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Yeah I skipped Ghosts. I still try to get some gaming in when I can but it is usually DayZ.
Im on the verge of really getting into DayZ. Natas just got a new PC that can run it. Do you prefer the SA or the Mod? Im kind of back and forth on which to go forward on.
And we were not really sure on Servers. The thought of going into a server with other random people (even if its with a group like Dan's (skepy) friends).. is kind of a turn off. Id rather just do the lone survivor thing with Natas and maybe other people from L3.
I know you can Rent Private "Hive" servers for around $20 a month for the DayZ Mod. But meh.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
The COD community killed MPFPS games for me. I wish it was not so but it might have been a blessing in disguise. I played DayZ on open servers and after the initial spawn/die/spawn/die/spawn get some cool toys/die... newness wore off I realized that I had never died from any zeeks. It was always by some crappy player who shot you in the back looking for a quick way to make a few gold, even on hard core limited servers it sucked.
Now I strictly play on PVE (Player vs environment) servers. SWAT has a server that is invite only which serves two main purposes. One you get to know people better and there is an understanding within the server and everyone is friends. Two it keeps the spam of buildings and structures to a minimum. We currently have ~25 people that play on the server. Everyone comes and goes as they please there really is not a play time you just go on when you can and because it is persistent where you left off is where you pick up again.
There are a few people that try to rely heavily on others for support but for the most part people understand that it is a very non forgiving game and that everything you do has consequences good and bad. A fast trip to the store can turn into a five hour journey based on decisions you make.
I would say if you are thinking of renting a server definitely shop around and see what is all included. Also find a few servers to play on that are PVE and see what you like about them.
I really like servers that have missions and AI bandits/survivors/military and civilian militia. Makes it more exciting when you get ambushed and or are out for a little walk and are not sure if the AI is going to shoot you or not.
The stand alone right now has too many problems and that mainly centers around the crappy player base but find a good one where everyone is centered around helping each other survive and killing zeeks and it is a lot of fun. the server I play on is an Epoch version which is really just test gaming for what they want to introduce into the stand alone.
The stand alone is also heavily into upkeep and wear and tear which is really hard to get right. Plus the game has to be playable and not a deterioration game. I want to go shoot zombies and hey I found a good pair of boots too bad my shirt and pants are no good now... you can realism yourself out of a games audience. Too much minor BS and the game stops being fun and turns into a micromanaging time consumer.