Zombies are everywhere. They’re lumbering around on television on AMC’s The Walking Dead shows, eating brains on the big screen, serving as the subject of numerous books, and countless members of the undead hordes have been slaughtered in video games. Yes, zombies are everywhere, and there is no sign that the world’s obsession with the living dead is going to subside anytime soon.
Due to the incredible popularity of zombies, there have been a dizzying number of video games released starring the creatures. With Halloween right around the corner, there may be some that are looking to play the very best zombie games available, and so we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 best zombie games on the market.
Out of all the games on this list, Dead Rising may be the best representation of what people expect from the zombie apocalypse. Echoing celebrated zombie films like Dawn of the Dead, Dead Rising sees freelance photojournalist Frank West slaughter thousands of zombies in a shopping mall by utilizing a wide array of weaponry and special combat skills. Frank is also stuck with the task of leading helpless survivors to safety, and dealing with evil psychopaths that may pose an even bigger threat than the zombies themselves.
In some ways a successor to Dead Island, Dying Light features fast and vicious zombies that sprint after players at full speed. Once the sun goes down, these horrific beasts have their powers enhanced further, so players have to seek shelter to avoid being devoured. The Following expansion for Dying Light earned even higher marks than the original game, introducing a larger world map for players to explore, and vehicles like the dune buggy to explore it with.
In Left 4 Dead, players have to deal with more than just the massive hordes of zombies that prowl the streets. They also have to fight special zombies with unique powers, which adds a layer of strategy to the proceedings. When playing the game’s competitive multiplayer component, players have the chance to take control of these special zombies, giving Left 4 Dead one of the most unique multiplayer dynamics we’ve seen in gaming. Now if only Valve could learn to count to three so fans could get excited about the rumored third Left 4 Dead game.
Most of the games on this list are bleak, depressing, and full of gore. Plants vs. Zombies, on the other hand, is an IP aimed mostly at kids, with vibrant colors and goofy humor instead of grim depictions of a post-apocalyptic world. In the Plants vs. Zombies universe, plants have risen up to fight off the undead hordes, with each new installment adding more plants and more zombie types for players to master. It’s somewhat of an absurd concept for a game, but it works whether one is playing the classic tower defense games in the series or the more recent class-based shooters.