I think its important to point out dayz is a alpha at the moment, so it will have bugs in it.
yeah Rocket has made it hard, but so what? once ya get past the learning curve its not too hard really. Once ya learn where not to go and how to avoid zed's its good fun, I enjoy it, its not for those that want to run around all guns blazing because you just get nailed by 50-60 zed's.
My guy has been alive for 7 days now, I play pretty much solo sneaky sneaky, so it can be done without teams