DayZ is a survival horror videogame developed by Bohemia Interactive, only available for Windows PC. It is focused on multiplayer gameplay and open world elements. A huge success, this game sold over 80.000 copies in the first twelve hours and over 170.000 in twenty four hours after it was first released via Steam.
The main objective of the game is to stay alive for as long as you can in a city ruined by a zombie apocalypse. DayZ is set in Chernarus, a fictional post-Soviet state in which a virus has turned the population into violent flesh-eating beings. You have to explore the whole map looking for basic resources such as water, food, medicine or even clothes. Those items can be found by scavenging through houses, farms, abandoned vehicles, etc. To help you cross the vast map there are some vehicles available such as a bike - a fast and silent way to move without alerting anyone.
You have to take care of your character’s health, for instance feeding him correctly. Diseases are another major threat to your life, as your character can be affected by cholera, dysentery or hepatitis - contracting those by drinking polluted water or from the undead. However, you can resist disease by using the right medicines.
Survival of the fittest
When we talk about survival horror games we tend to think that zombies are the bad guys, trying to relentlessly eat whoever is still alive. But we are completely wrong. Zombies are just victims of the circumstances; the real bad guys are other survivors, and DayZ excels in demonstrating this fact.
The main objective is to stay alive as long as you can in a zombie apocalypse
Players can capture other players if they feel like it, keeping them as hostages or even handcuffing them to steal all their belongings. To prevent this happening to you, you are free to build a safe house in which you can gather all your objects so they can’t be stolen if you get caught. Additionally, you can clean up an area to make it safer for some time, as the undead will not re-spawn there for a while.
You have to team up with other trustworthy survivors to avoid being assaulted by hostile groups. You can communicate with other players using text and voice chat or using whispers, which allow you to send messages to other players across short distances. DayZ also offers radios that enable long distance communication, including encrypted frequencies and radio stations.
DayZ Full Version Features
Check out the features of DayZ before you download it:
- A vast map: explore every corner of Chernarus to find food, water, guns, etc.
- Realistic survival: take care of you character’s health to avoid illness and starvation
- Take a ride: use vehicles such as the bike or the UH1H to save some time or escape faster
- Cooperate to succeed: team up with other players, create a safe house and increase your chances of survival
- Hunt or be hunted: fight against enemy survivors or capture them to steal their weapons
If you are interested in DayZ and need further information before you download it, feel free to check the developer’s official website.
The minimum system requirements to download and run this horror title are:
- Operating system: Windows XP or later
- Processor: Intel Core 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
- RAM memory: at least 1 GB
- Video card: Nvidia GeForce8600GT or equivalent
- Hard disk: 10 GB free space