This game recommendation is: Project Zomboid.
What is it?
I want you to take The Sims in your head, and add in some zombie attacks. Yep, you’re almost there. It is basically The Sims 1, but with the ability to walk about/explore a whole town in order to search for supplies and build fortress-like bases just like in DayZ Epoch, instead of being stuck in a little tiny plot of land in The Sims.
You can build a house/fortress with walls to keep the zombies out, but unless you kill them as they come, they’ll start to damage your walls. After a while the water utilities get cut and there’s no more electricity. This in turn means food you find through exploring the town will be rotten and you have to survive on your own grown vegetables (which grow depending on the seasons) and either collect rain water or use a well. Hordes form sporadically and will trample the garden if they stumble into it. Vision is directional, so it’s easy to get bit if you don’t watch out all the time. Once bit, you’re very likely to become infected, so one small bite is all it takes to end your game. Which will happen a lot for the first couple of play-throughs.
Your weapons break, guns attract so many zombies I wouldn’t advise you to fire any shots. Dark colored clothing makes you harder to spot (clothing giving warmth value, obviously, making you either too hot or too cold in some cases), rain will soak you and that can give you a cold which can lead to further, and worse, illnesses. There’s sleep, anger and other emotional states that impair your perception and accuracy, and on and on.
This is, without a doubt, one of the most frustratingly fun games I have played in a long time. Oh, and multiplayer is coming soon. It’s currently in beta form and is apparently fantastic, with persistent multiplayer maps.