Several months ago, maybe more like a year or so, I came across an article in one of the Game Informer magazines I receive that was discussing a very popular mod in Arma (Arma 2 maybe?) called Day Z. The creators were working on a standalone version of the mod that just sounded fantastic to me.
It’s everything I expected it to be and more.
Having not played any of the Arma games, I don’t have any way to compare the standalone version of the game to the mod, but I assure you the game is going to be incredible. If you don’t believe me, just look around the web for what others are saying. If you’re too lazy for that, here, this is a link to a review that also praises the game.
When you first start the game you spawn along the coast, relatively close to one or more villages. You have basic clothes, a flashlight, and that’s pretty much it. From there your only objective is to survive. You have to eat, drink, and keep from getting sick, all while trying to coexist with other players and zombies.
Weapons and supplies are scarce in servers with lots of other players, as items only spawn when the server is restarted. It’s first come first serve, so all you can do is hope you spawn near a less traveled location. If that doesn’t happen, head inland, farther from the spawn locations. I personally like to play on servers with fewer people at the moment, as I’m still getting the hang of things.
Be prepared to die if you play this game. It’s pretty much inevitable that at some point you will meet a grisly fate. Personally, I died about 3 or 4 times before I was even able to find water. My most recent character however has been alive for many hours, has traveled a great distance, and is supplied better than I am in real life. I’m prepared in case I come across other players, friendly or hostile. So far the game is very addicting even though there’s no story. I imagine as more and more updates are released it will only get better.
If you’re into zombies or survival games in general, this game is definitely worth checking out. Day Z is currently available for just $30 through Steam as an “Early Access” game. Basically, you pay $30 and you get to play the unfinished game and get to experience all the bugs and glitches that come with that. You also get all the future updates for the game automatically as they get released.