Open-world game now available on the Xbox One and PC.
The first State of Decay came and went without having any real impact compared to other zombie-themed games that I’ve played so it came as a surprise that a sequel was released. State of Decay 2 arrived last week for the Xbox One and PC and my experience playing it for the past few have been pretty positive.
State of Decay 2 still lacks a compelling narrative – the game presents itself more as a zombie simulator, in which the game puts your character in a zombie outbreak and you would need to survive it. The third-person open-world gameplay, similar to previous Xbox One games like Dead Rising.
The game opens where you would need to choose one set of two characters. The choices range from a brother and a sister or among two friends. These survivors have different stories, but in a way, the entire gameplay remains the same – survive the zombie outbreak.
After that introduction, you are then brought over an army camp where most of the tutorials take place and where you will meet other survivors which will then ask you to do certain tasks to move forward into the game.
Meeting these survivors is where the State of Decay 2 really starts: once you find your home base, you can start collecting things like weapons and other equipment to make sure you survive any attack. One way you’re motivated to do this is because of the survivors may have the cure to the zombie plague.
Speaking of zombies, most of them are the typical slow-walking undead, but there’s a good chance that you might encounter a plague zombie – a special kind of undead that’s unique because of their red glowing eyes and red skin. They’re special because they’re highly infectious, meaning that there’s a chance you can turn one even when you’re killing them.
You can also use binoculars so you can scour other places to get various materials. From there you can also establish outposts where you can store other useful stuff like food and medicine. The entire game relies on how you would strategize your survival. Keeping other survivors happy means they’d always be on your side. There may be a time when you might have to let go of one of the survivors, which is still essential for your overall survival.
The more skills you learn and upgrade, the more challenging State of Decay 2 becomes. Zombies are deadlier and missions start to get tougher and more challenging.
Playing State of Decay 2 for the past week was definitely fun and more engaging than the first, even if its story is nothing worth remembering about. I did experience the occasional game bug here and there, but nothing too serious to impact the gameplay. State of Decay 2 is a fun open-world zombie survival game despite its flaws.
+ Great skills upgrades and weapon crafting
+ Enjoyable gameplay
– Random glitches in the game
Final Rating: 3.5/5