Since I first started playing Undead Lab’s newest hit State of Decay, I have had my fair share of moments where one bad move has either lead to the total annihilation of my team or ended up in my starting over my game completely. I have learned that when it comes to State of Decay, it’ll start out as mostly as trial and error. Newcomers will quickly learn that this apocalyptic world of roaming undead is unapologetic when it comes mistakes. There will be times that the game will suddenly feel the need to pull the rug out from under you and literally destroy the save haven you fought so hard to build.
By my guess, I am in my fourth play-through of the game but that’s not because I’ve beaten the game by any means. Like I said, I have made some pretty bad moves that could only be fixed by starting over. What can I say? I’m a perfectionist by nature as well as a glutton for punishment. Rather than go through my laundry list of blunders, I think it would be better if I gave some useful tips to those who are either considering to play the game, or who are newcomers who would appreciate some guidance.
Real World Rules
Something you might realize as you’re playing the game is that it operates on a more realistic time basis. This can quickly become an annoyance after you come back to your game after a break from playing. I’ll tell you right now; do not expect your save game to be exactly the same as you left it. Let’s say that you save your game with your group at high morale, your supplies are pretty well stocked and your neighbors are holding their own. The next you come back, it will probably not be the case anymore. Team mates may have gone missing while you were away. Some may have gotten injured. Your supplies are running low, your neighbors are overrun with zombies, new infestations have sprung up and morale has dropped.
The game is different each time you play so be ready to deal with a whole new set of problems every time you turn on your Xbox.
Best advice: There isn’t a way around this unfortunately, so remember to have a good stock of supplies waiting on stand by at outpost and also take care of problems and grievances as they occur. The faster they’re done, the faster you’ll find yourself back on track.
Don’t Be Greedy
Which brings me to next point. While scavenging for supplies, you’ll occasionally comes across bulky stockpiles of food, medicine or building materials that will really help improve life among your survivors. You can either take the whole pile or break it apart in smaller piles. Either one is okay. However, if you decide to take the whole pile, your group will go through them quickly next time you play. Which will really put you at a disadvantage if your group is hungry or hurt, or if you want to improve your home base or if you want to relocate.
Best advice: Space out just how you take back with you. Maybe set up an outpost at that location to reduce the number of zombie spawns in that location.
Please Drive Responsibly
State of Decay should be called Grand Theft Auto…but with zombies. More often times than not, I can guarantee that newcomers will spent the first few hours simply driving around and playing chicken with a couple of unsuspecting hordes. I will admit I did the same thing the first time. There is nothing more satisfying than reducing a large group of zombies into splattered red stain on the pavement while happily singing the opening to National Lampoon’s Vacation.
But don’t go thinking that your Griswold station wagon is a tank because you’ll be in for a frightening reality check when you suddenly find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere and a horde on your heels. Plowing through zombies will cause real life damage to your vehicle and gradually render it useless. The car will begin to sputter, the tires will go flat or your engine will catch fire and explode. You can repair it, but only if you have a working workshop and someone on your team with the skills. Keep in mind also that cars in this world are limited.
Best advice: The cars are there for the sole purpose of mowing down zombies, so enjoy yourself. Just don’t abuse the privilege and keep your joyrides to a limit if you can.
Patience is a Virtue
Stealth can means the difference between a successful scavenge or the last day of your life. Don’t think I’m kidding when I say that the silent approach is your best bet when it comes to survival. While you’re out scavenging, you’ll have the option of speeding up the process in hopes of getting the best gear. You can do this, but you run the risk of making a lot of noise and attracting just about every zombie nearby. These situations can get really ugly really fast, and unless you have an escape route and enough meds to support you run back to home base…well then, you’re screwed. No joke.
This is especially true when trying to get around hordes. Zombies are highly responsive to sound. They will rush attack anything that makes a loud noise or a sneeze. There will be times that your map will detect the an approaching horde lumbering their way down the street. if you’re on foot, this could spell disaster if you’re seen or heard.
Best Advice: Don’t be an idiot. Take your time when gathering supplies or when getting around zombies. It’ll take longer, but at least you’ll come home in one piece.
Now I know that I’m missing some important information here. These are just some that I can remember right off the top of my head. So expect some more helpful tips later on as my journey through this zombie wasteland continues.