Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - (Richard Cobbett)

There’s something oddly comforting about radio. Comforting because it’s so familiar, so natural. Odd because it’s a comfort that most of us don’t really use all that much these days, at least not in the ways that games just casually assume. It’s a little like the whole audio diaries thing – it makes a vague> sense that everyone in a city like Rapture might record their daily crimes and schemes onto audio tapes, even though in reality that whole idea became obsolete when Facebook/Twitter added status updates.

But I do love in-game radio. It’s an amazing narrative tool, a great way of filling in the gaps the screen can’t show, a constant companion in the loneliest of situations, and not a bad way of making music diegetic – a term that translates to ‘let’s see who now sneakily Googles diegetic’. Forget Spotify. Never mind video. In RPGs, nothing can kill the radio star, unless of course you walk up to them and shoot ‘em in the face. Then, sometimes. Though usually nature still finds a way of keeping them on the air.

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Dead State: Reanimated - Corgipede
Join our Scripter / QA Lead Jake as he plays Dead State: Reanimated for 12 hours straight on the DoubleBear Twitch channel, tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time!

Our Twitch channel is here:
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As a bonus, the stream will also feature viewer polls that influence the choices Jake makes as he plays - who will he take into combat with him, what to do with a problematic ally, and how to handle a crisis are all possible decisions you can help him make.

For starters, you can help him pick the character build he'll play:

Chip in, get hyped, and be sure to join us tomorrow morning (6/18) at 10 a.m. to see how far our team expert can get in twelve hours time!

Also keep in mind that Friday we'll be doing our regular stream on Indie MEGABOOTH's Twitch channel at 4 p.m. PDT, here:
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Dead State: Reanimated - Corgipede
Hi everyone,

Just a quick update for the people who've asked:

The demo is now updated to include Dead State: Reanimated content and fixes. Please check it out if you're on the fence about buying the game - it's the first seven days of gameplay, so you can actually carry your progress from the demo into the full game if you choose to buy it.

Dead State: Reanimated - (Alec Meer)

I’d been wanting to check out Doublebear’s Dead State – which I’m going to loosely label ‘The Walking Dead does X-COM’ – for a while, but Wot I Thinkery fell to someone else upon its initial release. The free ‘Reanimated’ update is a fancy name for a mega-patch designed to address assorted gripes about the doomy turn-based strategy/RPG zombie survival game, and also my opportunity to finally visit the blighted town of Splendid, Texas.

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Dead State: Reanimated - (Alice O'Connor)

Dead State [official site] may have launched out of Early Access in December, but it’s just received a hefty update bringing the sort of stuff I’d expect from a final pre-launch polish-o-rama.

Developers DoubleBear launched the ‘Reanimated’ update arrived yesterday, bringing overhauled combat balance, smarter AI, better pathfinding, new combat sounds and animations, a hardcore mode, new areas, new random encounters, bug fixes, and more to the zombie survival RPG. Cass grumbled about a few of those areas in her Wot I Think, so that’s good to hear.

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Dead State: Reanimated

The zombie survival game Dead State was decent enough for Evan to choose it as his "personal pick" for 2014. But it clearly could've stood a little extra work and fine tuning, too. As he said in his review, it was "somewhat blandly presented and burdened by bugs." So DoubleBear Productions went ahead and did just that for an updated version called Dead State: Reanimated.

Dead State: Reanimated features major changes to combat systems and balance, as well as new AI behaviors for human enemies, enabling them to notice your presence more quickly and react to it more effectively. The new "PC Infection" option means your own character can, optionally, be infected as easily as any of your allies, and there's also a new Hardcore mode with more dangerous combat, increased resource consumption, slower healing, and lower morale. Reanimated also offers new areas to explore, plus new random encounters, combat sounds, animations, and even alarms in building that will attract all sorts of unwanted attention if they're tripped.

Things have been improved under the hood as well. "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 confirmation, looting piled up bodies, and an option to toggle Live Shelter movement on and off," the studio wrote. "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."

Dead State: Reanimated is live now, and will be a free update for anyone who already owns the game. A full list of changes is posted on Steam.

Dead State: Reanimated - SunwardMold
​​​​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​.
  • 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 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!​​ 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 confirmation, 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.

Impressive, right? And that doesn’t even cover the many smaller miscellaneous fixes and improvements we’ve made, which I’ll list below (or at least all the ones I can remember - there were just so many!)

​We can’t possibly thank our community enough for the thousands of feedback messages, balance suggestions, and b​​ug reports that have been indispensable in getting DS:R into the shape it’s in today. We couldn't have done this without your support, and from everybody on the team we want to give you a sincere Thank You.

We hope that you’ll agree that there’s never been a better time to visit Splendid, Texas.

Dead State: Reanimated - Full Changelog
  • Implemented smart NPC AI.
  • Updated undead group pathfinding.
  • Updated ally following behavior.
  • Added PC Infection option to New Game menu.
  • Added Hardcore difficulty option to New Game menu.
  • Updated weapon damage equation so that AC is deducted first, then damage reduction.
  • Added new areas and random encounters.
  • Adjusted Healing in the Shelter and created separate formulas for ally and PC healing.
  • Fixed an issue with Gillian's fuel scavenging perk.
  • Added building alarms.
  • Added confirmation of friendly fire.
  • Fixed some scripting issues with Craig/Karen storyline.
  • Fixed issue with Summer Camp survivors incorrectly turning hostile.
  • Fixed issues which occasionally caused the Military Faction to incorrectly turn hostile.
  • Added map autosaves to Iron Man Mode.
  • Added new travel mode selection icons on area map.
  • Adjusted night travel/combat penalties.
  • Fixed issues with the ally list order resetting on job board.
  • Added new combat animations.
  • Ensured morale bonuses for Greenhouse and Garden stacked properly.
  • Fixed an error that allowed two-handed weapons and shields to be equipped together.
  • Fixed blocking issues and strange door behavior in the Summer Camp.
  • Updated Goals GUI screen.
  • Updated Goals screen ally information to display all status icons.
  • Allocated space on Goals screen for displaying maximum number of trait icons.
  • Improved text display and fixed any text cut-off issues in Goals screen.
  • Allocated space on Character screen for displaying maximum number of trait icons.
  • Fixed case of Craig blocking player bedroom door.
  • Changed sign name of Medieval Tines.
  • Fixed rare crash related to weapon switching.
  • Fixed the shield’s Fortify animation.
  • Fixed an error with ending slides.
  • Fixed issue with looting grouped bodies.
  • Fixed a couple minor bugs with Live Shelter.
  • Added option to toggle Live Shelter on and off.
  • Added improved burst attack SFX.
  • Improved the feel of silenced and burst attack weapons.
  • Added movement animation for Davis.
  • Fixed syntax error in Vic’s intro dialogue.
  • Fixed rare map parameters crash in Shelter.
  • Fixed rare soft lock that occurred with undead movement.
  • Stopped neutral characters from investigating noises.
  • Fixed issue with the Tattoo dialogue sequence.
  • Fixed issue with the Memorial Park sequence.
  • Fixed clipboard sometimes hiding long container name on loot containers.
  • Fixed issue that occurred when reloading in a couple of the ending sequences.
  • Fixed ending slide not appearing correctly in one of the ending sequences.
  • Fixed issue with some special attacks firing more than once due to animation quirks.
  • Fixed rare crash that occurred when AI pathed through a rolling gate.
  • Expanded Walter’s Shelter dialogue.
  • Fixed minor blocking, LoS, prop, and loot issues in several levels.
  • Fixed issue preventing trading 9mm ammo at the Fuel Depot.
  • Added perks for Ryan.
  • Fixed issues with Sir Charleston’s quest.
  • Fixed issues preventing rewards from being received from certain ally requests.
  • Prevented dog allies from shouting “Hey, stop that!” when attacking a party member.
  • Corrected typos and formatting errors in various dialogues.
  • Added upgrade perks for Elaine reactive to her character path.
  • Fixed a rare issue which could cause a dead ally to appear during a crisis event.
  • Modified Darlene to start equipped with a bow, consistent with her dialogue.
  • Added map descriptions missing from some areas.
  • Adjusted party gathering transitions in the City area.
  • Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause allies to incorrectly play their sleeping animations.
  • Fixed a rare issue which sometimes caused enemy groups to spawn early.
  • Added map screen thumbnails for all levels in the preview pane.
  • Fixed setup issues preventing some enemies from effectively using their weapons.
  • Corrected enemy inventory errors.
Apr 30, 2015
Dead State: Reanimated - Corgipede
Hi everyone,

I know many of you are looking forward to the upcoming update, so I wanted to let you know how we're doing! We're tantalizingly close, but not quite there yet - we're wrapping up final testing and fixes and making sure that the huge number of new things in this build all play together nicely.

We're hoping to wrap things up in the next few days, if the fates favor us - just keep in mind, that time window is an estimate and if something urgent comes up, we may push the release out a bit more. We want that giant update to be the best giant update it can be!

Keep checking this space so you can be the first to know when the update goes live. In the meantime, I suggest you stock up on food and energy drinks, because you're going to want to start a brand new playthrough when you see the update - and you're not going to want to stop!
Dead State: Reanimated - Corgipede
Woo, the update is finally here! As promised, this is a content-heavy patch with some popularly requested features. Let’s talk about the big highlights first, then we’ll get the rest of the details down below.

  • Added Iron Man mode! A true test of survival! All saves are disabled except for a daily autosave and a resume point when you quit the game. Whatever happens, happened. No take-backs.
    • See our design notes below the changelog about separating Iron Man mode from difficulty settings and player infection.
  • Added new undead type: crawlers! Seems some people got pretty messed up before they turned. These mangled dead dudes and ladies have a nasty Trip Attack, so keep one eye on the ground at all times.
  • Added movement and activity to the Shelter! Everyone in the Shelter now moves around to different locations when assigned to work. If you forget where to look for someone, remember to check the Shelter summary screen with the ‘H’ hotkey or double-check the job board.
  • Added custom portrait editor! You can now create your own unique portrait by selecting hair color, hair style, eye color, facial hair, tattoo, and more. We’ve also added a couple nifty features we felt were missing from the typical portrait creator: loading a previous portrait to work from, and undoing changes you’ve made.
  • Added looting of KO’ed characters! Want to knock somebody down, steal their stuff, and leave them for the undead to finish off? Now you can!
  • Changes to Parisa!:
    • Added new discussion topic options in Shelter
    • Added new dialogue
    • Added new character perk choice
    • See our design notes below the changelog about the changes to Parisa’s storyline.
  • Changed noise-activated spawn behavior. Adjusted likelihood of spawning an undead at different noise levels, and undead spawns from noise become more likely over time.
  • Balanced the distribution of items required for upgrades.
  • Added five new levels. This was my mistake - I had a miscommunication with design team and accidentally gave you a spoiler for what's coming in the next update! Don't be confused when you don't find these, but know that you can look forward to them in the future :)
  • Improved grenade and molotov code.
  • Added Fortify skill on Riot Shield. Now you can end your turn early for a +10 AC boost to your defence.
  • Fixed several combat AI related exploits. Enemies will now chase you around corners and through doors, and combat will no longer end if line of sight is broken temporarily.
  • Improved undead mobbing behavior, added a mob bonus to undead grapple attack when in groups.
  • Fixed human AI to make KO’ed enemies the lowest priority target for humans.
  • Fixed an issue where humans-turned-undead did not drop weapons.
  • Fixed an issue where Doug sometimes disappeared for a while before waking up.
  • Fixed an issue with Shelter inventory ignoring maximum weight.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed characters to equip stacks of items from Shelter inventory.
  • Fixed exploit to bring dead characters back to life in combat.
  • Fixed an issue where Survival bonus was lost on area map when travelling from a map other than the shelter.
  • Fixed a bug with Unity perk.
  • Fixed cases of recruiting dead allies again.
  • Fixed cases of being unable to attack neutral NPCs.
  • Added appropriate SFX to car gates and roll-down doors.
  • Fixed issue where Chemist perk cancelled Unity perk.
  • Fixed some bugs related to Team Effort and Unity.
  • Fixed issue where Pumped and Aimed status were not applied if the job carried over into the next day.
  • Improved some maps.
  • Adjusted nailgun stats.

So Iron Man Mode is here, yay! However, it’s different than what we originally had planned. We’ve decided to split up Iron Man, Hardcore difficulty, and Player Infection rather than have the latter two be grouped into Iron Man’. You can see all three of these options when you start a new game now, although Hardcore and Player Infection aren’t implemented yet and will be in a future update. The reason we decided to separate these into three options on a new game was that we wanted to allow players to choose their own experience. Hardcore and Player Infection require a ton more internal testing before we release them into the wild, thus why they’re not in the current patch. Furthermore, we are planning a pretty big balance pass and AI adjustments for a future Patch, so the way Hardcore difficulty works will be greatly influenced by those changes. In the meantime, we hope you’ll start up a new Iron Man mode and challenge your skills!

We added in a bit more resolution for Parisa's storyline - which was never intended to be an ending - plus some more zesty character development. If you'd like to know more about this particular aspect of the game, here's a link to where it lives on the forums (and beware, it contains SPOILERS!): Parisa's Storyline Design Notes

Alright, that covers it - let us know how you like the update!
Dead State: Reanimated - Corgipede
Hi everyone! We just wanted to check in with you and let you know what's happening behind the scenes at DoubleBear, since we know some of you are wondering.

We're making good progress on the content and fixes for Update #6. As previously mentioned, this one has brand new, somewhat complex features, so it's taking longer than the usual patch turnover time. Right now, we're done with about 75% of the new features, but we need to finish the remaining 25% and squish bugs that surfaced during testing, so there's still some work left to do.

Thanks for hanging in there while we get everything ready! We don't have an ETA yet, but we're *really* excited about what's coming up and we think it will be worth the wait :)

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