Top 5 DayZ Playthroughs – Let’s Play Countdown
Top 5 DayZ Playthroughs – Let’s Play Countdown
Welcome to WatchMojo’s Let’s Play Countdown, where we count down our favorite Let’s Play videos in a specific category. I thought we’d have a sit down and talk about “DayZ”, this delightful little open-world game about murdering some zombies but mostly other people! Let’s take a look.
#5: DayZ Psychopath [series]
Channel: Normal Difficulty
Tell me, have you ever been chased to the end of the earth and back by a crazy person? Because if you haven’t, then watching Matt of Normal Difficulty flee for his life is an… educational experience.
It started simply enough: Matt was just running about in a livestream of “DayZ”, minding his own business, when out of the blue a player named Partypomcer began shouting like he’d been set on fire and making some strange threats. Then the threats turned into an outright chase, with Matt begging for help while this bizarre, murderous man refused to stop coming at him .
It all seemed like a fluke, a one-time incident that couldn’t possibly repeat itself… and yet, what we have here is a string of chance encounters that escalated so fast. Partypomcer is hilarious, plain and simple; he never gives up trying to kill Matt, and he even gets a bit more devious in luring Matt into traps . But he’s also just off-kilter enough to make some truly terrible decisions, like coming back to the scene of his death only to get hit by a jeep .
This isn’t an elaborate series, or a particularly long one, but it definitely shows how morbidly funny the world of “DayZ” can be.
#4: GETTING KIDNAPPED & TORTURED!!! – (DayZ)
Kidnap, torture, human indecency – I think we can agree those things on their own are absolutely horrible things. But when it happens to other people in a video game and it’s played for laughs, I feel like it’s safe to chuckle and enjoy the results.
If you’re like us and you appreciate pitch black comedy, then this is the playthrough for you. The player here, Alfie, gets himself into quite the spot of trouble. Another player ties him up and then starts doing weird things to him, like stripping him naked. And shooting him in the dick… twice .
But it doesn’t stop there, folks. Alfie does manage to escape, and naturally runs into the nearby forest like a bat out of hell. What follows is a tense cat-and-mouse chase, with Alfie seeking cover as the other player keeps hunting after him. I held a kind of faint hope that Alfie would be saved – but I laughed as that hope was squashed, right around the time his legs break .
Without going too much into it, there’s a cameo appearance by Mr. Moon that’s funny for how ill-timed it turns out to be . Poor Alfie… he just couldn’t catch a break.
#3: The Cannibal Experiment
Channel: Jam Jar
And here I thought human beings had the best parts of themselves brought out in the apocalypse. Nope, turns out that with under the right circumstances, we can be convinced to do just about anything. Damn.
Anyway, right from the first episode, there’s a certain creepiness hanging in the air. That may have something to do with Jam Jar – whose name in the video is quite literally Not Important – conducting an experiment: Can other players be manipulated into becoming murderous cannibals?
This is by no means a light-hearted video, aside from some Who’s On First style name confusion . Not Important tracks down player after player, talks them into coming back to his “camp”, and then commands them to kill a prisoner for meat. No cutaways, no fancy editing gimmicks, just unsettling conversations building to violence – kind like a Tarantino film.
And yet, it’s hard not to be fascinated by the cycle at play here. Two of the three players Not Important brings back willingly go along with becoming cannibals. They don’t offer up much in the way of resistance, and they themselves become prisoners to be killed. So it was refreshing to have the last player break the cycle; it made for a perfectly abrupt ending .
#2: Mr. Moon: “Flesh of my Flesh” – DayZ Standalone
Channel: Mr. Moon
From what I’ve seen, a lot of players like to dive into “DayZ” and toy with the game’s mechanics or mess with other players. But actually going as far as role-playing a complex sociopath? Now that’s new to me – or at least, it was before I saw our #5 entry…
“Flesh of my Flesh” kicks off with a grizzly scene where Moon and his friends have captured a cannibal, tied him up, and promptly kill him . It’s brutal stuff, but I have to imagine the phrase “punishment fits the crime” crossed their minds at some point.
Then the video really gets going. Mr. Moon and company have a lot of fun playing all kinds of roles as the situation demands – sometimes they’re just likeable survivors looking for a home, and sometimes they’re ruthless killers on the prowl. There’s a scene where Moon attempts to lure a realtor named Jenny into a shed that would feel right at home in a horror film… right before Moon gets shot in the crotch .
I should mention that the editing is quite superb here. The video’s events never feel slow or overly indulgent, particularly when the action gets going and bodies start dropping. And that ending – if it doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will.
#1: Arma 3: DayZ Exile4>
Ever since “ARMA 3” was released, players were eager to see what that game’s version of “DayZ” would look like. Well, apparently FRANKIEonPCin1080p was just as curious, what with him quite literally diving into the “DayZ Exile” mod head-first.
The first episode starts off with a HALO jump, which isn’t just a nice flourish on Frankie’s part… it’s part of the mod itself . It’s completely thrilling and segues beautifully into the meat of the video: Frankie trying to survive a in a land populated by as many trolls are there are zombies.
There’s a real apocalyptic feel to the video, especially since Frankie doesn’t cross paths with people that often and spends more time exploring than fighting. When there is action, it’s short-lived but tense, like when Frankie faces down a group of zombies in a flooded area .
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the ending. Frankie’s friend gets hurt, a zombie horde is bearing down, and Frankie himself only barely escapes before explosive charges go off . All of that is already awesome on its own until you consider that Frankie made his escape on a speeder bike – yes, the one from “Return of the Jedi”. Don’t ask questions, just enjoy it.
So whose DayZ playthroughs grab your attention? Are there other types of Let’s Plays that you think we should count down next? For more lists published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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