ArmA 2 Patch 1.62 Released

For those that do not know, we have been waiting for the new ArmA 2 patch to come out. The time is now, so all the beta patches are over for now. We have been testing the ArmA patch with DayZ for about a month now (2 months or more for me, I adopted it and enjoyed it before it was required).

With this new patch we get ammo counters, increased security and script support. Expect hot fixes down the line though, there always is. If you have been playing DayZ these changes are nothing new, they are incremental and have mostly been very positive for ArmA and DayZ.

This new final patch is actually cross-compatable with the last beta patch which looks to be 95248. What this means is that you should be able to play right now if you or your server has either the last beta, or the final 1.62 patch installed.

Download ArmA 2 Patch 1.62 here

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Ultimate FOV (Field of View) Guide for ArmA 2 and DayZ

Field of view or FOV is a very important aspect (pun intended) of DayZ. I am going to guess that most of you have not customized your FOV, and some may have no idea what it is or why you might want to change it. Did you know that playing with the FOV settings wrong can actually make you sick? Plenty of people get headaches from straining to see a screen that is not set up correctly. There is also a massive tactical advantage to seeing the right amount, and the right parts of the screen.

What is FOV?

Phazon88 has created this animated .gif for Battlefield Bad Company 2 which uses the same system as ArmA 2 to set the FOV:

Pay attention to two things.  One reason why we might want to increase our FOV from the default is because you get more peripheral vision. If you look on the left and right (the outside) of the two trees in the middle you can see that as the FOV increases, you can see more of the hill on the edge of the screen. This can be a life saver because often times a player has already seen you and has the drop on you. As you run by and pass him, he thinks you can’t see him anymore, but you can. Don’t forget that you can get a temporary FOV boost by either holding numpad – or by going into 3rd person view (numpad – works on there too).

Another situation that a wider FOV can help is in very close quarters battle, or CQB. Sometimes during CQB you might actually run past your adversary. Having a wider FOV can let you turn around and re-acquire your target much faster. This lets you spin around and get your shots off while he is still turning and looking for you. As well know the zombie AI is a little bit wild at the moment and a wider FOV can help you when you have multiple zed beating the crap out of you.

Of course there is a tradeoff to having a wider FOV. If you look in the middle of the .gif again you can see that as the FOV increases the center of the screen seems to get further away. There really is not too much I can think of to argue that this is good. Basically you are going to have a harder time seeing someone far away, and let’s face it, far away is deadly in this game. Be very careful when you choose your FOV. You have to decide where the optimal point is. For me it is around 90 in most games, but for DayZ 90 should be your max unless you have a large/wide monitor.

 

WARNING: Changing your FOV will most likely alter the way mildots and ranging works. I am investigating how  and how much and will report back. It is also going to be much harder or maybe impossible to read things like the compass, maps, GPS, etc. Save your old FOV numbers in case you want to revert.

 

Go to the next page for a step-by-step guide on how to change your FOV for DayZ and ArmA 2.

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DayZ Mobile Android App

The DayZ Mobile Android app has a ton of great features including multiple maps and a server browser. There is also some nice wiki integration that shows a random page when you start the app. I would rather it started with the map, but that’s ok. A loot table is also included as well as patch notes and a link to R/DayZ making this the most fully featured app yet.

The server browser can be really handy. Last time I checked you can’t see who is on the server, but you can check it’s status as well as see a server log. The log is handy because it shows you the last time the server was restarted for all your chopper-hopping needs. Lately it seems that the log is behind by some hours. I am not sure if that is the fault of the app or of the servers (or hive for that matter). A quick check of the server browser shows plenty of people in-game playing 1.7.2 at the moment, so it seems to gather data on the newest versions just fine.

Next page has the free download link as well as a link to the developers web site.

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DayZ Map Guide

Nice little app, I use this on my Kindle Fire tablet. There is a lot of functionality here from maps to a nice server browser. Unfortunately you can’t see who is on the server, but you can check it’s status as well as see a log of when the server has restarted.

Having this thing opened below my computer monitor has been a literal lifesaver a few times. No more running through deer stands that I didn’t notice were there!  Tapping on a city brings up a “satellite” view of the city. There might be a few buildings and thing missing, but it is still useful to help you figure out where you are and where you want to go.

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Server Browser/Launcher: DayZ Commander Beta Released

After waiting a couple of days for this new browser to be released I finally got a chance to try it out. The visual style is clean and modern, with a grey theme that reminds me of the old Valve and Steam software. Did you know that most people used to HATE Steam when it first came out? Times have changed.

 

This new browser has a ton of great features to get you going quickly including a very robust server browser, and finally a friends list. You also have the ability to join a friends game, although I haven’t had a chance to try that yet. A server favorites list is said to be on the way. I also would like to see a server history so you could see what server it was that had all the vehicles (to steal) or the hacker (to avoid).

 

 

Click below to grab the launcher

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DayZ Loot Map (Dayzmap.info loot map)

This is another great DayZ map, we call this one the “loot map”. This map has two really great features. Number one is that it shows where zombies spawn, marked in yellow. This can be really useful when you are traipsing through the wilderness. Sometimes there are little buildings and villages that you might not see until you stumble headlong into a zombie. We use this map a lot, more than any other right now.

The other great feature is the search bar for loot types. You can enter what you need in the top part in plain English (for example type ‘wheel’) and it will show you the object name, in this example it is ‘WeaponHolder_Partwheel’. Click on that and the map will show you all the possible places that the item can spawn.

If you click on the icons, another feature reveals itself: a picture of the building as well as a loot table for what you might find inside, complete with the percentage chance that the item might drop. Very useful, bookmark this map now.

Dayzmap.info loot map