Platform: XBLA (PC version TBA)
Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Zombies, zeds, infected, walkers, revenants, rots, call them what you will - but our love affair with the undead continues unabated despite the torrent of terrible knock-off games in which they star. Download services teem with lazy, rehashed and unambitious affairs that genuinely believe that zombies can sell an awful game by simply turning up. Frankly, we're getting a little fed up of the whole thing.
State Of Decay is something else entirely, something better. Though the familiar setup of whacking zombies with scavenged weapons remains reassuringly intact, this recklessly ambitious title throws you into an enormous open world teeming with possibilities and tough decisions, tasking you with leading an entire community through hell and out the other side intact.
For 1600 Microsoft Points, Undead Labs have delivered what could (and probably should) be one of this year's biggest sleeper hits.
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