So recently I’ve purchased the DayZ Standalone and logged a few hours.
I wouldn’t say it’s enough to really judge it, especially because it’s still in alpha ( and tells you that right off the bat ) and is subject to change in many elements. With that said, I do have a few things I’d like to say about this game so far.
People seem to be split down the middle on the stand alone(SA) and the mod that is played through Arma II at the moment. Before buying the SA I asked several streamers, a few friends and watched a crap ton of videos of it. I do own Arma II and the mod, let me say that right now. I’ve also enjoyed the mod the first six or seven months it came out, then I fell out of love with it and it’s quirks. The animations seemed.. glitchy and were ugly to watch. I didn’t enjoy the way the characters ran, and how stiff every action subsequent appeared once I began to really watch them. It began to bother me to no end. The zombies ran out you in such an erratic pattern that it was ridiculous, as soon as you were spotted they’d run at you in a serpentine like motion with the speed of The Flash himself. The zombies clipped through walls ( still do to an extent in the SA, but it’s bearable ) and from time to time would just hit you through the wall entirely. In my opinion ammo was far too common and guns seemed to be found just as easy which fueled the uproar of Bandit-ism, yeah, that has a nice ring to it. Now don’t get me wrong the mod is fucking fun in it’s own right, and I enjoyed the hell out of it with these flaws and the crazy community build from it.
The standalone, however, for me, has been a great buy.
The animations in general look a lot smoother and aren’t nearly as stiff.
I absolutely love how the pockets in any clothing you’re wearing are accessible and the only spaces you have when starting out, instead of starting with a backpack. The clothes you wear actually can be utilized now, and you’ll realize that you’ll be trading your black jeans for cargo pants for the extra space they give you, same goes for your black shirt.
The zombies are still fast, but they aren’t nearly as strategic when it comes to knowing how to serpentine. As mentioned above they DO still clip through walls from time to time,at least for me they have.
As far as surviving goes, there’s a bit more to watch for this time, although as I write this I haven’t broken any bones, I’ll have to mess around with that later.
Anyhow this time around it’s more than just Blood, Health, Hunger and Thirst. You’ll be watching for your Health, Blood, Thirst, Hunger, Energy and Stomach. You have an entire stomach to worry about now, so don’t get stuffed or you may throw up, lose valuable energy and become sick. I’m serious! It’s a lot harder to survive. You’ll need to disinfect your water before you drink it if you’ve gotten it from a well, lake, pond,etc. Remember those cans of beans? Yeah, well unless you’ve gotten a can opener, tough luck my friend! Before you ask, no, you cannot open it with that firemans axe you’ve just found. Dying of hunger? Are you going to eat that rotten apple and risk getting sick? or hope that you come across some fresh zucchini in time? One of the things that I think is pretty awesome is the fact that you can tear your shirt, or a shirt you’ve found into rags now, so you don’t always need bandages, however you cannot heal yourself like you were able to before. To use the contents of a medkit you now need another player present who is mindful and takes a syringe of your blood just incase somewhere along the way you are mutilated but manage to survive. You can always get a blood transfusion, but oops, you forgot to see if you both have the same blood type and now you’re dead. ;) Don’t worry though! if you manage to keep yourself in good condition, meaning even if you’ve bled out a bunch, but managed to bandage the wounds, kept yourself fed, hydrated and energized, you will automatically regenerate your health AND blood! Staying in good shape actually rewards you this time, and I’m pretty happy about that. Even though realistically we both know it’d take more than just time passing to really get you back up on your feet after being shot in the stomach, or mauled by vicious wall-phasing zombies. I haven’t managed to get a gun AND ammo that fits it, although I have found quite a few of both separately. The melee seems a lot more useful in the SA and I really enjoy it, but I have to say that I hadn’t played the mod too much after melee items were implemented. It seems the developers of the SA enjoyed the masks from, dare I say it, Infestation: Survivor Stories (otherwise known as War Z ) because I’ve found quite a few that are alike and I don’t remember finding any of those in the mod, ever.
I have to say, and this is BY FAR THE BEST IMPLEMENTATION FOR ME: THE FUCKING BOW & ARROW.
Oh dear god how in love I am with this particular weapon in a zombie apoc sim. Now I know the mod had the crossbow, and I endured using it simply because there was no bow, BUT NOW, there is and fucking hell do I love it. I don’t know how many times I sat there and complained about not being able to get a bow to my friends, and now that I am able to make one I’m completely ecstatic like a school girl with her first crush. It’s probably the best part of the SA for me, no joke.
The inventory system is also a lot more fluid in my opinion. It’s straightforward and not nearly as clunky as it was in the mod. I don’t find myself struggling to pick items up, throw them away or replace them. It’s definitely more organized and simplified all while still giving off the same DayZ vibe. I don’t know about you but the games inventory system always felt unique to me and it retains that feeling.
With all this being said, if you enjoyed the mod and are contemplating buying this, I say go for it. It’s worth it in my opinion. I’ve only played for a few hours total but I find myself at work thinking about the game and wanting to play it and not many games do that for me lately. I’m glad I took the chance and bought it because while I enjoyed the mod, and Infestation for awhile, it always felt like there was something missing and I don’t feel that way about this game EVEN THOUGH IT’S ONLY ALPHA.
Now, I’m off to go play it. ;)
I will no doubt be posting screenshots of me playing.
You can open cans with axes and the like but if you will 25 - 50% of the food that was in the can if you don’t open it with a can-opener, knife, or screwdriver.