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State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition review

State of Decay: Year one survival edition throws you into what was once a beautiful scenic town that has been overrun by zombies, not only do you have to survive, but you have to keep others alive too and stop them from becoming scared and hungry, you also need to scavenge for supplies too – in some respects it’s a bit like looking after children, without the zombies obviously, but it’s good fun doing it.

When State of Decay first hit the Xbox 360, zombie fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on it, and clearly it was popular enough to get the Xbox One treatment with all the DLC thrown in. If you already own the game on the Xbox 360 you’ll get 33% off this version, plus you can also transfer your save over.


If you are new to the game, you don’t really get much of an explanation as to what is happening, except that there are zombies, and zombies eat humans – you are human, therefore you need to try to survive. To do this you’ll need to scavenge for supplies – from food and ammunition to building materials that can be used to fortify your home base, which is where the survivors live and where you will start most of your missions. Completing missions will earn you influence, which is essentially the currency of the game.

Influence allows you to take weapons out of your base’s locker, but everything you take decreases your overall score. As you explore the different areas of the game you can return items to bump your influence back up. Having a high influence will allow you to upgrade the base with extra facilities, such as new sleeping areas or a garage that can repair your vehicle each time you park it there. It adds a whole new side to the game that I really enjoyed – it made scavenging feel more worthwhile too.

The map is quite large, which you will really feel should you venture out on foot, thankfully there are plenty of vehicles to commandeer to get you around, and they are also great for running over zombies – though if you hit too many, the car won’t last very long and you’ll soon be off searching for a new motor. The year-one edition treats you to a brand SUV, which is pretty cool, as well as some paint jobs that can be found throughout the game. Rather helpfully, the map marks off any locations you have explored allowing you to concentrate on what and where you need to go next.

As you explore, you’ll eventually come across other survivors that will come and stay at your base or take up residence at any outposts you may have built or unlocked, having more survivors allows you to swap between the different characters, this allows you to spend time upgrading each of their abilities, such as fighting, shooting and stamina. Inactive characters will have their stamina and vitality restored, so it’s worth swapping characters often.

On the 360, State of Decay wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, and felt quite primitive in some of its movements, like when your character is searching through boxes – nothing really happens, boxes don’t get opened and shelves look exactly the same even when you find items. When barricading an area, wooden planks just pop into place out of thin air when you cover up windows! The Year-One edition of State Decay has been remastered to 1080p and had the lighting and textures improved, which has made the game look a lot better, but the character models don’t feel like they have changed, which is shame. As well as the graphical improvements, the game has had an extra 30 minutes of music composed by Jesper Kyd – Rich will certainly be happy with this, he has quite the soft spot for Jesper Kyd!


Combat in State of Decay is fairly limited and is split between melee, firearms and finishing moves, the Xbox One version has introduced some new weapons to discover as well under-barrel attachments that can hold grenades and incendiary ammo. The combat animation have been overhauled but I’ll admit that they don’t seem vastly different but the finishing moves still look and respond really well! There is also a new mission type that sees random weapon crates drop around the map, if you can take out the large amount of zombies surrounding them, you’ll get access to some of the most powerful weapons in the game. Despite the limitation in the combat I found it a nice challenge, especially with the constant fear that if you make a mistake with a character that sees them die, then you lose them for good, which is quite hard to take when you have spent a long time investing in their abilities. Where possible it’s worth brining a survivor with you to help out on solo missions.

The Year-One edition is certainly not short on content, you’ll also unlock Gurubani Kaur, a survivor with an awesome sword that I have had a lot of fun take zombies out with, it’s worth noting that only Xbox 360 State of Decay owners will get this character to unlock. The game also comes with the two pieces of DLC that were previously released, “Breakdown” and “Lifeline”.

The “Breakdown” DLC adds a Sandbox Mode, where the player leads a group of survivors in repairing an RV in order to escape the valley. It’s actually a lot of fun as there are 6 levels where you and your fellow survivors have to survive stronger enemies while trying to find the RV to escape, tactics were really important in the main game and even more so here. The RV spawns in random locations, which will constantly keep you on your toes. When you find the RV you then face the difficult decision of having to choose a maximum of six characters who will escape in the RV. I say difficult, it isn’t really as you don’t have any chance of gaining any empathy for the characters you help survive.


The other piece of DLC, “Lifeline”, allows you to play as the army on the first day of the outbreak, it’s a great idea to play the game from a different perspective, it’s just a shame that the story from the main game didn’t hit a sweet spot with me otherwise I think I would have enjoyed this DLC more.

Although the story is somewhat of a letdown, I’m having a great time with State of Decay. Frankly it’s a package full of great content that I’ll be playing for many months to come, the majority of the graphical improvements are good and the new weapons are great to play with. I love the micro management side of the game and the responsibility that comes with looking after your fellow survivors. I’ve been much more careful to look after my characters after losing one of my strongest survivors – I can’t remember the last time I have had to do that in-game without being punished, if you are looking to play something a bit different then this is well worth a look at – it is a shame that there is no co-op support, Rich and I would have had a blast playing this!

Thanks to Undead Labs for supplying TiX with a download code

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Bonus achievements for State of Decay Year One Survival Edition

State of Decay Year One Survival Edition releases later this month and with its release comes an additional 500 achievement points to hunt. The game, which released back in 2013 on Xbox 360, will release on Xbox One with both DLC packs, reworked game mechanics, improved animations and in 1080p at 30fps. There’s new characters, weapons, vehicles and a new mission – that’s a whole host of zombie survival goodness!

Check out the achievement list below, but beware… there be spoilers ahead!

Original Game

Achievement Name Points How You Get It
Cannibal Family Picnic 10 Got to the Mt. Tanner Ranger Station.
Holy Rolling 20 Escaped Mt. Tanner and found the survivors at the church.
Survivor 50 Escaped Trumbull County.
It Was Just a Police Action 20 Found out what the Army was up to.
Home on the Grange 20 Played matchmaker for Quentin and Becca.
Arrested Developments 20 Saw things through at the courthouse.
Gun Thugs 20 Helped the Wilkersons resolve their differences.
Pest Control 30 Destroyed 5 infestations in one day.
Watch the Birdie! 20 Distracted zombies to complete an objective.
I Can See My House From Here 20 Completed a survey activity.
Land Usage 30 Built one of every type of facility.
Home Improvement 20 Built a facility.
I’ll Be There For You 20 Earned 500 Fame.
Mercy Shot 20 Killed a member of your community to prevent them from turning.
Come and Knock On Our Door 20 Convinced another enclave to join your community.
Manifest Destiny 30 Built 8 outposts.
Everywhere You Look 30 Got 15 people in your community.
Movin’ On Up! 30 Relocated your home base.
Rule #1 25 Maxed out a community member’s Cardio skill.
Trust Me, I’m an Expert 30 Earned a skill specialization for one of your community members.
Horde Hoard 30 Destroyed 10 hordes in one day.
Ya Always Were An A-Hole Gorman 20 Sacrificed your life in a blaze of glory.
Torn Apart 20 Got killed by zombies.
Get Yo’ Freak On 20 Killed one of each freak zombie type.
The Bruce 30 Killed 3 zombies with an exploding propane tank.
Double Dead 30 Performed a hand to hand double kill special attack.
Gotta Enjoy the Little Things 10 Used a car door to kill a zombie.
Get Outta My Dreams 30 Killed one of each freak zombie type with your car.
Vehicular Zombicide 30 Ran over 250 zombies.
Badass 50 Completed 50 missions or activities with the same character.
Get Over Here 20 Invited a community member to follow you.
Serial Monogamist 30 Invited a community member to follow you 10 times.
Order at DZ 20 Intercepted a mysterious supply drop.
Letters from Cleo 30 Intercepted 5 mysterious supply drops.
Rule #2 25 Maxed out a community member’s Shooting skill.
Rule #18 25 Maxed out a community member’s Fighting skill.
Rule #31 25 Maxed out a community member’s Wits skill.
Apples and Beans 20 Fixed delicious snacks 5 times.
Powder and Primer 20 Crafted ammunition 5 times.
Watch the World Burn 30 Killed 25 zombies with incendiary shotguns.


Achievement Name Points How You Get It
The Sacrifice 10 Went out in a Blaze of Glory at Breakdown Level 1 or Higher.
The Dead Man 10 Destroyed 5 Bloaters at Breakdown Level 2 or Higher.
The Judge 10 Performed 50 Zombie Executions at Breakdown Level 3 or Higher.
The Survivor 10 Collected 150 Resources at Breakdown Level 4 or Higher.
The Mercenary 10 Destroyed 5 Juggernauts at Breakdown Level 5 or Higher.
The Ninja 10 Executed 50 Stealth Kills at Breakdown Level 5 or Higher.
The Scientist 30 Reached Breakdown Level 6.
The Rescuer 50 Unlocked All Heroes.
The Friend 10 Reached Breakdown Level 2.
The Convict 15 Reached Breakdown Level 3.
The Gunner 20 Reached Breakdown Level 4.
The Veteran 25 Reached Breakdown Level 5.
The Scholar 10 Completed All Research Projects at Breakdown Level 1 or Higher.
The Phoenix 10 Burned 100 Zombies with Fire at Breakdown Level 2 or Higher.
The Fighter 10 Destroyed 5 Ferals at Breakdown Level 3 or Higher.
The Sniper 10 Earned 25 Headshot Streaks at Breakdown Level 4 or Higher.


Achievement Name Points How You Get It
Wired for War 20 Killed 100 zombies with Drone Strikes.
Rucks in Trucks 10 Delivered 6 rucksacks to your base in the back of a single vehicle.
Under Siege 20 Survived 10 sieges on your base in a single playthrough.
Maverick 10 Survived 2 minutes within a Danger Zone.
Flugtag 10 Sent an energy drink flying.
Freak Hunt 10 Completed all hunting missions with Sasquatch.
War Never Changes 25 Survived detonating a nuclear device in Danforth.
Last Voice of Danforth 25 Escaped Danforth with Vienna Cho in your community.
The Doctor 15 Brought Thomas Horn to the Landing Zone, at least.
The Surgeon 15 Successfully extracted Julene Horn.
The Bureaucrat 15 Successfully extracted Michele Martin.
The Examiner 15 Successfully extracted Timothy Hall.
The Scion 15 Successfully extracted Hadley Westen.
The Colleague 15 Successfully extracted Dan Bogatz.
The Protégée 15 Successfully extracted Madison Grant.
The Operator 15 Brought Eldridge to Black Friday, but he won’t leave.

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition Debut Trailer

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is only a month away, so why not check out the debut trailer below.

Remastered in 1080p, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition comes equipped with along with new weapons, vehicles, and characters – all of which you’re going to need when night falls over Trumbull Valley.

If you already own the game on the Xbox 360 it’s worth thinking about upgrading, not only will you receive a 33 percent discount, the exclusive hero Gurubani Kaur and her special weapons, but you also have the ability to transfer saved games from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition arrives on Xbox One and PC on April 28.

State of Decay – YO Additional Details


Earlier in the  week we updated you on how Undead Labs intend to release State of Decay in Spring 2015 with an all new Year-Survival Survival Edition. Below are a handful of newly released screenshots and the official fact sheet. Developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios, one week after its launch on Xbox 360 in June 2013, State of Decay became the fastest-selling original game ever on Xbox Live Arcade, selling over half a million paid downloads. The franchise has sold over 1 million paid downloads to date between Xbox 360 and Steam.


The end is here. Life as you know has gone to hell. Now, you and a few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild. Choose where to make your stand, design and fortify your home base, perform daring raids for food and ammunition. The open-world constantly generates new content based on your actions and the ever-increasing zombie threat. No two players experience the game the same way. How will you survive the (next-gen) zombie apocalypse? “State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition” brings the hit zombie-survival-fantasy franchise to Xbox One and PC, delivered in beautifully premastered 1080p.


All ‘first-year’ content completely remastered:  The original State of Decay, along with major add-ons  Breakdown and Lifeline are fully-remastered in stunning 1080p. Improved lighting, textures, and shadows bring the faded beauty of Trumbull Valley and the city of Danforth to life like never before. Animations and combat mechanics are completely over-hauled to add a new level of intensity and action.  Hundreds of a smaller improvements to core game systems make “State of Decay: Year-One Edition” a must-have for Xbox One and PC.

Xbox One additions

  • Community Challenges and Rewards
  • Individual Rewards
  • Game DVR

 New content:  More than you can pack into a single backpack, “State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition” has enough content to satiate new and old fans alike:

New Mission Type: Cleo Drop – Mysterious military-looking supply crates are dropping into remote areas across all maps, and their beacons seem to attract massive hordes of zombies. If you’ve got the firepower, you can pick up some of the rarest and most powerful equipment in the game.

New vehicles: SUV…and more – The new SUV sets a new standard for durability, and it doesn’t end there — brand-new vehicle skins are distributed across all map.

Unlocking Heroes: Lifeline Roster – Your favorite characters from “Lifeline” can now be unlocked in “Breakdown” with a new set of Challenges. Hop into the familiar boots of Hawkes, Kilo, and Vince … or take control of the previously unplayable Kelly “Sasquatch” Eldridge


New weapons: Under-barrel attachments and Incendiary Ammo – Now if you find the right weapons, you can switch to an under-barrel grenade launcher or a masterkey shotgun on your assault rifle … or load incendiary ammunition into any shotgun, and take out crowds of zombies without even switching weapons

New Music – Featuring 30 minutes of intense new music from award winning composer Jesper Kyd.

Community Improvements – The facility actions from ‘Lifeline’ now show up in every version of the game, including ammo-refilling and snack-making at your base. NPC Enclaves are also getting a makeover, making it easier to trade and build trust with them.

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will be out in Spring 2015 and has already been priced at $29.99 / ₤19.99 / €29.99 with an anticipated rating of ESRB “M-Rating”; PEGI 18+.


State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition for Xbox One

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In Spring 2015, Xbox One gamer’s can experience what has been described as the definitive version of State of Decay with the Year-One Survival Edition. Undead Labs’ hit game from the Xbox 360 is undergoing an evolution for the Xbox One in which more will be revealed closer to the games release next year.

It was confirmed that the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will include the original State of Decay, in 1080p, the DLC Add-on packs Breakdown and Lifeline, and finally some entirely new content.

State of Decay on Xbox 360 scored 50% from thisisxbox.com:

With game breaking technical issues, promises just not delivered upon and a promising start but ultimately weak narrative SoD could have been so much more. That said it was a massively impressive first attempt for Undead Labs, I look forward to hearing from them on game add-ons and developments.

When more specific details of release have been provided, we’ll keep you updated. ThisisXbox may not have been fans of the original last year before DLC and updates were inroduced, but we should hopefully have an Xbox One review closer to release.