Plant, Hoe and Grow in State of Decay

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Plant, Hoe and Grow in State of Decay


Undead Labs' zombie apocalypse game promises more than just combat, so here's some gardening tips.

Cob Cannons and Tall Nuts don't seem to be on the menu, but if your State of Decay survivors want to prosper in this dead-means-dead zombie apocalypse [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/119198-In-State-of-Decay-Dead-Means-Dead] they'd better start tending their plants. Lone survivors will not do well in this brave new world, but groups need to get fed and that means finding and cultivating renewable food sources. Like this lovely garden, for instance; seems remarkably open to zombie attack, but perhaps these survivors have already dealt with that problem.

"It's not just about combat," says Undead Labs, "it's about doing what you must do to stay alive. Food, water, shelter, and ammo - you'll need them all." It's an evolving world system, and while you can pillage the area roundabout for resources - spiffy tents, for instance - eventually you'll run out, and once you do it's time to start worrying about the future. "Zombies are attracted to noise and activity," Undead Labs warns, so you'll need to be cautious about your expansion. However once you've dealt with the dead you'll need to dig in, and the trailer illustrates how that can be achieved.

Presumably the game will never turn into Farmville: Zombie Apocalypse Edition. However if Undead Labs can pull it off, adding survivalist problems to the zombie genre could bring something very interesting to an otherwise tired formula. State of Decay still hasn't got a release date, but when it hits it will be on Xbox 360, XBLA and PC.

Source: Kotaku [http://kotaku.com/5938760/zombie-games-can-be-about-farming-too]


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Hopefully the community (assuming there is online play) isn't a bunch of collosal assholes, like DayZ. Or it will allow for LAN or private servers. This would be great to play with some trust worthy friends.
 

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they are apparently releasing 2 versions a single player and a later mmo version. in the combat trailer things like animations and controls seemd a little twitchy.

between dead state and this its good to see the survival coming back to zombie games
 

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Rainboq said:
Hopefully the community (assuming there is online play) isn't a bunch of collosal assholes, like DayZ. Or it will allow for LAN or private servers. This would be great to play with some trust worthy friends.
Sounds like you're hoping for the cream of the crop in more ways than one.
 

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I have been following this game for quite some time and every time I see a bit of news about it, it just makes me want it all the more.
 

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Hopefully this ingame farming (that sounds like its going to be pretty much mandatory) isn't going to be more tedious than real gardening.
 

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Yeah, and with that... the game lost my interest. In a zombie game, I want to go around kill tons of zombies. Nothing less, nothing more.
Of course, there should be SOME sort of challenge (hence I never liked L4D2 but love L4D1), but still, I want to kills lots and lots of the undead/infected. I don't want to play Harvest Moon in a zombie game. If I want to play Harvest Moon, I dig out my old PS1 Disc of it and play Harvest Moon.
 

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WANT.

... And to avoid low content posts... REALLY REALLY WANT. Harvest Moon with Zombie hunting on the side? Yes please.
 

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Well holy crap, people are actually starting to realise that Zombie Survival as a genre actually has two words in the title. I'll be...
 

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DVS BSTrD said:
Rainboq said:
Hopefully the community (assuming there is online play) isn't a bunch of collosal assholes, like DayZ. Or it will allow for LAN or private servers. This would be great to play with some trust worthy friends.
Sounds like you're hoping for the cream of the crop in more ways than one.
I have a group of friends who I frequently organize LAN parties with. We did a 12 our Ender dragon run a few days ago. No one griefed and it was probably the most fun I've ever had in Minecraft. But yeah, I can be a bit of idealist sometimes.
 

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I'm not the kind of person that thinks everything needs multiplayer but I can imagine a system like this adding an extra layer that I think would have made day z even better. I know the game plays in real time and the need to sleep would have ruined it, and if it skipped ahead a few hours it would fuck up the vibe, but this feels a bit like the survival aspects of Minecraft and Day Z put together, which I am more than on board with.

Capcha: dharma initiative. What was that from? Was Dharma from a game or TV show cos I'm getting an Angel vibe over here.
 

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ScruffyMcBalls said:
Well holy crap, people are actually starting to realise that Zombie Survival as a genre actually has two words in the title. I'll be...
Except there were no games yet, which advertised themselves as "zombie survival" genre. Just "Zombie game", "Zombie shooter" or " with zombies".
 

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Well the survival aspect sounds interesting in this game.

Truth be told I was enjoying DayZ but I found it just too clunky sometimes.
 

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Bindal said:
ScruffyMcBalls said:
Well holy crap, people are actually starting to realise that Zombie Survival as a genre actually has two words in the title. I'll be...
Except there were no games yet, which advertised themselves as "zombie survival" genre. Just "Zombie game", "Zombie shooter" or " with zombies".
Resident Evil?

Yeah, supposedly a survival game.
 

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Bindal said:
Yeah, and with that... the game lost my interest. In a zombie game, I want to go around kill tons of zombies. Nothing less, nothing more.
Of course, there should be SOME sort of challenge (hence I never liked L4D2 but love L4D1), but still, I want to kills lots and lots of the undead/infected. I don't want to play Harvest Moon in a zombie game. If I want to play Harvest Moon, I dig out my old PS1 Disc of it and play Harvest Moon.
Except that they said from day one that the game isn't just going to be a straight shooter and will have many other survival elements besides this one. Plenty of people like me are sick of all the shooters and want something different from just killing zombies. I don't want to sound like I am having I go at you but still if you knew anything about this game you would know it wasn't for you. Again, I don't mean to insult you.

ALso be sure to check out the official website if anyone wants to know more about the game.
 

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Finally, zombie games are getting to the survival and rebuilt society parts, we have enough "here's a million of zombies, shoot them" games. This isn't an MMO, right? I hate when a good idea gets wasted on an MMO.
 

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Major_Tom said:
Finally, zombie games are getting to the survival and rebuilt society parts, we have enough "here's a million of zombies, shoot them" games. This isn't an MMO, right? I hate when a good idea gets wasted on an MMO.
The next game has plans to be a MMO but this is just a normal single-player game.
 

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jonjst said:
Major_Tom said:
Finally, zombie games are getting to the survival and rebuilt society parts, we have enough "here's a million of zombies, shoot them" games. This isn't an MMO, right? I hate when a good idea gets wasted on an MMO.
The next game has plans to be a MMO but this is just a normal single-player game.
Great, then everybody's happy.
 

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jonjst said:
Bindal said:
Yeah, and with that... the game lost my interest. In a zombie game, I want to go around kill tons of zombies. Nothing less, nothing more.
Of course, there should be SOME sort of challenge (hence I never liked L4D2 but love L4D1), but still, I want to kills lots and lots of the undead/infected. I don't want to play Harvest Moon in a zombie game. If I want to play Harvest Moon, I dig out my old PS1 Disc of it and play Harvest Moon.
Except that they said from day one that the game isn't just going to be a straight shooter and will have many other survival elements besides this one. Plenty of people like me are sick of all the shooters and want something different from just killing zombies. I don't want to sound like I am having I go at you but still if you knew anything about this game you would know it wasn't for you. Again, I don't mean to insult you.

ALso be sure to check out the official website if anyone wants to know more about the game.
Yeah, but it seems that in this case that zombies play so much of a side-role, they might as well not be there and could be replaced with anything else.
When I buy a game, that advertises zombies as big part, then I want to go around killing them. Otherwise, I play a game like Harvest Moon, Sims or the like, which actually focuses on the other stuff directly.
I wouldn't have minded if it would be an open-world-game with zombies, where I would have to look for supplies to keep myself armed and eat at times (similar to STALKER). That would've been interesting, no doubt.
But here, it seems that for a zombie-game, they kind of lost the focus of the former half - freaking zombies.
 

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That looked awfully non interactive and boring, I hope that means there are plenty of other things to do meanwhile.
 

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Bindal said:
jonjst said:
Bindal said:
Yeah, and with that... the game lost my interest. In a zombie game, I want to go around kill tons of zombies. Nothing less, nothing more.
Of course, there should be SOME sort of challenge (hence I never liked L4D2 but love L4D1), but still, I want to kills lots and lots of the undead/infected. I don't want to play Harvest Moon in a zombie game. If I want to play Harvest Moon, I dig out my old PS1 Disc of it and play Harvest Moon.
Except that they said from day one that the game isn't just going to be a straight shooter and will have many other survival elements besides this one. Plenty of people like me are sick of all the shooters and want something different from just killing zombies. I don't want to sound like I am having I go at you but still if you knew anything about this game you would know it wasn't for you. Again, I don't mean to insult you.

ALso be sure to check out the official website if anyone wants to know more about the game.
Yeah, but it seems that in this case that zombies play so much of a side-role, they might as well not be there and could be replaced with anything else.
When I buy a game, that advertises zombies as big part, then I want to go around killing them. Otherwise, I play a game like Harvest Moon, Sims or the like, which actually focuses on the other stuff directly.
I wouldn't have minded if it would be an open-world-game with zombies, where I would have to look for supplies to keep myself armed and eat at times (similar to STALKER). That would've been interesting, no doubt.
But here, it seems that for a zombie-game, they kind of lost the focus of the former half - freaking zombies.
It is an open world game where you have to scavenge for supplies. It is just that you are able to build a fort where you can build gardens so that you don't have to take the risk of scavenging for food. I recommend you read more about the game and the reason you want to build a base is because there is perma-death and you can kill zombies but you want to avoid them because of the perma-death.
 

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The more I read about this game, the more excited I become. This sounds exactly like everything I've ever wanted out of a Survival-Horror game! Let's hope it lives up to my expectations.
 

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FelixG said:
Bindal said:
ScruffyMcBalls said:
Well holy crap, people are actually starting to realise that Zombie Survival as a genre actually has two words in the title. I'll be...
Except there were no games yet, which advertised themselves as "zombie survival" genre. Just "Zombie game", "Zombie shooter" or " with zombies".
Resident Evil?

Yeah, supposedly a survival game.
Dude, Resident Evil is actually one zombie game which does earn it's "survival" credentials, at least in my eyes. The scarcity of ammunition in that game made for a wealth of tactical decisions that needed to be made, especially when playing as Jill on the hardest difficulties. Now, there was no considering long-term aspects such as food/water and sleep, but the game was a linear story set over one day, not the (theoretically) in-game years it could take to complete other survival games, so I can let it off there.
 

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Accountfailed said:
Karloff said:
State of Decay still hasn't got a release date, but when it hits it will be on Xbox 360, XBLA and PC.
Xbox 360 AND the XBLA? Same thing, no?
Not quite. Xbox 360 usually means a disk release and XBLA is for downloadable games. More of a technicality if anything but that is probably what they meant.