State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Review

  • Publisher:. Microsoft Studios
  • Developer:  Undead Labs
  • MSRP:  $29.99
  • Rated: M
  • Release Date:  April 28th, 2015
  • Platforms:  Xbox One
  • Rating:  ★★★★

State of Decay:  Year One Survival Edition Review

When Undead Labs burst on the gaming scene back in 2013, their first title State of Decay was a not only a hit, but a major success as it allowed them to sign a multi-year contract with Microsoft. Undead Labs decided to treat Xbox One owners to the same goodness that is possibly one of the best Xbox 360 Arcade Games to launch in quite some time. The game remains the same, but when purchased on Xbox One, you will receive not just the main game, but the two add-ons “Breakdown” and “Lifeline,” offering even more content.

For those who have no clue what State Of Decay is, it’s an open world, zombie survival RPG. Sporting old school permadeath rules, you build a survivor or group of survivors up by killing, running, looting, driving, and shooting. If one character bites the dust they are gone for good for that save file. This is just one of the many things that makes this game not only awesome, but work as well.  You’ll scout for supplies and to track zombies. You’ll assign scouts to go on supply runs and set up outposts to keep your home base safe.

Speaking of home bases, when you first start the game, you’ll meet up at a church and that’ll be your first “home” but as you progress in the game and acquire more survivors, you can go out and search for new bases that can house more people.  There is even an upgrade system in place for them so they can hold even more people, as much as you choose to gather more survivors.

Now, I can go on and on about how amazing the game is, but the game is not without its negatives. The two main problems that still exist, even in the Xbox One version, is that every now and then the audio will glitch out and the game will go silent.  The other noticeable bug is that zombies will glitch out of buildings and end up right next to you. If you’re trying to build up a specific character, the last glitch will definitely be annoying as it can lead to some quick, frustrating deaths.

With that being said, State Of Decay is still an amazing game and it’s a no brainer (no pun intended) for zombie fans. Also, for those upgrading from the Xbox 360 version, you will get a 33% discount on the digital version of the game as well as an unlock for an extra character to use in the add-on packs.  For first timers and upgraders, Undead Labs has come out with another great release and reason to pick up State of Decay.

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