It’s a wickedly funny game that relies on adorable and bizarre animation for most of the laughs, and the delightful cartoon enemies are half the fun. Since the main thrust of each level is rescuing civilians rather than defeating enemies, it also requires a lot more thought to finish than your average arcade style game, a design innovation that adds a great deal to the challenge and replayability.
The State of Decay series, introduced as an Xbox Live Arcade game in 2013, trades in the genre's typical fast-paced brain-bashing for a slower paced focus on survival and community building. The 2018 sequel built on this zombie-sandbox premise, expanding and adding four- player co-op while maintaining the tenseness that accompanies the threat of permanent.
No graphics to speak of, no NPCs... just thousands of real- world players surviving as scavengers or hunting down their former allies as newborn zombies. You only have a few action points a day to issue commands, after which you have to simply wait to move again, and the tension of anticipating another turn becomes almost unbearable as you start to consider all the awful things that might be happening while you’re asleep.
Nazis have long been identified with occultism, (both in reality and popular fiction) and Trey arch’s decision to go all-in on the campy grind house aesthetic changed the face of multiplayer shooters. Zombies helped lighten the mood in a series that was increasingly mired in its own self-importance, reminding players, critics, and creators that it is all a game.
Following the success of its Resident Evil series, Cap com introduced a new, lighthearted take on the zombie genre with Dead Rising. From clothing stores to hair salons, toy stores to food courts, each of Dead Rising's locations presents players with a memorable variety of deadly everyday items. The series built on this in future iterations by adding the ability to craft combo weapons, which ranged from explosive sledgehammers to sentry kittens.
Everything from Fortnite to Rust owes Day a tremendous debt for its willingness to throw unarmed players into a hostile land with of their fellow humans and see what happens next. It’s an RPG about being immortal, crammed with more undead than you can shake a severed limb at, including zombies assigned to alternately sad and hilarious purposes.
The necrotic atmosphere permeates every moment in the game: you start the story laying on a slab, your best friend is a disembodied skull, and there are so many dead things running around that there’s a special ability dedicated just to talking with them. The original Plants vs. Zombies blended solid, approachable tower defense gameplay with whimsical charm, leading to its mass appeal; it became a hit among both the hardcore and casual audiences, on PC, consoles, and mobile alike.
Resident Evil 2 is a triumph of survival horror, a sprawling, weirdly compelling epic that somehow managed to overcome its famously lackluster controls. And with those control issues remedied in the 2019 remake, alongside vastly improved graphics and various other tweaks, RE2 has only gotten better with time.RE2 allowed you to experience a single terrifying night through the unique perspective of two victims, their occasionally overlapping paths both snaking toward horrific discoveries in a city torn apart by an unleashed bioweapon.
It’s a tremendously moody and atmospheric game with great pacing, a growing sense of dread, nice monster design, frequent jump scares, and just enough resource scarcity to keep things tense through the end. The writing and delivery are minimal and masterful, with the bulk of the effort spent creating flawed characters we love or loathe and then stripping them away from us one by one.
The original Resident Evil doesn’t boast quite the scope of its sprawling sequel, but the tighter, almost claustrophobic design of the mansion often works to heighten the horror. The constant threat of the fearsome double-reanimated Crimson Heads in areas you’ve previously cleared fuels a compounding sense of dread that you’re in continual zombie danger no matter how heavily armed you become.
The legendary cheesy dialogue is icing on the cake. Also, if you finish the game in under three hours, you can blow up zombies with a bottomless rocket launcher. Around the same time Trey arch was bringing Zombies into World at War, Valve was introducing us all to their own cooperative take on battling the forces of death.
Left 4 Dead pitted teams of four allies against mobs of zombies ruled by an invisible enemy: the innovative AI director, a carefully constructed protocol designed to dynamically influence the game as it unfolded. The result was a ridiculously repayable zombie shooter. Only a year later, Valve brought us Left 4 Dead 2, building upon that successful formula with a familiar yet greatly enhanced team-based shooter.
A co-operative zombie survival game in the vein of Left 4 Dead, World War Z has a handful of classes to choose from when merging the undead in Eve. Killing hordes of zombies is hard work, and there is no better candidate for that kind of job than the Gunslinger class.
Other Gunslinger perks are primarily focused on increasing damage and your health pool as well as generating free ammo. This means that Gunslinger does not only provide solid DPS, but the class can also sustain itself without the help of a Medic or a Fixer.
In the course of a game, your teammates can make use of your supply bag to restore ammunition, along with a hefty number of bonuses. The Fixer also makes grenades more efficient, including both gas and explosive types.
C4 is a dangerous toy, but it can roast an entire group of zombies with great efficiency. At Level 8, Hellraiser unlocks the Direct Blast perk, which increases all explosive damage by 100%.
Another excellent perk is unlocked at Level 19, Third Hand, which fully reloads your primary weapon if you manage to kill 15 zombies at once. The Exterminator class is really fun to play, even if it mostly relies on fire damage from Molotov cocktails.
Exterminator is very similar in approach to Hellraiser, so it's a great alternative if you prefer to watch zombies burn slowly rather than explode into giblets. The good thing, for now, is that the damage output is basically the same between the two classes, so you don't have to worry about sacrificing one for the other in that respect.
The best part about being a Medic in World War Z is that you can not only revive and heal your teammates, but you can also use your Stem Pistol to grant them bonus health points, although only temporarily. The Slasher may sound like a fine character on paper, but the truth is that it's not a very good choice in World War Z.
Since the game is built around swarm attacks, getting overrun by a horde is too easy when playing as Slasher. Of course, you can unlock the TMP5 SMG, but since all the Slasher's class perks mainly boost melee damage, there is really no point in wielding a firearm.
With six classes to choose from in World War Z, finding the right fit for your play style is important. The Gunslinger class is all about guns, frag grenades, and just all-around dealing mayhem to the zombie swarms taking over the various locations you’ll visit.
We’ll also show you some of the best combinations you can put together for Gunslinger builds. Like the other classes in World War Z, the Gunslinger has four Core Perks for players to make use of as well.
If you want to make the most of this class, understanding some better skill combinations is going to be key. When it comes to early skills, making use of Power Nap is important.
Combine this will skills like Front Line Supply and This is My Rifle will allow you to start off with an ARK-103 Assault Rifle, as well as the ability to restore 5% of your rounds to the magazine when killing enemies with headshots. Of course, as you progress, you’ll unlock skills like Wheatgrass, which increased your health by 25%.
You can combine this Gunslinger Skill with Gun Fanatic, which automatically reloads your primary weapon’s magazine after you drain it and switch to your secondary. If you’re interested in trying out another class, make sure you also check out our guide on the Exterminator Skills and builds.