H1Z1 is coming out to Steam Early Access in about three hours. I'm still undecided about buying it today. More accurately, it's going to take a helluva positive community response to convince me to spend twenty bucks on yet another zombie survival simulator. Especially considering the game will ultimately be free to play in the future.
Still, it's one of the few games that have been on my radar for months now. I've been hopeful of recapturing the ludicrous fun I've had with friends in DayZ and Rust: Legacy. I haven't been able to get back into Rust (I tire easily with games that require my player character to scrounge food and eat more than I do in real life) since the new branch of development was introduced. And migrating from DayZ's Arma 2 mod to the standalone edition certainly proved to be premature: as far as I'm concerned, the free mod is still a better game than the $35 version. The lesser known 7 Days to Die offered some brief fun in this category as well, but damn it, it's just time for something new.
I want something with decent graphics and great gameplay. Something that doesn't lag just as you're sneaking up behind an unsuspecting victim with a shotgun. Something that's every bit as fun as Rust and DayZ, but, respectfully, smoother and more intuitive to control. I really hope SOE knocked this one out of the park.