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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: 91 out of 140
  2. Negative: 30 out of 140
  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. Mar 16, 2014
    9
    Not so many games are in its league and only few are good to play.. scavenging + survival + zombies makes it one of the best game out there..Not so many games are in its league and only few are good to play.. scavenging + survival + zombies makes it one of the best game out there.. I wish on the next state of decay is a bigger map and lots of variety of weapon.. Expand
  4. Nov 3, 2014
    8
    Este juego es como debió ser "The Walking Dead Survival Instinct".

    Es un Sandbox en donde puedes buscar suministros, armas, supervivientes,
    Este juego es como debió ser "The Walking Dead Survival Instinct".

    Es un Sandbox en donde puedes buscar suministros, armas, supervivientes, es como si literalmente entraras a un Apocalipsis en donde tienes toda la libertad de hacer lo que quieras, es como si esto fuera el show, como si esto pasara en otra parte del país con toda la libertad de hacer lo que quieras.
    Aquí estas en una base en donde puedes construir almacenes, talleres, carpas médicas, jardines para sembrar comida, aparte de que puedes cambiar de base y cada superviviente drenara recursos que encuentres, por lo que no puedes llenar tu base con todos los supervivientes que quieran unirse, si lo haces se acabaran todos tus recursos. Además aquí cada superviviente tiene su propia personalidad y historias, cada uno tiene sus ventajas y desventajas, aparte que puedes usar a cualquier superviviente que encuentres sin restricciones, no hay personaje principal, el personaje principal tu lo eliges. Aquí también solo tienen una vida, si alguien muere se muere y fin, nunca volverá, tienes que ser cuidadoso cuando sales, en especial si no sales preparado. También tiene un sistema de sigilo muy bien hecho. Puedes usar autos, petardos, granadas y demás para hacer ruido y atraer a los Zombies a una dirección especifica para poder pasar con mas facilidad a un área que este llena de ellos. Es un poco fácil el sigilo pero son Zombies, ellos no usan el cerebro. También hay un sistema de combate con 3 tipos de armas, grandes, contundentes y afiladas, sin contar armas de fuego. Las armas tienen un ciclo de vida, si las usas mucho se romperán, aunque con talleres podrás arreglaras si construyes uno, también puedes elegir habilidades especiales en cada personaje con un arma en especifico. Por ejemplo: con armas de fuego puedes equipar una habilidad que hará que el tiempo valla mas lento dandote mejor precisión o con armas pesadas podrás equipar una habilidad que tumbara a los enemigos cercanos en un ángulo de 360 grados. Se nota que los creadores, Undead Labs, tomaron mucha influencia en el show para la creación de este titulo. Tiene sus problemas como bugs o que la Inteligencia Artificial es... no es mala pero ni en broma buena, pero no tiene muchos bugs y la I.A tampoco es la peor del mundo. Le doy un 08/10 para mi vale su precio completo de 19.99, sin mencionar que no es ni la mitad de lo que cuesta Survival Instinct que no dura ni la mitad que este gran titulo.
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  5. Oct 6, 2014
    7
    I had a lot of fun playing this game once I got a trainer in place. It's indie fun with some strategy and brief story elements. NiceI had a lot of fun playing this game once I got a trainer in place. It's indie fun with some strategy and brief story elements. Nice assortment of game items (weapons and cars). The story mode missions stay active for awhile longer than most games of similar type. Some things could be better but definitely got my 30 dollars worth out of the game. Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2013
    5
    Open-world zombie sandbox, where you struggle (with zombies but mostly with controls) for survival with a group of characters. You find newOpen-world zombie sandbox, where you struggle (with zombies but mostly with controls) for survival with a group of characters. You find new people for your group, new places and supplies. You don't really have a main character or a strong personal story, story is more about the group as a whole, and quite frankly is very generic to not say dumb. You can control most of the characters you encounter, which is a cool feature, but they all play pretty much the same (even with different skills on them).

    SoD is trying hard to make you care about the characters and immersed in the world, but the game is way too sloppy and shallow to get you immersed. Dialogues are almost non-existant apart from generic conversation you hear in your base. There are RPG elements like skills, but quite frankly they have close to zero effect on gameplay.

    One huge problem this title has is how incredibly bad controls are. Stating this is a bad console port is not enough, it is an absolutely terrible PC port. Yes they are trying to improve it, but over the last 2 months they didn't even manage to put in proper icons (it still says for example "press X to do smt" instead of "press left mouse button to do smt"). The mouse doesn't work very well, especially when aiming. You will end up struggling more with the controls than zombies, often wasting ammo or running into wrong direction, all in a very frustrating manner.

    The visuals and audio effects are okay, not very spectacular but also not very demanding from your PC. Animations are repetitive and sometimes feel out of sync. The world doesn't feel very big, there is a lot of stuff clumped in together, so it doesn't feel empty either. Overall a sandbox game could do a bit better with this. It is nowhere near the level of Skyrim or GTA series.

    Gameplay feels meh. There is a large variety in weapons in loot which is good, however there are some terrible ideas like very limited inventory space, forcing you to run to your base like a retard every few minutes. You cannot skip night time. Your weapons get broken very quickly, and for some reason devs thought it would be best if it took about 12 REAL TIME HOURS TO FIX THEM. There are no ironsights or scopes and meele feels very clunky, not satisfying at all. There is no crafting in this game, you gather "building materials" and use them to upgrade your base but the game feels lacking because it is very limited. AI is so bad I won't even comment about it (companions AI).

    There are some bugs. I had to start over once because endless zombie spawn wouldn't allow me to play normally. Many people report lighting and clipping issues.

    Overall this game has more bad about it than good, thus I do not recommend it.
    Getting in on Xbox is a better decision because you can avoid the main problem of terrible controls there.
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  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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