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State of Decay 2 Review

By BwwDtt | 16 March 2021
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State of Decay 2 is an action RPG developed by Undead Labs and published by Xbox Game Studios.

  • Zombie Apocalypse Setting
  • Sandbox Experience
  • Co-op Multiplayer Support
  • 10-hour Narrative Campaign

State of Decay 2 Gameplay

State of Decay 2 allows the players to take the role of a community of characters, and you can control each one of them to contribute to the whole group and develop their attributes and skills. At the beginning of the game, the system creates a randomly-generated character using multiple genders, races, names, clothes, talents, traits and other perks. The same goes for other individuals you meet during the game; however, a few of them are not random and story-related. The players start their experience by going through an in-depth tutorial to learn all the basics. After that, you may choose one out of three available zones: Cascade Hills, Drucker County, and Meagher Valley. You can also travel between all three maps at any time.

Establishing your base is an essential game mechanics, and you can do so right after choosing the starting location. State of Decay 2 allows you to recruit new members, and the players decide how to utilize their skills. You have to switch between and play them manually to gain the maximum advantage, and it is possible to encounter other hostile survivors in the open world. Apart from lone strangers, there are multiple computer-controlled societies, and it is up to the players how to interact with them. You can declare war, forge an alliance or complete side activities together.

The main threat of the game are zombies, and they populate most areas on all three maps. The players can attract them using noise, lights and allowing them to spot the living characters. State of Decay 2 provides us with various unique zombie types, and some may have unique attacks and abilities, as well as different loot pools. You may also encounter plague hearts, which are massive objects guarded by plague zombies. They look different from the others, and they spread diseases, which can kill playable characters over time. The game allows you to craft potions to heal and cure various debuffs using the items dropped by such enemies.

Another critical aspect of the game is base developing. You can collect resources to construct fortifications and buildings. Your characters will have to scavenge for food and bring other valuable items to provide the community with essentials, such as beds, toilets, storages, etc. You may abandon the base at any time to move to a different location. State of Decay 2 focuses on developing such groups, and the players have to consider their morale and effectiveness. Zombies also try to attack and undermine your base continuously. The players have to repair the damage and manually control their characters to ensure their survival.

In case the sandbox mode becomes too dull for some players, they may also experience the game through co-op multiplayer and visit each other bases to help prevent a zombie invasion or engage in the player-versus-player narrative. Alternate game modes include a whole storyline and four-player siege defence, in which you can go on a killing spree against hordes of undead. State of Decay 2 offers the players various unique activities in a post-apocalypse setting. Different types of players can experience flexible gameplay and use their imagination to survive in an undead wasteland, and the game offers various approaches to survival and scavenging. Each playthrough becomes unique due to the randomly-generated compounds and characters, and multiplayer mode adds even more flavour to it.

State of Decay 2 System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7870
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500 @2.7Ghz / AMD FX-6300
  • File Size: 30 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Recommended Requirements

  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 380
  • CPU: Intel i5 4570 @ 3.2Ghz / AMD FX-8350
  • File Size: 30 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit