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Chernarus map from Arma 2 and DayZ beautifully recreated in Minecraft

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If you've got the urge to spend a few hours running around Chernarus today, you don't need to boot up Arma 2 or DayZ. Now you can do it in Minecraft, thanks to map-maker Criand who has recreated the entire map in beautiful—and incredibly accurate—blocky glory. Here's a big gallery of images to scroll through, (I've posted a few shots below as well) and there's a trailer above.

In a Reddit post, Criand says the project began in 2014 and took an estimated 1800 hours to complete. It really shows: the detail is amazing, the various cities, towns, roads, airfields, castle ruins, and landmarks are instantly recognizable to anyone who has spent a good amount of time in Arma 2 or DayZ. There's even an interactive zoomable version of the map.

The Chernarus map isn't currently available to download, though Criand says it will be "eventually." In the meantime, there's a server you can join (no mods required) to check it out, run around, and kill some zombies using the IP play.mcraftz.com.

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.