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Dead State

7 months ago

Feature: Listen for your life

Podcast: Should survival games die?

No. Let's not be ridiculous. But there are so many examples of bad survival games that it’s important to remember the good ones. So that’s what we are doing on the latest RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. We're breaking stones over the heads of rubbish survival games, but cooking, salting and eating the delicious ones. Adam wraps himself up in The Long Dark but…

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3 years ago

Feature: Videogames saved the radio star

The RPG Scrollbars: Voices In The Air

There's something oddly comforting about radio. Comforting because it's so familiar, so natural. Odd because it's a comfort that most of us don't really use all that much these days, at least not in the ways that games just casually assume. It's a little like the whole audio diaries thing - it makes a vague sense that everyone in a city like Rapture might record…

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Feature: Six Months Later

Dead State: Reanimated review

I'd been wanting to check out Doublebear's Dead State - which I'm going to loosely label 'The Walking Dead does X-COM' - for a while, but Wot I Thinkery fell to someone else upon its initial release. The free 'Reanimated' update is a fancy name for a mega-patch designed to address assorted gripes about the doomy turn-based strategy/RPG zombie survival game, and also my opportunity…

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Reanimated: Dead State Hefty Overhaul Patch Released

Dead State [official site] may have launched out of Early Access in December, but it's just received a hefty update bringing the sort of stuff I'd expect from a final pre-launch polish-o-rama. Developers DoubleBear launched the 'Reanimated' update arrived yesterday, bringing overhauled combat balance, smarter AI, better pathfinding, new combat sounds and animations, a hardcore mode, new areas, new random encounters, bug fixes, and more…

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4 years ago

Dead State Demo Is Hammering At Your Door

Zombies! They're everywhere these days. Shambling up and down the road, moaning about something or other in those inaudible voices, causing long queues for the teller at your local bank. That sort of thing. They're a menace and there's just too many of them on the streets. It's enough to make one long for the days when a human's brains were their own concern. Still,…

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Feature: Expire State Of Mind

Dead State review

Dead State has been shambling toward release for years and we've been tracking its progress since Brian Mitsoda announced the project in 2010. It looked like it might be the game that revitalised the zombie genre long before the rotters had reached saturation point. It was also one of the few old-fashioned isometric RPGs in development before Kickstarter helped the likes of Wasteland 2 and…

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RPS Postbag: Dead State Is Out Of Early Access

The RPS post pigeon delivered this letter, and several others like it, to our treehouse recently: Dear RPS, How come you haven't mentioned that Dead State is now out of Early Access? I know, zombies and all that, but the RPG's about human drama too and makers DoubleBear were founded by Brian Mitsoda (he wrote Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, don't you know!) and Annie VanderMeer…

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5 years ago

Rising: Dead State’s Early Access Release

Years of waiting and it comes to this. I've been excited about Dead State since I first became aware of it, long before I merged with the RPS Hivemind. Since then, I've discovered more about Doublebear's plans for the zombie survival RPG but I hadn't had a chance to play it until late last night when the game launched on Steam Early Access. Oh no!…

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Gimmie Shelter: Dead State Demo Coming Soon

You can tell turn-based zombie RPG Dead State's been in development for a while. It has been the subject of three RPS interview features in its lifetime, including one by co-founder and current panel-beater, Kieron Gillen, who conducted the original interview using carrier pigeons. We're doing it all electrically nowadays, which means I'm able to easily inform you that a demo is being prepped for…

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Know Your Roll: Dead State’s Combat Video

Seeing the first footage of Dead State's zombie-smashing, looter-blasting turn-based combat might be the main draw of the video below, but it's the details that really captured my attention. I'm talking about toilet roll, "one of the ultimate luxury items", which the survivors risk their lives to nab from the backroom of a hardware store. Sure, they find food and some tools as well, but…

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6 years ago

Feature: No World To Save

Just Survive: Dead State Interview

It is with good reason that RPS has been paying close attention to the development of zombie RPG, Dead State. Created by Obsidian veterans, Brian Mitsoda and Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda, the survivalist role-player is bursting with potential. And now, as you might expect for such an ambitious indie project, it has a Kickstarter. And a trailer. We spoke to both developers (on their anniversary, no…

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Dead State Kickstarts With A New Trailer

Dead State, the zombie RPG from former Obsidian developers Brian Mitsoda and Annie Carlson, has launched a Kickstarter. And along with this comes a brand new trailer for the potentially very interesting game. We'll have a massive exclusive interview with the developers in a few moments, but to build up to that, check out the trailer below.

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A Month Of Monstrosities: Deadly 30

Released when I was distracted by something that wasn't the internet over the weekend, Deadly 30 is a side-scrolling game of zombie killing, home building and exploration. More killing than building, granted, but while each of the 30 days that must be survived allow for scavenging, and the discovery and recruitment of other survivors, the nights are given over to barricade building and defense, as…

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Kickstarting Corpses: Dead State

I post about Kickstarter projects more often than I post about indie bundles, which is alarming and is also the reason I'd pledged not to cover any more of them this week...and yet this may not even be the last such post today. The proposed zombie survival RPG Dead State is a concept that sends shivers down my spine like a gentle caress every time…

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8 years ago

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A Blood Red State: Dead State Revealed

When the Obsidian/Troika veterans Doublebear announced that they were making a Zombie-themed RPG, there was an immediate response in our comment thread. Namely, posting comments. It was then codenamed ZRPG. Now, it has a real name. It's going to be called Dead State and we've got the first hard information, screenshots and an interview with head Doublebearer Brian Mitsoda.

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