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State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2

Genre: Action
Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Release Date:
May 2018
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 04:02pm 13/06/19 | 0 Comments
Described as the largest expansion for a State of Decay game so far, State of Decay 2: Heartland made its debut on the Xbox E3 2019 stage a few days ago. And it's out now for Xbox One, Windows 10, and via Xbox Game Pass. We also got more details on what to expect.

Compared to the more player-created narrative of the base-game Heartland is described as having its own narrative with branching paths for players to explore. This means limiting the characters players can control to two. The first being ex-con Quincy who will be accompanied by his partner Helena. With the second being Larisse, the daughter of local criminal Mickey Wilkerson, who will be accompanied by her aunt Fiona.

Heartland will offer up a new 10-hour campaign with enemies sporting new attacks as players struggle to survive. Here's a breakdown of the features.
  • Hand-crafted playable characters and NPCs
  • Two character-driven stories with branching paths and unique missions
  • New base facilities, unique to Heartland
  • Answers to many questions players have been asking about the world of State of Decay
  • Hints about the past and future of the game
  • Three never-before-seen freak variants (plague bloater, blood feral, and plague screamer), plus the blood juggernaut that previously appeared in the Daybreak Pack
  • New achievements worth 500 Gamerscore

  • Trumbull Valley also makes a return with players able to set up their home base at Jurassic Junction.
    Monday, 19 November 2018
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:09pm 19/11/18 | 0 Comments
    And it's all in celebration of the 4 million-plus who've been slaying zombies since the game's initial release. The update is for Xbox Game Pass subscribers and owners of the game and brings with it a number of enhances in gameplay changes, weapons and items.

    From the pen of Richard Foge, Design Director at Undead Labs:
    Today, to celebrate and thank the 4 million strong State of Decay 2 community, we’re releasing the Zedhunter Update to Xbox Game Pass subscribers and current players for free. Players will get this pack, which adds a wealth of new options and ways to enjoy the game, as part of a content update beginning today – it’s our way of saying thanks to the 4 million of you who have supported our game since launch.

    At X018 last weekend, we provided some initial details for the Zedhunter Update and how it brings new weapons and gameplay items to your community, but now we’re ready to give you a deeper dive into the Zedhunter Update’s additions. The Zedhunter Update integrates into your main community game and adds an iconic zombie-slaying weapon: crossbows, with eight new types now available! This is big, as crossbows are silent and powerful weapons – for example, scoped crossbows can more easily score headshots without drawing any attention or aggression from other zombies nearby.

    Crossbow bolts can also be recovered afterwards (making them the eco-friendliest post-zombie apocalypse weapon around), and unlike traditional firearms, crossbows never jam or break. Because they’re powerful, efficient and silent, using them against a plague zombie gives you a higher chance of extracting a plague sample. The new crossbows might be your go-to weapon, but the Zedhunter Update also comes with three new melee and three new close-combat weapons for the more hands-on and stealthier survivor – giving you plenty of swords and knives to fight enemies with.

    Expect even more customization options in the Zedhunter Update; the content update will include the ability to reset a survivor’s core skill specializations. If you ever wanted to switch your Cardio from Marathon to Backpacking you can read a new training manual and then change the specialization of that core skill – though be aware that the trade-off is that you’ll gain experience for this new skill slower than usual. Additionally, we’ve added six new “quirk skills” (like “Hygiene”) which provide new buffs to your survivors or to your community; you can find these skill books by tracking down the Skills Trader when that character visits your town.

    One other gameplay addition we’re excited about is the addition of three new potent plague consumables. These can drastically enhance your survivor’s abilities; but we should mention that they’re basically poison to humans, since they involve consuming a touch of plague infection. Maybe a little infection is worth it for the ability to see in the dark or sneak past zombies without drawing their attention – it’ll be up to you to decide.

    To help introduce all this new content, we’ve added several missions to the game (and updated others). If you want to experience these new missions, keep an eye out for missions labeled “Mysterious” you may happen across during your quest. Lastly, we’ve added three new achievements for you to attain for as you play through the new Zedhunter Update additions.

    As mentioned before, the Zedhunter Update will be free for all SOD2 players – Xbox Game Pass members, Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition owners – beginning today. If you’ve been waiting to jump into the game, now’s the perfect time with the Xbox Black Friday sale coming around the corner. Whether you start a new Xbox Game Pass for just $1 for the first month, or get either the Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition on sale for 35% off, the Zedhunter Update will be ready and waiting for you.

    At Undead Labs, we’ve set out to build the ultimate zombie survival fantasy and are committed to delivering that in every way – which is why we’ve also announced that in the near future players can look forward to a new difficulty experience, along with the chance to return to Trumbull Valley in 2019. With today’s free Zedhunter Update, we’re giving our 4 million (and growing) players even more tools to answer the question: how will you survive?
    Click here to read our State of Decay 2 review.
    Monday, 4 June 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:35pm 04/06/18 | 1 Comments
    Released only a few weeks ago, State of Decay 2 from Microsoft Game Publishing and Undead Labs was marred by technical issues at launch. From a spotty frame-rate, weird bugs and glitches, and net-code that would tank performance the more players you decide to team-up with. And yet despite all that we still found it to be quite a lot of fun, with a solid post-apocalyptic setting, survival mechanics, and focus on building up a community.

    Stating that it was "gruesome and fun zombie-apocalypse survival, but also bug-ridden and poorly optimised". And so over the weekend State of Decay 2 got a sizable 20GB patch that aims to rectify an number of key performance issues including:

    • Increased stability
    • Improved networking interactions for clients
    • Improved networked vehicle interactions
    • Elimination of Out Of Memory crashes

    Some of the specific bug fixes include removing the annoying self-shadow effect when using torches in multiplayer, the white line that looks like a v-sync issue when driving at night, and collision spots that would result in vehicles getting stuck.

    For the full patch-notes head here.
    Tuesday, 22 May 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:30pm 22/05/18 | 0 Comments
    That would be Darwin, for reasons that we assume are related to zombies disliking humidity. Followed by Melbourne and then Sydney. Which kind of makes sense in the whole Melbourne is way better than Sydney consensus currently doing the rounds. This news comes after Xbox Australia teamed up with Melbourne University’s Centre for Disease Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) to create the Zombie Survival Index for ANZ.

    More than just a guess, the study was pretty detailed with the ZSI rankings compiled taking into account "the potential rate of zombie infection, situational analysis of the infection’s origin, how the disease would spread, how residents claim they would act, and how well each city would defend themselves against the walking dead and geographical location".

    Some fun facts:

  • Melbournians would be most likely to tackle the problem together; seeing higher chances of survival as part of a large group
  • Family matters most in Hobart, with 40 per cent choosing to stick with their family over other survivors
  • A lack of food and water would be our biggest concern (50 per cent), with over half the Queensland population identifying this as their biggest worry
  • Aussies ages 45 and above were 19 per cent more likely to go it alone than those younger than them
  • Darwin would be the most inviting city, with 50 per cent of residents willing to let a stranger into their home for protection, compared to just 19 per cent in Adelaide
  • Nearly one in five (17 per cent) would attempt to dress/act like a zombie to avoid detection and infection, while 3 per cent would hide under the bed
  • A hospital was deemed the preferred shelter for most of the population (31 per cent).

  • State of Decay 2 is out now on Windows 10 and Xbox One, be sure to check out our review.
    Thursday, 17 May 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 05:18pm 17/05/18 | 0 Comments
    Out next week for Xbox One and Windows 10, the Undead Labs and Microsoft published State of Decay 2 offers a fun and engaging look at building and managing your own zombie-apocalypse community. Where going out to scavenge much needed supplies blends with quests to help nearby survivors or checking out abandoned music stores in search of a record player. But, it's got issues.

    Of the poorly optimised kind. Which we could look past in the Early Access release of PUBG on Xbox One, but for a full retail launch is somewhat disappointing and strange that Microsoft would allow the game out in its current state. And if you plan of getting it, stick with the PC version - that thanks to the Play Anywhere feature is included with all digital purchases.

    The most disappointing thing about State of Decay 2 isn’t that it’s too easy or limited in the base building sense, but with the many performance issues, bugs, and technical problems that plague the release far worse than any Plague Heart could ever hope to achieve. In its current state, State of Decay 2 is best played and only recommended for PC - where the uncapped frame-rate means a smooth experience on a high-end rig. On the Xbox One X, even though the HDR implementation is often impressive, the jerkiness, stuttering, and janky animation all add-up to an experience that needed several more months of fine-tuning.

    Click Here to Read Our Full State of Decay 2 review