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Not Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 1,289.3 hrs on record (1,198.8 hrs at review time)
Posted: May 5, 2016 @ 4:21pm
Updated: Nov 25, 2016 @ 1:11pm

Early Access Review
Sure there are bugs, and you'll learn to work around them like the rest of us but undernearth that you will get a glimpse of some of the most intense gaming you could imagine and it's amazing. This game has so much potential and can deliver a fantastic survivor gaming experience when it works, that I cannot deny and hence the number of hours I've invested.

BUT please continue reading for there is much more to this game than meets the eye. The problem with this game lies primarily in the development and the team behind it. I am perhaps more of tolerant of this problem than others but it's crucial you understand what you're getting into in case it's something you don't want to deal with.

The pace of development is frustrating beyond belief. They repeatedly set targets for features and systems and one way or another they will be late, in some cases YEARS late.

Another issue lies in their delivery of the game. Features that they've added like the Central Loot Economy (an integral part of DayZ) have been out for over a year now and still, patch after patch there is game breaking delays or problems with it. So even what they do add... like vehicles, rarely works like you would imagine it should. Granted they still have the excuse that this is alpha but you would expect major components like this to be to be working by now. Excuses or delays which at one point were acceptable and even understandable are now just pathetic.

The final issue I'll share about the development team is their interaction with the community. All you need to do is drop by the subreddit and you will see anger and frustration on a daily basis like no where else and for good reason. After the delays and mismanagement this community has undergone you would think the devs would be working to pacify and correct the situation. Instead what you will find is an equally snarky excuse or vague comment in retort. The transparency of this project is seriously appalling at times.

Unfortunately all of these problems show no sign of changing and so for that reason I'm obliged to say do NOT give these people your money until they get their ♥♥♥♥ together. Because you will undoubtedly get the sense that this is just a bunch of amateurs who are really just figuring it as they go and once they have your money they could care less what you think or want.

Edit 1: In the next month or so a significant patch will move to stable and includes the new renderer which has been in the works for about 2 years now. It should be noted that this patch significantly boosts fps to a minimum of 30 in cities from the previous 15 or so in cities. This fixes likely the biggest drawback performance wise and should make the game more accessible. Unfortunately it will not change the development pace, delivery, or transparency so expect the problems on that front to continue. But it must be said this patch is perhaps the biggest leap forward in the last 2+ years performance wise.
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22 Comments
Druglord456 Nov 24, 2016 @ 6:57pm 
Review marked as helpful. Anyone who thinks this game is good is a moron. The dev team are a bunch of hacks and only out to make money off suckers who want to play what DayZ used to be. I got banned by a dev/mod on the steam forums for saying 15% off wasn't enough. Banned for an entire month for saying the sale was weak. When I replied and pointed out that I didn't voilate any TOS the dev gave me a permanent ban sighting that the permaban was for arguing with a mod. This game is dead and the devs spend more time on the forums than working on the game. What a joke. Anyone who supports these losers deserves this shitty game. What a black eye for Bohemia Interactive. I used to respect Marek before DayZ standalone.
☭ Dagonner ___¸.•'¯) May 30, 2016 @ 4:02am 
if .60 will be successful , i think the game has still hope , you know making a game cost like 5-6 years aprox. I know these guys are so slow , but i think DayZ's last hope is .60 , if they did it well and go stable well , even i can start to play with everyone else , it can be a nice comeback point since there is no altarnative of this game so far.
Mischa May 23, 2016 @ 3:44pm 
"DayZ has been in Development since 18 Dec 2013"

Bullshit. This was the release date of DayZ SA. It was version 0.27.
It was in closed alpha since May 2013, in development somewhere between July and September 2012.
BENGA May 23, 2016 @ 3:42pm 
@lordhomestoned
give it up
ask hicks what happened to .60?
lol dead on arrival
HomeStoned May 23, 2016 @ 4:28am 
New renderer & engine, map changes take time, I think that's why you haven't seen progress from 0.59 since December 2015.
0.60 has seen 4 large updates in 2 weeks, yeah I know the last one broke the limited amount of servers.

Even EA can take 4-5 years to make a game with upto 150 people working on it, and they could even be using a base from previous title or engine they have already, that would need little work.
DayZ has been in Development since 18 Dec 2013

Keep Calm & be patient
Evil Entitled Gamer May 22, 2016 @ 10:45am 
Good review. Ignore the slobbering fanboys.
xPosed May 20, 2016 @ 5:55pm 
"Though that will not change my opinion on the development side of things."

then why bother even updating? if its not going to change your mind just go suck a nut and dont even bother. No one gives a shit what you think about it.
Chris May 12, 2016 @ 11:49am 
baardie, stfu little weeb
baardie May 12, 2016 @ 5:55am 
I'm suprised DayZ isn't dead by now. It should be removed from the store.
Otto May 11, 2016 @ 1:39pm 
@ Uneazy- Yeah dont even waste your time man haha. Though this is the perfect time to point out the fan boys who no matter what happens will support the game and that's part of the problem. They just eat whatever shit is thrown at them and don't have the balls to stand up for the consumer despite this game being clearly mishandeled.