Archive for the ‘Zombies’ Category

There has been a massive influx of zombie games in the market today. It all started from Left 4 Dead, then came Dead Island. I know there are many zombie games that was release before that and good thing, developers and game companies nowadays decided to explore the realm of the undead in an MMO perspective. Thanks to AMC’s  “The Walking Dead“, the zombie genre has been popularized once again. I am a 100% zombie killer fan and any dose of zombie, may it be movies or games, I’ll take it.

2013 is certainly a good year for the zombie genre. Many developers are eyeing to release zombie games for pc and the console. As you all know, Hammerpoint Interactive released their very own zombie MMO entitled “The War Z” at the late quarter of last year. Although it has been plagued with controversies and in-game bugs and hacks, its pretty much a good start for the Zombie MMO genre. Before TWZ, there was DayZ. Its a Mod for Arma 2 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead. Because its a mod, people need to buy Arma 2 first, then download the patch to be able to play DayZ. Because it uses the Arma 2 engine which has dynamic real life features, it became the predecessor of most zombie games in-development.

Through kickstarter.com and with the help of bestfriend google, I found a few zombie games that are in development. First on my list is The Dead Linger. Disclaimer: The game is still in alpha and the devs are continuously adding content to the game. If you check their videos in youtube, you’ll immediately say that the graphic sucks and the animation is really bad. I don’t blame you for that, but like War Z, the game is also promising. You can play the game in solo mode or you can join their servers in multiplayer. I don’t know much about the game but will update you soon after I bought and play the game. You can visit their site here

Next one is DayZ Standalone. Based on the mod of Arma 2, Dean “Rocket” Hall sets his sights to new ground with this game. The game is still in development but the content of the game is very promising. I believe it will be the next big thing for the zombie genre. Hopefully they will release the game not later than this year. You can check their videos in youtube and the wiki here

Another one in my list but still incomparable to the likes of The War Z, DayZ and The Dead Linger, is Dead State. It has a different approach from the games mentioned above, it focuses on turn based gameplay. The game is still in development and I have little info about it. You might want to check their website for more information which can be found here

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I’ve read an article posted in The War Z forums that they will be implementing a new patch today. I’ll be summarizing the notable features in the patch:

  • Server Rentals/Private servers – welcome to PVE
  • Form a party up to 10 members and Group and Clan members show icons in the map – my clan mates will love this
  • Vault to access global inventory inside the game through an NPC in the safe settlements – how convenient
  • General store to access Marketplace – not really into buying because most of the items are obtainable in the game
  • New Weapons – Mosin rifle, Colt 1911 – I would want to try this
  • New item spawns – I’m a born looter so I would really want to explore the new item spawns
  • Added more zombies to increase difficulty in good item spawns – more reason to farm and kill zombies 😀

It seems that the devs have been working hard to add more content in the game, seeing that the players decreased drastically after Christmas. I myself stopped playing due to the release of Ragnarok Online 2 here in SEA and because there’s alot of hackers during our time. It has been 2 months since then and I admit that I miss playing The War Z. However, I’m still thinking if its really worth the time to play again with the new contents being added here and there, even though I know there are still hackers around. My friends and clan mates also stopped playing due to the controversies after Hammerpoint release the game in Steam. Although the company were quick to take action, it didn’t stop the rumors and the bad publicity that the game and/or the company is a fraud.

I haven’t entered Colorado (the name of the map in War Z) for 2 months now, I don’t know what to expect and what to see in there. Though I still remember the places, loot spawns, zombies, and the “friendly” players who will start shooting at you when they see you in a few meters (talk about sarcasm hehe), I miss the game and everything from it, from the thrill and suspense that it brings to you, the fear of being killed, the joy of winning a shootout with other players — as in everything.

When I’m playing the game, I feel like I’m inside the world of The Walking Dead. Speaking of which, it was the mid-season premier yesterday and I’ve already watched the episode in low quality. It was quite impressive I must say though I know what will happen even before the series started because I’ve read the comics. Back to the topic, is it really worth the time to go back in playing WarZ now that they added more content? Hmm..well to tell you the truth, No. There’s still alot of things need to be improved in the game. Cars are still not implemented, built in communication system still not up, gameplay needs to be improved, character designs and customization should be updated.

I’ve posted an article in the War Z forums where I’ve written some suggestions to the game. I’ve managed to list down some things that would improve gameplay like item durability, addition of trucks for multiple transport of people, addition of npcs, more buildings, animals, fishing and hunting, swimming, weather effects, zombie loots, compass and minimap, and in-game titles. So far the devs have been very supportive and they added some of the things I listed down. However, the updates in the content are still not enough to encourage players to play again.

A few last words regarding the topic. As a player, it really excites me to check the new content that will be added today (or tomorrow because I’m in GMT+8). I want to play if I have spare time though not at the moment because I’m busy with Ragnarok Online 2 and the projects I have in the office. I’m planning to give it a try this coming weekend after valentines and hopefully I can enjoy it again the same as before. I’ll be asking some of my friends to join me and form a group and lets see what happens. I’ll be posting some screenshots over the weekend to give you a glimpse on what to expect inside the game. For now, enjoy the screenshots below:

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If you want to read the post regarding the new patch today, please click on this link here

The War Z – the world’s first survival mmo Zombie Game.