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DayZ, a free mod for Arma 2 developed by Dean Hall aka Rocket and published by Bohemia Interactive, is a realistic post apocalyptic simulator. The game received quite a large following from the spread of word of mouth from fans. The game knows how to portray the problems in our society by making players interact in a real way. It is not uncommon to see players yelling at each other in the chat, arguing over who is friendly or not.

Although zombies are populated all over the map, they are not the real danger. You work against the elements like a real person. Managing your hunger and health while at the same time managing your sanity against other people doesn?t sound like fun, but somehow is. Jumping off an incline or falling down a ledge are all serious obstacles as you could break your leg and render yourself useless. The feeling of alone and helplessness makes this game something truly special.

Another thing that makes DayZ interacts with people is the scarcity of items. Players will have to scrounge around for anything they can find. Cans of coke become like gold when the player desperately needs something to quench their thirst. After digging into the game though, you start to realize that the world is much more fleshed out than it appears. Players can scrounge together parts for vehicles like cars, trucks, helicopters and others to dominate a DayZ map. That is, if you survive grabbing these pieces.

DayZ is still a free mod for Arma 2. However, there will be a standalone title that will be available soon. This game is a blast to play with some friends or by yourself and is a must play for the zombie fan. Drop into the game today with the link above and test out your survivability.

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Reviewed by: ryanmcbride