Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    82
    An entertaining zombie apocalypse sandbox. It's a bit rough visually, but makes up for it with a persistent world. [Aug 2013]
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    75
    It's not the most beautiful and polished game, but the end of the world with all it’s small and big problems rarely felt this real.
  3. Sep 4, 2013
    70
    The Last of Us meets The Sims, mashed, salted and served with a few lumps. [Oct 2013, p.64]
  4. Aug 6, 2013
    70
    An open-world survivalist horror with deep strategy elements, State of Decay puts the player's zombie apocalypse scenarios to the test in such a thoughtful, complex way that it's almost possible to ignore the awful central narrative and numerous technical issues. It's a rough game, but one worth exploring.
  5. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    It's no looker, but this is still a massive and addictive open-world survival romp. [Sept 2013, p.71]
  6. Jul 28, 2013
    70
    Outside of its many and varied technical problems, State of Decay is still one of the most accomplished Xbox Live Arcade game to date. [Issue#137, p.121]
  7. Jul 26, 2013
    80
    State of Decay offers a huge world full with people that are trying to survive. You can help them or leave them to rot. Your choices have impact in the course of the game and you direct it. Through skill trees and loot you gain more power to defeat the undead and despite the bugs and laggy framerate, State of Decay is a true survival of the fittest.
  8. Jul 24, 2013
    60
    It's just a shame that it technically can't match up to its really lofty ambitions. [Issue#100, p.86]
  9. Jul 16, 2013
    100
    State of Decay is an impressive open world zombie game that can actually rival blockbuster zombie games like Dead Island.
  10. Jul 11, 2013
    88
    State of Decay is a fun game that puts you right in the middle of a zombie outbreak and forces you to stop and plan your survival strategy. If you've ever asked yourself what would you do in a zombie apocalypse scenario, this game will offer you a different perspective. And yes, you'll find a few annoying bugs and glitches, but you'll also find a compelling and powerful gaming experience.
  11. Jul 9, 2013
    70
    It’s a game that could have used some more polish. The experience gets clunky at times, the user interface can be needlessly complex, gameplay can be unbalanced and the general visual appearance can be decidedly uglier. But there is more than meets the eye here; State of Decay does offer value for money, in a way that few modern blockbuster-budgeted games can, for a mere third of the price that you’d usually pay in the end.
  12. 80
    A good zombie-invasion survival simulator game will please not only the hardcore fans, who forgive the game's questionable technical issues. [Issue#231]
  13. Jul 8, 2013
    79
    When you realise there are dozens of addictive hours to enjoy, State of Decay proves itself a tempting purchase for zombie lovers and fans of survival-horror alike.
  14. Jul 5, 2013
    80
    State of Decay may be full of bugs and weird problems, but everything disappears once you start smashing heads and go hunting for supplies and ammo. A game really capable of surprising you when you less expect it, even with its anticlimactic ending.
  15. Jul 4, 2013
    90
    State of Decay is so much more than the sum of its parts: it’s a fun, challenging game of survival that will demand more of you than just twitch reflexes. It’s another feather in the Xbox Live Arcade’s cap, and an essential purchase for gamers looking for a fresh take on a familiar theme.
  16. Jul 4, 2013
    80
    Despite the extremely ropey visuals and general low production values, State of Decay is a compelling alternative to the linear, plot-driven zombie tales that roam the current gaming landscape.
  17. Jul 2, 2013
    65
    For me it’s more of a prototype, a demonstration of a living open world and some clever gameplay mechanics. There is not enough of real game in it and on the other hand too many various bugs, nuisances and repetitiveness. Whether you’ll enjoy State of Decay depends on how much you like sandbox games and looking for fun on your own. [CD-Action 08/2013, p.74]
  18. Jun 28, 2013
    80
    Undead Labs' first game tries to encompass all possible aspects in zombie survival to achieve the perfect apocalyptic world setting. It doesn't completely succeed in doing so, but it's a great game nonetheless.
  19. Jun 27, 2013
    78
    In the beginning State of Decay is a remarkably ugly and trashy zombie bashing. But the more you dive into the fight for survival with its base and resource management, the open dynamic world gets more and more attractive – despite the AI problems.
  20. Jun 25, 2013
    90
    State of Decay is offering you to have first-hand experience of dealing with the zombie-infested Earth. The intense experience is being built-up by plenty of selves-affecting possibilities resulting in one of the best sandbox games of the recent years.
  21. Jun 25, 2013
    80
    State of Decay is an open world zombie survival-rpg, that embraces all of the important aspects to surviving. Collecting, killing, maintaining relationships; the game is given form by its own depth. Many choices you make influence the world around you because of this. State of Decay is very buggy though, but the practiced gamers can see through that.
  22. Jun 25, 2013
    70
    Yes, it's plagued by dozens of bugs and glitches, but if you can wait for the patches, in State of Decay you'll find an enjoyable and with a unique character zombie game that will keep you hooked for more than 10 hours.
  23. Jun 24, 2013
    70
    As long as you can get past the graphical hiccups, this XBLA title will pull you in like a hungry undead cannibal. If you've been looking for a game that will drop you into a deep, zombie-infested world full of all the tough choices and exploding heads you'd expect from the genre, State of Decay most definitely provides.
  24. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    Undead Labs has created what I truly wanted out of something like The Walking Dead as a video game, and anyone who is a fan of that type of drama should definitely check it out. Be aware of the technical issues going in though, they will be the one thing that can truly hold this title back.
  25. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    Despite some technical issues State of Decay is a great free to play zombie game, capable to explore lots of different genres with ease.
  26. 80
    One of the great experiences on Xbox Live Arcade this year. Some passages scream for co-op, but as a purely single player experience, State of Decay is still strong and unique.
  27. Jun 24, 2013
    70
    The game never judges you, offering no morality system despite the frequent dilemmas and difficult choices its systems organically generate. But it certainly tests you. This is as close as we’ve come to putting our lazily daydreamed zombie survival plans into effect.
  28. Jun 24, 2013
    85
    For anyone even remotely interested in what might be like to survive the zombie apocalypse, State of Decay is an absolute must-play.
  29. 85
    State of Decay is certainly not without its flaws, but if you can see past them you’ll find that there is a boatload of entertaining gameplay that awaits you in this unique zombie survival simulator.
  30. Jun 21, 2013
    100
    The balance of combat, stealth, scavenging, and environmental interactivity is perfect.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 528 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 194
  1. Jun 5, 2013
    10
    Such a fun game to play! So much content and things to do and the fact that it's an Xbox Live Arcade game blows my mind. A must get for all zombie fans. Something original, fresh and and new. Full Review »
  2. Jun 5, 2013
    8
    This game is a time consuming, absorbing entertaining thrill ride. I've just got off my xbox after a 15 hour gaming session, in which I've hardly made a dent in it. The little things make this game, like the resource gathering and the ability to change character and home, etc. Some of the craziest stuff can happen, for instance my car broke down when I was in the middle of no where and I had hike back to my base with just a baseball bat and a few snacks. It's things like that, which make this game. If you can look over its obvious flaws like the frame rate issue, the glitches and the occasional face palm moment, you'll find a game which really can be admired and loved. At it's core it feels like an old school game. If you're a fan of casual games which go easy on you, this probably wont be for you. This is a game us zombie fans and survival fans have all been waiting for and although it isn't perfect, it's an incredibly good, deep and well thought out game. I can tell this is something I'll be playing for months to come. Full Review »
  3. Jun 5, 2013
    9
    big, scary and awesome; it's reminds me of walking dead season 1. the game has its flaws, but nothing that ruins it. scavenge, build bases, make friends and enemies and beat zombies to pulp. i also love that death is permanent (but you can play as any ally from your base).

    you need to try this game.
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