I recently acquired myself an Xbox One shortly before my graduation from Miami University and debated for a while about which games I should pick up. Thinking about my options, I thought about the obvious choice for me: Dragon Age Inquisition, since I was replaying through the original…but what else?
Finally, after some pacing at the local Best Buy, one game in particular caught my eye: State of Decay. Now, I had seen this previewed and paraded all over the 360’s many panels, so I thought…hell, why not? Looks interesting and from what I’ve heard it should be a good time. Well it was!
The first thing I have to say about this game is that it reminds me a lot of one of my newest favorite television series: Z Nation, giving that same semi-realistic and comical yet morbid feel to it. I was hooked within the first several minutes of playing. The survivors are a little hard to get used to, and I did end up getting Maya killed in a fiery explosion during a supply run…but I love to play as Marcus (the first playable character).
The game itself is an open map/sandbox sort of game, which are my absolute favorite, and a lot of the choices you make affect the rest of the game’s map, story and those you interact with. The military is even around for some of the game (I’m only 6 hours in…most of that I was dicking around). Within the game though, you have home bases that can be customized to a point and resources that must be gathered daily (in-game time) in order to keep the people happy and most importantly, alive. This brings on a new dimension to the game that I haven’t seen much elsewhere, and given the genre, it is much appreciated. Now, not to say that this is a cakewalk, because the base is always under attack by small groups and you do have to hold the hands of the supply runners…but it’s a manageable thing, given you pay attention to the needs of your group and character.
The zombies in this game (yes, they are referred to as such) are unique, yet similar to many other games already out there. We have one that runs around like a crazy person, one that blows up to cause more harm to the survivors and one that is somewhat new: the screamer. This was a concept originally put forth by the Left 4 Dead series that was scrapped, but this game implements it well…I’ve been screwed over a few times already…these are a must on the watch out for list. Something else this game does is that it has wandering hordes, where they can spot and chase you down if you aren’t careful.
This game is great, I’ve had a hard time putting it down and I can foresee myself putting a lot more hours into it before I pick up my next title. If you are looking for a great game with zombies, adrenaline rushes, and sandbox options…then this is the next game on your list! Give it a try, and let us know what you think!