The War Z

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The War Z sold 2.8m copies despite dismal reception

"I am sure overall sales figures would have been better without the negativity."

Open world zombie survival sim Infestation: Survivor Stories - better known under its original name, The War Z, before altering it due to a trademark issue - has sold 2.8m copies since its launch in

The War Z review

Talk about context. The War Z is a forgettable experience, easy enough to dismiss with a few nasty words and the faintest of praise. But it is impossible to ignore the game's damned developers, who since its release have revealed themselves to be either incompetent buffoons or crooked shysters. The amazing details make it impossible to review this in a bubble - not least because The War Z clearly wasn't made in one.

Most zombie fans will be aware of the Arma 2 mod DayZ, currently being worked up into a full release by its developer, which layers stealth and survival horror quite brilliantly atop the mechanics of a serious battle simulator. Most of DayZ's ideas are found in The War Z, to the extent that 'brazen' doesn't really do this justice. It's a crappy rip-off. So The War Z has terrible developers and is totally unoriginal, but it does have one surprise: it's sometimes almost fun.

Maybe I'm just a sucker for hopeless cases, because there's no doubt that The War Z is a barrel-scraping production. The idea is an open-world zombie massively multiplayer game on a map of Colorado, where up to 100 players move around the various towns and encampments snaffling supplies and weapons. The reality is a game that wouldn't have been cutting-edge on PlayStation 2. Its rudimentary architecture is almost comical; the buildings are crude cuboids, either solid or hollow, jammed together in little lines. Outside of the buildings things get even worse, with perhaps the defining image being your character's ridiculous three-frame melee attack. You want to know about the audio? The last game I played with worse sound effects was Two Worlds - and you can quote me on that.

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The War Z has been removed from sale on Steam

Valve calls the listing a "mistake," offers refunds.

Following a cavalcade of false advertising and questionable PR, Hammerpoint Interactive's zombie themed MMO The War Z has been removed from sale on Steam, despite it having been the top-selling game on the service upon its release on Monday.

The War Z closed beta begins 31st October

The War Z closed beta begins 31st October

But you can pay to play on 15th October. New trailer inside.

The War Z closed beta begins on 31st October, Arktos Entertainment Group and Hammerpoint Interactive have announced.

But you can get alpha access to the DayZ-style zombie MMO on 15th October if you make use of one of the early purchase packages.

First, the Survivor package, which costs $19.49 up to 20th October ($29.99 after), grants game access on 31st October.

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War Z gameplay footage: the DayZ comparisons continue

Just how similar is MMO The War Z gameplay to DayZ? That's the most pertinent question surrounding The War Z at the moment.

A new gameplay video, fresh out of PAX, shines a bit of light on the topic.

I asked our DayZ Video Diary author James Hills what he thought after watching the video, and he told me the two games were "very similar". The War Z zombies looked to be better animated and more detailed, he added, and the loot system looked easier to use.

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The War Z closed beta received over 100,000 registrants in 24 hours

The War Z closed beta received over 100,000 registrants in 24 hours

Still accepting sign-ups on the new website.

Zombie themed MMO The War Z received a whopping 100,000 plus registrations for the game's closed beta within 24 hours of the title's announcement on 19th July, publisher Arktos Entertainment Group has announced.

Additionally, the official homepage just launched at Developer Hammerpoint Interactive is still accepting sign-ups for the closed beta, though misleadingly, it's hidden behind the "pre-order" label. Not only do you not have to pre-order the game for a beta, but you can't as the store isn't up yet.

"We've been following all of the comments on the various forums as well as our Facebook page and it really validates that we're creating something that gamers want to play," said senior game designer Eric Nordin. "We're going to continue working hard and make sure we deliver the best game possible!"

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