State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Reviews
Undead Labs bring their zombie-survival-sim to a new generation with heaps of content and loads of fresh polish.
State of Decay proved to be a massive hit when it released on Xbox LIVE Arcade and may very well follow up that success on the Xbox One. The mixture of resource gathering and base building provides for a deep zombie survival experience and the micromanagement is made easy by a streamlined menu system. With the inclusion of the two DLCs there is a lot here to keep players busy for awhile.
State of Decay can sit proudly on top of the undead masses.
State of Decay's unique gameplay remains intact on Xbox One, as does its jankyness. Nevertheless, don't miss YOSE.
It's been almost 2 years since I originally reviewed this excellent game, and playing it once again on the Xbox One has reminded me how good this game was when it was first released. It still holds up as one of the best zombie video game titles out there today. It's held back due to some technical issues that have also made the jump from 360 to Xbox One. If you have never played State Of Decay, and you own a Xbox One then now is the time to play one of the best survival zombie games ever made.
We take a look at 'State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition' on Xbox One, a ported Xbox 360 title that throws players into an unforgiving zombie apocalypse.
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is "pretty good bang for the buck" considering the asking price. I for one enjoyed what I played, and the added content of past DLC, plus all the bonus goodies that have been tacked on above that make the whole package a pretty good value. There is a lot of gameplay to be had here too and those who haven't played the game before are in for hours upon hours of zombie mayhem.
While State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition doesn't fix all the hideous flaws of the original, its bug-fixes and visual enhancements make it easier to love. The complex, interwoven systems and perma-death take some getting used to, but the result is a fantastically tense, exciting open-world survival epic with more heart and soul than other zombie games.
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is a solid offering and one of the more unique zombie driven games in what has become an undeniably saturated genre.
State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is a generously proportioned package (that's not a euphemism), containing a stack of content, a huge open-world packed with ravenous zombies and precious few supplies to see you through. The apocalypse has never looked so damn bleak, although the 1080p upgrade helps bolster the gloomy visuals. State of Decay heralds the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
It's surprising that, given the breadth of activities on offer, State of Decay manages to make every one of its objectives feel essential to the overall experience.
State of Decay was one of the best Xbox Live Arcade titles to grace the 360 during its ten year life span and arguably one of the console's best games full stop. This new updated edition is a step in the right direction. Graphically superior with a higher resolution and a wealth of new animation enhancements, the game tries its damnedest to move away from the janky / rough diamond tag that it acquired upon its original release. Sadly, and frankly amazingly, the majority of the performance issues remain meaning it's not possible for the game to lose that diamond in the rough tag, but that said, it's still a diamond in the rough. If you played it originally it's well worth a double dip and if you missed it on the 360, what are you doing reading this?! - log on immediately and buy it.
'State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition' is an example of a good remastering. The core game definitely needed some work, as its technical shortcomings often threatened to ruin an otherwise awesome experience. This upgrade still has some issues, but these are not severe. As an incentive to upgrade, 360 'State of Decay' owners get a discount until the end of June (which brings the price down to a more palatable level), and Xbox One owners can port over all of their saves from the 360 version. There hasn't been a better time to play 'State of Decay'.
State Of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is the definitive way of experiencing this fiercely unique zombie sim and a true highlight of the survival genre. Though still rough and ready, it's undeniably a complete package.
State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition has a lot to offer, especially fans of the genre. It delivers well-blended action and a well-crafted fight for survival in a well-designed open world.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
State of Decay remains the best skeleton for the ultimate zombie game dream. I dream that the many technical limitations prevent from fully realizing.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Lovers of zombie movies and series have a game that is designed for them. Its graphics are not the best of this new generation but when it comes to a zombie attack, immersion and the fight for survival is the most important thing.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
State of Decay has everything you could ever imagine in a zombie game, and than some. But, it still plays and feels like an Xbox Live Arcade game. Thankfully, at around $30, it's priced like one too. Running away from the zombies infesting Trumbull Valley I continually got stuck on invisible obstacles, attacked through walls, and had special powerful zombies appear from nowhere, and disappear just as quickly. But, even that didn't stop me enjoying the game. Despite what you may have heard, shooting zombies in the head and being torn in two by the living dead, never gets old.
State of Decay is still a great survival experience in a zombie open world, with original ideas that other titles do not exploit. Of course, technically it does not take advantage of the characteristics of One and continues to present serious bugs.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
You get a lot of game in this remastered bundle, as well as a lot of technical hiccups to look past