Where most zombie games are about hitting the dead with something weighty before moving onto heavier artillery, Zombie is about avoidance, careful management, and slow-burn strategy. Seeing as we’re still no closer to a Left 4 Dead 3 release date, a new game that rigidly follows the formula of co-op zombie slaying that the L4D series popularized will have to suffice.
World War Z doesn’t offer anything revolutionary of its own to that formula, but it’s still heaps of fun when playing through its gauntlet-style campaign missions with friends, upgrading your kit over time, and watching rotting corpses explode under heavy machine gun fire. Despite an arguable abuse of the concept of Early Access stretching backer patience to breaking point, there is more than enough to standalone Day to remind you why the mod garnered all that goodwill.
You might have been scared out of your wits by Resident Evil 7 in VR, or found yourself repeatedly returning to the action-packed classic that is Rest 4, but you will still find plenty of frights in the game where it all started. Trapped in the famously labyrinthine Spencer Mansion, as Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, ravenous zombies and dangerous mutations lie behind every corner in Resident Evil, often obscured or blocked by inventive environmental puzzles.
Fixed camera angles intensify the sensation of claustrophobia and your limited inventory keeps you feeling vulnerable. These are the most horrifying undead shufflers the series has produced so far, with each one’s warped, bloody face telling a story of how they got infected.
Alternatively, you can go for the limbs: a couple of pistol shots is enough to snap off an ankle, making them a lot less mobile and allowing you to carefully skirt around them. However, the reason we’ve singled out Black Ops 4 in particular is because it offers players three zombie maps free of charge, as well as a haul of increasingly ridiculous undead-infested locales as DLC.
Then Dying Light takes that cloth, stuffs it into a bottle, sets it on fire, and hurls it from a great height into a pack of undead. For best results, ignore the more repetitive missions and take to the rooftops of Harlan, built with vertical meandering in mind.
With a story penned by the legendary Chris Alone, the narrative complexity promised by Dying Light 2’s factions system is exciting. Organ Trail tasks you with guiding a station wagon of survivors on a journey out west and like all zombiesurvivalgames your primary concerns are keeping a good stock of food, medicine, and ammo, not to mention avoiding roaming packs of flesh-eating undead.
While some post-apocalyptic scenarios default to a familiar version of zombie Odom we have long been desensitized to, 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 tendency to disarm you with humor and half an hour of respite before swiping cruelly at the characters you have come to care about in a way that only the best adventure games on PC can. From your top-down perspective you call in rescue helicopters, direct sniper teams, and make monstrous sacrifices to achieve your goal.
The game goes hard on the camp, gratuitous fun of guiltless gore, and the testicle-busting X-Ray kill cam makes sniping your foes as satisfying as mashing them with a hammer. After all, these are not only undead abominations, but also Nazis; even the gentlest pacifist can enjoy blowing them up like a barrel of melons and watching the juices fly.
You can even modify and upgrade your guns to shoot flames or spew out lightning, and create a custom skill build to mow down the zombies with brutal efficiency. Whether you’re all about trying to rebuild society against constant waves of shufflers with your fellow survivors, or you just want to run as fast as you can away from the undead, there’s a zombie game here for you.
If you’ve finished up all of these then be sure to check out our thoughts on the Dying Light: Bad Blood battle royale or read our State of Decay 2 PC review to find out why we chose the original for this list. In this game, you contend with bandits, wildlife, resource gathering, and nature itself.
Interesting setting Lots of violence and gore Is Not very difficult If Minecraft and tower defense games had a baby it would be Colony survival.
This is a really cool idea to have a nightly swarm of zombies attack your block village and ITT actually be the main purpose of this game. This isn’t a super long game by any stretch of the imagination with only 11 chapters, but it more than makes up for it in sheer numbers.
This game is loaded with massive hordes of undead coming from every direction. The weapon choices aren’t really special, but it’s a lot of fun nonetheless.
If you like the book or the movie then you’ll definitely love this game. If Sims had a zombie mode and more RPG elements I would call it Project Zombie too.
This game is rare in the fact that unless you change some setting none of the zombies will run, just as George Romero would have wanted. This game also has several vehicles and a physics engine that will surely make them all a blast to drive.
Sims meets zombies Base creation and resource gather (usually by looting houses) Excellent vehicle choices This is the shining behemoth of a game made by Valve that will always be used to judge zombie games.
One way this game stays fresh is the massive support that steam still gives it, not to mention it’s huge fan base. Check out this classic game when you get the chance, you won’t regret it.
I know I said a lot about Left for Dead being a zombie game to judge other zombie games by, but Resident Evil is the series to judge other zombie game series. This game sees the return of Chris Redfield and the Umbrella Corporation (no surprise there).
This game does have an interesting day/night cycle, so that’s unique, I’m not sure it’s a great selling point though. It takes place in a distant future where there are very few humans left, but billions of zombies roaming the planet.
You have to watch out for plague zombies because they can make short work of you. Like you would see in The Walking Dead these zombies respond most to noise, so you must be careful when driving or shooting loud guns, so use a suppressor if you have one.
This is an early access game that you can play and has some well-thought-out features. One of many is that if you are carrying some kind of meat that has a strong scent, zombies will find you more easily.
You have to fortify a base for yourself from the zombies because in seven days they will swarm you and try to take you down. Now you can come in contact with zombies before the seventh day, but their numbers are significantly increased.
I didn’t want to hurt you, grams, but you’ve left me no choice. This delightful game reminds me a bit of Hotline Miami, but with zombies.
There are also a lot of text-based interactive events to go through on your international journey, stay safe out there. Play as Leon and Claire once again in this remake of the original PlayStation title.
This game has received stellar reviews and is a very faithful re-imagining of the original title. You can even play it in a hardcore mode in case you are feeling masochistic today.
You get to play each individual story of both Claire and Leon and when you complete it with each character you get to see the true ending. A great way to relive your favorite moments from the original Resident Evil 2 with updated graphics No fixed cameras or tank controls like the first game.