DANGER! DEAD INSIDE!
State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition
THE DEAD, REANIMATED
State of Decay was originally launched for the Xbox 360 in 2013. It was a pretty good game, rough around the edges (tons of bugs, stilted animation) but it was undeniably fun. This Xbox One version is a compilation of the original plus expansion packs.
State of Decay is an open world, survival game with zombies. Breakdown is a military-themed expansion set in another town. Guns come into play more in Breakdown since you’re leading a platoon of soldiers but for the most part, gameplay is similar though you can request supplies from HQ to help out. Lifeline is the other expansion included on the disc, though it’s mainly a survival mode of the original without a storyline, which isn’t too compelling.
Since the game was originally an Xbox 360 title, one would reasonably expect improvements and optimization for the Xbox One compilation. That’s not the case. The weird animations present in the original still haven’t been polished. It’s still disjointed and cartoony as ever. But that’s the least of the game’s problems. Frame rate stuttering is still as bad too. It’s nowhere near a constant 30fps, though at times it can jump higher than that.
There are also a multitude of bugs (in all three modes), but the biggest one has got to be the clipping issue. Zombies routinely pass through closed doors and walls with no issues, which defeat the purpose of building defenses.
The visuals have taken a bit of a step up though; miscellaneous effects like sun rays shining through gaps in the trees have been added. They do spruce up the game a bit but it doesn’t hide the fact that the game still looks as it did on the Xbox 360. Textures are still muddy and dark, there’s a weird sheen to indoor objects, there’s horrible pop-in of zombies on both locations and zombies lack variety. It’s basically the same thing with the audio. Everything is lazily reused from the Xbox 360 version.
It’s a shame really, as the core gameplay buried under the issues is really fun. There’s tons of content to play through and most of it is enjoyable but the technical issues will undoubtedly alienate new gamers on the Xbox One version thinking that it’s a polished product when it’s not.
Get the PC version if you can. It has all the content, none of the technical issues.
AT GenreOpenA GLANCEWorld RPG/Simulation DeveloperUndead Labs Publisher Microsoft Platform PC, Xbox One (Tested)
If you own the original game on the Xbox 360, you get a discount if you buy the Xbox One version.