Yes, the wait was long, but Microsoft Studios and the Undead Labs are back with a bang! The sequel to one of the finest zombie survival game ever made. No prizes for guessing, State of Decay 2 it is! It was back in 2013 when we witnessed the first part of this action-horror survival game.
There has been quite a lot of games in this genre before, but nothing came close to it in terms of Gameplay or realism. From the bone-chilling scavenging missions deep inside zombie infected territories to Morale boosting group events, it had it all. This is one of those games that provide a truly immersive gaming experience. You can interact with other characters. switch amongst other characters and every action taken in this game has its own effect. Unlike most games, once a character dies, it cannot be respawned. Although this is considered as an unwanted realism by few, to us the hardcore survival gaming freaks, this feature adds to the charm.
Coming back to the latest edition, this video game news is doing its rounds for quite some time. Although many say that this version has not hit the benchmark set by its predecessor, I beg to differ. This game comes in Xbox One, Play Station as well as for Windows. Released on 22, May 2018 this open world third person RPG has made its mark. This version also comes with the option of cooperative, that allows you and your buddies to wreak havoc amongst Zombies or to help each other survive in the post-apocalyptic environment.
Coming to the reception of this game, I personally feel it is criticized may too much. IGN and Destructoid come with a 7.5 and 8 rating for this title, whereas GameSpot awards it a mere 5 out of 10. Yes, the initial versions were a bit buggy but they came up with patches. The Graphics have been significantly improved from the previous versions. One of the criticism, states this game to be way too realistic and puts on the harsh truth of real survival. If you want a true survival game, just go for it.
If we talk about its commercial success, by the mid of 2018, SOD 2 already had more than 3 million players. Moreover, it has gained more than 3.5 million hours of online gameplay streaming on popular websites like Youtube within a month.
The Key developments that separate this version from the previous one are few significant upgrades. Unlike the older version, this one comes with Co-Op mode, which I have explained earlier. Here the community system is much more evolved and the players have to move up the ranks from being a ‘recruit’ to a ‘Hero’. Each community can now elect their own leader, each with their own distinct style of governing. There are primarily four different types of leaders, ‘Warlord’, ‘Sheriff’, ‘Trader’ and ‘Builder’. Graphics is again a major upgrade apart from in-game communication and combat mechanism. Much of the former can be attributed to the use of Unreal Engine 4. I personally love this genre and would like you all to give it a shot.