Ok. I’m going to level with you. This article is very one-sided. I absolutely adored State of Decay on the Xbox 360, mostly because I love zombies, but also because it was genuinely a fantastic game. It wasn’t just a zombie game, it was a survival game that had zombies in it – and that really played into its favour. So the news that the State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition was coming to the Xbox One next year got me understandably excited!
The best thing about SoD on the 360 was the survival aspect of the game. The zombies were cool and the action was pretty solid, but the best bits by far were the survival mechanics. Going on runs for supplies, scouting out the area for good places to search, looking for places to set up a base and call home and recruiting other survivors; each aspect of the survival game was executed perfectly. That’s what made it so addictive for me, it was a game that I played with a ‘just one last thing’, mentality.
The thing that let it down slightly for me, (other than the lack of multiplayer or customisation), were the graphics and the occasional lags and frame rate issues. Thankfully, the graphics will be much improved on the Xbox One and, I’d imagine, the frame rate issues will be sorted too. It’s one of those games that are significantly better when everything looks and runs smoothly. I honestly can’t wait to see SoD in crisp 1080p, along with all of the added goodies that will come with the Year One Survival Edition.
What are those added goodies? I hear you scream! Well, so far, we’ve been promised the two DLC modes, Breakdown and Lifeline. They’ll also be giving us a couple of added missions, one of which is called Cleo Drop, where mysterious military supplies are being dropped around the map. The insides of the cashes will be full of goodies, but it isn’t just you who’s interested in them; they’re also drawing in crowds of zombies. There will be a tonne of smaller additions to the games as well as the odd bug being fixed here and there. But, hopefully, there should be more to be announced over the coming months, as it currently has a Spring 2015 release date.
The main thing that I’m most looking forward to is trying to keep my Marcus (your starting character) alive for as long as possible. On my 360 play through he was rather unceremoniously torn in half by a zombie pretty early on; and his loss was rather devastating. You can read about that episode here, in my rather unconventional review of the game. My plan is to make him the Rick Grimes in my epic story of survival – here’s hoping I can keep him alive!
If I had one concern about all of this, it would be centred around ‘Class 4’. State of Decay was supposed to be a tester game for Undead Labs and Microsoft, as they felt the water to see how a game like SoD would be received. Obviously, it was received well. ‘Class 4’ is the codename for the next game from Undead Labs, which will be bigger and better than State of Decay (Class 3). It makes me wonder how long it’ll be until Class 4 hits our shelves. Hopefully, the Xbox One port won’t put ‘Class 4’ on the back-burner, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Still, State of Decay on the current-gen is definitely something worth buying and it’s certainly something that I’m excited to play!
*EDIT* the original title read ‘State of Decay; the best thing coming to Xbox One since sliced bread’, which is obviously totally stupid as slice bread hasn’t come to the Xbox One… yet. Though Fruit Ninja will probably be on its way soon, and maybe they’ll release a Sliced Bread Edition?