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    dkirschner's H1Z1: King of the Kill (PC)

    [February 5, 2017 08:22:41 PM]
    Don't think I'll play this at least til its actual release, whenever that might be. It's buggy as hell. It can be a lot of fun, but also there are huge stretches where nothing happens. This is a Hunger Games / Battle Royale style game where you and 199 other players parachute into an open map. There's all manner of gear scattered around, including guns, ammo, clothing, armor, drivable cars, backpacks, health kits, etc., etc. Your goal is to arm yourself to the teeth and kill all the other players, while avoiding being killed by them or by creeping gas.

    Deadly gas is released about 5 minutes into the match, and it will slowly encroach upon a "safe zone" highlighted on the map. All remaining players have to make it to that safe zone or die. A few minutes later, another safe zone is announced, and everyone clusters into a still smaller area. It's a simple idea and a fairly simple execution. The hard part is not being killed by 199 other players! If you don't scavenge and be somewhat aggressive in finding items, then you'll find yourself armed with a pistol and a hat for defense at the end, and you'll die because another player will drive up in a police car, sirens blaring, try to run you down, hop out and annihilate you with an assault rifle.

    Today I placed 12th in a match, my best yet. Usually I'm like 50-100 because I tend to hide at first so I miss being the first batch killed in the initial melee. But I rarely get a car and I'm usually outgunned I think precisely because I am not that aggressive.

    Anyway, it's fun, but you spend so much time in menus, and so much time running around looking for loot or hiding or trying to get to the safe zone instead of actually fighting or doing much of anything strategic. Firefights are over quickly, and the shooting and controls don't feel that great. It sucks to have been meticulously moving around the map, slowly acquiring items for 15 minutes, and then to get picked off by someone you can't see. I mean, I've done that to people, but it's like "ARGH! There goes 15 minutes. Now 5 more minutes of menus and queuing and hopefully I get more action next time..."

    I'll be interested to see what sorts of improvements they make to the game in the future. Right now, there is a huge emphasis on cosmetic items that I don't care about. Make it more fun to move and shoot! I don't care if I unlock a pink hockey mask or a blue camo jacket.
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    dkirschner's H1Z1: King of the Kill (PC)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Got Bored

    GameLog started on: Sunday 5 February, 2017

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 5 February, 2017

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Not optimized well at all, but it's unique! Can spend a lot of time running around or hiding, then die in 2 seconds.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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