The best zombie games of all time

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Scientists have yet to figure out why shooting zombies is so much fun, but there must be a reason why this subgenre of survival games has become so popular. From Resident Evil to Call of Duty, there are more than enough games to get your blood pumping.

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Even though the general premise remains the same, each zombie game offers its own experience, and it’s a good idea to know what you want before you buy. We’ve tested several zombie games to find out which ones are the most terrifying, scariest, and most of all, the most fun to play.

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1. The Last of Us

Joel points the shotgun at a blotter.

infected in the last of us There aren’t technically zombies because they haven’t undead and have risen again, but let’s face it, they share the same basic traits. They have an appetite for meat and move with the same intense intensity seen in other zombie games in Joel and Ellie. They are frightening, especially in clicker form, with their hideous fungal organs and mushroom heads.

the last of us Excels in every aspect imaginable, from its third-person action gameplay to its stunning presentation to the delivery of its sterling story. Even if you’re totally sick of zombie games, the last of us A necessary game. Infected develops far better than most traditional zombies, and the overarching story is one of the best mods out there, especially as a horror game on PS4.

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the last of us Available as PS3 game and PS4 game (remastered version).

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2. Dying Light

Hammering with a shipping container surrounded by zombies.
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extinguished light Parkour mixes resource management and crafting to make a game you probably either love or hate. Playing as an undercover agent in the quarantine zone, extinguished light Forces you to scour for ingredients to survive. The emphasis on scavenging and crafting can be a turn off for some, but if the loop clicks, it really clicks.

In broad daylight, zombies are easier to avoid with gadgets that allow you to practice parkour. However, at night, zombies can run and pose a great threat to your existence. To complicate matters further, most of the equipment at your disposal are melee weapons. Therefore extinguished light Too many close quarters, by nature, fosters tense conflicts. extinguished light Winds up as one of the best, most complex open-world zombie games around.

forward link, Dying Light 2, is currently in development. extinguished light Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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3. Back 4 Blood

A squad of humans sees a swarm of Raides in Back 4 Blood.

While it looks like we may never get another true Left 4 Dead game, later on that series, we thankfully got a sequel in all but name. back 4 blood The impressive cooperative was created by the original minds behind the zombie shooter, and is exactly what fans have been asking for. You’ll team up with a group of three friends, each choosing their own character as you shoot, punch and blast your way through various campaign missions.

twist in back 4 blood There is a new card system that makes each rune unique. Yes, zombies and special infected are always random, but these cards add another layer of unpredictability on top of that. You can have a run with more of a certain type, or one where the map is covered in fog, limiting visibility. You can also build your own deck of cards that act as perks, upgrade guns, and more.

back 4 blood Available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC

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4. Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War

Soldiers stop the corpse while opening the crate.

Cooperative Zombies Mode has been a Call of Duty fan-favorite since its debut call of Duty World at War, The Horde-style mode tasks players with eliminating waves of zombies while repairing structures, gaining access to new areas, and unlocking new weapons and gear. As a cooperative game, this is an unexpected treasure.

While we think that all zombie modes in CoD have their own merits, Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War Stands out from the best Call of Duty games. With its exquisite maps and new wrinkles in the tense zombie formula, this version features a new progression system that makes you feel like you’re always moving towards something when you replay each map.

cold war Available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.

5. Dead Rising 3

A man in a sombrero is shooting zombies with fireworks.

Capcom’s Dead Rising series is a more lighthearted take on zombies. Full of comical dialogue and wacky weapons, dead Rising 3 Xbox One shines as one of the games that came along with its launch in 2013.

Unlike the first two matches, dead Rising 3 was set in a true open world. With it came bigger environments and more opportunities for massive standoffs with the undead. Areas are often flooded with zombies, with dozens on the screen at once.

While most can be knocked down easily, the strength that comes with the staggering numbers forces you to use a fairly deep crafting system. Dead Rising 3 felt like a B-movie zombie apocalypse simulator, and we say that as a compliment. An argument can be made that dead rising 4 The former outperformed, considering the rise in zombies and all, but we prefer the 3’s atmosphere and progression.

dead Rising 3 Available on Xbox One and PC.

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6. Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Leon is shooting a heavy zombie cop in the hallway.

resident evil 2 One of the greatest survival horror games of all time, and one of the best Resident Evil games to boot. The original’s tank controls and camera approach created a lot of awe of it. Somehow, though, Capcom revamped Leon and Claire’s adventure in Raccoon City to be even more terrifying with modern control systems.

playing like a less action-packed version of resident devil 4, RE2 These are some of the most spine-tingling zombie encounters we’ve experienced. From the crunch of a terrifying zombie on your neck, for fear of falling down the hall of Mr. X, resident evil 2 A nerve-wracking romp from start to finish. And then you have to play it again as another hero to see the real ending.

resident evil 2 Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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7. Resident Evil 4

Leon ready holding up his pistol.

Although we have tried to include only one game from each franchise on this list, we have to be careful not to include resident devil 4One of the greatest action games of all time. Capcom’s turn for an action-oriented Resident Evil was somewhat controversial, but wow, did it deliver.

Leon Kennedy’s solo adventure to save the president’s daughter from a countryside in Europe is simply reminiscent of the villagers turned into zombies. Ammo was more abundant and true fears were somewhat subdued, but the zombies themselves were better designed than ever.

resident devil 4 The iconic franchise ushered in a new era, with an emphasis on more frequent firefights against large groups of zombies. Sure, we’re glad the franchise returned to its roots resident evil 7, But RE4 remains a high point of the series.

resident devil 4 Available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch.

8. The Walking Dead: Season One

Lee and Clementine hugging outside the RV.

Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season One Offered a different kind of zombie experience. Using Telltale’s patented brand of interactive storytelling, the walking dead Mechanics were highlighted, reserving them for dialogue decisions, quick-time events, and other button prompts.

more interactive fiction than anything else, the walking dead Trusted its story a lot. And the beginning of Lee and Clementine’s adventure was breathtaking. The episodic format divided the influential narrative into five parts, each more consequential and revealing than the last.

The Walking Dead: Season One Available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, mobile and many older consoles.

9. Plants vs. Zombies

Plants fighting off a wave of zombies in a pool.

plants vs Zombies From PopCap Games is a colorful, cartoony game about protecting your garden from zombies. It’s definitely less bloody and bloody than most of the other games on this list, and are zombies really cute?

Designed as a tower defense game, you place various plant-based defenders along the grid of your garden to fend off invading zombies. It is not the most complicated tower defense game, but it is certainly one of the most engaging and addictive.

forward link, plants vs Zombies 2, and a big-budget spinoff series, Garden Warfare, are also available. All Plants vs Zombies games are worth your time, but nothing beats the sublime simplicity and joy of the original.

plants vs Zombies Available on PC and it also makes our list of best Android games and iPhone games.

10. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

John Marston is shooting a zombie while riding a zombie horse.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare came out of nowhere. Rock Star red Dead Redemption was one of the most serious open-world games we’ve ever played, and then the storied developer went and turned the western world into a zombie apocalypse. Yes, it was weird, and it probably even undermined the serious nature of the original story, but it was definitely a good time.

undead Nightmare One of the best expansions ever made, and we’d love to see a cosmic sequel in red dead redemption 2, a game that impressed us even more than the already impressive original.

undead Nightmare Available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One through backward compatibility.

11. Left 4 Dead 2

Zombies shooting coach on the roof of a truck.

Valve’s take on Cooperative Zombies for Call of Duty proved to be a worthy alternative. This was in large part due to the nuance added by the AI ​​director, Puppet, who dynamically influenced each run through the game to ensure that tension remained the same throughout.

The cooperative campaign was the best part, but left 4 Dead 2 There was also an innovative Versus mode that pitted infected players versus survivors. it’s been almost ten years left 4 Dead 2 launched, but we still think about how much of an impact it has had on cooperative and versus mode today.

left 4 Dead 2 Available on PC and Xbox 360.

12. ZombieU

Zombies attacking a trashed supermarket.

zombie One of the lowest rated games of the last decade. Basically a…

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