Wow I think me and Dave are the only two people on the internet who DON'T like DayZ. (or at least on SimHQ)
That's definitely nothing new for me, because it seems like I'm ALWAYS the odd man out when it comes to stuff...
I forgive the server issues, but I figure those are more due to the massive popularity than the Alpha status.
I learned to forgive the bandits because I figured that's actually a more fun way to play if you don't have a group.
Personally I find the game incredibly dull. I love the zombie survival genre, but after 20 minutes of DayZ I'm bored out of my mind.
There was one night I was playing, and I managed to fill up an ALICE pack with food and water, and I had the Winchester and a decent supply of ammo. I was "safely" tucked away in a barn at night. I sat there and I wondered, "now what?" Sit in this barn until I run out of food? This was during the time where if you fired your gun, you'd get 20 zombies on your butt within seconds, so it wasn't any fun to go out zombie killing. As far as I could see there weren't any human players nearby to go kill either. I couldn't really see the point in trying to stay alive as long as possible if I was going to be bored to death doing so. It seems to be missing something. There needs to be something more to this. I'm just not sure WHAT.
Maybe it would be more fun in a group, but at the same time if the basic game mechanics bore you, what help would a group be?
It seems to me that players pretty much have to make their own fun in this mod. You practically have to make a game within the game.
It kind of irritates me a bit how so many people are raving about the game being like the greatest thing ever, because I just don't see it... I don't begrudge anyone for liking it though, it's just one of those difference in opinion things.
There's a lot of other little things about it I don't like, for example "fast zombies" and the awkwardness of the zombies and their attacks in the mod. I watched a zombie earlier today swinging away at me from 2-3 meters away, and I just sat there watching him for several seconds. He never hit me, and I was standing still. (and yet other times they smack you through walls) I think the limitations of the ARMA 2 engine are going to prevent the mod from living up to the perceived potential that people say it has.
Having said all that, I'm still curious about the mod's development and I generally try out the latest updates to see how they are. Problem for me is it all comes back to the basics which I don't find to be very fun.