Dead State is a narrative-driven survival RPG set at the dawn of the undead apocalypse. Drawing inspiration from classic RPGs like Fallout, X-Com, and Suikoden, Dead State combines strategic, turn-based combat with base building mechanics, character creation, and social management.
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Release Date: Dec 4, 2014

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Dead State: Reanimated

We’ve spent a couple of months of solid development time making Dead State stronger, smarter, and faster, and we’re happy to say that the results are fantastic. We’ve brought new life - or is it unlife? - to every aspect of the game. This isn’t just Dead State anymore - this is Dead State: Reanimated! DS:R isn’t just an update - it’s our definitive enhanced edition with brand-new content, full of improvements and fixes requested by you, our community!

The Highlights

  • Major overhaul of combat balance! Core combat systems have been thoroughly reworked to take advantage of all the data and feedback we’ve gathered over the months since Dead State’s original release. Ranged weapons, melee weapons, armor, special attacks, ally / PC healing, and more have been reworked and carefully tested to create an engaging and challenging combat experience. Even the core combat system has been tweaked so that AC is calculated before damage reduction; this change makes combat more consistent and more fair, and corrects the “invincible” armor problem.
  • Smarter AI! Medic, Guard, Grenadier, Sniper, and more - New AI behaviors and schemas exist for human enemies, making them more interesting and more challenging to fight! Enemies will notice your presence more quickly, follow you around corners and through doors, and fully utilize all of their tactical options, thrown weapons, and special attacks.
  • New PC Infection option on New Game menu! Create a new game with PC Infection checked and your character will be as susceptible to infection as your allies are. Carefully manage your antibiotics and change your combat strategies to ensure your own survival!
  • Hardcore Mode! Just in case living in the apocalypse wasn’t hard enough for you. In Hardcore mode combat becomes more dangerous, allies consume more resources and heal more slowly, and Morale is harder to keep up. Turn on Hardcore, Iron Man, and PC Infection for the ultimate challenge!
  • Alarms! That’s right - we’ve added alarms to buildings in several areas. Red, blinking lights warn you that there’s an active alarm on a building. Use your Science skill to deactivate an alarm and prevent a looting distraction from becoming a noisy attraction!
  • New areas and random encounters! Several new levels and random encounters have been added. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Chemical Plant, an area with a unique twist…
  • New combat sounds and animations! We’ve added new special attack, reloading, and healing animations and sounds. Special attacks feel smoother and more impactful now!
  • Stability improvements! We’ve rooted out every crash and progress blocking bug to make sure you have the smoothest possible experience. Several popularly requested usability improvements have been added, such as friendly fire conformation, looting piled up bodies, and an option to toggle Live Shelter movement on and off.
  • Pathfinding improvements! Both allies and the undead have received major pathfinding adjustments that will reduce lag some people have experienced as well as make movement more consistent and natural.

About This Game

About the Game

Dead State is a compelling, high-tension survival RPG set in central Texas at the collapse of civilization and the dawn of the undead apocalypse.

As society is beginning to fall apart, the player must organize a group of survivors together, fortify a shelter, scout for food and supplies, negotiate with or defend against other factions, and maintain order inside the shelter as humanity teeters on the brink of extinction. Dead State is a full-fledged RPG featuring base building and management, turn-based tactical combat, and reactive story and dialogue with an emphasis on survival at any cost.

Attract new allies, scavenge food and supplies, and protect your shelter at any cost. Do you have what it takes to lead a desperate group through a crisis? This is your chance to find out.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Processor or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT / ATI Radeon HD 7290 (512 Mb) or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
95.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Dead State has seroius flaws in it's combat system but despite this it's a wonderful game and worth playing. The major flaws are the turn system and being stuck behind dead bodies. However the story is Dead State is excellent and I love the map system. I hope they made enough money to make a Dead State 2 becasue my guess is what they learned making this game would give them an opportunity to make a very special game.
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Recommended
90.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Fun tactical combat vs zombies, gangers and mercenaries with a large variety of locations, NPCs and items. There is some choice and consequence in the shelter management minigame. Decent writing with some interesting characters and situations.

Enemy turns take too long to resolve, shelter management is shallow/tedious and lacks any challenge, there is a lack of enemy variety and combat becomes rote and grindy fairly quickly. There is a long wait time for the end game to resolve even after clearing all locations.

Highlight for me was when you lure zombies into human enemies and start huge battles, get them all eaten and escape with the valuables.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I've been playing for about a week and love it so far. Although I don't understand how you can use a stun gun on a guy, have him lying prone on the ground, and completely miss your next attack...well, that's unlife I guess. Living about 2 hours from the games setting adds something for me I suppose but it captures all the elements I would want in a turn based strategy game based on the Zombie Apocalypse scenario. Still figuring things out like why wasn't there an option to negotiate with this survivor camp I encountered? Why did I have to massacre them all and steal their stuff? Sad. I feel a little like Negan right now. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of the game so far, I hope the rest plays out as well as the start. SInce there is no real end game, I will get tired of it at some point but having fun so far. I recommend it for zombie apocalypse fans who want to experience daily life in said situation and who aren't into the FPS type games like me.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
pretty cool, if simplistic.

coordinate a group of survivors, explore a world map looking for supplies etc. pretty neat. the turn-based combat is super basic - no alt attacks, poses, or anything that might spice up the battles, but still works pretty well.

the 'base' part of it gets a bit tedious. having to run around a fairly large environment to interact with objects that are effectively the 'base menu' gets tiresome quickly, but overall I'm enjoying it so far.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Really bad framrates.

computer exceeds mininum and reccomended System requirements and even so with all settings down at low it still has the worst frame rate ive played in any games
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Fun combat, a plethora of characters but rather shallow, should have focused on a small number and prioritized higher reactivity.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
A good game but hard to get the hang of basically a steep learning curve but it's worth it for the storyline and overall feel of the game
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
366.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
One of my favorite games of ALL time. Fell in love with it from the very beginning and highly, highly recomend this game. If you love turn-based games with the zombie/survival background, it's really a MUST HAVE.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
please fix the crashing
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
Recommended
425.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
this game is awesome! Especially for 20$
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BRASSF0X
35.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
The optimization in this game is abysmal. I can't believe a simple rpg can run this slowly.

For reference, my specs well exceed the recommended settings. Games like Xcom 2 run no problem.
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berto2236
8.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
i would love this game if it didnt freeze every ten mins...but since it does i only like it
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Knight Omega
18.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
if you love Zombies and love Sims, this game is for you >:D
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Nec
47.2 hrs
Posted: September 20
if u enjoy tactical round-based combat like xcom / shadowrun / older fallout games / etc and love zombies, look no further! this is the game for u!
buy it now, thank me by shooting some zombies with a crossbow. hf surviving!
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ruuppa
116.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
An excellent zombie-survival RPG with nice basemanagement. The best and most engaging of it's ilk that I've encountered.
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