State of Decay
State of Decay is a third person zombie – survival horror video game, developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios. It places emphasis on how the player’s leaderships skills fare against an onslaught of problems, such as diminishing survival resources, group trust and morale, zombie extermination, base defenses, and people’s lives. State of Decay was first announced in 2011 as an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive title originally titled Class 3. Jeff Strain, the founder of ArenaNet and co-creator of World of Warcraft, wanted a game where individual players could make up their own zombie survival plans and put them to the test.
Zombies are by far the biggest trend in gaming right now and there are plenty of games out there or on the horizon that feature hoards of the undead. Unlike other zombie games, this game is unique in that it focuses more on survival, evasion, and community building rather than actually slaying zombies. The game also combines elements of shooters, stealth, role-playing and strategy games and the game challenges players to survive by exploring, scavenging, and fighting the undead.
As fun as it can be, the side missions and even main staple gameplay gets very repetitive very fast. With the games permanent death feature you best be careful with your chosen survivor lest you lose them forever to the zombie apocalypse.
While the game still has its issues, it also has fun by the barrel-ful for those interested in a hybrid of a sandbox resource gathering game with relentless zombie smashing combat.The game uses an interesting mechanical approach of third person combat with shelter management game play. Combat in State of Decay is often extremely tense, as you could easily get caught in the wrong place, at the wrong time. It’s up to you to build your base, develop your characters, and manage resources to survive as a group in this post-apocalyptic zombie world. The game really is about survival, and when you jump into it, you’ll see very quickly that you are not the powerhouse of a human that you are in so many other zombie games.
Of all the Zombie survival games I have played none compare to the experience that State of Decay offers, it’s easily the best game in the genre I’ve played. The gameplay in State of Decay is truly unique for a zombie game. I give this awesome game a full recommendation based not on its story but on its beautiful environments and simple, fun gameplay. If you are looking for some amazing post-apocalyptic games like The Last Of Us, SOD isn’t going to disappoint you.