Zombies have been a popular motif in video games for some time now, so it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of them out there. The most recent undead-centric game to come out is Days Gone, which released to mixed reviews across the board.
It's time to take a look at the other zombie games out there, the ones that managed to get good scores, garnered critical acclaim, and became fan favorites. If Days Gone isn't scratching that undead itch for you, these titles sure will!
10 Dead Rising 2
When the first Dead Rising game was released, it was a real oddball. It expected the player to run around a mall that was infested with zombies, taking pictures of things and trying to stay alive.
Dead Rising 2 decided to get rid of the photography mechanic, instead allowing the player to create some truly brilliant weapons that sometimes managed to be both deadly and hilarious. You will never forget running around a mall with a fire ax duct-taped to a sledgehammer, taking down any zombie that makes the mistake of coming your way!
9 Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season One
When people think of zombies in video games, they inevitably think of violent shoot-outs, tense moments where the player character is forced into a corner and they have to fight their way out.
Well, when this game arrived, players were taken aback by how emotionally connected they became to the characters. This zombie game is all about playing through a story, attempting to get a group of survivors to come together so they can make it out alive.
8 The Last Of Us
While The Walking Dead is all about narrative, The Last Of Us attempts to pull together frenetic gameplay while also engaging the player in a moving narrative. Following Joel and Ellie as they make their way across a US that has been struggling with zombies for years at this point, the finale will not disappoint.
However, the shooter fans out there won't be sad either, as a lot of action mechanics have been put in place for the player to really sink their teeth into. You'll be left on the edge of your seat.
7 Left 4 Dead
One of the defining themes of the zombie genre is the concept that human beings will have to pull together and survive, which is a concept that Left 4 Dead takes and runs with.
It throws up to four players together in the middle of an infested area, where they are forced to come together and communicate if they want to make it to the end of the level. There's no real story here, just violent action that will keep the tension high throughout, no matter how good you manage to get at the game.
6 Lollipop Chainsaw
Possibly the silliest game on this list, Lollipop Chainsaw is a game about a high school cheerleader with a chainsaw who has to save her family from a zombie infection. Yes, it may sound bizarre, but it actually makes for a genuinely interesting video game.
Even those that don't find the combat system to their liking will have to admit that they're unable to turn away from the television, the action constantly turned up to eleven and always refusing to be muted at any point!
One thing that video game developers need to start doing more is setting their titles in the U.K. It's a setting that just doesn't get utilized enough. For example, when Ubisoft decided that they were going to make a zombie game set in London, it was a stroke of genius.
Bashing zombified guardsmen over the head with a cricket bat before storming famous London landmarks? Yes, please!
4 Dying Light: The Following
Dying Light was an interesting game that tasked the player with traversing a huge map using only parkour, while also putting together various weapons to take on the zombies that got in the way.
However, the game really got interesting when it threw some DLC into the mix and became Dying Light: The Following. This included an all new map that was huge and wide open, allowing the player to hop into a buggy and run the zombies down. As players will know, this sort of mayhem is always super cathartic.
3 Stubbs The Zombie
This action game flips the formula on its head somewhat by making the player a zombie, tasking them with taking down as many human beings as they can. Yes, rather than trying to stop the slow infestation of the planet, this comedy game tasks the player with speeding up the process.
Anyone that has played this game will know that it is criminally underrated. Seeing it on this list will hopefully make more people seek it out, as it is one of the most absurd and interesting experiences available in a video game.
2 Resident Evil Remake
Even though it helped define a genre and paved the way for many other great video games to come, there is no gamer out there that will deny that the original Resident Evil was a rough mess to control.
However, when developers came together to recreate the game from the ground up (making the controls easier to use and making the whole thing look fantastic), they were able to put something together that people continue to go back to. This game is still widely regarded as one of the greatest survival horror experiences of all time.
1 Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
For a lot of people, the first Red Dead Redemption was a brilliant game as it let them live out their dream of being a true outlaw, a cowboy riding throughout the Wild West looking for a place that will accept them.
This is why it was pretty weird when Rockstar announced they were making a single player DLC that would add zombies. In the end, though, people loved it and it gained critical acclaim.