Still Alive!  DayZ food for thought

Still Alive! DayZ food for thought

stillaliveflowchart I was browsing the interwebs today as I’m regularly wont to do and stumbled upon this kickstarter that’s a 2D side-scrolling open-world sandbox-style survival/horror game!  A big chunk of what initially caught my attention was the games focus on matches; 30 minute matches that is.  Everyone starts off with the goal of finding a cure.  If you don’t find a cure after 30 minutes, you die.  Of course there are a finite amount of cures available so competition will abound.  In addition to foraging for a cure, they have a hunger/thirst system, crafting, and equipment upgrades available.  If you manage to survive other players, the screechers (see zombie), starvation, and find a cure, you win!  That is to say you get to move on to the next round with all of your equipment and grow that much more powerful.  Giving players an objective while concentrating the action and keeping the 1 life rule is something DayZ could have certainly learned from the mod.

If you’re able to look past all the bugs, glitches, graphical issues, zombie AI, crashes, and hackers, DayZ has/had a lot going for it.  As most people here know, I played the the hell out of it and had a huge amount of fun for a long, long time.  That said, when the standalone came out, try as I might I just couldn’t get behind it.  Once again, ignoring everything else, the game felt too large and lacked anything resembling end-game material.  I didn’t want to play a 5 minute round of grab-ass in CoD, but the logistics behind meeting up with friends and finding something to do once we had gear left me wanting more.

DayZ aside, this looks like a fun game I’d be interesting in sitting down to play.  If you’ve got a few extra rupees in your wallet I’m sure these dev’s wouldn’t be upset if you decided to toss a few their way.  They’re about ~40k short of meeting their deadline with 9 days left.  Worst case scenario the game doesn’t get funded, you get your money back, and I post another article about you ungrateful little shits spending all your money on Twitch donations.

9 comments

  1. Twin Sock Puppets

    NEW SITE!!! REALLY COOL

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  2. Any reason in particular as to why you couldn’t get behind it? :3

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  3. Lol, thank you.

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  4. The game looks interesting, but so do a lot others. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see
    Btw, I’ll miss the banner of Jesus, but the website does look a lot better.

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  5. First and foremost new website is great. It is really intuitive as well as looking good. Ass-kissing aside I think this kind of game could function well keeping the timer down and objective clear. I don’t know how diverse the resource spawning and map choice would have to be to keep it fresh though. Otherwise it could end up like DayZ in the sense that there were only a few action spots. And considering I am not a tweeter I would like to respond to the ‘Destiny looks like piss’ comment with yes, it looks like another slow functioning fps at 30fps with a Borderlands type co-operation system. I don’t think aside from the hype train and the fact consoles can now have massive worlds (better hope they are populated with stuff to do) it has anything new to bring to the table.

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  6. This game looks like it has some potential after watching the trailer. I really like the style and what I saw of the interface being used. It doesn’t look like it will reach its goal though. Anyways, I’m loving the new website design! Much smoother on mobile devices.

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  7. nwd44:
    First and foremost new website is great. It is really intuitive as well as looking good. Ass-kissing aside I think this kind of game could function well keeping the timer down and objective clear. I don’t know how diverse the resource spawning and map choice would have to be to keep it fresh though. Otherwise it could end up like DayZ in the sense that there were only a few action spots. And considering I am not a tweeter I would like to respond to the ‘Destiny looks like piss’ comment with yes, it looks like another slow functioning fps at 30fps with a Borderlands type co-operation system. I don’t think aside from the hype train and the fact consoles can now have massive worlds (better hope they are populated with stuff to do) it has anything new to bring to the table.

    I was under the impression the beta was going on at the moment. I’m curious to know how that’s been for those that have taken a whack at it.

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  8. Splashingmud:
    This game looks like it has some potential after watching the trailer. I really like the style and what I saw of the interface being used. It doesn’t look like it will reach its goal though. Anyways, I’m loving the new website design! Much smoother on mobile devices.

    The mobile device issue was one of the big reasons to update the website as well. This new site should (I’ve already checked on my own phone) work much better with phones. In addition to the site, I want the forums to have excellent mobile interaction as well. Most of those I’ve looked at are fairly spendy ~$500 so we’ll see what happens.

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  9. WaldoDude: I was under the impression the beta was going on at the moment.I’m curious to know how that’s been for those that have taken a whack at it.

    I think I already have an unwarranted prejudice towards Destiny because it has been a long time since a first person shooter (in one way or another I understand the open world element) has been exciting (my own taste obviously). Borderlands 2 was adequate but lacked something that kept you wanting to play. I want it to be good, give me a reason to invest in new console/desktop (currently running pc off a powerful yet inadequate laptop) but I am pessimistic about current mainstream titles.

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