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.
I held off on reviewing until I got a few good hours with the game. This game is very fun, and quite challenging. I've only managed to get my hands on a weapon a couple of times, but whenever you do succeed in finding gear it's very satisfying. It will also scare the **** outta you when a zombie sneaks up on you and all of a sudden 20 are chasing you through the woods. I absolutely love how the multiplayer works, you can pretty much do whatever you want in regards to other players. Help them, hurt them, team up, or go it lone wolf style. I've had some pretty funny moments seeing other people run by me with zombies chasing them, unable to help them because I hadn't secured my own weapon yet. Great idea for a game, and the online forums have great tips for gameplay and the like. Try it out!
I bought ARMA II: CO only to play this mod and I did not regret it. Even in this early stage of developement this is possibly the best survival game ever created! You spawn unarmed, possessing only with a few items that might help you survive. Avoid zombies, find a gun, find some food and STAY AWAY FROM OTHER PLAYERS as most of them will kill you to loot your body! And don't get too attached to your items as you will lose them anyway! Either you'll be eaten by zombies, killed by other players or you fall victim to one of the many bugs in the game (remember, it's an alpha!).
-1 point for the bugs. If the developement continues at this pace, the release version will be a 10/10. Great job, devs!
A must try mod if you're a shooter fan in multi OR single player games. You need Arma 2 (FREE version will work!) + Operation Arrowhead. Details dayzwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=How_to_install_DayZ
When you have the latest official versions of the above you then have 2 jobs :-
1. install the mod worrom.com
2. install the latest Arma Beta dayz.sykotix.com/arma-ii-beta-client-install/
In play you have 2 options - team up with friends or go solo. For the latter head North and avoid the towns. The following kit is essential :- hatchet (for chopping wood), hunting knife (for chopping up animals), matches (for lighting the fire). Then you can eat meat for energy AND to top up your blood level. Of-course you will also need bandages, water and a gun with ammo.
The BIG difference with this game is you have ONE life. Experiment for the first few lives then try and survive as long as possible. Who will survive the longest?
Getting on servers is a bit tricky which makes teamplay difficult. If you have difficulty getting on a server (e.g. no luck after 5mins) just try another.
BEWARE. This is a very addictive adventure. Even in this very early build this mod is a classic. Not GOTY material as it stands due to lack of content and harsh PvP play. Play it now!
Day-Z Alpha:***: Paranoia Thy Name Is Day-Z:
Like many other mods out there, Day-Z for ARMA 2 seeks create a "realistic" zombie survival scenario. However, unlike many other mods out there, Day-Z has delivered this like no other. The product is an extremely immersible world that boasts 255skm of zombie infested environments to explore.
Set in Russia after an unknown infection sweeps the globe, turning much of the population in un-dead monstrosities, you take on the roll of a random survivor and from here, your path is whatever you choose. You can aimlessly wander the wastes of Russia, exploring and looting seemingly abandoned towns, you roam the landscape killing and pillaging other players, or you can join up with various groups, rebuild a car and travel in style.
On that note, survival is a major aspect of the game. You must find food, water, shelter as well as weapons in order to stay alive. Death is final in Day-Z, meaning that extra care must be taken in whatever you do, whether it be engaging a horde or climbing up a building.
Graphically, Day-Z is eye pleasing, using the simple graphics of the ARMA engine to it's full extent. Day-Z however frequently shows that it is in it's alpha stage as animation at times however, can be a little and on occasion player models will warp and distort themselves. There are also issues with spawning, where the player will lose all their travelling progress. Other problems such as losing all items if you fall in a body of water and a lack of melee combat (sadly due to engine limitations) also can cause some frustrating moments.
Despite these flaws, Day-Z's gameplay is solid and is something that zombie-survival fans have been looking for. The amount of work that has been put into Day-Z is extremely impressive and Day-Z is a must download for any zed-head out there and this reviewer looks forward to future releases.