Updated Thu, Oct 31, 2013 by Martuk
You can’t have a good horror lineup without some zombie bashing and apocalyptic survival fun, and that’s where State of Decay comes in. Currently available on Steam Early Access, State of Decay is an open-world zombie survival game set in a town overrun by zombies.
One of State of Decay’s greatest strengths lies in an area that will be a turn off to some people and that is permadeath. When starting out in State of Decay, players begin as Marcus but can take over as other characters in their enclave once they’ve advanced the story and befriended them. Characters can be leveled up and specialized in certain skills and weapons, making them useful, valuable, and unique. And that’s where State of Decay’s permadeath sting comes in as losing one of these valuable people to a zombie attack can hurt. And once they're gone, they're gone. There's no going back for a do-over.
Through all of that, you’ll also need to scavenge supplies, build base defenses, and construct facilities to repair vehicles, weapons, store supplies, and construct medical facilities to combat potential sicknesses within your community of survivors as well as recover from wounds. You'll also need to recruit survivors with specific skill sets such as medical specialists and mechanics to build certain upgrades.
While the story may seem a bit rushed, the real meat of the game is its simulation of surviving the zombie outbreak and escaping Trumbull Valley without becoming zombie chow. State of Decay does this part well and will soon be receiving a new sandbox survival mode in its upcoming Breakdown DLC.
And that concludes our spooktacular list of horror-filled fun. Feel free to post your own suggestions below and have a safe and happy Halloween.