If you are just getting into the DayZ Standalone you probably have no idea where you are. This is a good looking sattellite map with a few cool features. Looks like they will be rolling out more on this map soon. You can mark places and save.
Now when you die at least you know where to find your corpse…
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.
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.
I have been using this app for quite a while now on my Kindle Fire (running Android 4.0 a.k.a. ICS). The app is just a map, and an image of the control scheme which is pretty nice. Version 1.5 has recently been released with some improvements including more of the “isometric” city maps for some of the smaller bigger towns (the cities are already included). One thing to beware of is that the military tents don’t really show up, but you can still tell where they are if you know where to look. The isometric maps are still being worked on, so I think we will see them updated in this app in the future.
This app also has a button to show you the control layout. I never really use it, but it might be handy for new players. I tend to change my key bindings around a bit so my layout is different anyway. The map itself works really well and uses pinch to zoom. The hard to read in-game map is not used but the normal map (the one you can buy here from BIS) has thankfully been implemented. I have pretty bad eyesight and the small type is hard to read on a phone or even tablet.
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.
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.