My one regret today is that I only have two thumbs. So many texts, tweets, posts, and emails! You all are the best, most supportive community we’ve ever seen. We are trying hard to keep our heads down and working, but it’s hard when you all are posting such great videos and screenshots.
But we need to focus!
We have a stream at 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT/9 PM UT at http://twitch.tv/undeadlabs, and we’re not allowed to come out and play until we finish our chores. (The stream is archived, but join us again next Tuesday!)
Speaking of chores, we are hard at work on the first YOSE patch. If you feel inclined, we are tremendously appreciative of everyone leaving suggestions and bug reports on the forum. You returning players know that the QA team and the designers lurk so they can apply your feedback.
Many of you have been playing, but plenty more of you were waiting to see reviews. Here’s a sample (not even a complete list, either!):
Best Buy Canada: “The gameplay is addicting, it offers the right balance of strategy, and action that will keep you coming back for more.”
Canadian Online Gamers: “I for one enjoyed what I played, and the added content of past DLC, plus all the bonus goodies that have been tacked on above that make the whole package a pretty good value.”
CGM: “State of Decay is still, without a doubt, one of the better zombie games available today.”
Complete Game Reviews: “State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is really one of the best games I have played on my Xbox One so far.”
Deal Spawn: “State Of Decay is one of the all-time great zombie games.”
Flickering Myth: “This is easy one of the greatest open world games created, you’ll celebrate victories for your camp and grieve the loss of key characters all while making the tough decisions that only you can make.”
God Is a Geek: “However, after two years, a stack of hot-fixes, two expansions and one console generation, State of Decay is finally, tantalizingly, mouth-wateringly close to Undead Labs’ original vision. What a difference a generation makes.”
High Def Digest: “State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition’ is an example of a good remastering…There hasn’t been a better time to play ‘State of Decay’.”
High Score Reviews: “There is just as much content here, if not more, as there would be if you bought a $60 game. If anything, State of Decay made me afraid to die and that’s what a game should do.”
IGN: “Everything I said in my original review still rings true: This is a special game, and captures the post-zombie-outbreak survival experience I’ve always wanted to play.”
Inside Games: “[German] State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition kann durchaus als rundum sorglos Paket beschrieben werden, vor allem für diejenigen unter euch, die das Zombie Open World Abenteuer bisher nicht gespielt haben.”
Polygon: “Still, even after two years, State of Decay remains a unique and singularly successful take on the zombie subgenre — and the new content and retooled systems made enough of a difference to pull me right back in.”
Portugal Gamers: “[Portuguese] É ainda um dos destaques acima de muitos do género muito menos conseguidos e de valor superior. Recomendado.”
Shack News: “If you like games that are less horror and more survival, then State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition should be heavily considered.”
Steve Rulez: “I cannot recommend Year One Survival Edition enough…”
Stevivor: “…it’s the zombie game that many people have always wanted. It’s not about putting the most lead into a zombie’s head and charging headlong into endless zombie hordes. It’s about playing smart, scavenging for supplies and trying to keep your community safe. Undead Labs has really raised the bar and been willing to listen to player feedback.”
The Telegraph: “Where many other games could quite easily transfer to film, State of Decay will remind you why video games are such a unique artform.”
The Sixth Axis: “…there’s a huge amount of content and potential gameplay to be had for a relatively small entrance fee.”
This Gen Gaming: “It’s been almost 2 years since I originally reviewed this excellent game, and playing it once again on the Xbox One has reminded me how good this game was when it was first released. It still holds up as one of the best zombie video game titles out there today.”
This Is Xbox: “Frankly it’s a package full of great content that I’ll be playing for many months to come.”
XBLA Fans: “For returning players, the promotional price and special attention lavished by Undead Labs will leave all but the harshest of critics feeling as if they have been wrapped in their favourite winter blanket, freshly cleaned and renewed after a year or so on the shelf.”
XBox Achievements: “State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition isn’t an easy ride by any stretch, and it’ll test the mettle and patience of players looking for a more instantly gratifying experience, but stick with it and Undead Labs’ seminal open-world survival horror rewards in spades.”
XBox Gamer ME: “YOSE, like its Xbox 360 predecessor, offers many, many hours of gameplay; even if you are a returning player it is well worth the upgrade. And if you’ve never played before, what are you waiting for? This is the best zombie survival game currently available.”
ZTGD: “For players looking for something different, they’ll find it here in State of Decay.”
And some streams for good measure!
Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to review and stream. I hope these links help anyone on the fence to make an informed opinion – and either way you choose, we’re just glad you are still here reading the website. The future of State of Decay is bright!
If you reviewed YOSE and would like to be included on this list, please email me!