[edit] Background

DayZ is an open world survival game set in the middle of the zombie apocalypse; the game is purely multiplayer and the goal of the game is to stay alive.

The game takes place in the fictional post-Soviet state of Chernarus where a plague has turned the population into zombies; the player must survive in this world by scavenging for resources, killing zombies and deal with other players as they all fight to survive the game.

It was developed and published by Bohemia Interactive and first entered early access on Steam in 2013. The final version of the game will be released in 2016 and will also be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

[edit] Gameplay

Survival in DayZ is dictated by several stats; the player must maintain their hunger, thirst and health in order to survive. They must also collect weapons to use for protection from zombies and attacks by other players. Clothing can be worn for customization and also for warmth; some clothing items also increase the players storage space.

Weapons can be found around the map or looted from the bodies of dead players; there are both melee and firearms in the game. Other supplies can also be found around the map such as medical supplies; there are various structures around the map which contain zombies and supplies which can be looted.

Health can be a major issue for players and they must take care to avoid contracting a disease; if they do then the player must treat themselves using medical supplies. There is also a chance that items on the player will be damaged if they are shot by another player, following this they may also start bleeding which could lead to death is left untreated.

Communication between players is important for the game, players can communicate with a text chat or through the area based voice chat. There are various servers for players to join and there are also community created modes.

[edit] Features

Scavenge resources – Find resources and manage them to stay alive

Survive – Manage hunger, thirst and health in them middle of the zombie apocalypse

Explore – Travel around the map in hunt of supplies

Communicate – Talk to other players to form alliances

[edit] Players liked:

  • Realistic
  • The combat is good
  • Scary zombies

[edit] Players didn't like:

  • Not good for solo players
  • No story at all
  • Steep learning curve


DayZ creator Dean Hall to leave Bohemia Interactive by end of year

Hall will stick around for as long as needed before passing work on to rest of team

Feb 24, 2014, by Leo Chan | 1 comment
DayZ standalone launches alpha with 40-player servers, 230 sq. km map of a post-Soviet state

Update: DayZ sells over 150,000 copies in 24 hours

Dec 16, 2013, by Rory Young | 4 comments
Progress report for DayZ's standalone version shows off completely "redone" world

Such a pretty place to get killed by zombies

Feb 18, 2013, by Troy Crumley | 2 comments
DayZ designer Dean Hall responds to The War Z mess, and he is "very angry" about it

Hall tired of being confronted over some one else's unethical behavior

Jan 17, 2013, by Lydia Sung | 4 comments
DayZ standalone version detailed, mod support ruled out for launch

Underground bases, new areas, buildings, safe houses and more

Aug 20, 2012, by Zak Islam | 14 comments

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