Zombie games never seem to get old. Several years ago, games such as Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead were among the best in the genre, and today we still have amazing games such as Dead Island and Day Z. Well, time to add another title to that list: The War Z.
On the surface, The War Z is easy to confuse with Day Z. Yes, the titles are similar and so are the core concepts. Zombies are the least of your worries, as interactions with other players can be extremely stressful. Do you help them out, or do you shoot them and take everything they have? Beyond these two similarities though, The War Z has plenty to offer
Safe Zones: These are areas which have been designated as a sort of safe haven. Yes, some random player can come in and try to start a shoot out, but NPC guards and other players can make sure his day comes to an abrupt end.
Hardcore and Normal: Players can create characters that are either permanently killed upon death (Hardcore), or locked out for 24 to 48 hours (Normal). Regardless of what you play as, death is something you should be scared of.
Weapon Mods: So far all we know is that this feature is available. How exactly it will work is unknown, but expect to be adding silencers, stocks, new barrels, and other items to your guns.
Co-op Play: By finding pages of diaries through out the world, you can launch co op missions with some friends. Again, not much is known about these, but it looks to offer a slight change of pace.
Handcrafted Landscape: Since Day Z is a mod of Arma II, there is only so much the developers can do. The War Z on the other hand is being handcrafted to replicate what the world would look like after a zombie outbreak. These areas will be about 250 to 400km, and new areas will be patched into the game for free.
Barricading: Again, not much is know about this system, but players will be able to barricade doors with various objects to make their house/hut/cave/hole a bit more secure.
Skills and Upgrades: While these won't give players an outright advantage over lower level players, it will make survival much easier. For example, some skills make food and water more effective or allow you to sprint for a longer period of time.
So, there is a quick rundown of some of the best features of The War Z. Although it looks like it is taking ideas from Day Z, it's important to remember that this game was in development well before Day Z went public. Hopefully, The War Z will deliver on all its promises and give us a game worth playing near the end of this year.