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State of Decay 2 Review - Not The Exclusive Xbox Needs Right Now | COGconnected

COGconnected: State of Decay 2 is an ambitious follow up to the 2013 original. Unfortunately, promising core functionality can't save this buggy mess from it's generic and tedious loop.

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Prettygoodgamer34d ago

Another 4 ....jeez huh, I'll probably still give it a try on my PC but I'll wait for bug fixes and patches, the first game was buggy as heck when I played it.

Eonjay34d ago

I don't understand the point of releasing it buggy if its just going to hurt your score and reviews. Days Gone is a perfect example of a team with a good looking product but wont let it be released until it is polished. Even if you don't care about sales or reviews, care about the customer consuming your product.

Lovable34d ago

Prolly time constraint and push from the higher ups. Money could be a deciding factor as well. One way or another they need to get in some revenue to keep the updates.

RpgSama34d ago

@Lovable

What time constraints? This game was supposed to be released last year, they postponed the game for 6+ months and it's still like this.

Sayai jin34d ago

A buggy game should not be releases until the game becomes polished. The fact that MS is lacking exclusives makes it even worse. They are limping into E3. They need to establish some studios which won't be turning out gamed until next gen.

rainslacker33d ago

Because MS wants this to be a GaaS game. They'll update it over time, and eventually it'll be fine...maybe. In the mean time, they can say they released a game, not lose face by delaying it again, and maybe soon get some MT going once a decent update releases.

Welcome to the future. Apparently the same thing we complained about with mobile games for a decade now has become the future that has more impact....or something.

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IamTylerDurden134d ago (Edited 34d ago )

State of Decay 2 is a 69 Open Critic and a 70 Metacritic out of about 40-44 reviews on each site. Reviews are worse than the first game and all the reports about bugs and the game feeling more like an expansion than a sequel appear to be true. Out of 40 reviews on Open Critic 15 were a 65 or lower. Several pro Xbox sites like Xbox Tavern gave the game 8.7's - 9's which artificially increased the score. It's a shame that State of Decay 2 appears to be so messy and underwhelming.

BeardedDrachen34d ago

What's with MS allowing their devs to release unfinished games???

knickstr34d ago

Microsoft is not big on delays. If they can get away with not having to delay a game they will.

remixx11634d ago

This is so true, with MS tgey dint have a massive portforlio of games coming so delays are not a good look for them.

Gibreel8734d ago

With their entire announced lineup of 2018 consisting of delayed games it's hard to say they are "not big on delays".

crazyCoconuts34d ago

Maybe they're having to decide what's worse from a PR perspective: low scoring games or no games at all. Imagine the PR backlash if SoT and SoD got pushed to next year.

rainslacker33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

I don't think the low reviews are really that great for PR either.

Give it a day or two though. The fan boys will dismiss the problems once there are a few more high scores and they've played it to be able to say they liked it and the bugs weren't that bad.

In this case, I think they wanted to give something to keep people invested in game pass so they don't let the subs expire. Game Pass is MS future, because it's recurring revenue even if they don't release strong games for it.

IamTylerDurden134d ago (Edited 34d ago )

Perhaps Microsoft cares more about fast cash than delivering quality games? Sea of Thieves reportedly sold well even though it was bare bones and needed more development time. If Microsoft makes money why should they care? That is the attitude i see. Plus, the longer the development process the more money it ends up costing them. I would imagine part of the reason Microsoft has pushed two half baked games out in a row is because they didn't want to fund the extra development time and they were afraid of bad PR from delays.

rainslacker33d ago

MS isn't letting them. MS tells them to.

Sony did the same with The Order.

Ultimately, the publisher can just say release the game for whatever reason. Trying to meet a release date(pretty common last gen), shutting down the studio, cutting losses on production, hope to fix it between gold and release or down the line.

It's not uncommon from any publisher really, just some will delay things if it's in a really bad state.

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Razmiran34d ago

Its on the same level as the rest of the xbox exclusive lineup this year

RainbowBrite34d ago

I was commenting on how bad this looked (like midlife 360), and all I got as a reply is how much fun they had with the 1st one. Well, this is not the first game

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