Top 9 Games Like "State of Decay" Everyone Should Play

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Rahul is a video game addict. Some of this favorite games are Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Witcher 3.

What Games Are Like State of Decay?

State of Decay had gamers divided into two groups upon its launch. There were some who absolutely loathed it, while the others had nothing but praise for this game. What many people didn’t realize is that it’s a full-blown RPG wrapped in the exterior of an open-world zombie survival game. Those who pick it up hoping it would supply them with endless hordes of zombies to shoot at and chop off their limbs will be disappointed.

On the other hand, if role-playing games are your favorite, you’ll absolutely adore this game. It’s a gritty, demanding game where losing your focus usually results in death.

If you’re here, I’m assuming you’ve already finished the game and are looking for some alternatives. Here is my compilation of some games like State of Decay.

Games Similar to State of Decay

  1. State of Decay
  2. Dying Light
  3. The Division
  4. Left 4 Dead 2
  5. The Forest
  6. Dead Rising 4
  7. Escape From Tarkov
  8. DayZ
  9. Green Hell

1. State of Decay 2

If you’re looking for some games like State of Decay, try its sequel. State of Decay 2 takes the formula of the first game and expands on it in every way possible. The map is bigger, and there is more focus on co-op gameplay. Team up with your buddies and go bash some zombies!

The combat mechanics have hugely improved. It doesn’t feel clunky anymore. It gets repetitive but stays fun throughout the game.

You’ll go out into the world infested with zombies, save randomly generated survivors, and take them along on your disparate adventures. Managing your companions and crafting are two pillars of this post-apocalyptic game. If you’re not paying due attention to these elements, the survivors you just saved won’t last long. And when they die, all the essential upgrades are gone with them. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but the game slowly eases you into its subtle mechanics. Once you get the hang of it, it’s one hell of a ride.

2. Dying Light

It’s easy to get lost in the world of Dying Light. At first glance, it might not look like something you’d be sinking hundreds of hours into, but before you know it, you’ll be spending an unhealthy amount of time climbing the rooftops and finding innovative ways to kill zombies.

After a brief tutorial section, where you learn the basic mechanics, you’re let loose in the city plagued with a mysterious epidemic. Since going out means going on a suicide mission, only a few leave the safe zone to do chores for others. The fate of the city lies on your shoulders as you’re one of the few ‘runners‘ left. Go out, scavenge for supplies, hone in on your crafting skills and be the savior everyone desperately needs.

Even after over 100 hours in, I still go back to this game from time to time. It never ceases to be fun, thanks to one of the best parkour mechanics ever seen in a game, even toppling the likes of Assassins Creed series.

When you venture out at night, it transforms into a survival horror game. Zombies become super-fast and they can now climb walls and run faster than you. If they see you, you won’t last long. It stops being fun when you’re genuinely scared for your life.

Dying Light was released over 5 years ago. It has been such a long time, but this game has stayed relevant to this date, as developer Techland has been very generous with their updates, fixes, and expansions. Dying Light: The Following, a standalone expansion, released 3 years after the original game to critical acclaim and enjoys an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ rating on Steam – something not a lot of games have pulled off.

If you want some multiplayer action, try its recently released Battle Royale mode, which is fast, explosive and tons of fun to play.

3. The Division

Developed and published by Ubisoft, The Division is a shared-world third-person MMORPG where you can have a jolly good time alone or with friends.

It was marketed as one of the most ambitious projects to come out from Ubisoft in recent years. The game, however, was launched in a poor state with little content. Thankfully, Ubisoft continued to bring us updates and patches. Fast forward two years, the game is in a much better state.

Ubisoft gets a lot of flak for its bullshots and graphic downgrading, and they deserve the hate. But we should recognize and appreciate the positive effort when we see one. They have almost overhauled the game in such a short span.

The shooting feels ever so satisfying now. Also, some core gameplay elements have been improved. It’s surprising how deep it runs once you delve into its convoluted skill trees.

With so many mysteries to unfold and creatures to shoot at, The Division cements its place as one of the best games like State of Decay. Its addictive gameplay will keep you hooked for as long as you want. Sure, it feels grindy, but the payoff is well worth it.

4. Left 4 Dead 2

Developed and published by Valve in 2013, this co-operative third-person shooter was released for Xbox 360, PC, Linux, and Mac.

It’s a more brutal and bloodier version of Left 4 Dead, the original game. Though there is no dearth of co-operative shooters, nothing comes close to offering the intense gameplay. If you’re coming on the heels of games like State of Decay, it will be difficult to adjust to the pace of this game. It’s fast, relentless, and unforgiving.

You are paired up with three other people and dropped into one of the many zombie-infested maps. To get the job done and survive, you not only have to be at the top of your own game but also hope that your teammates are handy with the tools. You have to work with the team here.

There is not much to the story. It merely serves as exterior to wrap around all the fast-paced gore and mayhem. While you can go through the campaign alone, it’s more fun when you have others playing with you. Playing with AI companions isn’t as fun.

Multiplayer is where the fun lies. Play as a survivor or be a zombie and terrorize everyone. No two playthroughs are ever the same.

5. The Forest

Developed and published by Endlight Games, the plot of The Forest puts you in the shoes of a plane crash survivor. You wake up in a lush green jungle with no idea how you survived. Crafting, building, and exploration are the key to stay alive against the mysterious jungle and its mysterious inhabitants.

Build and craft your gears in the daylight and prepare yourself for an onslaught as the night falls, as you defend yourself against disparate enemies.

If you want to experience true horror, play it on VR. It feels like a different game as the horror and intrigue intensifies.

The campaign is fun alone, but it’s better when you play with others. Some of the things I’d like to have fixed are some minor glitches and performance issues. Apart from these small nuisances, it’s a gem of a game.

6. Dead Rising 4

Developed and published by Capcom, Dead Rising 4 is the newest and the most ambitious entry in the Dead Rising franchise. It addresses some of the major complains of the previous iteration-Dead Rising 3. The map, for instance, doesn’t feel as constricted now. They have made improvements to the melee combat as well, making it feel ever so satisfying to slay zombies.

Graphics is another area where it shines. The game looks sharper and more colorful, thanks to the updated Forge engine. However, some performance issues on PC still leave a bad taste in the mouth. Getting a smooth framerate, even on high-end PCs, is a trial & error process. Even then, stability is not guaranteed. I ran the game between 50-80 FPS on medium settings on my PC boasting a GTX 1050Ti and i5 processor.

7. Escape from Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov is developed and published by Battlestate Games, a small Russian studio. In this PVPVE game, you’re pitted against not only intelligent bots but real players as well. Escape from Tarkov is certainly not for everyone. It’s an unforgiving shooter with a steep learning curve. If you’re into hardcore shooters like Arma series, you’ll love the gunplay here.

You play as one of the mercenaries stuck in the middle of an on-going civil war. Your goal is to escape the city, alone or along with your friends.

Tarkov differs greatly from your everyday shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield where death has no consequences, except on the team score. Death in Tarkov, however, means that all your loot and gears are gone. You have to start your journey afresh; searching, exploring, shooting, and looting all over again. While this hardcore, no-nonsense approach to gameplay can be a little vexing for casual players, it also makes you take this game seriously.

If you want to get your hands on this game, head on over to their website and pre-order one of the four available editions of this game, which guarantees instant access to the closed beta.

8. DayZ

DayZ is a post-apocalyptic third-person shooter taking place in an epidemic struck island. Everyone on the island is infected with this mysterious virus, which has turned them into undead creatures. With no way out of this city, your only goal is to survive as long as you can. You’ll play as one of the 60 players on a server. Be a lone wolf or join someone else in your quest to survival.

It’s hard to believe DayZ started its journey as a simple Arma 2 mod. Nobody, not even the mod developer, could have expected that it will blow up like this. Apparently, the mod became so popular that it transformed into a standalone game.

Although DayZ is not a story-driven adventure, you’ll have more than a few stories to tell by the end of your playthroughs. The random nature of this game ensures that no two playthroughs are the same.

I understand that some fans are quite upset about the time it has taken them to bring the game out of early access. But when you look at the amount of work put into this game, you’ll agree that all the time taken is justified and worth it.

9. Green Hell

Still in early access, Green Hell is developed and published by Creepy Jar. Don’t flee just yet. Doesn’t have much in the tutorial’s name. After a brief tutorial, you find yourself in a mysterious rainforest where all odds are stacked against you. You must figure out everything by yourself. It has a steep learning curve, but learning the ropes is well worth it.

Crafting is the main part of survival. You must spend some time into thinking. If the Amazonian rainforest doesn’t kill you, you yourself will. There is a possibility that you will go insane. If you, for instance, ate a human in your quest for survival, the consequences on your character‘s psyche will be grave. How far will you go to survive?

While survival is of paramount importance, you also will have to take your mental state into consideration. Maintaining a balance between these two can be frustrating at times, but if you like survival simulators, the emphasis on hardcore survival will appeal to you.

It seems like they have done extensive research before developing this game. They have dumped all their knowledge into this game. Surviving in a rainforest game isn’t supposed to be easy, and this game will surely test your crafting, combat, and management skills.

Survival is hard, but keeping your sanity is even harder. Maintaining a balance between these two can be tricky, but that’s part of the bargain.

With so many survival adventure games coming out these days, it's possible that I might have missed on a few games. Let me know about them in the comments section.

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