The alpha test for DayZ Standalone has been available through Steam Early Access for about a week now. Here's what players are saying about the game's test so far.
Steam now allows players to publish their own reviews. In these reviews, players can write out their opinions and also give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the game. The reviews then appear at the bottom of the game's listing.
Below are 12 of the most entertaining reviews I could find. While you're reading them, try to guess whether they're thumbs up or thumbs down reviews:
"i ate a rotten kiwi and died"
"Getting shot for beans: the video game"
"Drank disinfectant and died 10/10"
"We're going to find you, and we're going to make you drink Disinfectant."
"This game lets me run around with no pants on . 10/10"
"I licked a battery.... it tasted 'fully charged'"
"Backpack opening simulator 2013"
"Forced a man to eat a rotten Banana and he died 10/10"
"You can give everyone the finger, isn't that awesome?"
"You eat spaghetti a single strand at a time. 11/10"
"I'm thirsty. I'm Hungry. I have this funny taste in my mouth. I feel faint. It's cold. My feet hurt. This music's too loud. I wish I was at home playing videogames."
So, which reviews recommend playing the game and which reviews don't? You'd think that half of them were thumbs down based on how they complain about the game. Believe it or not, though, all of these reviewers recommend DayZ Standalone.
There's plenty to complain about in DayZ. You can (and probably will) spend your early hours with the game just wandering through the woods or searching empty houses for supplies. The game offers very little in the way of guidance when you start. Once you finally get some decent gear, you can lose it in a flash if you're caught by surprise by a couple zombies or a trigger-happy player.
Still, the loose and harsh nature that many people hate about DayZ is also why people love it. Yes, finding fresh food or water so you won't die can be annoying. On the other hand, it forces players to converge on the supply-rich towns where the zombies are most concentrated. The hunt for scarce resources and ease of death forces players to either band together, hunt each other, or become sneaky hermits. You can make the game into a co-op shooter, survival horror, deathmatch, or somewhere in between. The game's what you make of it.
That all being said, this game is still in alpha so it has plenty of rough edges. Bohemia Interactive says that you shouldn't play it unless you're willing to put up with bugs and missing features. If you go in expecting a demo, Bohemia says you're going to be disappointed.
If getting to play DayZ Standalone early is worth the headaches to you, you can purchase it here for $30. Buying the game on Steam Early Access entitles you to all future updates, including the final retail version.