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DayZ racks up another rave review

The game that started as a humble ARMA II mod now has over 1.3 million users, and is continuing to impress the critics

It may be fiendishly difficult, riddled with glitches and bugs and require a pretty powerful system to run smoothly, but open-world, zombie apocalypse mod DayZ has received yet another rave review, this time from PC Advisor.

For those unfamiliar with the DayZ story, the game was spawned out of military simulator ARMA II when earlier this year Dean Hall, a soldier in the New Zealand army, created a zombie survival mod for the game initially as a suggestion for training members of the armed forces.

DayZ has since experienced unprecedented success, gaining 1.3 million users within just four months of being made available and gaining plaudits from across the gaming community.

Its popularity has spurred Hall to announce recently that a standalone version of the game is to be developed for a scheduled release later this year.

And according to PC Advisor's Jim Norris it is the game's realism that sets it apart from numerous other zombie game titles and goes a long way to explaining its success.

Giving the game four stars out of five, he says: "The goal is simple: Stay alive. You'll need to find water, food, shelter, and eventually weapons. Likely in that order. You can salvage preserved food, but hunting is also a viable option. Blood transfusions restore lost health and cure ailments."

And although the object of the game may simply be to "stay alive", this is a lot easier said than done.

"I lasted just over three hours on my first day in the fictional Russian state of Chernarus. I'm told this is quite good," says Norris.

He notes that the seven-step installation process for the mod is "a different kind of horror show", and that "many things can go wrong along the way".

But ultimately, the effort is worth it.

"Why it took one guy doing it for free to make this happen is a question for the gaming industry to ponder as they watch the number of players continue to grow," the review concludes.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801477076-ADNFCR