The best zombie games take many forms. Some are about gunning down hordes of zombies with action-movie aplomb, others intricately simulate the minutiae of living in the post-apocalypse, and still others focus on telling dramatic stories of life and death in the end times. There are many different zombie games and here are the best.
10. Dead Island
Dead Island remains one of the best zombie games on PC. With its first-person shuffler bashing and four-player co-op, it is tempting to compare Techland’s first zombie game outing to Left 4 Dead 2 – but it is what Dead Island borrows from Fallout 3 that makes it compelling.
The ‘Island’ in question is a small one off the coast of Papua New Guinea, and its undead denizens are hungry to scupper your hard-earned holiday. Any narrative interest begins and ends here, but – after you have waded through a dull first hour – this little Oceanian island opens up to reveal a world of impressive scale.
9. State of Decay
Playing like an open-world RPG, State of Decay is an online zombie game that initially surprises with its perm death. You will pick a protagonist from your community of survivors and take them out into the wild to find the food, fuel, or the drugs necessary to keep the rest alive.
Once they collapse into a bed back home – or under the blows of the undead – you can take control of another character with their own background, personality, and combat abilities.
8. Dead Rising 4
The sheer number of walking dead shown on-screen in the original Dead Rising blew our minds. Tech improvements make Dead Rising 4’s expansive crowds less of a big deal, but it still manages to be one of the best zombie-bashing experiences you can get.
Photojournalist (and protagonist) Frank West is back, packing an impressive arsenal of over-the-top weapons, amongst them a nitrogen-laced machete. It doesn’t have the colorful bosses that the original boasted, which is a shame, but dizzying variety of weapons available make wading through the guts and gore totally worth it.
7. They Are Billions
They Are Billions is quite a departure from Numantian’s previous game, Lords of Xulima. That game was a very traditional role-playing game in the vein of Might & Magic and Wizardry.
They Are Billions is a Steampunk strategy game set on a post-apocalyptic planet. Build and defend colonies to survive against the billions of the infected that seek to annihilate the few remaining living humans.
You have to manage the economy and the resources, expand the colony, build an army, attack your enemies to clear areas, reach new resource sources, and of course, defend your base from the infected hordes.
6. Killing Floor 2
Zombies of all shapes and sizes come at you thick and fast, making Killing Floor 2 an excellent pick-up-and-play co-op title. But as you devote more time to indulging in a spot of zombie bashing, Killing Floor 2 becomes a zombie game with an engrossing tactical element: do you spend your blood-soaked resources now, or save them for a tougher future confrontation?
Killing Floor 2, most importantly, feels great to play as a wonderfully gory shooter with friends – its best mechanic only just made it in at the last minute.
5. Dying Light
Running over zombies was never so much fun. As the DLC for the main game, Dying Light: The Following cuts out most of the parkour from the original and instead puts you behind the steering wheel in a swathe of almost-spotless countryside.
Splatter zombies into chunks of gore as you speed across the fields and leave tyre-tracks in their guts as you take on daring jumps. Just be careful you don’t get a zombie head trapped in your windscreen wipers.
4. Call of Duty: WW II – Zombies
Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies is an original, terrifying co-operative mode that unleashes a frightening new horror story for Call of Duty zombie’s fans. Nothing is as it seems in this zombies horror, as a dark and sinister plot unfolds to unleash an invincible army of the dead.
3. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series
Telltale Games is known for delivering fans a fantastic experience with whatever IP they get their hands on. One of the more popular franchises the developers have worked on is The Walking Dead.
With a total of three main seasons released, the narrative has followed a number of characters through their journey of being of the last living humans in a world covered by a sea of undead. With that said, the main protagonist has continued to be Clementine, a young girl who has grown within this post-apocalyptic world.
2. Left 4 Dead 2
Unlike many zombie games, it has aged well – despite the lack of any fancy, physically-based rendering or global illumination. It is a zombie game that certainly has not been bettered, even when compared to differently-themed siblings Vermintide and the two Payday games.
Left 4 Dead 2 presents a world in which normality is all too recent. Though cities have emptied out after waves of evacuations, humanity feels close enough to touch thanks to the messages scrawled on the walls of safe houses. There is a unique warmth here, too: the cultural influence of New Orleans and its environs seeps from the swamps to the streets and into the soundtrack.
1. The Last of US
The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is exclusive to the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. The player controls Joel as he escorts the young Ellie across a post-apocalyptic America.
The player uses firearms, improvised weapons and stealth to defend against hostile humans and zombie-like creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.