Usually, PC gamers can have their cake and eat it too with what PCs are capable of doing. This is the perfect example.
Almost exactly 3 years ago to the day, Bohemia Interactive Studios released ArmA II, or Arma 2 if you will. This tactical shooter focuses on infantry combat and relies on it’s real-life characteristics to make it what it is. As one of the most realistic war games I’ve ever seen, Arma strives on making you feel like your actually at war. Now that time has passed and PC users have worked their magic, thousands of mods have made the game better than it already is. From ultra-real graphics to new maps, we’ve seen it all.
Along with the others, Arma has seen it’s share of zombie apocalypse mods that were added to the game. While some stuck out more than others, this one is the one with the most recognition. DayZ, the most realistic zombie mod to date, has stormed it’s way to the top. Recently released, this mod has a lot in it’s favor. Check out this fan-made trailer and then we’ll get into it.
See what I’m saying? When people play a zombie game, they play it because they want to see how long they can survive in this simulated world, filled with flesh eating monsters alive from the dead. Games like Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising, and Dead Island are some of the more popular ones in this category, but they all have 1 thing in common: it doesn’t feel real enough.Granted when you’re playing a game, you don’t want it too be too real to the point you don’t want to know the difference between life and virtual reality. That is why DayZ is great. It’s a game, but it’s one of the only games of it’s kind.
DayZ takes place in 225 km-squared open world post-soviet state and one of the areas hit by a new and presently unknown infection which has wiped out most of the world’s population. You are one of the few who have survived and now you must search this new wasteland in order to fight for your life against what is left of the indigenous population, now infected with the disease. 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.
Most games have an objective or story of some sort to keep you going. No game puts you in a ginormous world and says…go survive. You must search for food and water, bandage your wounds or you’ll bleed out, choose wisely between how friendly you want to be, and always be cautious. When playing on a server, you have to keep a look out for bandits and other survivors because they too, are trying to stay alive. Hear gun shots in the distance? Well you better run because that person could be hunting you next to steal your items! TRUST NOONE.
Another thing DayZ does is have real-time environments. If you’re playing on a server in your time-zone, then expect it to be the same time in the game. Yes, that means if you’re a nighttime gamer, then you’ll be needing flares and fire because you’ll be running around in dark forests. Playing in the day time is more flattering, because you won’t be shitting your pants 24/7 and you can actually take time to take in the beautiful scenery of the game. Since the game is relatively new, there are many bugs and glitches that will need to be addressed. Clunky and laggy zombie movements are kind of a problem, but not too big of a one to turn people away.
There are a lot of videos already on YouTube, and I suggest you check them out. According to the official website, the average survival time is only 32 minutes. Think you can beat that? Then get a group of buddies, go online, and fight as one. Raid other players camp to bulk up on supplies, find shelter in a reliable place, and stay out of the woods at night. Other than the recent zombie scares in Miami, this is as real as it gets people. Arma2 and it’s DayZ mod are only available on Windows PC.
For a more comical approach at the game, check out this video from Rooster Teeth.