A couple of months ago I found myself discussing MMORPG’s with co-workers and lamenting the fact that most of the very popular games of this genre lack a complexity level capable of maintaining my interest for more than just a few weeks. One of my co-workers (Romano), suggested I look into a new game under development by Bohemia Interactive called, “DayZ (Standalone)”.
I found the game in the Steam Store in early release Alpha stage, and even though it was $30 for an Alpha I decided to give it a try based only on his recommendation and a few YouTube videos.
For newcomers with zero experience in this game the learning curve is steep, partly due to the fact that it’s almost ridiculously easy for your avatar to perish.
Some highlights of game play include:
You are spawned into a map nearly the size of an entire State. A Russian State.
With nothing more than a useless flashlight and battery.
All signs and words are in Russian.
Your character is very near starving and dehydrated immediately upon spawning.
There are no maps on your person unless you find one in a building.
Even if you find a map, there is no easy way to find out where you ARE on the map.
The only weapons/means of self defense are the ones you find by looting buildings and cars.
All of the AI (zombies), and most of the other players are hostile and dangerous.
The only object of the game at this point is to survive as long as possible, however, when you die, you die. There is zero carry-over from a previous incarnation into the next. Regardless of *why* you died, your next spawn in will be as “fresh meat” with nothing but your flashlight. I’ve died in excess of 20 times.
You might think a game like this would be so frustrating and complicated that you’d have no interest in playing, but for me, this game represents a challenge unlike any other RP game on the market. I’ve even learned the ropes of Standalone well enough to not die unless by sheer stupidity, or a hostile encounter with another player. And, don’t shoot zombies in front of fuel pumps. Fuel pumps can explode. Spectacularly. :)
Indeed I have logged more than 500 hours in this game since I started playing and have since learned quite a lot about the game and it’s “parent” games, Arma, Arma II, Arma III, and many of the fan-base mods available for those titles. I’ll write another post about them a bit later today or tomorrow.
Suffice it to say, if you’re looking for a very hardcore survivalist/apocalyptic themed MMORPG, you owe it to yourself to check out DayZ Standalone. Look for Frankie’s videos on YouTube.