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When it was released May 22, 2018, State of Decay 2 was the type of game I paid little attention to. The marketing for this game was so poor and didn’t very little to catch my eye. In fact, I had never heard of the first game before the sequel was released.
Then I waited until mid September when Xbox offered me the Xbox Game Pass for $3 for a month. I quick looked to see what games were available and this was one of them.
State of Decay 2 is set after the zombie apocalypse. You pick a set of two people and then as you clear zombies out of buildings, you can pick a base. Over the radio you will hear other survivors request your help and you can either help or ignore them. The other survivors will either be alone and you can ask them to join your group or they will already be in a small group and become allies with you after helping them. But be careful because you can lose allies if you choose to ignore them and then they will become hostile.
The game basically boils down to you having to keep every member of your group happy while continuously looking for more supplies, whether it being food, medicine, fuel or weapons. And then there’s clearing out zombies. So if you don’t enjoy doing similar tasks over and over again, then you most likely won’t like this game. The game also lets you set up outposts that you can switch characters in, they collect supplies and they store your supplies.
Throughout the map are abandoned vehicles you can drive around. But again you need to collect fuel for the cars and trucks and you have to be careful with them because the more zombies you hit or walls, the faster your vehicle is destroyed and will burst into flames.
In general State of Decay 2 has a Grand Theft Auto feel to it, with the exception of needing to constantly finding new materials. Just like Grand Theft Auto, State of Decay 2 is an open world game where you pick the missions you want to do. I enjoyed this part of the game because I don’t like games where I’m just going through the motions of the game and the game just happens. If I wanted that, I’d be better off watching a movie. This game gave me the freedom to chose what I wanted to happened and who in the game I wanted in my group. One member was picking fights with other members and I chose to exile them.
If you don’t want to use guns because the sound of them going off will draw the attention of more zombies and choose to only use baseball bats and other bashing weapons, well in the game those break too and you will need to find new ones.
For gameplay I would compare it to Dead Rising 2 but instead of being in a huge mall, you’re set up in a rural community. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead then there is a good chance you will love this game. There’s a good chance you will lose members of your group. I lost two members one missions for other groups.
Overall this was a fun game that didn’t include needless micro transactions that developers keep stuffing into new games. If you have Xbox game pass, I would recommend checking it out.
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