I Bought the Thing
An hour or so after yesterday’s post, I went ahead and bought State of Decay 2. Life is short, I have the money, let’s do the thing.
Just as a warning though, Microsoft doesn’t make it easy.
State of Decay 2 is not on Steam. Further, there is no express PC copy. The game is apparently part of Microsoft’s “Play Anywhere” initiative, which means you end up having to buy the Xbox One copy, which can also be played on Windows 10 machines. I purchased on Amazon because of my 5% cash back card, but I suppose you could do so from the Microsoft store a bit more directly.
The problems were just beginning though. One of the first things I had to do was associate my PC with a Microsoft account. My copy of Windows 10 is legit, but I never bothered to register it or anything, so now apparently I had to reconfigure how I sign into my own damn computer just to get access to the storefront. Once that was done, I took my digital code, followed the links, and redeemed the code in the Microsoft store. But… where was my download button? Where was My Games? Every link I followed just took me around in circles.
In case you follow my lead, hopefully this link works:
That will hopefully take you directly to the game’s page. Be aware that you’ll probably still need to add your PC as a Device on Microsoft’s servers or whatever, but you should be able to eventually download it from there.
I cannot comment much on the gameplay thus far, beyond confirming that it’s definitely scratching the itch. I’m not a fan of the game giving me a mission to kill a Plague Heart, pointing me to an NPC that gives me explosives for free, and then surprising me with the fact that the very items it told me to use were not enough to actually kill said Plague Heart, but whatever. I’m looting things, building a base, and killing some zombies. That’s exactly what I wanted to do in this moment.
Posted on June 26, 2018, in Miscellany and tagged Installation Fail, Microsoft, Seriously? Like really?, State of Decay 2, Survival, Zombie Apocalypse. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
I can’t imagine limiting the game to the MS store hasn’t really hurt sales of the game, which if I’m the dev team, pisses me off, even if MS did give the studio bonus cash for said exclusive.
It’s of course coming to Steam, and hell, the top search result for “will state of decay 2…” is “be on Steam”, so my guess is sooner rather than later, but still silly that MS thinks its a good idea to limit it initially.
Please, clarify: If I buy an XBox One game from Microsoft Store, I will be able to play it on my PC, which runs Windows 10, even if I’ve never owned an Xbox video console? So I can play console games without a console?
Only a very specific list of games, and only if you buy digital versions. For the most part, that list has games already on PC/Steam, like Cuphead and The Long Dark. There is Gears of War 4 and Halo Wars on there though, which I don’t think have been on PC before.
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