Release Name: State.of.Decay-WaLMaRT
Size: 1.87 GB
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Undead Labs
Description: State of Decay certainly doesn’t waste any time. Mere seconds past the Start screen, it throws you headlong into a zombie apocalypse in full bloom. Tree branch in hand, you clobber the shambling corpses attempting to munch on your screaming camping buddy, and then seek out the few remaining survivors while scrounging for supplies, weapons, and ever-safer home bases. That’s just the first 20 minutes, but the core of State of Decay’s gameplay never changes as you make your way through its open world and battle an endless cast of zombies. State of Decay finds its soul in the dreary repetition of apocalyptic survival.
Some befriend you easily; others are outright hostile in their worry that bringing in another mouth to feed only weakens your group’s strength. Still, there’s enough variety among them to warrant answering almost every cry for help you encounter either through your home base’s radio or while roving the land. Ignore a plea, and you’ll never know if you missed out on finding a world-class zombie killer or even someone who’s just witty enough to keep the morale of your home base up.
Just don’t get too attached. Death is permanent in State of Decay, which means that even characters with fully voiced storylines and unique dialogue die forever if you let them get overrun. From there, you can only continue through the eyes of another character you’ve befriended. Because death is permanent, you spend much of the game not in combat but in the more suspenseful act of slinking through bushes on foot. Indeed, every action carries with it the threat of fatal zombie attraction, such as choosing to ram your way through a locked door or even speeding up your usually slow searches through cabinets and bags with a click of the left bumper.
Few things add more tension to State of Decay than the terrifying noise guns make, because a single foolish shot can bring an unmanageable horde upon you. And if your character doesn’t have the cardio to outrun them? You’ll watch helplessly as the zombies rip his legs from his torso. Unfortunately, considering that there are a host of bugs in State of Decay that make zombies pop up out of nowhere or even send them straight through walls, it’s possible that will happen anyway despite your most careful efforts.