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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Review

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Hitting Xbox ONE and Steam Today on April 28, 2015 is State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition, the third person action / adventure / shooter with a persistent world of survivors to be recruited, materials to be scavenged, zombie infestations to be contained, and a lot more. One of the most distinct features of State of Decay lies in its punishment for mistakes. Sure, it takes a lot to get this to happen, so there’s plenty of time to avoid it – but let your camp members die out in battle and they’re gone for good.

For all of its strengths being emboldened by this revised release, a few of its weaknesses unfortunately still remain. Driving around vehicles can feel very wonky, they tip over easily and repairing them will take a day’s time which is hardly worth it unless you’ve upgraded their armor since cars are hanging around all over to be stolen at a whim. The melee attack mechanics are bittersweet and don’t feel entirely great either. Luckily the good outweighs the bad and I’d even go as far as to say that State of Decay is a must-play game.

The psychological effects of the Zombie Apocalypse are explored as players take control of multiple characters, build their own bases, decide when it’s time to move on, set up outposts, loot stores, avoid or aid the government’s military troops who funnily enough still try to get people to obey the pre-apocalypse laws to the letter, all the while keeping their clan of recruited survivors fed, happy, and comforted.

The game provides plenty of moments where player choice comes into effect to a large degree. In addition to that, every time players set out they have to decide how best to spend their influence which can be used to recruit other players on your trip to the outside world, exchange which weapons to take with or leave behind, and how to upgrade the home base. There’s a limited amount of gear that can be carried at any given time, so that decision of whether you’ll be out collecting or needing to fill yourself with ammo, snacks, and medicine for a big battle is ultimately crucial every time players step out of the door of their home base.

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Conversely, Breakdown is the sandbox mode included in Year One Survival Edition which was presented as a DLC for the original State of Decay and features different missions, skills, facilities, bases, and has an overall focus more set to individual behavior rather than following the will of the group. Morale and group opinions still matter to some extent, but the player is much more of a leader as they gain the ability to control many more characters and story-based characters take on new roles in a bit more of a random fashion.

Lifeline sets players in the hot-seat as they play through military missions designed to ultimately evacuate the survivors from the area with the long-term goal of saving humanity’s skin. All of the Xbox 360 game’s original content has been fully remastered in 1080P High Definition. All of the DLC is included in the game, and the asking price is very low considering the sheer amount of gameplay hours which can be achieved here.

The game is not without a few minor glitches remaining that can hopefully be patched out. But similar to Oblivion or Skyrim, these are easily tolerable for the vast and detailed world which can be explored. A never-ending amount of quests, side-quests, areas of interest, both random and carefully scripted, continue pushing gameplay further and further. It’s not long before players become fully invested in what they’re doing and I dare even say addicted to the awesome living world of State of Decay.

Final Verdict:

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is probably one of the best Zombie games out right now. The reasons are simple; it’s got a big huge open world with living and breathing characters and events, it’s got tons to do all backed up by a story that matters, and most importantly the gameplay feels rewarding and meaningful. Undead Labs has managed to capture the “complete package” feel of video games from the old days in a modern era where pieces are being sliced by other studios to be sold as DLC for the detriment of the experience. Microsoft Studios has proven that they are willing to take a chance and support unique and original titles with the long-term commitment to Undead Labs’ vision and although Year One Survival Edition is not without a few hiccups, many of the players’ concerns were addressed resulting in a quality increase. I look forward to seeing what Undead Labs can come up with for their next project which is said to be multiplayer from the ground up and continuing the State of Decay franchise in some way. State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition receives an 8.75 out of 10 making it one of RGN’s Silver Games of 2015.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.75 / 10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Available On: XO | PC

Played On: Microsoft Xbox ONE

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.

Ori and the Blind Forest (XO / 360 / PC) – Making of Soundtrack Trailer [HD 1080P]


Making of Soundtrack Trailer of Ori and the Blind Forest.

Genre(s): Platform adventure
Platform(s): Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows PC
Publisher(s): Microsoft Studios
Developer(s): Moon Studios
Release Date (NA): March 11th, 2015

Legendary Status – Halo The Master Chief Collection – Killzown.TV

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Sunset Overdrive Review

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It’s hard to describe this game as a whole, it’s as if Insomniac Games decided to mix several awesome games together and make an even ‘awesomer’ game. Welcome to the Awesomepocalypse, where we make up words and life isn’t nearly as boring. Sunset City has been taken over by some of the weirdest mutants of all time and the culprit behind it all? An energy drink. Sunset Overdrive combines some awesome gameplay mechanics, with an entertaining story, interesting art, and some awesome customization. It’s a game that takes away from other games, but still manages to hold it’s own and it stands tall.

The gameplay is such an odd mix, at first it looked as if Sunset Overdrive might get old after a while, but during my stay in Sunset City I am surprised to say that I have not been bored once. I some times just grind around and about for fun, because it’s awesome. The gameplay throws hordes and hordes of enemies at you and the more diverse your play-style, the better you become. As your style level unlocks some interesting perks and you unlock more by doing this. The game sets you up with a variety of interesting weapons, amps for those weapons, and traps.

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Its alternate modes, challenges, and story set up an interesting game that doesn’t have a dull moment. One of the most interesting things you won’t see mentioned elsewhere is the respawn system. As it kicks you back in with style. I’ve seen my guy come out of a coffin all Dracula style, come down from a rope (assuming it’s from a helicopter or something), some futuristic portal type deal, Star Trek teleportation style, Portal, and a couple of others. The online during E3 was rather basic, but during it’s final release they improved upon it drastically. Originally it was only the defense, but now you build up the Chaos meter by completing multiple missions. The Chaos meter determines the difficulty of the defense.

For example, my first run was about 90%, we had meh hordes rushing towards us, 3 Herkers, and it wasn’t exactly difficult. Our 2nd run however, was much different with the Chaos running at 160%. We were introduced to about 6-10 Herkers, overwhelming Hordes, and a more intense experience. The mode wasn’t difficult, but we were in the first district and even then it’s rather rewarding, as my level 1 gun jumped to level 3 in round.

The story is something to be interested in as well. It feels somewhat like Borderlands, with some ridiculously hilarious moments, but there are also some serious moments as well. It’s the type of story that reels you in to the characters through comedy and then gives you a deeper understanding of them by switching out to a more serious tone.

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While the serious tone doesn’t happen often, it’s still present in the game and it gives you that deeper look and connection. The story can’t help but be ridiculous and it’s truthfully a relief. As games go for the more serious tone it’s always refreshing to see one that doesn’t want to follow the crowd. While Borderlands has done this, it’s a genre that has plenty of room to grow. The game is always breaking the 4th wall and is doing or saying something ridiculous. Even the tutorials are rather ridiculous as they break the 4th wall throughout. The game’s story is also complimented by it’s ridiculous customization and awesome art style though. It has a ridiculously satisfying ending as well, it’s awesome from start to finish.

The art is similar to the story really, as games are always attempting to tackle more realistic visuals. These aren’t the most realistic, they aren’t the most detailed, but they do the job and they do it right. The art in the game is something else refreshing though and I love it. It fits the story and compliments the game in every way. It’s really the perfect style for the game. The graphics for this style are the best I’ve seen, but they aren’t used very often. The character models are very well done and the OD look extremely interesting.

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The variants of the OD are always creepy and interesting to look at as well. The game offers 3 factions for you to get murdered by the OD, Fizzco, and Dicksmokes (Actually Scabs, but Insomniac’s Senior Community Manager has an interesting nickname for them). The game just has this beautiful look to it with the art style done oh so perfectly. It’s ridiculous art is only furthered by it’s ridiculous customization.

What naturally makes Sunset Overdrive a much more enjoyable experience is it’s customization. During my stay I played as a big man with a lumberjack beard, track shorts, a cape, goggles, and elf ears. While he didn’t look normal, he was the perfect video game version of me that ever was. While you can’t do much in terms of your body type you can do a ton of things for your clothing.

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They give you a wide variety of things to choose from. You can be serious, whacky, or seriously whacky. What’s fun is that no matter what you decide, you will always be insulted by the shop keeper! While you can only select from presets on your face and body type, it does rather well with the clothing. The odd thing is that they decided to preset the voice actors as well, I would have loved to choose a different one, while mine does his work, it would have been nice to have the option.

While Sunset Overdrive isn’t awesome it does manage to be something completely different, in the spirit of making up words, Sunset Overdrive is FUAWESOME, F*cking Awesome. It’s legitimately the best IP this generation. It has a whacky story, great customization options, and it basically sets up a rather high expectation for new IPs to come. While most games won’t follow Sunset Overdrive’s footsteps, it’s a rather impressive step forward and it remains enjoyable throughout the entire game.

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The only complaints I have are the story, while fun & awesome, is seemingly all over the place and it’s music doesn’t fit at times. It’s online at times can be rather easy and chaotic as well, but with the right group I can see it being rather enjoyable. It’s a game I can grind on for hours and have.

Final Verdict:

To the people calling it Sunset Overhype, I implore you to give the game an actual chance, as it turns out to be Funset Over… drive. Anyway, what Sunset Overdrive has done is given the Xbox One an interesting and unique game in the AAA season. While it is a blend of some other games, it still manages to hold it’s own and it does it properly. From the looks of it, Sunset Overdrive could spawn one of the more interesting series in recent years.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.5 / 10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Available On: Xbox ONE Exclusively

Review Copy Info: The author of this article received a digital copy of this game from the publisher for the purpose of this review.