There are many genres in the world of gaming but if you really want to explore something scary as well as crazy, then the first thing that comes in mind is a ‘Zombie Game’. Zombie games are so fantastically build that you easily forget the cultural reinforcements of conventional first person shooters and just move to the lumping blood over the top. Zombie video games are popular because of unique scary atmosphere, horror cut-scenes, jump scare moments, unmatched fun and hours of endless zombie smashing.
Here is a compilation of 15 of the best zombie games ever that made the entire zombie concept popular. These games have been ranked based on their gameplay, graphics, storyline, controls, level of destruction and the zombie-factor:
15. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct (2013)
Walking Dead Survival Instinct is a first person shooter zombie video game, and a prequel to the Walking Dead TV series that features Daryl Dixon, who fights the walking dead (can also sneak pass them) on his journey towards Atlanta. The player can come in contact with random survivors and can decide either to help or leave them.
The player has to critically analyze the food, ammo and fuel he has to make strategic decisions that will define the fate of his entire group. While traveling player has two options, either to take the highway and save fuel or otherwise use small roads to villages to collect some supplies.
Although the game wasn’t received well by critics due to its repetitive gameplay, but it still worths a mention here in this list thanks to its strong zombie-factor!
14. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (2005)
Stubbs the Zombie is a third-person action zombie video game in which the player acts as a zombie and kills human by devouring their brains. Eating numerous brains provides the player with certain amount of lost health. The killed human turn into a zombie and then fight alongside the player. The dead humen still change into zombies if a player beats them to death by melee strikes instead of devouring their brains.
The game features various unconventional makeshift weapons (made from organs) as the player is a zombie. The game also features various vehicles. The main attraction of the game is nonetheless, Stubb’s ability to build, grow and command a zombie army (the newly created zombies eat other humen to turn them into zombies too – thus making more and more zombies with time).
13. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (2010)
Red Dead Redemption: United Nightmare pits central character John Marston against zombie elements incorporated into the original American Old West setting of the Red Dead Redemption. Players can easily loot and hunt zombies and mythical animals with various new weapons in this open world game. The Four Horses of The Apocalypse can also be controlled by the players which can effect the attacking zombies and the environment in different unique ways.
The game also offers multiplayer mode called ‘Undead Overrun” in which four players can work together to defend against relentless waves of zombies.
12. Survival Crisis Z (2004)
If you have zombie fantasies, then Survival Crises Z will definitely aspire you by haughtiest of heights. The game offers two game modes, Arcade Mode and the Story Mode. In arcade mode, player runs around the street while killing zombies for points and to stay alive as long as possible.
In the story mode player starts in the street going through safe houses occupied by one of the two main factions of the game, SWAT and Rebels. Player can either join any of the faction to get missions or remain neutral. There are a number of strategies that a player can employ which makes this zombie game really cool and unique.
11. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a very popular first person shooter from the critically acclaimed Call of Duty franchise that features a ‘zombies’ mode to allow players to blast off waves upon waves of attacking nazi zombies. In the game player assumes the role of a foot soldier wielding various firearms and grenades.
This co-op mode allows the player to buy new and powerful weapons, bullets and other accessories with the help of the points earned for killing the zombies. The gameplay is really unparalleled and super addicting.
10. The Typing of the Dead (2000)
The Typing of the Dead is an arcade first person rail shooter that taught a unique lesson to the gaming world which is, killing a zombie with key strokes is more satisfying than killing it with mouse clikcs. It is infact the most “entertaining typing tutor” of all time.
As obvious from the title, the most innovative fun factor in this game is its input method – instead of the mouse button you need to type out specific words displayed on the screen as fast as possible to kill off the zombies advancing towards him.
9. Day Z (2012)
Day Z is an award winning zombie mmorpg game which actually itself is a mod of ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead tactical shooter. The game features some really innovative gameplay elements such as bone fractures, shock, infection and fatigue. The game has received global critical acclaim and some critics even call it the best zombie game ever.
The survival element is heavily sewed in the fabric of Day Z and the gameplay heavily involves survival factors that force the players to fight for some very basic human needs such as thirst, shelter and hunger. The gameplay does involve weapons and killing of zombies but a player can also avoid combat with zombies entirely.
The game is really unique and has thrilling atmosphere which can fully satisfy the appetite of any zombie game lover.
8: Dead Space 2 (2011)
Dead Space 2 is a futuristic survival horror third person shooter game that has better horror moments than most of the cheap Hollywood thrillers of today. The protagonist Isaac Clarke, throughout the game battles the Marker awoken undeads while solving different puzzles.
The gameplay features some really unique elements such as zero-G environments (where Isaac is capable of moving in all directions with thrusters attached to his ensemble), holographic display of information that never uninterepts the gameplay and instant objective path guide that helps players to navigate to right destinations.
Dead Space is not for the faint of heart and its dark and dreary atmosphere can give plenty of sleepless nights to gamers.