Written by Jason Nawara, @JasonNawara
It’s only been a little over a year since the DayZ mod took the the gaming world by storm, but even with a little more than a baker’s dozen worth of months separating the release of the mod to where we are now in July, the fans are feeling like the DayZ standalone is the latest incarnation of Duke Nukem Forever. As unfair as that might be, the devs have kind of put themselves in that position by promising the standalone release for what seems like a never-ending amount of date pushes, but it is what it is. We can only get over it by pouring over what details we have, and I’m here to perpetuate this agonizing wait.
No matter what, with each passing day(z), the standalone gets closer. That much we can depend on, I hope. So with that logic guiding me, to pass the time I took it upon myself to list five of the best new features that is making DayZ worth these horribly awful, clock-watching delays worth it.
Shoes? You ask. How can footwear make a post-apocalyptic zombie survival game special? Well, DayZ is making it so the shoe-less are truly screwed. Remember all of the great hostage videos in which helpless survivors are forced to make supermarket runs for some bandits or they’ll be unceremoniously shot? Yeah, well I can’t wait to find a survivor and make him take off his shoes then march him/her into the forest, because now you can catch colds, get stress fractures and in general be uncomfortable without shoes. I know it’s sadistic, but I want to kill someone via exposure, just to see what it’s like.
Full disclosure: I’m also willing to die of exposure, just to see what it’s like.
All I want to do is find a little cottage in Chernarus, the DayZ recreation of Czechoslovakia, and call it my own until underground fortresses can be built. With the standalone and nearly every building being enterable, I think that can be a real, doable thing in this game, being a strange cottage man. Here’s my plan: I’m just going to head north, fend off the zeds and the other crazy survivors who want to shoot on sight, then make a little home away from home where I can eat my beans in peace.