A 225 km2 open world post-soviet state wiped out by an unknown infection. Go Solo, team up with friends or take on the world as you choose your path in this brutal and chilling landscape using whatever means you stumble upon to survive.
As an online experience it is just poor. The performance really drops online and the community general shoot on sight. Or they hack the crap out of this and just turn it into a PvP snipe cheat fest.
I had more fun offline with a DayZ mod called DaiZy with a competent variant of that mod called 2018. It had A.I survivors and bandits, minimal loot drops for single player play and with better performance and no cheaters lol. So I finally got to enjoy the survival aspect without all the online baggage.
This game swallowed my entire life. There has never been, and never will be ANY mod of an existing game this revolutionary... This is the tantamount to Castle Wolfenstein, Dean Hall is on track to be the next John Cormack, which imo, is better than being called Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.