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Jun 15, 2014

State Of Decay 2 is a shambling mess

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cheap moncler jackets The first State Of Decay was released as long ago now as 2013, and it was very much at the vanguard of today’s unfortunate tolerance for unfinished games. Its central idea, of surviving a zombie apocalypse by maintaining a whole community of survivors, was appealing enough that nobody seemed to care that it was filled with game ruining bugs and that the combat, driving, and mission design was awful. cheap moncler jackets

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Just as in the first game, State Of Decay 2 is set years after a zombie apocalypse, when society has completely collapsed. You start off in a small, poorly equipped shelter and have to maintain and expand your settlement across the open world map. It’s essentially a survival game, but on the scale of a small community rather than just a single person. And just like a survival game that means ensuring a regular supply of food and equipment is just as important as fighting monsters.

Since there’s little in the way of overriding story it at first seems there’s little reason to moncler mens jackets venture outside your base, especially as it has to be regularly defended from roaming gangs of zombies. But while you can grow your own food and manufacture your own weapons that takes time and resources, and buy moncler jackets the latter can only be found by cheap moncler coats scavenging. Lots of scavenging.

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moncler jackets outlet The most enjoyable aspect of the game though is the base building, which comes across almost like a post apocalyptic version of The Sims. In fact, having said that, we can’t help but think the whole game would’ve been better if that’s exactly what it was, because monitoring the health and morale of your community and constructing new facilities and buildings is very intriguing. moncler jackets outlet

moncler outlet sale Everyone has their own personality and upgradeable skills, and you soon gain favourites and are tempted to cheer when someone you don’t like is killed. But the illusion that these are anything close to real people soon evaporates when you realise that, thanks to the terrible artificial intelligence, they won’t don’t anything useful unless you’re controlling them directly not even defend the base properly. moncler outlet sale

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Those sort of problems can be amusing but with the game constantly at risk of a total existence failure it often seems pointless to even try to play it properly. The four player co op almost seems made for this, but the online lag combined with a frustrating tethering system, which sees you being snapped back towards the host’s location if you wander any distance from them, means even that works nowhere near as well as it should.

cheap moncler jackets sale We’re getting tired of ending a review by saying that a game shows plenty of promise and will probably be very good in a few months, when it’s working properly. But we’re not sure that’s the case here anyway. The game is so broken it seems impossible to imagine that it’s going to be in proper working order in any kind of sensible time frame, especially considering the state the first game was left in. cheap moncler jackets sale

In Short: The State Of Decay concept still holds plenty of promise but this sequel is so broken that laughing at its bugs and glitches becomes its primary source of entertainment.

Pros: The set up might be the same as the first game but it’s still an intriguing one, and the base building and people management shows great promise. Competent combat and driving mechanics.

cheap moncler coats Cons: The game is so riddled with bugs and patently unfinished it’s impossible to imagine it ever working as intended. Missions still lack variety and the tethering and lag ruins the co op options. cheap moncler coats

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