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State of Decay – The Summer of Zombies?

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Undead Labs, a fitting company to be developing the forthcoming State of Decay, has revealed more information about their game within a recently released trailer.  Titled “Tactics”, the newly published video contains quite a bit of information regarding  the (hopefully) soon to be released XBLA (Xbox Live Arcade) and PC title.

Within the first ten seconds of the video, a fully inflamed car careens down the street  and crashes in front of a local Mini-Mart.  After taking out a few zombies during the drive up, the real battle begins after the player smoothly ejects himself from the moving vehicle.  The zombies quickly attack and the machete wielding character comes out swinging.

Enflamed Car

Much like in ZombiU where the cricket bat is your best friend, the machete seems to be the weapon of choice in at least this early level of the title.  Undead Labs has stated that they expect to have 30 to 40 melee weapons to choose from throughout the open world game.  Where ammo is scarce in most survival-horror outings, there may be plenty to go around in this one.  The face-to-face zombie killing happens between 0:18 and 0:53 in the YouTube video listed below.  With my (unofficial) count there were 8 kills by headshot and 3 via melee.  It appears State of Decay may be embracing more action based roots than horror ones.

To summarize the trailer; without missing a beat the player jumps from the flaming vehicle, rolls evasively away from the incoming zombies and then positions himself ready for battle.  All of this takes place within a few flawless motions that makes zombie dodging look like a breeze.  A few machete strikes take down a couple undead, then the player retreats briefly toward the camera to give themselves some room to work with.  That’s when all hell breaks loose.  The player pulls out their pistol and quickly fires multiple headshots at each oncoming zombie exploding head after head.  At one point the player is surprised by a zombie from behind.  Although he suffers a few bites, the character shrugs the zombie off and continues with the undead rampage with no problem.  Again, by the end of the quick trailer, 8 zombies have perished via headshots.  Not too shabby.  Towards the end the of the demonstration the player finds a stack of supplies.  After radioing friends, a NPC comes to help collect the goods.  Meanwhile, a menu opens up asking the player to decide what they want to spend their accumulated “influence” points on.  Options include a variety of things such as relocating home base, vehicle delivery or just offering words of inspiration.

State of Decay Radio Assistance

There’s still polishing to be done, but common thinking is that Microsoft hopes to release the title during its annual Summer of Arcade.  It’s still a little rough around the edges at this point, but the game as a whole looks like a joy to play.  Here’s hoping that a few more months under the hood can help distinguish this title as a must own.  State of Decay is a “Big Twelve” title of OnlySP.com.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon.

Jeff Scott
A life long Nintendo fan and lover of all things games, Jeff Scott, couldn't be more excited to be writing for OnlySP. When he isn't working the dreaded 9 to 5, he enjoys catching up on movies, great television, and oh yeah - family time when he can fit it in (kidding, honey!). He hopes to blossom from occasional to full time writer at some point. If he doesn't embarrass himself on this site first...

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10 Comments

  1. Wasn&#039t this game supposed to be XBLA and PC? Did something change?

    1. Hi Matt, State of Decay will still be releasing for both XBLA and PC. Hope this helps!

    2. Yeah, accidently ommited mention PC as well. Thanks for clarifying for me, Daniel. And thanks for pointing it out, Matt.

      1. And apparently I can&#039t spell accidentally or omitted. Nor use mentioning correctly. I&#039m on a roll today…

  2. Wasn't this game supposed to be XBLA and PC? Did something change?

    1. Hi Matt, State of Decay will still be releasing for both XBLA and PC. Hope this helps!

    2. Yeah, accidently ommited mention PC as well. Thanks for clarifying for me, Daniel. And thanks for pointing it out, Matt.

      1. And apparently I can't spell accidentally or omitted. Nor use mentioning correctly. I'm on a roll today…

  3. They are going to release Early 2013, which means it won&#039t be a Summer of Arcade title.

    BTW guys, I don&#039t mind you using my photos, but I&#039d appreciate some credit.

    Capt.C.Baker

  4. They are going to release Early 2013, which means it won't be a Summer of Arcade title.

    BTW guys, I don't mind you using my photos, but I'd appreciate some credit.

    Capt.C.Baker

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