If I had a dollar for every time a zombie game was made, I’d have enough money to start up my own game company and make my own zombie game. DayZ could have easily been brushed under the mat if it wasn’t so fun. You know you’ve made a good game when people begin to copy you, yes WarZ I’m looking at you ( Or Infestation: Survivor Stories or whatever), and that’s whats happened for DayZ. It’s gotten so popular that other companies are trying to cash in on it’ success and ride it’s coat tails.
DayZ’s gameplay is unlike anything else I have played (besides WarZ but I’d prefer not to talk about that game). The basic concept is, you are trying not to die, and everything is out to kill you. From the zombies, the food and other players, absolutely every single one is out to get you. When you join a server you are dumped on the coast with nothing but some road flares and a couple bandages. From there it is up to you to head to the city and gather supplies and survive. This is by far the best bit of the game, scrambling through the cities fending off zombies all in the hopes of finding a can of baked beans on the floor somewhere. My only issue with this system, is once you have enough to live off, your only choice is to go and kill other players. When you have a gun and enough cola and baked beans to drown in there inst much else to do after that. Granted it takes many hours to get to this point and odds would have you’ve died way before. The game runs on the Arma 2 engine, being a mod and all, which brings with it the realistic gun physics. This is good because it adds to the games realism and makes it harder fort other players to kill you. This is a big thing about DayZ, the other players you find are universally unreliable and trying to reason with a random player never ends well for anyone. The fact that you lose all your loot upon death means that dying has a huge impact, so the fact that you actually have to account for bullet drop with the sniper rifles and that shotguns can’t hit anything remotely long distance helps to balance the game. This game really shine however, when played with friends. (if I had a dollar for every time I’ve written that over the last few weeks…) Having a couple friends on Skype while you all go dumpster diving for mountain dew cans is a lot of fun. Working together to survive is great and enjoyable and leads to many a funny story. The only real flaws with DayZs’ gameplay are that the long hikes through forests can get boring and spawning on the otherside of the map from any remotely helpful location can be annoying, but all these things add to the experience of DayZ.
Being a mod for a pre-existing game, the graphics are much the same to Arma 2. They do look a little dated now but are in no way hideous, just a bit old. There is no music to be found, but yet again it is a mod not a fully fledged game, so we can’t expect loads in this category.
- A heap of fun
- Unique gameplay
- A lot of fun with friends
- Graphics are not amazing
- Not much to do once you have plenty of supplies
Overall this mod is really good, and one of the best gaming experiences around right now. If you can get some friends on board I highly recommend this mod, however the standalone version of DayZ is on the way, but at the moment that could come out any where between 2 months and 2 years. Any way that’s besides the point, this game is good and I strongly suggest you play it.
Suitability: 16+ Platforms: Windows Replay Value: High