Game developers be like "Let's see if they like an even harder zombie apocalypse".
As some of you may remember, we reviewed State of Decay 2 last year (8th of June to be exact), and while it had some problems and bugs (most of which have been tweaked or fixed) I still really enjoyed the game.
State Of Decay 2 got plenty of play time then and still features heavily in my line up when I’m bored.
Since its initial release, it had two DLC’s, both free, the first was a small one, called Daybreak, it added a few weapons, vehicles, a new difficulty and a game mode. But it’s the second one I want to tell you about today.
Heartland dropped on the 9th of June 2019 as a free add on to the base game of State of Decay 2 and instead of just adding new toys to dispose of the unending hordes of the undead, it included two storylines set on the old map of Trumbull Valley, and for those of you who’ve never played the first game, (I highly recommended it) that is where it's set.
There are two different plot lines to choose from, one as Larisse and her Aunt Fi, who are searching for Larisse’s father Mickey Wilkerson. While the second follows ex-con Quincy and his survival partner former cop Helena as they search for an old associate.
As soon as you begin you realise that the developers have upped the ante with Heartland, every zombie you come across is infected with ‘Blood Plague’, the highly dangerous infection in the base game that you had to eradicate, and that includes the Freaks, so watch your step.
The graphics are still the same since this is just an expansion rather than another game, but since it is a map that has been played before, the makers have tinkered with it to make it look worse than last time, which makes sense as the zombie apocalypse has been raging for a couple of years now as opposed to just a few weeks (last time we saw Trumbull Valley).
They’ve also added a lot more... plague zombie gunk is the best way to describe it I guess, and it just makes it feel a hell of a lot creepier.
As does the sound affects to be honest, the groans and banging as the zombies pound on the doors to get to you always brings a chill to my spine. While the soundtrack features mournful country style tunes with hints of hope.
Heartland brings something that more than a few of us gamers wanted to State of Decay 2, an actual plot line other than “build up a base, recruit survivors and wipe out the Plague Hearts… and go!”.
Don’t get me wrong, that is still in the expansion, but there is more of a story and the missions tie into it perfectly.
If you’re a fan of the series, survivor sims and/ or zombie apocalypse games, then State of Decay 2 with its new Heartland DLC is for you!