DayZ Diaries - Part 1

Ed and Randy jump into the popular ArmA II mod for the first time and learn how to play the only way they know how: by running. A tension and surprise-filled journey with an ending full of gravitas. Please leave us any tips you have, and follow GameSpot_AU on Twitch!

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About DayZ Diaries

How difficult is surviving the zombie apocalypse? Join a rotating crew of GameSpot AU staffers as they play popular ARMA II mod DayZ and get into cringe-worthy hijinks.

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DWhiteLion
DWhiteLion

graphics looks real nice whether is a good or bad game

kohle36
kohle36

I'm sorry guys, but this has to be one of the worst DayZ vids on the internet. Probably should have just named it "Running - Part 1". A for effort though, but I hope you guys read an faq before part 2

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

some developer really needs to make a AAA title based on this mod. It looks so entertaining, but it also seems too glitchy and rugged for me to want to buy arma 2 to play this. 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

One of my favorite things I learned the other day is that the V button is your best friend when in town around zombies. It allows you to "hop" over fences which flesh nomming zombies lack the ability to do giving you that much more distance between the two of you. 

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

"I have ran a few feet, lets check if the zombies are still there and stand still while doing it" *facepalm* Why do gamespot employees always suck at games? Very few of them are decent in ANY Now playing or specials.Most of time we just cring watching them play.

109emil
109emil

You cant use group chat to communicate with people that arent in your squad! Use "<" or ">" to change to direct, global, side or command channels

Divine_Stryph
Divine_Stryph

This is like watching two teenage girls, watch a scary movie. Annoying.

harvard17
harvard17

From what I've seen, this game looks amazing. Too bad my computer can't run it. Does anyone know of a cheap computer with a good graphics card that will run this ArmA 2?

TKavney92
TKavney92

I just got this yesterday, are you supposed to not have a gun when you 1st start?

grgcucu
grgcucu

this is too painful to watch

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

All I can hear is a high pitched noise all the way through this which makes it unwatchable.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

They said that 1 minute equals an hour in game, but the time in game moves at the pace of real life. Many servers the in game time stays the same as the location it is hosted in. So if I start playing on a server at 9pm and keep playing through to 5am (which often happens) it will be dark that whole time, with the sun beginning to rise.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

The guy that made the mod made it on his own. After seeing his work he was hired by the developers onto their team.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

went to go back to this but my antivirus wont let me repatch the old game (and bohemia support sucks).  Still, this looks a bit slow for me anyways, and the ai looks like its pretty easy to manipulate if you turn a corner, or hop a fence.  

 

I have too easy a time with the ai when they have guns, much less when they dont, and have to rely on spawning on top of you...

StuBishbat
StuBishbat

A useful thing i learnt very early on playing this mod was to follow power cables, they should lead you to a power station full of tasty treats. I was fortunate enough to find a shotgun+torch loads of ammo and medical supplies. That was until somebody shot me in the back of the head.

 

Secondly beware ladders i tried climbing down some once, when I reached the bottom, I died from fall damage.

nyran125
nyran125

if you havent tried it, try the editor mode withing the game, you can design your on BAttlefield 3 game, you can design your own mlitary briefings, you can design any ANY military situation you can think of. Its incredible. Not just this mod, the game on the whole, has so much to offer. I hope some people actually try out the editor mode in the real ARMA 2 game.

nyran125
nyran125

bout time ARMA 2 got some friggin mainstream recognition.

 

Id recommend you to try the editor mode. You can do ANYTHING.

Psycold
Psycold

The best part about everyone buying Arma 2 to play DayZ is that a lot of that money is going directly to Arma 3 which will either include its own version of DayZ or Bohemia will be releasing DayZ as its own entity. I personally think they should do the latter, if they worked together with the creator to realize the potential of a retail DayZ using the Arma 3 engine, they could have the next CS on their hands. 

keyb0red
keyb0red

Please release the full game on Xboooooooooooooooox!!!!

N1mble
N1mble

Tip No.1 Turn off the head bob or you will get sea sick and choke to death on your own vomit! Otherwise a pretty cool mod, love it

Dragon5-1
Dragon5-1

Damn it.

Now I need to buy ARMA and my super-arma-fan-friend will never let me live it down.

BrianGyrofire
BrianGyrofire

This mod has a world of potential, but unfortunately it's a big mess right now. The ArmA 2 engine is already full of bugs and the default controls are horribly unintuitive. When you combine that with this mod in its alpha state, you get an experience that you wish was far more technically playable. That being said, I have high hopes that most of the issues will get weeded out. I also hope other game companies take a look a good look at this mod - we need more realistic survival horror!

MuddVader
MuddVader

Suicide Via Gamespot Stream.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

The greatest mod for any game ever made. And it's still in Alpha too, not even close to being finished.

Falzonn
Falzonn

Well from my Dayz experience, here are some basic tips for anyone playing Dayz:

 

1) Assume most players are hostile.  People will shoot for almost no reason.

2) Zombies slow down to a walk when they enter buildings. Use this to headshot any you agro.  Also don't have a firefight outside if you can help it, because zombie AI pathfinding makes it hard to shoot a running zombie.

3) Building collision can be glitchy.  Be careful zombies don't walk or attack through walls and surprise you (though a recent patch lessened this issue)

4)  Zombies spawn next to buildings when you near them (starting from roughly 200m or so Id say)  This means cities and towns have a LOT of zombies.

5)  Its safer to play in walk mode (2x shift).  This way, you hold shift to run.  Running  attracts zombies, so if you're going to run, crouch run, and slow down to a walk if zeds are nearby.  Prone crawling is GREAT to sneaking by groups of zombies.

6) Guns are loud and attract zombies (and players).  Avoiding shooting things if possible.  Bigger the gun, louder it gets (never use the 'Leeroy' Enfield for this reason).

7) Learn which building types are enterable (since not all are).  These buildings are reused in every town, allowing you to gauge whether entering a town is worth it.

8) Don't go swimming with your gear, or you lose it (Arma 2 engine limitation, I hope this gets patched)

9) Have patience, and find a friend to play with.  Much more enjoyable with friendly folks who won't try and shoot you.

Dedakiss
Dedakiss

idk y people record themselves playing when they have no idea what there doing.  I mean if you don't even no how to equip a weapon you shouldn't play the game.  Play the single player first and figure out how to play, then go in a fight some zombies

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

its nerve wracking watching this guy play. it makes me want to take control of the game for him

Pablo_Heroin
Pablo_Heroin

This is one of best game/mods ever, they call it zombie survival game but its mostly about sneakig around and killing other people (at least for me). Its the social aspect that makes this game popular, not coop zombie action. Everyone can kill you, every minute counts, no safety , giant map. Its only alpha and this mod is amazing already! Killing newbies that cant find a weapon, sneaking behind sniper and stealing all his equipment that took him 10+ hours to get... no other game offers that. Im happy fellow gamers support inovation.

OmegaRecon
OmegaRecon

I've been watching these two play and wonder why they don't see zombies before they run right into one. :/

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

This mod is massively overrated in its current state.  Its potential is enormous but it simply sucks right now.  Zombies are completely bugged, which is what a good portion of this game is about. The way they attack is bugged, and the way they move is bugged. 

 

They stand there and attack the air once they come in contact with you(which makes it easy to just pop them in the head once they get their hit in), and they run through walls if you try and lock yourself in a room.  They don't seem to ever stop chasing you once they're on you, meaning you're pretty much done if you have no ammo and a zombie comes to attack you.  Also, zombies seem to know exactly where you are if you make a ton of noise around them.  One time I was sniping up on the top of a very tall building, fired once and every zombie on the ground floor outside the area immediately knew where I was.

 

Movement can be buggy and can get you killed.  It's smart enough to know that there's not enough space sometimes for you to turn around if you and the gun you're holding is too wide for the space you're trying to occupy, but it's so glitchy in the way it stops you... and it's not smart enough to have you hold the gun upright or something for you to make room for yourself.  I've also glitched off of a tower after climbing a ladder up to the top and died from the fall.  Also, I went prone between a wall and a counter, turned so that my head would hit the wall and my legs would hit the counter and I somehow broke bones.

 

Yes it's an alpha, but the hype is just ridiculous for the state it's in.  Also, it's a massive shame this is a mod for ARMA 2.  While ARMA 2 does offer some cool things, I can't help but feel that ARMA 2 itself is the source of all these problems the game has.  It's playable, but it's not much fun.  It's the PvP that makes it interesting and I think that's why everyone just kills each other instead of working together(besides having no immediate goals other than surviving of course).

HodgyDodgy
HodgyDodgy

getting this in the steam sale, although the wait is killing me

 

thphaca
thphaca

Zoom to around 13 minutes. This guy has some hilariously bad luck. He's a damned zombie magnet LOL.  I'm definitely getting this game.

edgefilm2001
edgefilm2001

Dean "Rocket" Hall DOES work as a game designer and team lead for Bohemia, but he started developing DayZ before getting the job and kept developing it in secret.

inkyspot
inkyspot

This game seems like it requires a lot of time investment, and it can end in frustration.

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

They've taken your souls too, huh, Gamespot?

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Played this mod for 100+ hours already. Best zombie survival game ever made.

KThxsBy
KThxsBy

Ive just bought this game cant wait to play this mod

pelvist
pelvist

A minute is an hour? No the game runs on a real-time 24 hour clock, a minute = a minute, if its dark where you live then the servers local to you will be dark as well.

BigSlongsDaddy
BigSlongsDaddy

the key to this game is to move slow , always stay in a crouch position you will find the good guns in compounds , watch you temp symbol because if it starts flashing and you get to cold it can slow you down when moving  , also abit of a cheat / trick is if you have the dead after you disconnect then reconnect and the zombies will have gone but your things would of saved and you will be back in the same position best server is kellys heroes ( http://www.kellys-heroes.eu/ )

razgriz1972
razgriz1972

a minute is not an hour its based in real time from the server. so if you play on a us server at 11pm it will be 11 pm in game

 

stealth6spy
stealth6spy

Go into buildings to lose zombies. They walk extremely slow while in buildings.

nord1c
nord1c

This is a great mod. The Horror... awesome :)A Czech studio and a maverick show the EA's and Activision Blizzard's what a real game in 2012 can look like. I love it!

andrewwittmaier
andrewwittmaier

Thanks for doing this guys!  This is a great mod and more people need to know about it.  DayZ was the only reason I bought ArmA II :)

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

Lol, terrible mouse or pad. ya, its very Alpha (before beta!!, when ppl normaly are invited to test games out). It should be pretty good for the hardcore types or anyone else really who don't mind 1 Death = Loss of everything, its also full pvp. I assume there is friendly fire since its suppose to be realistic. I thing I don't like so far and i hope is fixed... is the Super speedy movements.. perhaps just zombies, kind of hard to shot zipping all over the place targets before they maul you cheaply.

danielcliment
danielcliment

is this gonna be in XBOX?!?!!?!?!?!?!? :( please be in XBOOOOOoooooox

jessie82
jessie82

been watching gassymexican play this and recently him and his group got owned by a pissed off hacker which owned them all by some explosion which killed them all as they were running and talking about random shit

 

basically any who play this just be aware of the trigger happy hackers that nuke the entire server for quick and easy loot

pcsun3
pcsun3

no one can run that long! so much for in-game realism

Dazza102
Dazza102

Oh yeah and avoid water.. if you go in water you'll loose all your equipment.