This is one of those games that doesn’t pay that too much attention to these things in favor of a good driving story. This is a good example of how an indie publisher can make a quality product that can challenge the larger market.
This game has a unique system called the SPEW-AI (Strength Perception Empathy Willpower Assessment Inventory) which allows you to create yourself accurately as a character, giving players the ability to participate in the zombie apocalypse as themselves. The publishers swear by its effectiveness, and is specifically constructed to minimize bias and ego to create your true self.
You can make a completely new character if you want to, but if you're curious whether you would live through a real disaster scenario, this game is the perfect way to find out. All kinds of items can be used as weapons, it factors in realism including pain, panic, and emotional stress, and templates for common survivor archetypes for ease of transition, all while giving you different kinds of scenarios and zombie lore.
If you wanted to add horror to your typical RPG settings, Unhallowed Metropolis is a great place to start. But if you don't have someone very experienced running the game, the very dense setting could easily ruin the fun instead of enhancing it.
If your play group expects a game closer to The Walking Dead, then stay far away from Unhallowed Metropolis. In this game, while a viral zombie plague did threaten humanity, in the end, it was man's own failings that destroyed society.
The chance of throwing in too many game elements or spending too long on developing your perfect setting is very real when you have a system that can accommodate it. But grab a fire axe, a heavy wrench, or a shotgun from beneath a bar’s countertop and so are you.
The material, the writing style, and the layout of the game feel more like a product someone wrote in their mother’s basement, rather than a polished publication. Last but far from least, Fate Core by Evil Hat is another award-winning RPG, staying true to its claim that no matter what the setting or foundation, this game can make it happen.
A group that wants to use Fate to play the undead end of the world scenario will need to do some work to fill in all the extra details, but once it's done, the setting will truly be something to call your own. If you don't trust the GM to make correct judgment calls, if players exhibit open antagonism toward each other during dramatic moments, then a zombie campaign using this will fall apart faster than a makeshift barricade being battered by the undead horde.
Numerous supplements exist, including one devoted entirely to teaching you how to make those game changes and tweaks I mentioned. We've already given hints on how to determine compatibility, but one thing you should never ignore what kind of zombie setting you want to play with.
You can fight off the zombies to a limited degree and make your brief stay among the undead at least a bit more pleasant. Project Zombie is one of the best games at capturing the sense of despair and futility in surviving the apocalypse.
Combined with the difficulty of navigating zombies, this makes for a tenser experience than most of what players will find out there. Dead State is a fairly unique among the zombie survival set due to its pacing.
While quite a bit of the game takes place in real time, all the combat is turn-based. This makes combat much more studied and focused, stripping it of some of the panic that is inherent in the genre.
Dead State is a game about survival, and most of the danger comes from the fact that society has fallen apart. These games are often a test of teamwork and skill, but they allow players a chance to fight back against zombies in a unique and satisfying way.
Zombies have become a strangely major part of Call of Duty, especially considering the early games’ attempts at realism. Call of Duty’s zombies have moved from being a weird distraction to being a surprisingly deep story of their own.
While there are a few twists and turns in the narrative, the most important part is still being able to mow down zombies with impunity. This is a pure power fantasy, one that takes a lot of the bite out of the zombies themselves.
With that said, it’s a ton of fun and worth playing for those who need a bit of zombie catharsis. In short order, the player becomes exposed to the truth behind the zombie outbreak and must fight to survive.
Dying Light has received a significant amount of support after its initial release. Left 4 Dead is a game about team work above all else, with a huge emphasis on helping one another survive.
Left 4 Dead also allows for a competitive mode in which some players can play as the special empowered zombies. While these zombies go down a fair bit easier than the human protagonists, there’s more of a chance to cause trouble for the main team.
All it takes is one death to bring things to a close, after all, and zombies tend to have the advantage on any map. It’s set in an alternate universe, it’s an RTS, and at the end of the day, it’s about blowing stuff up.
There’s something fun about controlling these incredibly dull zombies, especially if you’ve spent time mowing them down in other games. It is a great set of brain teasers that can still give players their zombie fix.
Taking place in the famous Walking Dead universe, players have to contend with a world that is falling down all around them. There’s horrifying gore, but the truly rough stuff is saved for how relationships fall apart.
This is a game that pulls no emotional punches and delights in putting players through the wringer. Of course, some best zombie survival games take place in the world of the imagination.
From the classics to some of the more recent releases, these games offer the most immersive zombie survival experiences ever printed. Featuring both its own rule set and a d20 conversion, it’s fairly easy to pick up and play.
Players don’t need much skill to play, but they do need a cool head and a sense of humor. An incredibly stylish and stylized game of horror, Unhallowed Metropolis moves the zombie apocalypse to a Victorian setting.
Stripped of modern conveniences and weaponry, this makes for a very different kind of survival experience. Particularly deep when it comes to role-playing, this is a game for people who have a bit of tabletop experience under their belts.
Unhallowed Metropolis goes a long way to show that a zombie apocalypse doesn’t need to necessarily take place in the present day. There’s a lot of ground yet to cover in the genre, and hopefully more games like this will find their way into the wild.
Billing itself as a zombie survival simulator, this game takes players into a present-day outbreak. This game strives for realism, so it’s very easy to adapt your real world self into an in-game persona.
There’s something about putting yourself into the shoes of a survivor that really speaks to players, so it’s likely that these games will be around for years to come. Whether you want to test your mettle, brush up on your survival skills or just take a chainsaw to some undead, there are enough games in this genre to last you a lifetime.