The State Of Decay concept still holds plenty of promise but this sequel is so broken that laughing at its bugs and glitches becomes its primary source of entertainment.
That's not what XboxTavern and TrueAchievements say. Won't be making any new comments in State of Decay 2 threads, and this is the last time I'm going to say this, but it really is quite ridiculous. Out of the top 5 reviews for SOTD2 on Metacritic - 3 out of 5 are MS sites. Out of the top 5 reviews for Sea of Thieves Metacritic - 4 OUT OF 5 are MS sites. Both games would be hanging by their a** in the low 60's without these padded reviews. You guys are getting played. Not to say their isn't some what of a biased nature in many aspects of reviewing and their publications, but this is ridiculous. Still waiting for the review from Brad at GameCritics. We didn't get one for Sea of Thieves - funny that!
Biased MS sites are biased.
And what people seems to be forgetting is that this game was supposed to come out last year and was delayed to a mid 2019 release and it's still super buggy
I’m sure Sony sites pad their reviews too but at least non platform specific sites like Gamespot, IGN, etc scores usually agree with Sony Sites so the scores don’t seem far fetched. These pro Xbox sites do a disservice to fans with these overly impressive scores that stray far from the average. There is nothing about this game deserving of a 9. Nothing.
Yea, it's pretty telling when these sites repeatedly review much higher than the average.
Sony don't need to 'pad' their reviews. The games speak for themselves. When you put as much time and passion into a game like Sony 1st party does, then reviews usually take care of themselves.
MS games have always gotten boosted from MS centric sites, I noticed this last gen as well. PS centric sites on the other hand give PS exclusives bad scores when warranted.
Well you got like plenty of Sony sites to compensate. The game looks awful by the way
I’m not sure if they rate Xbox games. I maybe wrong.
@gamerzero It's not even the "final stretch", this game was supposed to be released last year and was delayed for 6+ months and it's still like this.
Totally forgot about that they got extra time and resources yet still released a average game It's an easier decision to put these games on ganepass because ms much rather make $10 than nothing
@showtimefolks I question how much Microsoft actually makes if anything selling game pass. They have all these games from other publishers that are taking a cut of every game pass sale. After all those cuts, you have to wonder what is actually left for Microsoft? I am guessing they are basically giving their games away for free. With out MT's in these games it'll be interesting to see if this is actually a sustainable model.
The bias out there is pretty bad. Reminds me of what you see with politics and journalism. Companies exert control with access (early game copies, interviews, exclusive coverage) and advertising. If you see a site get exclusive press access to something, you can bet they had to do something for it (cough...Digital Foundry...cough)
Both Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 are hovering in the 66-70 range on Metacritic and Open Critic but i'd have to believe both games would be sitting in the 60-64 range had they not received all that help from Xbox review sites.
Even Gamingbolt only gave it a 6. Gamingbolt is essentially a MS site. Granted, I do see a lot of 7 and 8 reviews on N4G as well, and I haven't played it, so I'm not going to make a judgement. But even the good reviews seem to point to it being broken, but still fun to play because of it's addictive nature.
Maybe... just MAYBE they came in as a fan of the series understanding what they were getting into and were extremely happy with the game. It's an opinion piece people and if you go and look many sites not trying to tank the game are giving it between a 6-8 which is above average to good. No one came into this game expecting engrossing story lines those are sort of generated as you grow attached to your party. Could they have done more, sure, but this game initially was the State of Decay MMO. As for Xbox as a whole... you people in the reply section do realize that Xbox has more power in the company now than it has ever had before. That Azure started it's life off as Xbox Live and that it brings in significant profits. Will everything eventually move into the cloud? Probably, but I think we are a significant time away from that happening and by then we'll have seen technology make a substantial shift.
Now firstly if the game is overly buggy that is not really excusable. Currently i am installing it on the Xbox x so will see for myself. Interestingly the day 1 update is 14gb, so either they have added another patch ( the other patch wax 6gb) or this is just the x update size. But what is random is everyone automatically agreeing with scores of 4 and hating on scores of 9. The game has a meta around 70. So scores of 9 are 2 above the average compared to 3 below for scores of 4. The outliers are the 4 scores more than the 9. So if you believe the 4's the 9's should also be accepted.
Microsoft seems to have lost their way this generation. I admit i don't like Xbox brand but healthy competition is always good.
I don't know if I always agree with that. Hell, we still might be gaming online for free on Playstation if not for Xbox coming in and charging for it...with people happily paying for it.
So you mean this is like karma biting them back? lol. Well, in a way, I guess you're right.
sure competition is good BUT do you even remember the PS2 days? Sony had no competition what so ever but we had arguably one of if not the best gen in terms or games IMO. last gen Sony was pumping exclusives after exclusives like candy but due to the 360 getting more sales in NA and the PS3 playing catch up for the whole gen, these gems of games got buried in the market full of shooters and we are getting less and less unique games no thanks to THAT! competitions has seen the game market crashed before and competition has left many studios got shut down last gen. but this gen, Sony is back on top and as you can see, they are not shying away from delivering blockbuster games after games even if the main competitor sulking at the corner with only MAU as their new "measurement of success" and their fans can't stop bragging about BC and "power of the X"!
Yes, PS2 were glory days. In terms of competition, Sony infernal studios compete between themselves. Take Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica et al. MS provide no competition for these studios so they challenge each other for oneupmanship:)
Damn not getting such good scores
Was anyone really expecting anything more at this point?
The state of Xbox 1st party games is a shambling mess. Can't say Im surprised honestly.
«The graphics are terrible, the artificial intelligence is almost non-existent, and it’s so full of bugs it’s like visiting the insect house at London Zoo». But are they crazy to launch the game like this????
I don’t have faith in ms. if halo 6 is subpar no more buying the next generation Xbox..
LOL THAT is your breaking point? Halo 6? I'd say you have a very low expectation towards MS
My main is PlayStation. xbox for halo because, im loyal to the series.
Sucks for sure but hardly surprised. You’d think Microsoft would be more interested in putting out quality releases these days...
You really would think that. With all eyes being on their games right now you'd think they would see the need for quality, at least fixing the bugs. But this is the same company that closed down more than 10 studios and canceled multiple big game projects in the same year that they only had two games to release and one of them was just the yearly Forza reskin.
Yeah I used to think I had to have an Xbox as I’d miss my Forza franchise but it hasn’t done anything game changing or interesting for a while and I’m still asked to pay for the same dlc cars over and over. Having a lot more fun playing GT Sport online than I ever did in a typical forza destruction derby
Not a good year for Xbox. Shame.
Ya know, that's true, but sadly it's still better than 2017...
And people still defending this. I don’t get it.
It's easy to understand. Fanboys and fangirls will stick to one brand no matter what.
Game has a 72 on Meta 68 on Opencritic. Another Xbox dud
It was hailed as Days Gone killer from Xbox users on this site. Its hilarous to even defend the games Microsoft publishes.The latest games have been under subpar. I have a PS4 Pro, N Switch and Xbox X and im embarrased over the fans at Xbox camp. Stop making me as a gamer look silly.
Sadly even the alpha build of Days Gone has more polish than the release version of State of Decay.
that says A LOT about talents at MS's owned studios
Fire Phil Spencer
He’s just a face... Microsoft’s vision is the issue. He is just paid to sugar coat their direction and paint a gloss on it to try and sell it.
"The State Of Decay concept still holds plenty of promise but this sequel is so broken that laughing at its bugs and glitches becomes its primary source of entertainment" Eish
Xbox sure is in a state of decay..
So tired of zombie games honestly, of any kind Sony or Microsoft. let's have something new please. i love the 4p coop though.
You make it sound like there are no new games other than zombie games on the market. God of War was just released and Detroit Become Human is releasing in a week. There are a ton of people that still enjoy zombie games. If you're personally tired of them, don't buy them.
you are 100% correct. I just don't care for them. I don't really care for god of war either, but Detroit Become Human i'm very excited for, it looks great, i' really like story based games. Life is strange is probably one of my favorites this generation.
this game sadly looks like the current Xbox exclusives situation overall.......in a ‘State of Disarray’.......sad too cuz MS is letting stuff like this come out in the crappy state their in like this and SOT. Now more than ever is when they need to be getting better games out but looks like it isnt going to change at all. Crackdown 3 will propably bomb hard also sadly. Phil has got to go sorry but he does.
I’m disappointed, I was really holding out for this despite also wanting to get Days Gone.
DOA ? At least devs know it is not worth 60$ and have priced it 30$. SOT was hoax. I would choose this over that crap for sure
If they have experienced bugs then what else do you expect? For them to not write about them?
Another painful ouch. Seriously, fire Phil please.
The Commentator was arguing yesterday that the game ran well and that the sites that were reporting severe bugs and technical issues were wrong. Now that reviews are out we can see that State of Decay 2 indeed is a mess.
Funny how he's nowhere to be found.
The odd thing is that mods agreed with The Commentator yesterday and they put in a huge update on the description stating how the reported technical issues were fraudulent and unfounded. They said the writer simply made up the issues and it was a lie just to incite a flame war. Even posted a link showing "proof" the game ran well. It was strange considering that a day later it is unequivocally proven that State of Decay 2 is indeed a technical mess.
In other news, it’s basically on par with the first at launch but has multiplayer and bigger expectations that simply aren’t met. Review scores aside anyways which are generally lower to begin with (more of them reviewing it this time too), it doesn’t seem that different from what people got originally either—which is part of the problem. So fans that could chug through the last probably get the same experience they enjoyed but with friends now. I’ll give it a go anyways due to Game Pass, as that’s why i have it. Be nice if MS could even get some solid 8+ again though. 9+ would be better and definitely ideal.
God dayummmmm. Another XL L for the X 🤣🤣🤣
Totally unbiased review
Gaving that most major websites reviewd this game between 7.5 and 8.5 this is a clickbit review
Most? Are you sure?
Yeaahhh no they didn’t lol
Can anyone explain to me why they're so many comment on the bad reviews but, very few on the positive reviews?
I think that's explained in the first comment here...
Disappointed by the reviews but Ill still have fun with this regardless.
IGN gave it a 7.5, this site is clearly trolling for hits. My advice, play it free on game pass (14 day trial) and judge for yourselves.
Bum ass game developers. And that stupid CEO ruining the brand.