State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition Preview – PAX East 2015

At this year’s PAX East 2015, developers over at Undead Labs have shown off their title, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition.

The open world zombie apocalypse simulator, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, is a most welcome addition to the Xbox One and PC’s gaming library.

After getting my hands on the title at PAX East, there are many visible differences between the original version of the game and the current gen’s version. Seattle based developer, Undead Labs, has increased the draw distance of the game and the visuals to bring players an even better looking intense survival experience.

With dozens of new weapons, vehicles, and content, State of Decay just got that much more re-playable. I started playing as a new “fan” character named Gurubani, she’s a badass sword-wielding survivor with an always suppressed rifle, who was created for players who had purchased the original title. Good news for anyone who has previously purchased State of Decay, the Year-One Survival Edition will be available for a $10 discount.State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition

The game’s insane amount of new animations and details really immerse the player in what they’re doing and the content can last for hours and hours. While playing, I had attempted to reach the gun store in the town of Marshall to grab a new shotgun with incendiary ammo, but was put off track when the truck I had been driving took a turn off of a cliff and crashed into the ground. At this point I was attacked by a horde and killed (I died more than a few times.) I wasn’t able to get my hands on the PC version of the title, but character controls are easy to use and fluid with the Xbox One’s controller.

I swear I haven’t been paid off, but for those of you who are asking why you should buy the same game again, the answer is simple, it’s tons of fun. The game is also including new achievements for a total of 1500 Gamer Score, monthly challenges that unlock new in-game content, and a new mysterious airdrop mission type.

Including all of State of Decay‘s pre-released downloadable content and even more new features, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is getting both a physical and digital release for PC and Xbox One this April 28, for $30.

Asking about what they had planned next, Undead Labs only had one thing to say, “the future of State of Decay is multiplayer.”


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