State of Decay 2 | Game Review

This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 61 September 2018.

As the inevitable zombie apocalypse draws closer, gamers need to keep training to ensure they survive it all unscathed. Or less scathed at least. Thankfully, another new zombie apocalypse training simulator (trademark pending) is available in the shape of State of Decay 2.

This open-world RPG-like survival game is the sequel to 2013’s original title. Much like the first game, State of Decay 2 arrived riddled with bugs and repetitive missions. However, it also has a weird charm about it that keeps you coming back for more.

Your selected (randomly generated) character can be levelled up over time, but get them into a deadly bind and you could lose them forever. You can swop between other characters in your community, but that fear of permadeath once you’ve bonded with your avatar is very real.

You will be spending plenty of time together scavenging for supplies, building and upgrading a settlement (as well as protecting it) and annihilating a variety of undead types. While elements like inventory management is clunky and a little infuriating, the combat system can best be described as simple but satisfying.

Collected weapons do not last forever and deteriorate over time. Guns are satisfying but draw the attention of the masses if fired without a silencer. You could simply just use a vehicle to decimate the horde (and in some cases, other humans) but you will need to keep an eye on your available petrol.

State of Decay 2 is a better looking game than its predecessor but it is not an award winner. It does feature a new co-op option for those keen to survive the apocalypse with their friends.

To fully enjoy State of Decay 2, you will need to look past a number of issues that are likely to still be fixed over the game’s lifetime.

Score: 7/10
Available for: Xbox One and PC
Distributed by: Digitally and via Prima Interactive

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.