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State Of Decay 3's latest trailer goes for the emotions with a big makeshift cleaver

Zombies still a thorn in the side of wily survivors

A memorial for dead people in State Of Decay 3
Image credit: Microsoft

Those undead just keep on coming back from the grave as Microsoft screen a new trailer for State Of Decay 3, your latest helping of sorrowful yet bloodthirsty zombie-bopping survivalism. I reviewed State Of Decay the first and thought it was a cool scrappy underdog next to larger zombie-botherers such as Left 4 Dead or DayZ. State Of Decay 2, on the other hand, I found to be disappointing - the same game with more money behind it in a way that seemed to magnify its faults. The threequel? I have tempered expectations, but I do want it to be good.

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The original State Of Decay was at its best, for me, when you were rummaging through drawers for supplies in random houses while trying not to raise a racket and kick off a zombie wave. The new trailer for State Of Decay 3 puts the emphasis on emotive storytelling, with a character mulling over the past life of the ravening ghoul she’s about to slay. I feel like two sequels in is rather late to start realising that zombies used to be people, but the visuals and presentation are handsome in a way that might cause Naughty Dog to raise an eyebrow. Just an eyebrow, mind you. State Of Decay doesn’t have any characters with the star-power of a Joel or an Ellie.

By the sounds of things, building a base and partying up with other refugees of the zombie apocalypse are still the principle in-game activities, though there are hints of some kind of road trip. “Set years after a zombie apocalypse nearly wiped out humankind, State of Decay 3 is the next evolution in the State of Decay franchise,” reads some blurb. “As the zombie threat continues to claim lives, you must fight back and reclaim lost ground, carving out a life for your community of survivalist homesteaders.” It’s coming to Game Pass day one.

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