State of Decay 2

a game by Undead Labs
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2

Many felt that State of Decay 2 would be a smash hit. After all the first game was a lot of fun, but a bit rough in places. Still, the foundation was there for something special so many people thought that sequel could be pretty awesome. Well while the sequel is not “bad” it sadly did not live up to what many fans of the first game were hoping for.

The Story

State of Decay 2 has a really interesting idea for the story. There are multiple characters to play as like in the first game and this is something, I feel the game does very well. You switch to what character you want to play as at any given time. I find this interesting as some characters you will bond with more than others and there is no way in hell you are putting their life on the line for something like a supply run!

The idea of the story is that zombies have become even more dangerous. This is because of the Blood Plague. These pods have started to spawn and they are infecting the zombies and making them even more dangerous. It is even leading to more extreme zombie mutations. The main goal of the story is to try and stop the Blood Plague. I love this idea but feel they never really get too deep into it.

The Presentation

I do think that State of Decay 2 looks better than the first game. It is not going to win any best-looking game of the year awards or anything like that. However, it is a noticeable improvement over what the first game offered. One thing that they clearly put a lot of time into was the zombie designs. I love how gruesome some of the Blood Plague infected zombies are. Also, the buildings are a lot easier to spot this time around which comes into play more than you would think.

The Gameplay

The basic idea of State of Decay 2 is the same. While the Blood Plague may be what drives the story. Your survivors living another day is the ultimate goal and something that you can get quite heavily invested in. Once again you have to build a base, but I found this to feel rather basic. It is almost like they did not even try and expand on what the other game did. Most of the time I felt myself getting frustrated over not being able to store more items in my bases. Combat is just as much fun as it was in the first game and I like how limited things like ammo are. It makes the game tenser and also makes you think very carefully before you attack. I also like how there is car combat in this game. You can get behind the wheel of a car which is great for exploration, but you can mow down hordes of the undead which is a lot of fun.

State of Decay 2 introduced multiplayer. This allows you and three buddies to team up and try to survive in the zombie wasteland. I like the idea of this (even if I did like how the first game was single player) but the game really struggles when you have multiple players. There are all kinds of random glitches that can happen and it can get rather annoying.

Final Thoughts On State of Decay 2

For me, State of Decay 2 is one of those games that I so wanted to love. There are some great ideas here. For example, I love how if you find a gas station, you know there will be gas there or if it is a drug store, you know what supplies will be in there. That kind of stuff along with the Blood Plague is very clever. Overall though I just feel that they did not add enough to the core game to make it that much better than its predecessor.

Final Score: 7/10

Pros:

  • Infected zombies are a lot of fun
  • The story has a really cool concept
  • Combat is really exciting
  • Mowing down zombies in a car is neat
  • Scavenging for supplies is more fun than in the first game

Cons:

  • Not enough improvements over the first game
  • Technical issues are in still in the game, even though it launched a few years ago

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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