone. Casual players, the easily frustrated, and the short-of-time should NOT get this Early Access version. Hey, some of us are all three of those things. It's not a criticism. It's just that we want everyone to have the experience that best suits their needs. You all deserve the best, so if you're not into giving feedback, just wait a few months and play the final version after we make it great.
And it will be great, with the help of the rest of you - the hardcore early adopters that made this summer's State of Decay release on Xbox into something huge.