A super not so serious take on the zombie apocalypse, Death Road to Canada has you pulling together a crew of misfits as you attempt to reach the Canadian border in a madcap top-down shooter that has randomly generated events, levels and comes across like a marriage between South Park and The Walking Dead. The difference between Dying Light and other zombie games however is that it lets players pull off some super acrobatic parkour jumps and moves, while the zombie menace becomes stronger as the night draws in.
A full bloodied re-imagining of the legendary Phone classic, Resident Evil 2 is a gorgeous and terrifying third-person shooter that has you trying to escape a city under siege from a zombie invasion. Adapted from the comic book series of the same name which also gave rise to the stupendous TV show, Telltale’s The Walking Dead is a massive, story-driven adventure epic where players must guide a young girl, Clementine, through a zombie apocalypse.
Riddled with emotional challenges and non-linear storytelling that muses upon such topics as lost innocence and what it means to be human, Telltale’s The Walking Dead is riveting stuff to say the least. Including all the previously released DLC in addition to gorgeous new visuals, The Last of Us: Remastered is harrowing opus about a plague that not only devastates the world, but also about the heartless humans it leaves behind.
It’s been hard to escape PS4zombiegames over the past decade or so with them popping up in new entries in beloved franchises, in game modes dedicated entirely to pushing them back, and even in iterations where you could argue that they aren’t even undead. Below you will find games that offer an almost impossible challenge against an endless sea of dead faces, a third-person action title that many believe to be the best of the 2010s, and also, ERM, the grand conflict between sunflowers and zombies.
The challenge is non-existent, its most famous mechanics are gone (but reintroduced in DLC), and there’s a general lack of attention to detail and care with the whole game feeling rushed. However, if you just want to lay the smackdown on an absolutely wild amount of zombies at once all while wearing a silly hat (and nothing else), Dead Rising 4 is probably the purest bit of undead mayhem on this list.
Available for a relative pittance, you shouldn’t overlook the original game, it casting you onto a desert island with only the undead and a strangely specific survival book for company. You will go from a simple bow and a bit of wood all the way up to flamethrowers over time, crafting yourself some safe spaces and trying to repel the ever more dangerous hordes.
Featuring a vibrant open world and a whole load of melee combat, Dead Island doesn’t unfortunately offer much revolution and is also brought down by some ugly technical issues, though its low price means that you can’t go wrong if you want to bloody a baseball bat for a few hours. It was a great shame when House marque, probably the biggest name who supported the subgenre for many years, announced that they would be leaving the twin stick shooter market behind to focus on more popular genres.
Featuring an absolute screen full of zombies at any time, who can also come out of nowhere, and a steep difficulty curve, Dead Nation can be played by yourself or with friends. Battle for Neighborville’s weird, staggered launch from a peculiarly short early access period meant that it felt like it didn’t get as many headlines as it should have.
That’s a great pity, as Battle for Neighborville is the Plants vs. Zombies franchise’s best and most expansive entry to date that’s overflowing with content and an absolutely irresistible cutesy aesthetic to boot. You once again take control of either of the eponymous warring factions, this time with the twist of an open world and an impressive twenty different characters to play as.
You still have the option to play as either Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield, and the game still takes place in the iconic, zombie -infested burg of Raccoon City. Most zombie games make plenty of effort to establish the dilapidated world you would otherwise inhabit as the result of a full scale, disastrous apocalypse.
That means consuming food and water, avoiding illness, and engaging in simple building techniques to fortify your home base. Developer Sony Bend worked on Days Gone for over four years, which shows how much care and detail was placed into the game's environment and graphics polish.
Created using the full power of the Unreal Engine 4, this PS4 -exclusive title puts you in the shoes of U.S. Army veteran Deacon St. John as he traverses the post-apocalyptic landscape as a bounty hunter for hire. In battling the zombie hordes, hilariously called “Breakers,” Days Gone introduces a variety of unique elements as a direct result of its high production value.
Throw in the ability to craft unique weapons in order to combat the dead, plus the game’s intuitive day and night cycle (which unleashes more powerful, albeit conquerable zombies as the sun goes down), and Dying Light makes for one of the most distinct zombie games currently on the PlayStation 4. Simultaneously, you'll also build up experience points for perks involving your class type, including faster reloading and stronger healing.
It isn’t too repetitive, but it is addicting; Killing Floor 2 has 14 different zombie types who vary in size, speed and lethality, with four difficulty settings and 19 different maps. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a scary zombie game that builds on the unnerving feeling of just turning a simple corner or opening a door.
The most horrific PS4zombie game on the list changes up traditional Resident Evil gameplay by putting you in a first-person mode as you explore a derelict plantation inhabited by an undead mutant cannibal family. You’ll walk down a decrepit stairway and into a dim cavern hole in the ground where a long blue many pale hand reaches out to grab the only lantern in sight.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard emphasizes exploration and horror as players solve various puzzles and fight off hard-on-the-eyes grotesque looking enemies with handguns, shotguns, flamethrowers and other weapons with limited ammo. If you’re feeling extra brave, the game is compatible with the PlayStation VR headset that amplifies the fear in an immersive nightmare that’ll make you double-check your locks at night.
The Evil Within 2 is a third-person, survival horror game (with an optional first-person mode) that details the life of a depressed former police detective who discovers his daughter is still alive and must undergo, against his will, an experiment where he enters a virtual world with a machine called STEM. The subconsciousness of those in the STEM system creates the reality of the main game, a suspenseful horrific nightmare realm full of undead beings and mutated monsters who’ll gurgle and growl with rage upon your presence.
Players can relax or challenge themselves with three difficulty modes, using unique weaponry such as trip wires, hiding and ambushing enemies, crafting items and even upgrading their attributes (like health and athleticism) with the game’s RPG-like level up system. You can thank Resident Evil 4 for evolving the survival horror series, as well as being the pioneer of the famous “over-the-shoulder,” third-person view that you see in so many games today.
Resident Evil 4 focuses on more frantic and intense combat sequences than its survival horror predecessors by putting multiple enemies on screen and being able to fend all of them off instead of individually. Gamers get to play as Leon S. Kennedy (a fan favorite who first showed up in Resident Evil 2) who investigates the kidnapping of the President’s daughter by a mysterious cult set in a rural area of Spain that's full of violent villagers infected with a virus.
The beloved Mercenaries Mode allows players to choose their own characters with specific weapons and fend off hordes of enemies while racing against a clock. Shows like zombie and movies like Warm Bodies try to cast the lovable brain-eaters as human and complex, but there’s no getting around it: people like it when zombies are murdered en masse.
Functionally, though, the Cordyceps-infected monsters which hound Joel and Ellie through the ruins of America are identical to our snarling, shambling cousins. The Last Of Us is great because, like all good horror fiction, its monsters are a catalyst for characters to grow, change and interact with each other in different (and heartstring-tugging) ways.
Resident Evil wasn’t the first survival horror game, but it codified the genre way back in 1996 for the original PlayStation. The remake, originally released for Nintendo’s Gamete, adds shinier graphics and new enemies to run away from screaming loudly, as well as revamping some puzzle mechanics.
It’s a top-down twin-stick shooter reminiscent of Smash TV, crammed to the gills with power-ups, weaponry and inventive ways to dispatch your gurgling undead enemies. Dying and dead things dominate this list, but Deadlight’s lively mix of cinematic platformer-style shenanigans, comic book-esque storytelling and inventive puzzles all go together to offset its slightly generic premise.
Nonetheless, it’s got some truly tense moments as players search the ruins of London at the behest of none-more-Northern-English survival maestro the Prepper. Black Ops III’s Zombies mode was the first in the Call of Duty series to offer an XP progression bar, with which players could unlock temporary bonuses, aesthetic augmentations for weapons and more.
Gameplay-wise, it’s the same mixture of frenzied base defense and good of’ fashioned zombie killing’ the Call of Duty franchise has been bringing since World at War. Though a few sequels have since elaborated on some elements of the original formula, Dead Rising’s mixture of Pokémon Snap -style photography mechanics and zombie horde murder has never been better than in Frank West’s first outing.
Organ Trail is a grisly zombie take on that classic edutainment title, and it apes the mechanics of its granddaddy rather admirably. Organ Trail began life as a free Flash game; if you’re after flashy (ahem) visuals or AAA-style storytelling, you’re out of luck.
What Organ Trail does offer is oodles of procedurally-generated retro fun, as players seek to outrun a horde of zombies in an old station wagon (see what they did there? In this open-world action game, ride your motorcycle through a devastated yet beautiful pacific northwest with dynamic weather and a day and night system that affects the behavior of the enemies, Breaker (what Days Gone calls zombies) and Human alike.
A beautifully realized American Pacific Northwest setting with dynamic weather and day and night systems. Originally released on the Xbox One, The PS4 version, given the subtitle “Frank’s Big Package” includes both the base game and all the DLC, making it the definitive way to play this over the top, open-world slaughter-fest.
Includes all the DLC previously released, making it the definitive way to play Dead Rising 4. A large open world where almost everything can be used as a weapon from guns and chainsaws, street signs, golf clubs, and even crossbows that launch fireworks among others.
Set in a dark post-apocalyptic steampunk future, build colonies for the last remnants of humanity and defend them from the massive hordes of thousands of the undead that seek to end all remaining life. With detailed colony building and resource mechanics, and tense strategic battles that allows players to pause in real-time, so they can make the best possible strategic choice, They Are Billions is a great RTS that hardens back to classics in the genre while creating its own niche.
A 60-hour story campaign and a randomly generated survival mode give players loads of content for them to get sucked into. The first game in the series to feature co-op multiplayer, making the main story more enjoyable as you take on large swarms of infected zombies.
The first game in the legendary survival horror franchise to shift to a mostly action focus, play as fan favorite character Chris Redfield who is joined by new character Shiva Palomar as they fight to get to the bottom of a zombie outbreak in Africa. Resident Evil 5 is the first game in the mainline series to feature co-op multiplayer as well as bring back mercenaries' mode from previous Resident Evil games which adds to the tense action-packed direction of the series that many players should enjoy.
Shifts the series into an action-driven direction with loads of 3rd person shooting and dynamic quick time events to keep players on their toes. The first game in the series to feature co-op multiplayer, making the main story more enjoyable as you take on large swarms of infected zombies.
Mercenary mode returns from Resident Evil 3 where players see how many zombies they can kill in a limited amount of time for a high score for arcade-like fun. Players in World War Z choose six different classes that they can level up the more they play the game, adding more replay value.
Top it all off with firefights that feature hundreds of zombies and detailed gore thanks to Saber Interactive’s proprietary Swarm Engine, and you got yourself a bloody good time. Six classes players can pick to give them a unique role in their teams which gain experience after each game, increasing replay value.
Saber Interactive’s proprietary Swarm Engine allows for hundreds of zombies on the screen, making for some intense gunfights. Developed by the same studio that created the previous mentioned Dead Island, Dying Light can be seen as a spiritual successor to Tech Land’s first foray into the zombie sub-genre, adding parkour traversal to give it its own identity.
If you want a game where you can leap across rooftops and hit zombies in the face with a flaming cricket bat, I can’t think of any other option. Fast-paced and intense melee combat that emphasizes strategy over button mashing your opponents to death (or back to death in most cases) A fun parkour traversal system that gives the game a unique edge and makes moving to your next mission more fun and exciting.
In this critically acclaimed, award-winning action game, an open world is replaced with a linear adventure wrapped around an emotionally gripping story and complex, well-developed characters that will keep players invested from beginning to end. This remastered edition of PS4 brings the ravaged and unrelenting post-apocalyptic world to life more than ever before thanks to the upgraded graphics while also including all the previously released DLC, such as an extra story campaign called “Last of Us: Left Behind”, making the PS4 version the definitive way to experience Joel and Ellie’s heartbreaking and heartwarming road trip through post-apocalyptic America.
An emotional and well-told story with complex, well-developed characters that will invest the players in the journey of Joel and Ellie. The remastered edition upgrades the graphics to make them fit with next-gen hardware and includes all the previously released DLC including the single-player campaign “Last of Us: Left Behind” which adds more backstory for one of the main characters and more content for players after finishing the single-player campaign.
Returning to the atmospheric survival horror of the first couple of games in the legendary survival horror series, Resident Evil 7 shifts the perspective from 3rd person to 1st person, somehow reinventing the series and while returning it to its root simultaneously. Experience Ethan Baker’s haunting journey through a run down Louisiana plantation with a new photorealistic art style made possible by Cap com’s proprietary RE Engine.
This highly anticipated remake brings the genre-defining classic to a new generation of gamers with updated controls with over the shoulder camera used in Resident Evil 4 and upgraded graphic that emphasizes dynamic lighting and shadows to create a tense, suspenseful atmosphere, unlike any other horror game. With this remake, Cap com has managed to outdo a classic and any fan, old or new, should have a horrifyingly good time experiencing this reimagining of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield's horrific night in the Raccoon City police station.
Updated controls and over the shoulder camera replaces the archaic tank controls and fixed camera angles from the original game to make this classic game more accessible to new players while giving the veteran players a brand-new experience. A full-on remake of a defining game in survival horror, allowing players to relive iconic moments in a brand-new way.