PC PowerPlay Game of the Year 2012

Posted: February 21, 2013 by: Daniel Hindes

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“PC PowerPlay 2012 Game of the Year”
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Dean Hall

Like death in the game’s own openly hostile environment, you probably didn’t see this coming. Unless you did, in which case, well done – you get a can of beans and a chance to die another day. Those still left asking how DayZ, a mod for ARMA II no less, can win a Game of the Year award, may recall PCPP’s 2010 GOTY was controversially awarded to Minecraft – before its own official version 1.0 launch. It’s only fair that we afford DayZ the same opportunity. PCPP is nothing if not inclusive. Stay away from our beans, though.

The most significant thing to happen to PC gaming in 2012

More importantly, DayZ is the most significant thing to happen to PC gaming in 2012. It is the game that absorbed us the most, throwing us into its simple survival tweaks and leaving us with some of the most incredible stories to ever arise from a PC game. DayZ leverages everything great and unique about the platform to allow harrowing experiences to craft themselves, whilst leaving player interaction completely in the hands of the players. Your life is forfeit to the whims of others, as can theirs be to yours.

In these respects, DayZ is both a game the way they used to make ‘em, and yet it is unlike anything we’ve played before. In every sense, (really, the best sense) it is a hardcore PC game that does not compromise. It is the product of a single man’s vision; one that was time and time again dismissed as futile – something that would never catch on. But it did, and the infection has spread.

Over 1.3 million players, each with an average life expectancy of just over an hour, have killed more than two billion zombies across DayZ’s complex server architecture. The mod’s success re-launched ARMA II – a two-year-old game – putting it not just at the top of Steam’s best-sellers list for months, but back onto retail shelves. It upheaved Bohemia Interactive, rupturing its projected development cycles as it rightly realigned itself to bottle that lightning. DayZ’s effect on the industry and PC gamers worldwide is akin to that of Counter-Strike over twelve years ago. Hell, the mod made it to #5 in our Top 100 PC games of all time list earlier this year.

Whether or not it’s a full “game” yet doesn’t matter: DayZ is the best thing we’ve played in 2012.

Click here for our extended interview with DayZ developer Dean Hall about what to expect in the standalone version!

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12 Responses to “PC PowerPlay Game of the Year 2012”

  1. Suibriel #

    That’s me in that there DayZ screenshot!

    February 21, 2013 at 5:21 am Reply
  2. Paven #

    Since when is DayZ a game?

    February 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm Reply
    • Mypetkiwi #

      You are completely correct, DayZ is not a game. It is an experience. DayZ tells you who you really are. Are you the kind of person to trust no-one and kill everyone you see or do you have the balls to be a medic and hope in all hope that the guy with broken legs and an axe isn’t going to hack you to death when you get close?

      DayZ is not a game. DayZ is what you make it.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:41 am Reply
      • Dr. Phil #

        Day Z is shit, and you are shit. Experience? Experience Hacked in items, rampant aimbots, abusive admins, glitchy zombies no clipping through walls, leg shattering after opening doors. with about 70 hours of gameplay I can safely say that bohemia interactive payed off this review.

        February 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply
        • ha ha.. ha ha ha ha ..ha ha …ahhhhhhhhhhh.. the butthurt is strong with one :)

          Brilliant mod of a glitchy but good game, the standalone should blow 2013 wide open for new ideas in gaming and hopefully push mainstream developers to start being creative instead of sropping the same old crap on gamers.

          go DayZ !

          February 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm Reply
      • What #

        You’re right. It isn’t a game. It’s a mod, for a much better game…

        February 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm Reply
  3. OhReally #

    DayZ is a mod, not a full game (yet). Shouldn’t ARMA II be your game of the year then?

    February 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm Reply
  4. Louise #

    just brilliant!!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm Reply
  5. Dallas #

    What can I say.

    It’s what I clocked the most hours on in 2012.

    DayZ was a mess, got killed by rocks, waves, doors and ladders, still all my other favorites of 2012 I found lacking the emotional and psychological aspect that sometimes left my hands shaking uncontrollably from excess adrenaline.

    The stories I made up or the attempts to justify my actions, when I told myself that what I did, I did in justifiable self defense has been more detailed and complex than any story line could provide.

    Mod or game, buggy as hell, it’s been everything I hoped Left4Dead would have been.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm Reply
  6. Johnny-2006 #

    Good pick PCPP and congrats Dan.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm Reply
  7. FeRaLGoD #

    :D DayZ may be glitchy but it is a great mod…just becouse the idea is new and it is not the same crap like CoD, BF, WoW and etc. DayZ gives you (almost) realistic experience for something that is likely to happen in the future…DayZ is full of hackers only in pirated game servers…I hope DayZ haves its own servers where if you hack you loose the game….and dont count only on the people to run servers… Can’t wait for the standalone…and I sure hope it runs on WinXP :D

    March 5, 2013 at 11:16 am Reply
    • Dee #

      “Likely to happen in the future”?

      You been smoking ‘dem bath salts boy?

      April 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm Reply

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