I actually Live in Kentucky. :)
PZ doesn't kill you, bad decisions do. ;)
- The Map if HUGE, the devs are going to add Louisville(So I've heard) as well. The map itself already sports four small towns, two of which are like mini cities in game, they are so big. The other two are like small towns(Still pretty big) Tons of woodland, farmhouses, hunting cabins and lakehouses. Gunstores, clothestores, supermarkets, trailer parks, and the Dreaded "The Mall."
The Mall has every item you could possibly want, But don't go there.
Saying "The Mall" to a PZ player is like saying "Voldemort" to Harry Potter.
*Everybody Shudders* (o.o)
The map is so big, you will probably never explore all of it in a week. I still haven't done it with all the hours I clocked in, I've barely scratched the surface.
You are currently only allowed to spawn in places like West Point and Muldraugh (the two mini cities)
but there are two smaller towns as well. One being called "Dixie" and the other Bedford (I think)
- Realism (You will find no other game like this, it is incredibly challenging and makes you feel like you're actually surviving a zombie apocalypse.) The water and power gets shut off, Nature overgrowth after a period of time, roads crack, food rots, seasons change affecting survival dramatically. You could live off berries and trapping in the summer, but expect to survive solely on traps in the winter, as food is scarce.
- Zombies (Because who doesnt love getting eaten at 3AM when you peek out of your safehouse)
-Zombies beat down doors, smash windows and follow you out of two story windows, albeit jumping.
They Also Horde up, so dont be suprised. :P
- Survival (Build traps, farm, build rain collectors, build your own house, walls, fish, forage, etc.)
- Live practically anywhere (Its definately a game about decisions, tactics, and overall using your head. If you try to be A Rambo, you generally wind up dead within about 2 game days at the least (Standard Survival mode time, about 1 whole hour) Though I have been killed in just mere 16 in game hours. That being said, You can live anywhere you want, in any house, or just live in the woods.
-Ridiculously challenging (Expect 1 zombie to do nothing to a door, but set off a house alarm and fail to leave the house in time, massive hordes will be beating down the front door in 20 seconds or less. Its realism in the game also makes it incredibly difficult as one bite and you're done. Zombies are everywhere, and one jump from a window, one untreated wound, eating a rotten bird or rabbit or just dehydration and you're done.
Just like in real life, death is everywhere in this game; and it finds you eventually. It's not really combat based, the gameplay is more centered towards survival, so it makes you think.
-It has Several mini games about trying to defend a house with randomly spawned items from hordes that increase in number. Great for Ingame strategy practice.
Hide behind that Bar with your ol' Twelve gauge and make a final stand, or barricade the windows and doors and ready that kitchen knife.
There was also a mini game where you wake up drunk in a burning house, but that brings back bad memories. I don't like to talk about it. ._.
-Sandbox Mode, which is probably the most played game mode in PZ. Customise everything about your game, from Make zombies Sprinters (Like 28 Days later) or make them Shamblers like "Night of the living dead". You can customize their senses, i.e. how well they can smell fresh blood(Dont cut yourself on broken glass from those windows. :P), how well they detect sound, how well they can see...
You can increase the Zombie amount, Loot amount, season, time, The abundance of farming, foraging etc.
You can basically set the scenario how you want.
But Survival mode is the challenge, the default play of the game. Few make it past 3 months, even fewer live to see winter.
There are those who have survived over a Year in game, and they are what our little PZ community like to call "Gods" because if you bought the game an knew the situation we PZ players face, you too would call them "Gods" :P
-Weapons: Whether you like it or not, sooner or later, you're going to have to fight. How you do that depends on what you prefer in real life. If you wanna kick open your safehouse and send the Undead back to hell with your sawnoff shotgun that you made, Go for it.
If you don't like guns and don't like the thought of stabbing with a knife, then nothing says "I'm ♥♥♥♥♥♥" like flailing a claw hammer or some other blunt instrument in an attempt to fight the undead.
If you like Sticking to the shadows or Sniping from the rooftops with your hunting rifle, they got Sniper rifles with Scopes.
If you're passive aggressive they got pistols, meaning whilst you're trying to get out of that Gun store you're looting alive, you pop a couple zombies that are in your way and flee into the night with your 9mm as the Undead hordes chase after you.
Keep to the shadows and live a quiet life with just your Club or blade, or be a tactical warrior who always looks to weigh any situation to their advantage, even if that means a couple boxes of 00 buckshot. (But Nothing says I'm pro like wiping out an undead horde with a camp fire.) :3
-Guns: they got em. Shotguns, pistols and hunting rifles(Pretty accurate for Kentucky) with Customizations from long range scopes, ammo straps and using a Hacksaw to really polish your scattergun, if you know what I mean. ;)
Lasers for the pistols, red dot sights, etc.
Ammo is pretty abundant if you know where to look. There are places to find guns all over the map, and zombies tend to drop pistols and ammo often (With the Lucky trait)
-Fortify your base: Just like in real life, you can desperately kick in doors and make planks to barricade windows if you think that a zombie eating you alive whilst you sleep is gonna be a problem.
Though nothing will save you if a horde comes and you chose to live in a one story house. D:
-Jobs: Your character will be who you want them to be. If you choose the police officer as the job you had before the outbreak, then you will be calm in panicky situations and good with a gun.
Lots of Jobs to choose from though.
- The Devs themselves are really loving, down to earth folks and respond to their customers and even ask for suggestions to add to the game. (Sometimes they even add it if they think its a good Idea) Which makes them unique. :)
Of course I could go on and on (Which I already have done) :P But you get the idea.
Its a really good game in that spectrum it offers far more than I mentioned, and I know its in Early access, so it isn't complete.
I live in Kentucky as I have stated, and the biggest problem I have seen that take away from realism in this game (Since it is based in Muldraugh) is that Kentucky is like most other states, except the people here, almost everyone and their grandmother owns guns, and hunting equipment. It rarely snows, and the summer heat is extremely intense, and it barely ever rains.
They got the extremely rural part right though. :P
-It rains too often in game (Kentucky rarely gets rain, so our crops die alot. And the snow thing, we get a good snow about every 3 years, so ingame it should probably be rarer. It's usually just rainy and cold.)
-Hunting and kitchen knives are rare in game, but in reality, Kentuckians own more knives than baseball bats, and golf clubs.
-Guns are extremely Rare, in reality as I have stated, every other household has a Gun here. I would expect it to be different in Project Zomboid.
But that is pretty much it, those are personally my only problems with the game, which is the realism part. :) I know its work in progress, so please let the developers see this review by giving it a like or two.