St ate of Decay 2
Take a slice out of this Americana
The first game set Xbox Live Arcade aflame upon its initial Xbox 360 launch, out of nowhere becoming a breakthrough hit amidst a maelstrom of zombie-flavoured also-rans. The second game takes the single player permadeath-infused ground work and builds upon it with a multiplayer structure, with four players now able to join forces as they build up communities and attempt to survive in an undead shuffler-encrusted postapocalypse America.
Imagine the scenario: you and three pals are scouting out a large, cadaver-rammed hardware store for supplies. With four players now involved, you can work together to figure out the best, or most fun, way to tackle this situation. Should you all go in guns blazing? Should someone keep a car ticking over for a fast smash and grab? Or perhaps two players can cause a distraction, while the other two load their packs in their own sweet time?
What we won’t see is players being directly hostile to one another. Undead isn’t building a PvP game here, so you won’t be able to simply kill each other randomly. That said, it does sound like there is room within its simulation systems for players to make life unintentionally harder for one another. That bit we mentioned just now about making noise? Well it’s possible for players to do this at inopportune times too. The wrong move at the wrong time could see a horde of zombies wheel in your direction, and it’ll be up to players to figure out how to survive these encounters. This all sounds sumptuously intense, especially as the player characters you control, foster, and level up can still be killed off permanently. Zombie games keep on coming, but few scratch the itch that State Of Decay 2 promises: to be a game of huge consequence.
“The wrong move at the wrong time could see a horde of zombies wheel in your direction”
top Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than thwacking a shuffler in the nut with a simple blunt instrument.
left Team up with up to three other players to bring down quadra-pain upon those pesky zombie marauders.