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Pappa G Sep 20, 2013 @ 1:51pm
[GUIDE] How to use a keyboard and mouse with STATE OF DECAY
::::UPDATED 6th November 2013::::...
Massive Update To The Guide Applied
(hopefully its easier to navigate this guide!, comments please. Sorry i find it complicated covering all the controls without making the guide messy )

Please ask for permission before copying and pasting my hard work. unlike IGN, incgamers and numerous youtubers who think im not aware of their fiendish exploits. feed em to the pigs errol!

(You may also be interested to learn the last update the DEVS included mouse sensitivity adjustments and inversion options plus most features and key controls are shown in game)

...If like me and you decided to buy the game to support the DEVS and have not got around to buying a controller then simply follow this guide to play the game on your keyboard and mouse :) This is my first guide, so if you find the guide useful please rate it....:)

Steam and Undead labs are NOT currently supporting keyboard controls, so please do not annoy the devs with controller questions as they need time to finish the game. The thing is keyboard and mouse do work, however they are defaulted settings and unchangeable... so they can NOT be changed.

Starting the Game; Game Preferences & Common Issues
Anyway At the start you may want to adjust your video card settings / sounds e.t.c. or just get the game working, simply use WSAD to navigate the selector and left and right mouse button to get things going...

Commonly it would appear that the right mouse button acts as a back button ((B on the controller)) when inside a menu / Journal or map. It's also good to know this also works as Left Trigger to start survey mode when up high.

If at any point you want to look at these controls when in danger, simply pressing ESC key will pause the game. note that map mode, radio mode and inventory do NOT pause the game.

On a side note; you may find lock ups using the keyboard when you are for example running and trying to move camera or move away from a zombie; what I’m getting at here is generally when 3 keyboard buttons are pressed at the same time you will experience a lock up and no control when the 4th button is pushed, this is NOT the Devs fault, but a mixture of your controller chip inside your keyboard and windows USB/PS2 limitations...

Mouse Controls
X / Y Axis Turns the Camera
Left Click = Attacks or Fires and when held down it activates Emote mode
Right Click = Activates Aim Weapon Mode / Surveys Area
Middle Mouse Scroll / Up & Down Zoom for map / Changes Weapon / Cycles through inventory)

Keyboard Controls on Foot

ESC = Brings up main Menu / Pause
TAB = Opens Character Sheet & Inventory also Selects Next Page within a sheet
W = Walks Forward & Climbs Up Ladders
S = Walks Back & Climbs Down Ladders
A = Walks Left dependant on camera view.
D = Walks Right dependant of camera view.
E = Opens Doors interacts / search
F = Uses an Item in your inventory / Throws firebombs e.t.c.
M = Opens Map / Closes Map (left click selects waypoint, mouse wheel /up/down zooms in-out Tab cycles through missions and space turns on and off legend mode)
R = Reload Weapon
T = Activate / Deactivate Torch
Left SHIFT = When held down causes W/S/A/D to "RUN" & Moves up & down ladders faster
Left CTRL or C = Sneaks (Hold for 1 second to activate / Deactivate)
Left CTRL or C = Whilst running can be used to slide)
LEFT ALT = Activates Radio
Space = Jumps

To Drop a ruck sack/bag (food, construction supplies e.t.c.) = LEFT CLICK and Hold button down and when the emote selector pops up then Press F. or you can just press X

You may also find that you have two guns or two melee weapons and you want to change it... you can activate another one simply goto the alternate weapoon you want and press Q to change.

Controlling Cars

Right Mouse Click = Open drivers door (form of attack)
W = Accelerate
S = Brakes & Reverse (when car has stopped it turns to reverse)
A & D = Left and Right
E = Enter / Exit Car
T = Activate/Deactivate Headlights on Car
Q = Sound Horn
LEFT CTRL / Activate or Deactivate Siren for Police Car
Space = Hand Brake
Space = When reversing this acts as a brake

When driving at speed, you can also jump out the car by pressing E (usful for when your cars about to explode or for smashing into propane tanks e.t.c.)

Note only the mouse moves the Camera ((If your mouse is slow to move camera then you can change the speed within sensitivity options within the game))

(its worth noting while the keyboard and mouse controls are still being designed around the game your character will attack the first time left mouse button is pressed)

Cheer = 1
Taunt = 2
Disagree = 3
Agree = 4

Door Control
To open a door simply stand in front of the door and press E
To break a door open, simply run at a door (note this is loud and may cause attention)
To open a locked a door simply press E and keep pressing left click to Ram.

Windows Controls
To jump through a window simply stand in front of one and press space
Note you can also run and jump through a window if needed for a quick escape, this also works from the outside in and inside out... be carful too, this works from two/three story buildings so damage may be caused at the bottom! :P

Searching and Salvaging...

Reason most of us play this game for loot and treasure! Searchable items are always in a bright aura, glowing silver, this indicates the item can be searched. To search simply stand infront of the glowing item and hold the E key, once this is held down you will see the search begins.

You can speed up the search by holding down the E key, and pressing down left shift to begin searching faster, note this is nosier and may attract unwanted attention.

Once you have completed the search you will see your inventory on the left pop up infront of you and the contents on the item you have just searched are on the right... now from here you can use WSAD to move the item you want, then press space to take an item (note if you want to take 10 bullets, instead of pressing space 10 times you can press E to take a batch of 10).

Once you press space it should then move to your inventory on the left, if you want to put an item back, simply go to your inventory using W/A/S/D on the left side and press Space to click to put it back. (or press E to put 10 bullets back)

When salvaging you will also encounter materials, food, ammo e.t.c., this is always carried by your character in backpack form. This adds significant weight to you so your stamia WILL reduce quickly. So ensure you dont get eaten on the way home. You will also get situations where you need to carry two back packs, what you can do here is call for help, so a member of your team will run from home to your current location... To activate this, simply press the E key on the item and then use LEFT click to activate call for scavengers.

This can be dangerous if you leave your guy to do this alone, so it does give you the option to wait around and work together getting home.

You will also see this is a category view system and by default you are in ammo, simply press TAB inside here to take you to the next tab, weapons, first aid e.t.c....

Advanced Fighting Controls

Silent Kill = LEFT SHIFT & E or just Z = ((note for this to work you have to undetected by zombies and you also have to be crouching, quiet and behind them for this to work))

Dodge Attack = LEFT CTRL ((this has to be timed just as they attack you))

After a dodge you can counter in numerous ways, LEFT SHIFT & E will push a zombie away, or you can press space to jump and hit, LEFT SHIFT and Space will perform a jumping drop kick.

This combination LEFT SHIFT & E or just Z on its own can also finish off an enemy who is laying on the ground.

To perform a jump drop kick, press LEFT SHIFT + SPACE + E at the same time.

To add suppressor to the gun, make sure it's in your inventory and selected by using the mouse wheel, then simply press F to add it to your weapon. Note some guns need certain silencers / compatibility mode. (for those who do not know, silencers cut down the noise a gun makes)

Some rifles have a scope, this adds a zoom effect and can be activated by pressing the Q key.

When laying on the ground and being eaten to death by a zombie, it will say press A repeatable to get up.... "calmly" click LEFT MOUSE BUTTON AND HOLD IT DOWN (as if you are going to do an EMOTE) and repeatable press SPACE for your life! (press it very quickly like you're playing an old 80's game)

When getting your neck eaten from behind keep pressing LEFT CTRL or C as fast as you can to elbow/kick off the zombie.

XBOX Controls - Translated
Depending on your circumstances whether you are driving or on foot or inside a menu system these controls do swap and change, but this is the general emulation of the joy pad.

RB = F
(A) = Space
(B) = CTRL
(X) = Q
(Y) = E
LT = Right Mouse Click
RT= Left Mouse Click

Last edited by Pappa G; Nov 6, 2013 @ 10:44am
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Protekt1 Sep 20, 2013 @ 1:57pm 
Looks good, but have you tried editing some ini files?
Pappa G Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:01pm 
Originally posted by Protekt1:
Looks good, but have you tried editing some ini files?

I did have a quick look through common folder but i couldnt see anything, there is probably something in the windows registry, but to be honest i found these pretty easy and i use these as my normal controls anyway :)
Shagg Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:08pm 
Bumpity bump!!
Brawd Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:10pm 
T is also flashlight on/off
Pillowcase Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:11pm 
is this legit?
Pheex Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:13pm 
whoa what
Berzeger Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:14pm 
This should be stickied.
th3rd Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:15pm 
Originally posted by {sky} pillowcase47:
is this legit?
OP is in the game right now, so what do you think lol
Pillowcase Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:17pm 
Originally posted by th3rd:
Originally posted by {sky} pillowcase47:
is this legit?
OP is in the game right now, so what do you think lol
he could have a controller
th3rd Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:19pm 
Originally posted by {sky} pillowcase47:
Originally posted by th3rd:
OP is in the game right now, so what do you think lol
he could have a controller

and waste his time to type this useful info? come on XD
Last edited by th3rd; Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:24pm
Ardbug Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:22pm 
How to do the silent take downs ??
Pappa G Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:50pm 
Originally posted by {sky} pillowcase47:
Originally posted by th3rd:
OP is in the game right now, so what do you think lol
he could have a controller

Lol i dont like controllers, they are to small and im an old man now...
plus i refuse to spend anymore money on my PC


Last edited by Pappa G; Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:54pm
So it IS playable using KB/M? Weird. Why would they say otherwise?
Pappa G Sep 20, 2013 @ 2:58pm 
they probably dont want 10 million people asking for a refund when they realise its not officially supported..
scanti Sep 20, 2013 @ 3:01pm 
It's mosty playable with the keyboard and mouse. The mouse sensitivty seems to be all over the place. Sometimes the camera seems to freak out and starts wobbling back and forth.

It depends on your tolerence for those sort of things.
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