Zombies to the left, zombies to the right, zombies all around… what could possibly be better? State of Decay has lots and lots of zombies. With a release date of April 28, State of Decay’s seriously reworked Year One Survival Edition (YOSE) has surrendered none of its zombie-powered attraction. If you like Zombies and like any of State of Decay’s earlier versions, you are going to love YOSE.
Indeed, YOSE represents a substantial upgrade from previous editions. It has sharper visuals, more intelligently developed challenges and a beefed-up character list. All in all it has a lot more bang for your game-time. As announced back in August 2014, YOSE will run in 1080p. That is compared to 720p and is intended to deliver an altogether slicker gaming experience. The game’s launch date was quietly announced on the Undead Labs’ website on January 25 and it finally ended Undead Labs’ teasing. It has also been announced that the game will be available for PC.
For those not already familiar, the game is an intelligent ‘open sandbox’ world that develops in real-time. It dynamically generates content based on players’ actions, choices and strategies. It means that just like a poker player, or someone testing their wits on any other casino games, you have to keep thinking about your next move. Just like casinos powered by NetEnt or any other Flash Casino software, players’ can give themselves bigger chances of winning by playing smart rather than fast. State of Decay is not just about smashing zombies; it’s about smashing them intelligently.
The inside word
“We wanted to address some of the animations, generally do a lot of polish on that, and just generally improve on the environment textures,” founder of Undead Labs Jeff Strain recently explained. Undead Labs have also confirmed that characters from State of Decay: Lifeline will be brought to YOSE. These will include Major Alicia Hawkes, Sergeant Kilohana “Kilo” Young, Private Royell “Vince” Vincent, and Sergeant Kelly “Sasquatch” Eldridge. At the same time, Undead labs are promising big discounts for existing Xbox 360 users with the means to carry saved games over to the Xbox One. This was revealed when the game was unveiled at the Pax South trade show in San Antonio.
It is hard to fault what Undead Labs have done to a game that is always going to have a fixed target audience. Believe or not, not everyone gets their kicks from smashing zombies. But for those who do, the added texture, and the continual reaction of the game will make YOSE a must-have complement to the Xbox One. It simply does not make sense to have one without the other. That is a bit like a zombie and a baseball bat. Although, as we say, that is a matter of choice.