Dead Frontier Online: Zombie MMORPG

A review of Neil Yates’ zombie apocalypse MMORPG.

When I saw the banner ad for yet another free MMO I almost ignored it, then I remembered spotting the beginnings of this game on a few free flash game sites about a year back.  It was the artwork that reminded me of the game, which had some potential.  There is a warning when you first log in that the game is in Beta stages still with many more functions to come.  Since you are allowed to drop real cash in the game to buy stuff, I say it is no longer in true Beta.  There is also a warning about violence and graphic images, but that just made me want to play more.

I popped over to the site and began registering for a new account, to my surprise  they did not even have an E-mail validation system in place, something they had better look into in the near future if they don’t want to be spammed with tons of fake accounts.  I was watching the intro of the game in less than five minutes.  The intro was well done, a montage of newspaper clippings and artwork depicting the infection and resulting aftermath.

Character creation was simple, you build a themed look for your character, choose a gender and a class.  The class selection needed some explanation as to what the associated skills actually did, as well as what made each class special.  Some descriptive text about the class would have also been helpful.

You are immediately dumped into the game with a screen titled Nastya’s Holdout.  This is the safe haven where your character starts out and can retreat if need be.  There are a few options littered about the screen.  Since I didn’t have much in the way of money I took the option in the lower left corner: Inner City.  I was not disappointed; I exited the outpost and went out into the dangerous streets of “Fairview”, the city that your character currently resides in.  Most of the commands were pretty simple, WASD or arrow keys to move, number keys to select between your weapons, and left click on the mouse to shoot.

I found you could search the burning wrecks of cars, shelves and of course bodies.  Bad news though it seemed impossible to find anything.  After making over a hundred looting attempts I found stuff a total of four times.  A 4% chance to locate things makes looting VERY boring.  I did however find plenty of zombies to kill.  They swarmed me like I was a double bacon cheeseburger with extra cheese.

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  1. Posted May 17, 2009 at 3:36 am

    The game sounds very interesting

  2. Posted May 24, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I agree with cacr and it sure sounds interesting. Too bad that there is a wait time for revive and the forums are so useless. I mite try this game out pretty soon cuz I am getting bored. Thx for sharing this information with us.

  3. Aims ½ the time
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    This game is good the only problem is that if you don’t pay the $7.95 a month you have a low search chance and suffered exp. I would like to explain to all those who wish to play that your “Hunger” effects the amount of exp you gain as well as the “Condition” of your health is your HP. There are various types of weapons. The only problem is ammo is scarce and everyone inflates the price. Melee is the best if your a newb but, terrible if you plan to pvp. There are a couple of people who can actually help you but, due to the game being somewhat new there are not that many “experienced” players. I am still yet to figure out what the stats Agility and Stamina have to do with the “Character.” Any other help can be sometimes solved in the CB Radio. Thats were I learned the basics. The radio is found towards the bottem of the screen. Many people are in there and yes I am usually there too. My name usually apears as “Aims [] the time” but, is really “Aims ½ the time.” I do not know every little detail but, if you want to help me out send a “Buddy” request to me and then let me add you for referl I will give you $200 if you add me and let me “Refer” before you reach level 10 and if you reach level 10. If you need someone to talk to I’d again suggest the CB Radio. There are always many talkative people in there.

  4. Aims ½ the time
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Oh, one more thing. If you need help seeing lower the graphics it brightens the screen. PEACE!

  5. Posted June 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    very interesting… worth trying!

  6. the3rdmotive
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    i have played the game and i am at lvl 8 i love the game and its worth playing but it is hard to get money and looting is SOME TIMES anoying you just have to go into buildings to find stuff worth looting.

  7. Posted July 2, 2009 at 4:02 am

    I have played Dead Frontier for over a year, and disagree with a lot of your assessment.

    Basic commands are very easy to learn. Things like talking in Multiplayer and going to your inventory are clearly shown in the Instructions link on the screen where you choose to go into Single or Multiplayer.

    For the most part, most of the players on the forums are alright, except for the select few (which happen to seem very numerous at times) that like to flame anyone that says anything that goes against what they say.

    I’m not sure if you were playing in Medium Graphics setting for your review, but if you use High, you do have a flash light. And if you use Low, all of the darkness effect goes away.

    As stated, this game is still a Beta. Just because you have the ability to buy things with real money, doesn’t mean you have to. It’s all about donating money to the game, and for the game’s continued creation.

    I think it’s a bit unfair that you are judging a game that is no where near finished, on aspects that can be, and may be added later on.

    If you have any questions that you would like answered, you can always send me a Private Message on the game. I’ve been playing since almost the day it came out, and know a lot of the ins and outs of it.

    ~ Captain Awesome

  8. Posted July 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    This game deserves atleast 9 in gameplay, it’s incredibly addicting when you hit higher lvl’s and start looting good stuff. Also that thing with 4% loot chance is a big fat lie. I find crap laying on the streets all the time. My character is lvl 43, member of two clans, and a rich gold member bastard. Play this game everyday, ’cause i cant stop! Check it out, and make sure to read the stickies!

  9. THE PUNISHA
    Posted July 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    wtf i have been banned from dead frontier and i dont no if its a permanent ban how do i find out?

  10. Azbat
    Posted July 14, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Captain Awesome and Melee-Guy are two reasons why that community sucks. The 4% loot chance is legitimate and although the game is in open beta and clearly warns that it is a bare bones representation of what the developer would like it to be, they are still asking for money in the form of gold memberships. The market place has terrible inflation over anything of importance; like food, ammo, and any effective weapons. The attributes are incredibly unbalanced, but for anyone wondering: stamina increasing the amount of time you can run, agility increases the speed of running, strength is a prerequisite to using heavy weapons and advanced armor, endurance increases hit points and critical hits (the most useful attribute) increases the rate of critical hits (but critical hits do not occur with certain types of weapons like THE SHOTGUN?!?!?!?). This game asks for money in order to make looting do-able, yet the game cannot support more than 1300 people on a server. Although, even without 1300+ people on a server the game will lag and your character will be surrounded and die. The inventory and map screens are a mess. You cannot access your inventory when “it isn’t safe to do so” even when there are no enemies around, and if you do access your inventory you leave the game. Also, the map opens in another window. If playing multi-player, it is impossible to access the map without getting killed while checking it. When you level up you have to return to Nastya’s Outpost to receive any benefit to leveling up, but its not like you have to go to a trainer and if you have an outpost you can’t level up or use special class skills (even though the forums note otherwise). The game play is monotonous and boring. Those that find it appealing probably have OCD or some learning disorder because normal people give up on this garbage after 30 minutes. The premise is enticing, but the execution is piss poor. This game prides itself in gritty realism, yet graphically it couldn’t be further from the truth. Also, if your character is level 30 and is starving they cannot eat a bag of chips because the bag of chips is only suitable for characters level 14 and below. How is that realistic? Any constructive criticism given on the forums is met with zealous fervor to “get the hell out”. This game is trash, the developer is trash, and the people that take pride in grinding out experience have invested too much time and money to accept that it was all a waste. Do not waste your time. There are much better flash, browser zombie games out there without the hassle of ridiculous development limits being flaunted as “realistic, horror survival”.

  11. Vital Viper
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Azbat, have you even played the game yet? It seems that you are talking out your ass.

    First off, captain awesome and melee-guy are well known in the community.

    Second, this game should deserve a 9 out of 10 as stated.

    And Third, This game is still in open beta, and still has a lot of updates to come through, and you are saying that it sucks?

    Wait till it gets in the full release part, you are gonna be sorry for what you said.

    ~Vital Viper

  12. THE PUNISHA
    Posted July 18, 2009 at 11:57 am

    this game is a wonderful game and everyone enjoys playing it but the only thing that spoils it is the way people get banned for things they havent even done.

  13. Azbat
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 12:01 am

    RE: Viper

    I’ve played the game. Had a couple different characters. How am I talking out of my ass when everything I’ve stated about the game is true about the menus, attributes, leveling, etc? I’m not talking out of my ass. What MMORPG developed by ONE GUY deserves a 9 out 10? What game deserves a score of 9 out of 10 when it is still in open beta? How will I be sorry for not liking this game when it is, if ever, released? If YOU’ve played the game then you know about the server death during the outpost attacks. You go ahead and play this crap and give beer money to the developer for an OPEN beta so you can loot a teensy bit faster.

    RE: The Punisha

    Not every person who plays it enjoys it. I played it. Had two lvl 20+ characters. I really gave it a chance. But it sucks.

  14. Captain Awesome
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I still don\’t think the comment about me and melee being two reason the game sucks was appropriate. I was just stating my opinion about this article. I’ve helped out countless players in DF, and almost never fight with anyone else, unless provoked, or it’s necessary to defend myself.

    ~ Captain Awesome

  15. Posted July 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    (i banned from deadfrontier o,o ???? hello???)

    ich wurd vom spiel verbannnt??? (auf einmal) hallo???

  16. Posted July 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    badddddddddddd gameeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  17. Posted August 2, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Ugh, whoever reviewed this game doesn’t know what he’s talking about. For one, loot doesn’t really get good until you get deeper in the city. You’ll barely find anything just stalking around the first few screens. And also, the farmer isn’t a good starting class. That ruger is expensive to manage. Try the game again with a Soldier. The definitive newbie class. Using a soldier will teach you solid basics of the game through experience.

    Second, you can make the game brighter by changing the quality to low. It makes the game look like it’s daytime. I won’t dog you for not knowing that, just throwing that out there.

    Third, the site is down right now, so I can’t double check, but I’m pretty sure there’s a Help page that lists all of the controls. Why don’t you check that before complaining about lack of instructions?
    I apologize in advance if the help page doesn’t list controls. I’m just sure of myself is all.

    Fourth, WOW, I can’t believe you’re complaining about sitting around doing something else for a few minutes. Do you really have to be entertained every second of your life? While you’re waiting, go make a sandwich or throw a ball against the wall and see if you can catch it with your eyes closed. Jesus.

    Finally, you might have posted the topic in the wrong section or used bad grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. Give some specifics and stop making us look like buff inmates that raped you in the prison shower.

    To sum up my review of this review, it sucked. It was short and you obviously haven’t played this game as much as you should for a thorough and fair review.

  18. Good Ash
    Posted August 5, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    The game, while I must agree with Azbat for his comments for the most part, is somewhat addicting…

    …For a few hours total. After that, you get around level 20-25, and if you haven\’t effectively \”min/maxed\” your character (focused on things just to make them beefy in ONE aspect, rather than a variety of balanced abilities) you\’re screwed. For example: I created my first character, got to level 20, had a melee skill of 35, pistol of 25, rifle of 20, and anytime I joined the \”Junkyard\” for the Outpost Attacks, I got my ASS handed to me, because of the fact that the monsters that appeared were tougher based on my LEVEL. If I don\’t have a skill up to 100 and a 100 skill weapon, I can\’t hurt them enough to help before they rush past me, and I lose.

    Looting is ridiculous, but honestly, you can\’t blame the creator for that. If looting was easy, and fun, people would have no incentive to put money into this silly flash game. Rules of economy and all that…

    Finally, yes, I enjoy myself playing it every few days, but the people who create farmers/scientists have a HUGE monetary leg up over EVERYBODY. Reason being is they create food/medicine automatically everyday they log in. At level 50, this means you create a couple of items worth 5-7 thousand EACH! Thats without adventuring into the city at all!

    Anyways, I hope to see a few of you in there, and have some fun, but don\’t hold it to too high of standards, the game is beta, and probably won\’t get anywhere else without paid memberships being demanded. It works for free.

  19. Xceeded2Play
    Posted August 18, 2009 at 1:44 am

    What makes me play it was because it is challenging.
    I just clearly dont like games that are too smooth and easy,
    But with obstacles and blocks in the way it gets you to think as If in reality you have to know how to survive. It is just my Opinion of my own style of gameplay, but when you think of it, At least its purpose is somewhat meant to be for. And yea the advertisement about the money and everything is used so they can create the game into a whole new level of awesome gaming experience, just imagine the future of Dead Frontier,doesnt that feel awesome to you? Because it does to me! I mean come on it is just a game. Whats the big deal anyway? What does this look like, what, a perfect world? Im just here to have fun peeps and thats all we want too. :)

    And Please, I Dislike Flamers And All Of That Because It Is Very Annoying And Intimidating. Just Try To Avoid That. Thanks! :)

    With Best Wishes To All, Xceeded2Play

  20. blake
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 6:57 am

    to get a flashlight put high quality u douch

  21. bthescientist555
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    you all dumbasses this is best computer MMO ever any of you who like and play this game my name is bthescientist555 you guys just dont know how to play stupid newbs

  22. flamingaces
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    guys in a real zombie invasion it would be extremely hard finding weopons bullets food and medication cuz everybody has already took most of them

  23. joe
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 2:59 am

    hey, first of all, the site home page clearly states that it will not be fully released untill sometime in 2009 to 2010. second, they DO have email validation. the charector you all see on his review is not valid, they updated the charector graphics on oct 20 2009. you can now change shirts, hats, pants, masks, etc. it is true that you are dumped into the hideout, but they do give you a technical tutorial, in which tells you all of the controls. it isnt impossible to find anything, in the first area that you start in, it is a regroup area, there is no zombies, and you wont find any items, the search ability there is to train beginners how to search things, dead bodies, cars, desks, etc. while they are not shooting/using mele. and if you want more and better items, go deeper into the city, if the game had hard to find things like grenade launchers in the first neighborhood, it would be too easy. and if zombies were swarming you, they were aggrovated, (agro) which means they will give you more exp, but they will be more numorous and fast. if you want less aggro, use things that dont make alot of noise or light. yes, if you die, you have to recover, you lose all of your money on you thats not in your bank, (unless you have a safebox) and you lose half the exp in the trip you were just on. the no money problem is easy now, there are missions, which provide thousands of $ and exp. to lvl up, you simply kill zombs untill you have 100% exp, then you go back to the hidout and you get skill points to use, lets say you die too fast, you lvl up your endurance, lets say you want a new rifle, but it needs 15 rifle skill, add some points to your rifle skill. the light problem is easy, it is either set to when you leave the hideout, high, low, or medium, low is clear as day, medium is dusk or dawn, and high is night. the forums are a pain, so instead, go to multiplayer and ask for help using tab. and heres a hint – the outpost attacks are every day, they will have a time limit in when they take place for example, they can go on for up to 3 hrs, but they HAVE to happen a certain time of day

    mon anywhere 5:00pm to 12:00pm
    same with tues, wed, thurs, fri, sat.
    sun anywhere 3:00pm to 12:00pm

    and more to come if you have any questions about it, make an acc, and add deaths wings to your friends, and send me a message.

  24. Posted October 20, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Sounds like they are working on gameplay now, which is good to hear! I may go back and check it out, I always said that the game had potential.

  25. Paul
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 8:53 am

    1.Who ever made this article doesnt know what he’s talking about,unless he’s put in some real time in deadfrontier,he’s talking out his ass.

    2.If you dont like it ,why insult it by giving it a review and rating it low.i got an aswer for that you’re a douche

    3. You’re a failure for not seeing what we see in Deadfrontier

    and

    4….

    you can suck Deadfrontiers’ Balls

    thanks for reading

  26. BastardMan
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 9:18 am

    This review is really completely unfounded.

    Not only are you downright wrong about many things, you’re audacious and impudent enough to criticize a game you clearly haven’t spent enough time learning about.

    If you’d read the rules and were aware of the proper place to post, you’d have recieved help in a timely fashion.

    If you’d read the instructions, you’d have easily found out the controls.

    While I do agree with one or two points, your main criticisms are entirely subjective and can be argued from both points. The community is actually very good, one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.

    And ultimately, I wouldn’t trust a review from someone who can’t tell his right from his left anyway. I suggest you retry dead frontier, and this time actually play for more than an hour and get above level 10.

    -BastardMan

  27. TheLastAthlete
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 9:20 am

    What the Hell this is the best 2d MMO Zombie game that I found exciting and awesome. people out there get there ass wooped at first same goes for any person who starts of playing Dead Frontier. everybody knows that a newbie needs sometime to familiarize themselves to the game. every game needs sometime. this deserves a lot! of course duh! you guys can always read the “help” button on top beside the rules and log out damn! you guys are blind If you can\’t even see that! and Dead Frontier has a community which reflects you people out there! if you say that Dead Frontier has a bad forum it\’s because you wouldn’t even look further in to the forums! if people won\’t help you on the CB radio then just be patient don\’t get mad! obviously some other dudes will help you. Not All players in online games are friendly! and plus you guys do not have the right to criticize a game that is still in Beta! and you guys I think get banned because you FLAMMED or SPAM or FLOOD! etc.

  28. Master chief117
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Did you even bother going to newbie help? Thats where you go to get answers to questions like “how do I talk?”. And right before you enter the city there’s an “instructions” option right in plain site that tells you how to play. You only have to play if you want a Gold membership (or credits) and you dont even need it to play the game. This guy doesn’t know what hes talking about, DeadFrontier is the best MMORPG i’ve ever played and really deserves a better review then what this guy gave it. For those of you who are reading this, play the game your self and you’ll see that it deserves a way better review by someone more capable of doing so. Andrew Davies I give your review two thumbs up your ass.

  29. BastardMan
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

    To expand on what I said before, It’s really pretty obvious that the reviewer hasn’t spent enough time learning about Dead Frontier.

    Honestly, where did you make up the ‘Stamina’ stat? it doesn’t even exist. The stats are carefully balanced, and thus easy to mess up (something you clearly made the mistake of doing).

    Shotguns don’t recieve critical hits because they fire 5 projectiles that do only slightly less damage than a normal bullet.

    I don’t know where you got the figure of 4% looting chance, either, because that, too, is wrong. Loot is almost entirely dependant on many factors including the area you’re at, the aggro you’ve got, whether the area has been looted previously, etc. If you’re running around in circles looting the same place repeatedly, guess what, genius? you’re not gonna find anything.

    I’d also like to correct you about the community. If you’d posted in the appropriate questions section on the forums (or even just taken the time to read the proper pages or threads), you’d have found the answers you were looking for easily and quickly. Obviously you’re a bit upset at being flamed for posting in the entirely wrong section. Ever notice the little (glaringly obvious) ‘help’ button at the top of the page? Use it.

    You’re obviously mistaken, aswell, about the place of buying credits and gold memberships. Dead Frontier has nearly 200,000 (possibly more) registered accounts, and thousands of players a day. Servicing those players is not free, and infact, the server upkeep and maintenance cost is HUGE. The entire game is supported by OPTIONAL donations. Is anyone forcing you to pay? no.

    Without DONATIONS, there is no Dead Frontier. It’s as simple as that. Were it possible, the Neil Yates would undoubtedly seek to make the game as fair and balanced as possible, but it’s just not at all a plausible idea when you have to pay for servers.

    I have yet to spend ANY money on Dead Frontier and still find it immensely enjoyable and easily playable. I have had countless high level characters, and must say that the game’s difficulty is proportionate to the knowledge you have of the game.

    Reading this review screams one thing to me – that the reviewer had difficulty playing (basically, sucked) and so automatically rated the game down in frustration. The points you’ve made at several areas throughout the review are downright wrong and screamingly attest to your actual lack of knowledge about the game. Why should anyone trust a review by someone who clearly hasn’t spent the time to actually learn about it?

    Do I believe the game prodigously perfect? Not at all. Dead Frontier does have it’s flaws, and they are many. Does it deserve the foolish, unfounded and subjective review it’s gotten here? no way.

    Like I said before, try learning about the game and using help information provided before you wrongly review the game.

    -BastardMan

  30. Replica
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 9:38 am

    A noobish review.
    There are plenty of game guides in the forums to help out a new player. There is also a basic \”Help\” section on the upper side of the screen for you to click and learn.

    Gold Membership doesn\’t change the chance of looting weapons and armor at all and a few hundred players manage to move around and loot just fine.

    And a last note.
    Don\’t review games that are still in Beta testing.

  31. Jepekula
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    You don´t know anything about the game.
    You were swarmed because you were shooting all over the place.Did you seriosly think that zombies won´t hear that?
    Again,it´s in open BETA,bare bones version of the final game.
    The forums are propably he best forums ever.

  32. Michael Bullakov
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    i agre with catwarior

    sory i ths hs rubbish grammer i trnslted it

  33. Blaqk
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    This page is immaturity in its purest form. Everyone defending or attacking something that has no desire nor need to be viewed by an outside source is utterly ridiculous. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for acting like children.

    With the exception of a few of you, you’ve only reinforced the idea that the community sucks by posting your garbage here, and to the reviewer, Replica put it well stating “[Don't] review games that are still in Beta testing.”

    Now then, everyone go back to doing what makes you happy and stop spouting your ignorant and unwelcome garbage here.

  34. lookup
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Captain Awesome, about you not fighting with anyone, I have seen place several comments in the forums as if you have a chip on your shoulder. In fact, many of the people in the help and assistance thread don’t like it when one asks a “question”

  35. silvermist
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I personally do not like Dead Frontier’s community as well lookup. I am always browsing through the forums, either for answers to my questions that I do not dare to ask on that site, or looking for something interesting. Almost every topic has someone who reply’s has either a cocky, smart@ss attitude, or, they act like “how dare you even ask that” and in many cases, if you go to the lines of questioning their rude reply in that topic, they think you have a “problem” and then they have all these other trolls who come and back them up. Also some of the mod’s really shouldn’t even be mods. They miss use their authority and power on the forums. I have even seen several mods making un-suggested comments to users that they do not see on their “intellect” level and in many cases a majority of the moderators, do not get on to users who are flaming or harassing other users.

  36. Loren
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Gee, this is what I get for googling ‘”Dead Frontier” agility’ in an attempt to find it graphed; spillover flamewars from the DF message boards, burning strong on a review made HALF A YEAR ago! Haha!

    As a new player, it’s interesting to see how LITTLE the game has changed (e-mail validation is new? nice, yep). Information apparently has always been the rarest loot here — from the “gamma correction setting” to the puzzling Laws of Loot, even the awful disorder of the forums (one board for questions and another for answers?!), it seems identical.

    And the respawn timer has been BROKEN (click=reset) for this long?! How are we supposed to have time to scan through the dozens of same-topic new-title threads to gain something useful from the meager resources of the forum when most of a day is consumed just walking into and out of the city? The death timer was the only good opportunity we had to suggest that the game was running on empty… And guess why I’m not putting this on the forums.

    Yeah, DF was supposed to be awesome. It would be great, very surprising but great, if the dream was ever realized. Good luck, Admin and fans… I think I need a break.

  37. Posted November 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    When you posted on the forums, you probably got a few from this group here. -.-

    DF is still going under updates and is still in beta. As for the community, yeah some of them are less than pleasant, but definitely not all. There’s at least one person willing to help out at most times. Gameplay is fairly easy if you look at the help section at the top of the page. For any additional questions, you can look to the wiki, post a thread in the forums (At this point you might wanna look through the help section once more.) or contact a friendly player.

  38. Joemoma
    Posted November 7, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    this game has been improved upon, and if you want it to be like day time just set the graphics to low, and high if you want a flashlight in the dark, your welcome people

  39. silvermist
    Posted November 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Xarviar, not just the “lvl 20’s” flame, it’s the high level ups as well. People 45+. I can even mention several names of people who I seen being rude to other members or flaming them.

  40. Kawi140
    Posted December 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I am a very experienced dead frontier player like he was saying about looting and lighting look at this:

    looting: the deeper you go the beter looting you get,but stronger zombies spawn he probaly did not go to far from the out post

    lighting:you can change the graphic settings to low and the city will be in day light perfect view it has a graphic difference from high and medium but not by much

  41. PooCollector
    Posted December 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    the inventory thing is just sad, whenever i need plasters i need a ’safe place’ to open it, after that, i have to go back into the game, thats okay with me, what surprises me is you end up in the room selection page thing, and, thats annoying, whats worse is that the connection is ALWAYS lost, and the worse thing is the CHAT, not the radio, but the in game chat, THERE IS NO SCROLLING BUTTON, i mean, yeah, it doesnt matter much, but seriously, that is bothering me really REALLY badly, and last thing, is the stupid reviving thing, the part people hate is when you lose your cash, thats okay, buy one and a half minute? dude, that is a waste of freakin time, what is it for anyway? make it more challenging? oh i also hate zombies that appear in front of the door whenever im ready to leave a store or apartment

  42. blanket
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    i have an account this is a great game and to make the dark light change the quality to low.

  43. sportscar
    Posted January 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    This is coming from a level 50+ player who’s played DF for a year and a half. Take 15 minutes to read it, and it’ll save you many hours and even real money:

    I played Dead Frontier not because it’s a great game, but because it’s the ONLY zombie survival themed MMORPG. Having said that, all aspects of the game can really be summed up with one word: mediocre.

    The game itself is mediocre. It’s nothing more than a simple, 2-D bird’s-eye-view “shooter” that’s a grind to play. There are many, many, many shortcomings to the game itself that you are all already aware of, such as poor graphics, sounds, etc. A lot of this comes from the inherent limitations of the game being in flash. But even taking that into account, I simply don’t see any merits to DF as a video game.

    The gameplay has been described by and agreed upon by people as being “a grind”, boring, dull, repetitive, etc. For higher levels, a good chunk of time is wasted by “commuting” to the deeper regions of the “map”. If I wanted to commute, I could accompany my dad to work every morning. The map itself is poorly designed, if designed at all – the streets layouts, the wreckage and corpses on the streets, the furniture and rooms of buildings, even the street names all seem to be randomly generated. I understand that it’s the zombie apocalypse and every place is ransacked, but a room with 5 beds? There are two “Lerwillbury” on the map, and a lot of place names don’t make sense (like a “South”-something would north of its “North”-counterpart.

    And when there are zombies to kill, like in high-aggro situations, the “action” consists of nothing more than a glorified version of Asteroids. Come on, we’re in the 2010’s, not the 1990’s. You move around your tank-like character whose torso can rotate 360% with his legs moving in the opposite direction, clicking on the baddies. No headshots (come on – it’s a zombie game! sever the head or destroy the brain!), no different postures / positions, no jumping over that overturned chair or knocking over that potted plant, no zooming, no dual-wielding, etc.

    Okay, so this game isn’t your Gears of War or Call of Duty. It’s not even an “action” game because it calls itself an “MMORPG”. But is it really an MMORPG, or just using it as an excuse for its mundane game mechanics? For a game that claims to have RPG aspects, DF’s character creation and development system is terribly rudimentary, not to mention stupid. “Engineers” repair armor? Engineers make calculations and design things – they don’t actually wield metal or anything. “Scientists” make medicine? I think a better term would be either a Chemist or a Pharmacist. Clearly, very little thought as been put into these basic things.

    Names aside, the actual character build configuration is unbalanced. It’s very expensive and hard to start off specializing in heavy weapons like machineguns or explosives and using a strength-oriented build – unless you pay the “free” game real money to afford the costly ammo and weapon upgrades. Then again, if you go with lighter weapons like melee, pistols, or rifles, you’ll find that you lack firepower later on in the game, and you’ll need to buy a stat reset to change your build. Everyone ends up having only a few viable options for builds and weapons, or you’re free to choose your own stats and guns but suck. Just look at all the higher level players – their equipment are awfully similar. So much for being able to configure your character as you like.

    Aside from that, the “missions” (which were, by the way, were about half an year late) are nothing more than fetch-this, kill-that chores with no plot advancement at all. Speaking of the plot, there is none other than a generic zombie apocalypse mad-lib. Replace “T-virus” with “N4″, replace “Umbrella Corporation” with “Secronom”, replace “Raccoon City” with “Fairview”. I’ve seen B-grade zombie flicks with more interesting storyline than Dead Frontier’s. Someone fire the game’s story writer!

    It’s official (according to former moderators and the admins of the game) that the game is set in the United States, but there are so many obvious inconsistencies. The game developer, “AdminPwn” (seriously, is he in middle school or something – what self-respecting person would use such a lame, meme-name?) is from England. There are red double-decker buses all over the place and “color” are spelled “colour”. You see building names such as “so-and-so Solicitors”. In the United States, law firms / offices are usually called “The Law Office of so-and-so” or “Proskauer Rose”, etc. Obviously, whoever made the game didn’t bother to do basic, basic research.

    A glaring failure in the game’s RPG aspect is that it is NOT a zombie game. One fundamental aspect of the zombie genre is man versus nature. Think about the billions upon billions of grains of sand covering up ancient city ruins in the desert, or thee vast and unforgiving oceans swallowing up armadas of ships and sailors, or rust and vegetation converting an urban landscape back into nature. But instead of the desert, the seas, etc., you’ve got zombies. Just watch the first five minutes of Day of the Dead and you’ll get the feeling. Hordes and hordes of relentless, flesh-eating, never-resting zombies banging down your door, eating your brains.

    What about Dead Frontier “zombies”? First, there are not hordes and hordes of zombies. There’s not even a large group of zombies. The most you can have on the map is 8 at a time. AdminPwn says it’s because flash doesn’t allow it. Okay, fine, blame it on the technology. So Dead Frontier has the typical gray zombies. But then, it starts to get festive. You get your “charred” PURPLE zombies, then your “mutated” RED zombies, and then your “irradiated” GREEN zombies. What is this – Christmas festivities meets a bad case of Halloween all-year-round? Not to mention those “longarms” – “zombies” with laughably long arms. For people who are familiar with the game and the “plot”, this is all explained vaguely by “mutations” and whatever, but it’s like we’re fighting demons or monsters. So call it a monster survival game or a demon survival game or a mutant survival game – don’t lie to us by passing these things as zombies.

    Another aspect of the zombie genre is the man versus man tension. Your friend is infected – do you try to save him or put him out of his misery before he can turn? We’re trapped and running out of food – do you resort to cannibalism or try to fight through the zombie hordes? You encounter a group of survivors – do you join up and help them, or kill them and loot their stuff? You rescue a defenseless young girl – do you be kind and help her, or give into your urges in this lawless place and have your way with her? Well, you guessed it – Dead Frontier has none of that either.

    Dead Frontier also advertises itself as an “MMO”, but its multiplayer aspects are shamefully pathetic. AdminPwn blames a whole lot of problems on the game being in flash – yeah, blame it on the technology again. For example, “multiplayer” consts of you playing with computer-controlled bots representing other players. The zombies you see and are killing on your screen is different from those on your friend’s screen. You can’t actually come to your friend’s rescue – you just have to hope that your bot on your friend’s screen is hitting the right zombies. This synch problem hasn’t worked after a year and a half, and whatever the excsue may be, the fact remains that Dead Frontier fails to deliver, remotely, its promises. I recall multiple times when AdminPwn has said he’ll fix synch. But delay after delay, announcement after announcement, DF is the same, crappy game at the core few a few new cheap tricks covering it up.

    Something integral both to the RPG and MMO aspects of Dead Frontier are clans. Right now, there are clans in the game, but the only thing extra with clans is that there’s a section in the forums for clans. In other words, “clan” are in name only. You don’t get access to extra places like clan armory or headquarters or anything like that in the game if you’re in a clan, etc. You and your clan buddies can’t team up against enemy clan members in PvP where friendly fire is off (in fact, you can’t even avoid shooting your clan members since in multiplayer, you’re playing with computer-controlled bots).

    There was a thread made by the players of Dead Frontier calling for a clan system and what features it should have, and after more than a year, there is still no clan system. What does the person currently in charge of creating the clan system have to say a bout it? “As for the clan system it’s going to start off as just a basic create/invite/promotion thing as well as redoing the ugly SMF buddy system we have with a new contacts system. Then I imagine we’ll slowly begin adding more features to the clan system after a few other things get worked on. At any rate the clan system will most definitely be out before the 3d client.” Notice that he talks in the present tense, which probably means he hasn’t done much at all, if any work, for the clan system. If he had done something, he would’ve have mentioned it if he’s discussing his work. And what he does say is vague and generic – it’s as if he hasn’t even put anything down on paper yet as to what the clan system will actually be like. And he’s setting himself a generous deadline of “before the 3d client”, anywhere between June and August of 2010. AdminPwn has a history of delays, and so if zenmaster is setting his standards by AdminPwn’s, it’s not unlikely that the clan system will come out even later.

    The game community is mediocre – mostly of middle school internet shut-in types and such – but that’s to be expected for a free-to-play online game about killing zombies with machineguns. On a scale between a regular internet forum on one end, and 4chan on the other end, I’d say that Dead Frontier is closer to the 4chan end. So if you’re looking for good social interactions, go to a networking cocktail or a conference on something interesting in real life, or at the very least, just stick with Facebook. If you’re looking for stupidity and nonsense, then go to 4chan.

    Most importantly, the “company” behind the game is mediocre without redemption. Yes, the game Dead Frontier is developed by the “company” called Jagged Blade Software, so while it’s all games and fun, there is a “business” side to the game in the same way that the good people at Blizzard or Infinity War take WoW or MW2 very seriously. Only there isn’t a business at Dead Frontier – it’s just a shits-and-giggles crap-shoot, if I didn’t know better.

    Consider Jagged Blade Software. Game design is by Neil Yates. “Community Management & Support” is handled by Ian Yates. Game Promotion is handled by Nick Yates. Now, the last time I checked, JBS (Jagged Blade Software / jack bull shit) was not a family business, so it really seems to me that Neil just grabbed a couple of relatives who had nothing better to do. In all likelihood, they’re probably not qualified or experienced. This was actually quoted from an e-mail sent by Ian Yates the “community management and support” guy regarding the temporary ban for a player who criticizing the game: “I’m bored of you now… your long history of being an obnoxious little shit…”. This was sent from his “work” e-mail: , and thus, as a representative of his “company”. Mr. Community Management here is clearly doing a great job doing community management – so polite, so tact (NOT). Having family members work for a company is a bad idea, and in this particular case, that family member can’t even be civil.

    AdminPwn has a track record of always failing to meet the generous deadlines that he set for himself, then he’ll blame the technology he’s working with or that one programmer that he hired who then ragequit on him. Yeah, he actually hired one legit employee that wasn’t a player-volunteer or family member, and that employee “ragequit” (to quote AdminPwn himself).

    The only good thing that Dead Frontier has going for it is that Jagged Blade Software / Neil Yates aka AdminPwn has had the tremendous but tenuous good fortune of there not being another MMORPG-type game of the zombie genre. However, being the only zombie-themed MMORPG (if DF could even qualify as such) does not make the game automatically good when in fact it is mediocre. Sooner or later, another game developer – one that is actually half-decent – will enter the market. Dead Frontier has had almost 2 years of beta to wallow in its own mediocrity. I wonder how much longer that’ll last.

    All companies produce poor results sometimes, but they are also capable of making great things. But a truly mediocre “company” like Jagged Blade Software (if it even qualifies as a company or game developer and not some guy in a basement with a computer and internet connection) cannot possibly produce anything but truly mediocre results like Dead Frontier. Jagged Blade Software hardly qualifies as a company. It lacks propriety, management, structure, standard practices, basic services, etc. I’ve seen high school clubs run under better leadership. In terms of the product itself, Dead Frontier is far from an impressive game, and can only be generously called “adequate”. Dead Frontier’s commercial and entertainment success probably won’t be greater than Runescape’s, or Kingdom of Loathing’s, or Neopet’s. Despite a recent announcement about the game’s development which promises dramatic, but ultimately unimpressive changes, I doubt even these promises can be met without the results being thoroughly mediocre.

    It takes about an hour to do the “Outpost Attack” event. In that hour, you could go jog two, three miles then come back for a hot shower. A full loot run into the city and back at the outpost in the game takes 2, 3, 4 hours or more. In that time, you could watch a movie with friends, possibly finish a short book and learn something, or play another video game that’s better-made and more fun. Buying virtual guns in the game like the GAU can cost up to $200 or more real money. With that same amount of money, you can literally buy another game system, 3 or 4 brand new video games, or the new iPod Nano.

    A cost-benefit analysis simply doesn’t stack up. Playing video games in general could be fun, but that’s why people play Modern Warfare 2 or Super Smash Bros. Brawl instead of Pong or Tic-Tac-Toe. They derive more enjoyment and their time is better spent with better games. A disappointingly and deeply mediocre game like Dead Frontier is far from being that “better” game. In the end, after hours of grinding, looting, leveling, etc., perhaps even spending real money on the game, there are simply no worthwhile take-aways.

  44. Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    i have recently purchased a gold membership for dead frontier and i need to know to cancel it. i used a manual debit card number, i did not use a paypal and i dont know how to work the pay by cash thing

  45. Posted April 20, 2010 at 2:50 am

    this game is totally amazing! you can make friends here and kill a bunch of stupid looking zombies! im already level 18 in that game…

  46. xphobe
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 3:11 am

    I can’t find the membership cancellation anywhere either.. It isn’t mentioned in the wiki on the gold membership page.. I’m getting pretty frustrated with just google because no one seems to have answered this question yet. I want to think I’m just missing it.

    It would be pretty sad if the process for cancelling your membership is a long one. That’s always the sign of a sleazy deal.

    If anyone figures out how to cut gold membership, please post on the wiki. I’m sure someone’s asked the question already!

  47. Nh
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    To cancel you have to go to the bmt site itself secure.bmtmicro.com or something like that is the site

    first thing youll need to do is click retrieve password give them the email you play dead frnotier with and they will send it to you then click manage subscriptions, check subscription status. cancel.

  48. Huey
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Even though it wasn’t my first account, I found around $400, a rifle, a golf club, and a sports armor on my first looting session. All you have to do is go deep into the city, if you get lost, use the map. Also, if you’re scared of going deep into the city, just try going into the buildings. I prefer single when you’re a lower level because high levels bring higher level zombies >.>

  49. jack
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 3:08 am

    In order to get better loot you have to go farther out into the city, but the monsters also get harder farther out. To heal go to market place, go to Item-Medical, buy some steri strips or plasters (if your a low lvl) then you can go to inventory and drag them onto your character picture. If your not a doctor you can go to Services-Medical under marketplace, and drag steri strips or plasters onto the Medical Cross sign, and it will heal you more.

  50. Assassin Ali
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    It’s pretty retarded and everything; you get banned for breaking the rules.

    I think breaking the rules shouldn’t be a violation of the rules.

    As such, I’m giving Dead Frontier a 0/10.

  51. techie
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    assassin ali you get banned for breaking any ghames rules so wtf just because you get banned for breaking the rules u give the game a 0/10

  52. Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    i got banned for spamming is this a permenent ban or i am banned for a little while can someone ask adminpwn to unbann please

  53. Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    also my use name is farmer gore

  54. Rich
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

    LOL to Assassin. He’s just trollin.

  55. RedTeam
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    This is the worst game I have ever played. The mods are bent, the item spawning, or looting is a far cry from what it should be. The lag and sudden mysterious appearance of zombies and mobs right next to you certainly throw a wrinkle into the game. After clearing out an area a Titan suddenly spawned right beside me and that was that. After waiting the 2:00 minutes which kept resetting, I finally was back at an outpost only to step out side and get mobbed immediately. As for the community accusations of cheating and collusion run rampant as are the names of past mods and players kicked off for cheating.

    What could make the game better would be increasing the successful chance of loot percentages. Remove the gold membership as I think there is a tendency to punish players not having it. Stop auto spawning zombies in an area. Once its cleaned out it would encourage the player to move on and not sit in an area. Also it would be a nice reward for them to be able to then loot in peace.

  56. Schniepel
    Posted November 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

    The game does not evolve any more. the 3d version has a nice graphic but u can*t do anythung but grinding and looting. the area looks similar in all aspects. But to be honest: If I were the “developer” of that game, I would let run it until the last kid died of boredom. And only kids have that wow-addiction induced by a relatively system of items u can have. Frequently 2000 players are online, if just 1% purchase a GM, you would have nice income ;)

  57. Tacoman94
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Ive been playing this game on and off since mid 08 and it still surprises me how good it can be. To be honest the first time i tried it (late 07/ early 08) i hated it mostly because my internet was way too slow to handle it, but once i got comcast and gave it another shot i loved it and now im lvl 46 and i can see myself playing this game for at least another few years.

    And to be honest what azbat said about captain awesome and melee guy ruining the community is complete BS captain awesome is one of the most helpful people ive ever met on DF and i dont really know melee guy but since i know the name he cant be all bad.

    Id have to give DF at least an 8/10 if it weren’t for the massive lag i get during mp OAs it would be a 9 and tendrils couldn’t get pushed by sprinting zombies and rape your face off I’d give it a 10

    and for anyone who is going to start playing check out raven’s guide in the tips & tactics part of the forums helped me out allot.

  58. Capcom1996
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Heyy guys sorry but how do you get on the same sever as ur friends??

  59. Bullit
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Dead Frontier gets a 6 of 10 from me.
    Its a quite nice Free Onlinegame. With a growing Community.
    The Commands are Easy, The Gameplay is fine too. Graphics are realy OK! got a small touch of Silent Hill and Man Hunt.
    And its realy fun from time to time.
    BUT. Some of the Community sux seriously and going to be mean if you make some spam Jokes.
    Then about the Gold Membership. Prices are tooooo expensiv!
    for a year close 73 $ (53 €) Tax… That is for that kind of Young BETA too mutch. Seriously. Also the Credit shop or the credits by himself. Prices needs realy to overwork. Could go much cheaper and for a Beta version iam dont go and pay that tons of Cash just for that few features. *Admins and Nerds can GOAFUS befor starting to judge here now* Its too expensiv Its fact!!!!! If you spend so much money there… well… ok no offense.
    I get a brandnew game for 49$… think about it.
    Then the connection crashes what happens still to much. Or problems and Crash with the unity player.

    All in all its a nice free game that got lots of chances to play on the Major league when its gonne get done!!!!

  60. DFWantsOnlyYourMoney
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:47 am

    @ AsgardianRevolutionary

    thats the bigges sensless an without so point of informativ spam i ever read.

    Well Done!!!!! “Thumbs up!”

  61. Guest_31142
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The game is great when you first start out. After you get past level 10, it starts getting less and less enjoyable dramatically.

    I find that if you want to enjoy this game past level 10, you need bots and hacks. No doubt about it cause its just another type of company that wants money. Waste of time unless you are a hacker!

  62. Mike :D
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:05 am

    The full 3D version could be released now. Stalling the full release is simply a scam to get money from credits and gold memberships.:D so yeahh lol

  63. George
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

    how do u get rid of a ban when u have een scamming people i got banned but i dont know how to get back on it wont let me

  64. Posted July 3, 2011 at 2:03 am

    while i was outside of the outpost, and i mean way out im trying to go to my inventory, and it said something like ” you need to go to your browser and allow the popups for deadfrontier.com” and i dont know how. Can anyone help a guy out. Anyone? PLEASE BEACAUSE I FOUND SOME AWESOME CRAP AND I WANT IT REALLY BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BESIDES, I FOUND TWO MATSER BUILT STUFF LIKE A 3+ RELOAD HUNTERS KNIFE, AND I JUST GOT A MANCINI SHOTGUN, WHICH I DONT KNOW WHAT IT DOES, BUT STILL ANYONE HELP ME OUT.

  65. THCOLDKILL5
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    HEY MY INVENTORY WONT PULL UP OUT OF THE OUTPOST.I CLICK I AND IT SAIS TO ALLOW POPUPS I CLICKED ALLOW POPUPS AND REFRESHED AND DID IT A MILLION TIMES AND IT ALWAYS SAID ALLOW POPUPS AND RELOAD/REFRESH PAGE WHAT DO I DO TO MAKE IT WORK?ITS REALLY FRUSTRATING THANKS

  66. Posted August 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    This Is some Info on Dead Frontier…for 2011. IT SUCKS ASS!!
    The game is great and would do really well.. but admin seems to be to interested in adding new things to the game then fixing issue\’s with it that he already has…
    For 1. What sort of flash game Requires 1gig of ram to run, Dude, Seriously… WTF? is up with that?
    Always connection errors…
    Sometimes it can take between 5 – 20minutes to load the actual game screen… I have had it load faster but only on very high end machines.

    Oh and dont get me started on the unity player(its required add-on to play the game) Unity say the game is the problem…and the guys at DF say its a unity problem… it just goes round and round and back and forth OMFG

    Ive spent a lot of time and coin(what a dumbarse) on this game all for nothing… it is a lot of fun when it works right but every time there is an update something else frags out, so you cant get a good run at it and the bullshit going around about it working on different browsers will do your head in!

    Its an okay game and probably the best in zombie genre.
    But, do yourself a favour!! Dont Fucking Bother!

  67. warsparkir
    Posted August 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    look obviously the reviewer doesnt get the point of DF adminpwn created it because like EVERYONE whos into zombies hes never seen a zombie mmo that lets you move and shoot i used to play die2nite ( zombie survival MMO) then a friend refered DF i love it infact the only reason im not on it right now is because im on my playstation 3 DF is simply epic i will admit try not to ask questions on the forums everyone has a…colorful… vocabulary if you invest 3 hours into it by 3 hours i mean get to lvl 13 then work for fort pastor youll enjoy it very much but i am technically retarded and have attention deficit hyperness dissorder (ADHD) i was into it from minute 2 if anyone has any questions add warsparkir(DF) or triumphdeath(PSN) im on all the time

  68. ur mum?
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I can´t believe there´s ppl spending money on this \”beta\” shit, srly. I reach to lv 30, playing with my lap when I have nothing else to do, and if you are not a GM the game sucks balls really, really hard.

  69. ._.
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    missions system sucks

  70. silver1coin
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    hey,im lvl 13 in doggs stockade outpost,if you want to live in the outpost attacks more than 13 seconds DO NOT GO THERE,coz the guards are melee.but if want a big amount of dollars and xp GO THERE.the best strat. for using there is a good knife(chef knife,bowie knife etc),a shotgun and a CHAINSAW.Take the SHOTGUN and SHOOT anywere.the zombies WILL COME TO YOU.then take the chainsaw to do some damage,the knife is coz
    THE BURNING ones and THE VOMIT ones.BYE MENS

  71. Posted January 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    your game is asome

  72. Posted January 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    your game is asome

  73. you're just a hater
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I thought DF kicked ass. Great game if you love killing zombies!

  74. Posted June 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I agree that Dead Frontier is a nice online zombie MMORPG. But if you like this game then you should definitely checkout Zombie Pandemic – http://www.zombiepandemic.com, its awesome zombie MMORPG game with deeper gameplay, cooler missions and roleplaying.

  75. Guest123
    Posted September 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Lol guys Dead Frontier is a great game for a zombie game which is free and no downloads. Why don\’t you guys try searching some other zombie games huh?They\’re all crap. Or the good ones all need money in order to play it.Enjoy what you can.

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