State of Decay PC

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  • Summary: The end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing andThe end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents. The open, sandbox world develops in real-time, shaped by your actions, dynamically generating content based on your choices and the ever-increasing zombie threat. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 3, 2014
    90
    It might look dead on the outside, but the systemic mechanical genius of State of Decay is gloriously alive and kicking. [Feb 2014, p.82]
  2. Nov 15, 2013
    90
    It might be more of an ugly duckling than the console versions were, but this is still the zombie-survival game we've been waiting for all these years. It's not perfect, and sure as hell not an ageless beauty, but in breadth and depth utterly fresh and fully engaging. One of the most pleasant surprises of the year.
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    89
    The PC version of State of Decay brings all the exciting survival experience already seen on Xbox 360. While the content is basically the same, the game looks now better thanks to 1080p support and improved textures.
  4. Nov 23, 2013
    78
    It is a pity that you cannot fight together with others players against the zombie hordes. Because behind the sometimes ugly façade hides an interesting living (or dead) world in which you truly have to fight to survive.
  5. Nov 24, 2013
    75
    You get more than a simple head-basher. Instead, you have action, stealth, roleplaying, and even some light strategy that brings out the simulation in survival-sim. Your choices have weight. Zombies are deadly. The good guys don’t always win.
  6. Nov 24, 2013
    70
    State of Decay holds together like a rusty, duct-taped piece of DIY weaponry, but offers an unusual, open-world survival exercise that few other zombie titles can match.
  7. Dec 31, 2013
    63
    Stodgy combat, two-dimensional characters, and technical hitches prevent this from living up to its lofty premise. [Feb 2014, p.58]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 146
  2. Negative: 32 out of 146
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    Probably the best zombie survival game out there. It has almost everything right, and for a zombie fan, it is definitely 10/10. It's a mix ofProbably the best zombie survival game out there. It has almost everything right, and for a zombie fan, it is definitely 10/10. It's a mix of GTA, action rpg and house building/management. Exactly what was missing in the genre (of the zombies I mean)! To the date of the 1st November it works flawlessly with keyboard and mouse too. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2014
    10
    This game is an absolute gem. I have sunk more than 400 hours into the game and still going strong.
    In an honest review, I need to mention
    This game is an absolute gem. I have sunk more than 400 hours into the game and still going strong.
    In an honest review, I need to mention the issues, that might put some people off, such as:
    - a persistent game world (when you log off, the simulation runs in the background - if you leave your survivors in good shape, likely no probs when you come back .. if there are bad relationships, depression and hunger, you might come back to a suicide, risen zombie, and deaths putting the zombie down - all while you were away!)
    - initially dodgy console port .. the game has come great strides since it's initial release, but it is basically an XBOX port which might annoy some people. Personally, I loathe consolitis and prefer dedicated PC games, but I've still taken great enjoyment from SoD regardless.
    - autosave feature - you cannot save your game, the game does it automatically, it's pretty much an ironman game all the way
    - permadeath - if you lose a survivor, they're gone .. RIP .. you have to recruit & train up new survivors
    - some gameplay bugs - not many that I can think of actually .. at first release there were some problems, now there's just a few weird issues, not unlike any game
    - cannot forward time - time flows at a rate of about 2 hours = 1 day, 1 hour = 1 night .. and you can't speed it up. Night time is more dangerous, you either have to wait it out or man up and get out there in the dark, son !
    Most of the above, I see as assets not liabilities. Anyway, if you like zombie games, survival games, or RPG games where you develop and defend a community .. don't look past this title. It really is awesome.
    There's room for improvement, sure, but the game is a diamond in the rough.
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  3. Dec 24, 2013
    9
    This game is nearly perfect if you want to play a zombie game. Heads explode, you get overwhelmed and die, and this is the first game thatThis game is nearly perfect if you want to play a zombie game. Heads explode, you get overwhelmed and die, and this is the first game that ever got me attached to a character. A character that doesn't actually matter. Death is permanent, it will just switch you out to the next character in your survival group.

    It's hard. Ammo is scarce. You must eat to survive. You must save people or you won't last long. The zombies will catch you and rip you apart. Firing a shotgun makes your butthole pucker, in the afraid way.

    The negative parts for me are only technical stuff that hopefully patches out. Pathing on NPCs sucks. They will get stuck in the ground on occasion and get themselves or you killed.
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  4. Feb 25, 2014
    8
    An awesome immersive zombie survival game for only 20 dollars...it has its share of bugs and glitches but you'd be hard-pressed to find oneAn awesome immersive zombie survival game for only 20 dollars...it has its share of bugs and glitches but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that is game-breaking...the graphics aren't state of the art and the story really isn't the greatest either but if your into zombies and open world games you cant go wrong with state of decay. It has several nice RPG elements added in...you can pick special skills and level up your characters cardio and fighting skills etc. etc. You manage your community's construction and morale...your characters even develop traits that affect them positively or negatively. For 20 dollars you can't go wrong with State of Decay. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2015
    7
    It is probably the best zombie game out there, and I personally really enjoyed it. The problem is its repetitiveness - the same missions overIt is probably the best zombie game out there, and I personally really enjoyed it. The problem is its repetitiveness - the same missions over and over again, and how you actually lose your characters if they die - sometimes to accidents such as falling off a tower due to a glitch. There are a lot of glitches in the game, but optimization was decent and the zombies were fun to kill. Running over zombies with the limited amount of cars and bashing their brains was a very entertaining site. The other DLC's are less enjoyable though, and much more difficult. Expand
  6. Nov 19, 2013
    5
    The game is overall a bit lackluster. The mandatory use of the controller is a bit strange, and the controls don't feel as tight as theyThe game is overall a bit lackluster. The mandatory use of the controller is a bit strange, and the controls don't feel as tight as they should be. I understand that the game is still in development, but there is a lot about this game that makes it feel like the port that it is. The idea behind the game is interesting, but it seems to take too much gameplay to get to the parts that are interesting. Mostly, this is your standard, kill zombies game and do it how you want to, with some quests that sometimes have some strange requirements. The map does seem large and the detail in the towns is nice, but it wasn't enough to make me want to keep playing. Expand
  7. Oct 7, 2014
    0
    This game is just a defective port from console. Mechanics of the console causes suffering. Casual elements don allow to dive into theThis game is just a defective port from console. Mechanics of the console causes suffering. Casual elements don allow to dive into the atmosphere. I should not have bought it Expand

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