There’s nothing worse than a partner luring a hoard of zombies to the room you’re in with no ammo or no way to escape. The Call of Duty series keeps bringing back the zombies' mode, and I can’t wait to see what they have coming next.
Once you become decent at this game, your biggest threat is other players who will do anything to take the clothes and gear off your back. Whatever you want to call them, they grunt, scream and can kill your character in seconds if you aren’t careful.
The game started off as a mod of Area 2 by Dean Hall, but he realized there was a large enough fan base who was crazy about it. He partnered with Bohemia Interactive to work on developing a full standalone version.
Dean is no longer a part of the project, but it was never intended for him to be on for the full duration of development. This is a game where you might be better off with a group of friends who can keep an eye out for danger all the while help gather resources for basic survival and base building.
Day is available on PC, and there are talks of porting it to console, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up. The crafting and building system reminds me a little of Minecraft but is fairly simple to pick up.
Stubby is a zombie that you control and get to decide his fate by roaming around eating human brains one at a time. There’s the option of whistling and grabbing the attention of fellow zombies to help you out.
Stubby is a bit harder to find these days, but it was available on PC, STEAM, Mac OS X, and Xbox. The main point is to make sure your community survives the zombie apocalypse, and you can do it with friends in co-op.
Being an open-world game, exploring and gathering resources is important if you hope to survive. The level of your experience in the game will be the factor determining your strength and speed when dealing with the zombies.
Released in 2011, Dead Island is an open world survival horror game with RPG elements. It’s one of the most popular zombie video games of the decade and has been re-released in a remastered edition with additional content.
Set on an island called Hanoi in the midst of a zombie infestation, the game offers a combination of first-person combat and exploration. The story unfolds through a series of quests, which also help to level up your character and provide additional stats and weapon modifications.
The game has an expansion, Dead Island: Riptide, that can be played as a stand-alone title. Early in its development, the original concept was broken into two games, King of the Hill and Just Survive.
Gameplay is fast-paced with the map forcing players to converge on a smaller point after a certain period. You play as Ethan Winters who goes to Vulva, Louisiana looking for his wife, Mia.
He later gets kidnapped and tortured by a murderous family of cannibals called the Bakers. The game centers around the Baker’s residence where you need to explore their big house, collect resources, memorize passageways, and try not to get killed.
Since Ethan has no military skills, when enemies start showing up, the best option is to run or use other secret passageways where you can. You will save ammo and healing items by finding alternative solutions.
Although zombies are the main enemies to kill in most Resident Evil games, this latest franchise skews towards the Bakers family. The game time setting focuses on the end of the second world war.
The story is that Hitler, in despair, unleashes an army of the undead which threatens to take over Europe. You play as Karl Airborne as one of the last living people in Berlin, Germany.
The campaign mode allows you to team up with three other players to increase your chances of survival. You get to experience all the realistic features that make Sniper Elite the best -seller while killing zombies.
This first-person shooter is set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with all sorts of zombies including ones that explode, ones that are almost invincible and even crying witches. The goal of each scenario is to go through a series of safe houses until you reach the rescue point.
One of the unique features of this game is that each scenario starts and ends like a movie. Multiplayer and co-op are what makes this game fun because you work together trying to complete each scenario.
Save the world is the Eve side of Fortnite rather than its famous battle royale style arena shooter. The corporation aims to correct its mistakes by sending volunteers into Grainy to investigate the island’s paranormal activity.
The game allows you to craft and upgrade your weapons and equipment by collecting recipes and components. Dead ahead is an android based game where you have to be tactical and strategic survive hungry hordes of zombies by shooting them while on the motorcycle, or luring them into traps while they follow you.
To stay alive, you need to collect items on the road such as ammo for your guns and nitro to boost your speed. You perform combos by firing at the zombies chasing you and crushing the ones on the road.
When you earn experience, you will be able to take on more zombies and compete against high scores of other players. The shoot and boot buttons are on the bottom left part of the screen while the acceleration is automatic.
The game is free on Android platforms, and IOS users can similarly access it. In this over-head strategy game, you use plants to fight off hordes of zombies that are trying to invade your house.
In both modes, you can preview the types of zombies, so you can organize your defenses appropriately. I haven’t played it personally, but it looks pretty fun and something I’ll be checking out in the future.
As the player, you assume control of a survivor of the zombie apocalypse and must fight through waves of the undead while gathering items, using stealth to avoid detection and exploring the map. Your ultimate goal is to gather information about what happened to bring about this apocalyptic scenario.
King of zombies is a “capture the flag” style map where players must control various points. The game makes good use of the Wii U Gamed with context-sensitive actions handled through the touchscreen.
Dying Light is a first-person open-world horror game released in 2015 for Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Much of the game is built on parkour mechanics, which provide unique ways to explore the map while searching for weapons and gear.
The game features a dynamic day-night cycle with enemies growing more dangerous at night. Survival requires the player to make smart choices about what actions to take at what time of day to minimize risk.
Project Zombie is billed as “the ultimate zombie survival RPG.” This indie game is currently in alpha development and has been available through Steam Early Access since 2016. The game is made in an animated third-person isometric style, and the engine supports user-made mods and map making tools.
The concept of Project Zombie is an open world survival game with horror elements set in a quarantined area during the zombie apocalypse. The player must manage a variety of stats in order to stay alive.
Is an action-adventure shooter game released by Square Unix and developed by Double six. The game supports multiplayer, allowing up to four people to play together in the quest to fight back zombie hoards.
The game combines RPG elements like quests and non-linear exploration with standard shooter combat. A robust crafting system helps to add variety by giving players the ability to modify their weapons.
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States. “They're coming to get you, Barbara,” jokes Johnny to his sister at the beginning of George Romero's classic, which pretty much created the entire genre.
Although it has been remade twice (the decent 1990 version and the horrible 2006 debacle in 3D), the original is just as chilling as anything that has come from the genre since. Team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
The film's immediate focus is the action inside a suburban mall, where a band of survivors tries to keep swarms of undead at bay. The world is forced to cope with the inevitability of a slow, plodding, violent end.
She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. Peter Jackson's blood-splattered comedic masterpiece may be the goriest film on the list, but it's so over-the-top that it's actually funny.
This movie will do two things to you: Make you squeamish about eating soup and give you grand fantasies of fighting the undead every time you mow the lawn. Plus, the scene where the survivors “play dead” can serve as an educational film for zombie walk newbies everywhere.
The DVD gets bonus points for its extra featured following the gun shop owner's video diary of his daily survival. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
“28 Days Later” nonetheless deserves a spot on the list because of its huge influence on the nature of zombie films that followed it. The movie not only popularized the fast-running zombie of many modern films, but was also a good post-apocalyptic survival story to boot.
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. Part three of what was once George Romero's zombie trilogy (he's made two more since), “Day” initially received tepid reception because it doesn't quite match the impact of the previous two movies (“Dawn” and “Night”).
Nevertheless, time makes the heart grow fonder, and “Day” has stood up to be one of the genre's best films over the years. A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkle, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces traveling across a zombie-filled America.
This film really translates the unabashed glee that comes from battling hordes of zombies in a video game. Woody Harrelson plays the video-game-character-like role, while Jesse Eisenberg does his best Michael Era impersonation.
Although the actual theme park setting arrives a little late in the movie, it serves as a perfect playground for zombie battles. Timmy's zombie becomes his pet and friend, and is named Fido (Sir Billy Connolly).
Billy Connelly plays the title character, and offers probably the best acting job done by anyone portraying the living dead. Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again.
Picking up six months after the rage virus wiped out most of the population, the U.S. Army has come to London to help fortify an area for depopulation. Jeremy Runner and Rose Byrne are great, but it definitely doesn’t surpass the original.
A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a hunger for human flesh by ultrasonic radiation being used for pest control. “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” has fantastic and realistic zombies of the “freshly dead” variety.
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. To date, Resident Evil has stood as practically the only example of a good -- or at least, an enjoyable -- movie based on a video game, making We Boll's career seem all the more pointless in retrospect.
A nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. Gorgeous little thriller from famed producer Val Newton, filled with creepy black-and-white atmosphere and featuring Carrefour, the best zombie in any movie that you don't actually see gnawing on human gristle.
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world. While its premise reminds a bit the nonsensical and annoying living/dead love fest of the “Twilight” series, this film works because it doesn't take itself nearly as seriously -- it's much more self-aware.
A fun tale set in a post-apocalyptic American, Warm Bodies creates its own rules for what zombies are, and what they can become. The only Asian zombie film on the list, “Versus” is worth watching for the fast-paced Samurai-style battles between the living and the dead.
After two decades of waiting, many George Romero fans were somewhat disappointed in the horror icon's fourth installment in his zombie series. While it's true that it doesn't stack up to the previous three, “Land” nonetheless is a top quality zombie flick.
Despite some disappointing performances by Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo, the movie still packs in the thrills. While “Planet Terror” didn't receive as much praise from the movie going public as its Grind house double-feature partner “Death Proof,” Robert Rodriguez's over-the-top homage to the genre was still an entertaining ride.
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. “Dead Snow” is a pretty straightforward modern zombie flick with equal parts gore and humor.
This is the first remake of the classic, directed by gore effects maestro Tom Saving (probably best known as playing the role of Sex Machine in “From Dusk Till Dawn”). On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance.
John Hughes meets George Romero in this entertaining low-budget horror-comedy about a group of high school outcasts who vow to save their prom from zombies spawned by pollution from the nearby nuclear power plant. A definite change to his traditional style of zombie films, “Diary” may not be his strongest piece but is still a fun ride with likeable characters.
A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in. Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie.
Though it itself has a few nods back to Rosenberg debut Shivers, Night of the Creeps references pop in to nearly everything. Yeah, it's got blood, and a smattering of smarmy social commentary, and a few pretty good gore effects, but honestly it's just really entertaining.