DayZ Meets McGruber? “I’D KILL FOR SOME BEANS” Day01

This is a really well done video submitted to us by Xtian Bretz.

Here is the first part, I enjoyed it as well.

Here is a link to their Youtube channel, go show them some love.

This game has really struck a nerve. What is it about DayZ that inspires so many people to make both in-game and live action videos?

Please add your thoughts to the comments below. All you need to do right now is put your email  and name.

Online Debate: What is the Best PvP Gun in DayZ?

Let’s have it out. What is the best gun for PvP in DayZ. Comment below and at the end of the week we will have a poll to find the ultimate best PvP gun in DayZ. There might not be an easy winner here because there are so many ways to go about PvP in this game. Do you like to be up close and personal? Snipe from afar? Do you like to ninja in and pew-pew-pew with your beloved MP5SD6? Are you a straight up AS50 whore?

 

I Think My Backpack is Glitched Again

 

Everyone has their favorites, and different reasons for why. I am going to start off the debate by saying that I think the best gun in DayZ is the AKS-74 Kobra. The AKM can be zeroed and has more power (and is much more common for both the gun and ammo). The M4CCO has a similar sight and more plentiful ammo. Click here to view the weapons comparison chart.

 

I just have to say for running around the city there is no better gun than the Kobra. It is accurate up close and has a very clean, easy to use sighting system. Believe it or not, it is a pretty good zombie gun as well. At a deer stand or helicopter crash you can stay way back and head shot the zeds, and if you are careful you can pick them off one at a time without aggroing the others. But we are not here to talk about sniveling, slobbering zombies.

What is the best PvP gun in DayZ and why? Comment below, lets get a lively debate going and after a couple days I will take all the suggestions, put them in a poll and we will vote.

 

My First Experience Playing DayZ – Live Action

This is a great little video recommended by Rocket himself. There seem to be a lot of live action DayZ videos. I wonder why that is. Something about the simple gear and everyday objects used in the game I think. Well these guys did a good job. Nice bit of humor here to elevate the mind-numbing sensation of running through endless trees, bushes, and more trees. Of course there is some wild PvP action in the vid. Wouldn’t be DayZ without it…

 

DayZ Heightmap and How to Use it

In computer games a heightmap is an image “used to store values, such as surface elevation data, for display in 3D computer graphics”. Without getting too technical, when the developers create the game they usually use a black and white image to determine the actual elevation changes of the terrain. This lets them both easily tweak the terrain using something as simple as Photoshop, and also they can take images from satellites and use that for the elevation data.

 

The DayZ heightmap is rather interesting. Unless you are in a helo (I encourage everyone to go in the ArmA2 Armory and fly around – have a look for yourself) you can’t really tell much about the terrain as a whole. Lack of a birds-eye view limits what you can see from the ground. You can use this map to plan routes to the north, find out where to set up a base, or look for high ground for your devious bandit activities.

 

Click below to view the Chernorus heightmap.

 

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DayZ Beginners Guide – Learning the Basics

I know most of the readers out there are salty dogs that eat snakes and piss gasoline, however there is currently a MASSIVE influx of new players. Some people might be mad at me for helping newbies out so much, but I appreciate the competition, I don’t mind if everyone gets better at the game. Who knows maybe some of this training will help when the REAL zombie apocalypse hits. Bath salts anyone?

The following video was graciously made by our friend Sacriel. I actually watched this when I was pretty new. I found it (or he made it) a little too late to help me as I had figured most of this out, but if you bought the game during the current Steam Sale you are going to want to watch carefully.

Enjoy, and comment below to let me know what kind of videos you want to see in the future.

 

DayZ Myth Busters

In this great DayZ video series we get to uncover some of the myths that people think are true about DayZ such as can you get your items back if they fall in the water, an that you can one-shot a vehicle with a 50-cal.

I won’t spoil them here, watch them and find out for yourself.

Part 1

 

DayZ Myth Busters Part 2 is on the next page

 

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DayZ Weapons Comparison Chart

DayZ has a variety of different weapons. There are many different factors to consider when choosing which weapon to use. The main thing I worry about is how loud the weapon is, in other words what range can the weapon be heard. There are 2 types of audio ranges one for players and one for zombies, sometimes they overlap, sometimes they don’t.

The next thing I think of is how easy it is to find ammo for the weapon. This chart does show the ammo type, but does not show the scarcity or rarity of the ammo. For example, it is not too hard to find an AK-74 or it’s variants (Kobra, AK-74U). These are pretty nice guns because although the damage is not high, they are kind of quiet in comparison to the AKM or M-16. The problem is that the AK ammo (the orange magazines that come in green pouches) can be very hard to find sometimes. AKM ammo (looks like a black AK mag on the ground) is very common.

 

Use this chart to compare the various audible ranges, ammo types, damage amount, and fire modes. Unfortunately it does not show the weapons firing range. obviously the sniper rifles have a very long range while the shotguns have a very low range. I read somewhere that the revolver has a higher range than the M1911 so keep that kind of thing in mind as well.

As of the 1.62 patch the numbers have been lowered considerably – click here for the new chart

 

Old, outdated chart below in case Rocket changes it back.

 


 

Dayz Map (updated loot map)

This is another great DayZ loot map. This map has several features that make it different from the others. You can select the different categories of loot such as military and residential. The different colors and sizes of the dots make it easy to see what type the building is, as well as the amount of yield (low, medium, or high).

I don’t use this one as much as it is new and I prefer the older one still. The bubbles get in the way a little bit, however this map is nice and slick and deserves a good look at. This map could become a new standard for me in the future.

DayZ categorized loot map

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