I loved State of Decay on the Xbox 360. So much so that it was one of my contenders for game of that generation (although I do have quite a few contenders). At the end of this month, Undead Labs’ next-generation reboot of State of Decay will be hitting the Xbox One, and I’m all over it. I’m literally biting at the bit to play this game on the Xbox One – here’s why.
It was (and still is) an amazing game
So the main reason that you should stop whatever you’re doing, go turn on your Xbox One, and download State of Decay: YOSE, is because it’s an amazing game. I spent hours and hours playing State of Decay on the 360. I grew incredibly attached to the characters, and was completely immersed by the sense of survival – so much so that I actually re-started the game three times, just to see if I could re-build a similar group of survivors by choosing different places to establish a community. I’m already itching to start playing it all over again (especially because I recently sold my Xbox 360).
It has been polished up to a shiny 1080p
I’m not going to lie, SOD on the 360 wasn’t exactly a pretty game. It had its issues, for sure – what with graphical glitches and the very occasional frame-rate drop. It played incredibly well, but it didn’t look as good as the game actually was. The 1080p brush-up for the Year One Survival Edition, however, seems to have given State of Decay the polish that it deserves. So I’m definitely exited to explore the improved world of State of Decay, and bash in some zombie brains in 1080p!
It’s coming with all of the DLC
By the time Undead Labs released the DLC for State of Decay, I was already absorbed in my Xbox One. With my limited game time (and budget) I never really got around to purchasing and playing the DLC for the game. The DLC will bring a few new elements to the main State of Decay game, and with these three bits of content, the game should last a lot longer too. Although, theoretically, the game never really ends… until you’ve run out of supplies that is… or survivors.
It’s under £14
If you’re still on the fence about picking it up, I should probably point out that the game is currently retailing on the Xbox One store for just under £14. In my opinion, that’s a ridiculous bargain for the amount of content you can get out of SOD. It’s one of those games that you can play religiously for months on end, or dip in and out of whenever you’re looking for something quick and fun to play. It really is the whole package, and when that package is under £14, it would be silly not to pick it up!
It’s the definition of ‘re-playability’
The thing that I most loved about State of Decay was how organic the game was. There was a main story, but at no point are you forced to play it. You could play through it if you wanted to, or you could just get on with your own thing and try to build up your community. Eventually, I felt as though I was making my own story whilst playing it. I would make up little backstories for some of the characters and, in my head, there was one outright leader of the group (Markus). When my Markus character died, however, I was honestly devastated. For a while I just flitted between the various other playable characters in the community until, eventually, one stood out and I picked them as my new favourite (and by extension, the leader of the group). That person could never replace Markus, though. So, eventually, I decided to restart the game and re-unite myself with Markus. Only this time a new survivor came into the group quite early on, one that I hadn’t come across before. He grabbed my attention and completely changed the game for me. With Markus I was constantly worried about him dying (and rightly so, because he was eventually torn in half). With the new Guy’s tank like stats, however, I felt as though he was invincible. I’d take on challenges that I would have otherwise avoided playing as Markus, and it really spiced up how I played State of Decay. That’s where the game’s re-playability is. It’s in experiencing new ways to survive, and taking different paths whilst you do it.
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition should be coming out on the 28th of April. I’ve already marked the date on my calendar, have you?