Gaming By Jane Sheeba / a couple of years ago Share Tweet Pin Share Few supernatural concepts have captured the imagination of the public as zombies have. From movies to books to games, zombies are everywhere. After all, few things are as enjoyable as blowing up heads in games, especially if they are zombies. Recently, the genre seems to have gotten a lot of momentum and more and more games based on zombies are being released. More importantly, contrary to popular belief, zombie games are not mindless and repetitive, at least, not any more. A number of recent titles are backed up by an engrossing storyline and game-play, which were sorely missed even a few years ago. Here we are going to take a look at some of the best zombie games in the market. 1. Dead Rising 2 Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Capcom’s Dead Rising series is simple. A lone protagonist takes on hordes of zombies using any weapon possible. Depending on the decisions taken by the player during the game, there can be a total of six different endings. This increases the replay value somewhat. One of the coolest features of this game is that the player can actually create and use different weapon combos to fight the horDdes. 2. Left 4 Dead 2 Platforms: Windows PC, Mac OS, Xbox 360 This is sequel to the award-winning and hugely popular game, Left 4 Dead. As was with the first game, this one lays a greater emphasis on co-operative game-play. There are four protagonists, called Survivors in the game, each of whom can be controlled by one player. Fortunately, there is also a single player mode. Left 4 Dead 2 features an option called ‘Realism’. When enabled, this option removes the elements which reek of a video-game feel like respawns. This significantly increases the difficulty and is best enjoyed with other human players. 3. Dead Space 3 Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Dead Space is one of the few zombie shooting games with a third person perspective on the shooting. The story expands on the previous Dead Space games and is engrossing as usual. A few neat tricks have been added to the game this time around like a unique take on the two-payer co-op game-play. Each player will see and experience different things based on their character’s backgrounds at the same time. 4. Resident Evil 5 Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 A list on zombie killing games will be incomplete without a Resident Evil title in it. Resident Evil is possibly one of the best known titles in this genre in the world. The game is brilliantly laid out and is quite enjoyable. A multiplayer and a co-op campaign option exist alongside the single player campaign. The story is a direct sequel to the one in Resident Evil 4. 5. Dead Island: Riptide Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Riptide is a direst sequel to the previous Dead Island game. The story starts of right where it ended in the previous one. Riptide is an action oriented open world RPG which stars five survivors of a zombie infection outbreak. They are stranded on an island which has been overrun by zombies and must find a way to escape. The beauty of this game is that one can import the save file of the previous game and retain the levels gained. 6. Dead State Platforms: Windows PC Ok, this game hasn’t been officially released yet but it seems to be very interesting. Usually zombie games are RPG oriented or shooting oriented. Dead Space is on the other hand belongs to a rare genre in the world of gaming. It is a turn-based strategy/ role-playing game. Here the player controls a group of survivors as they try to shelter themselves from the zombie apocalypse. The player helps them gather the materials needed to survive and fortify the shelters from not only zombies but also other scavenging survivors. 7. Infestation: Survivor Stories [Previously called The War Z] Platforms: Windows PC Infestation is an open world game where the main objective of the players is to survive the apocalypse of zombies. Concepts like hunger and thirst are present which introduce a different sort of difficulty to the game. Players need to find items to quench their hunger and thirst or else death will occur. In the genre of zombie games online game-play is mainly an add-on which increases the playability of the game. In Infestation however, online gaming is the prime focus. 8. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Mod Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Red Dead Redemption is a famous title based on the Wild West. The makers of this title decided to publish a mod where the west has been run over by zombies. This makes for some incredibly interesting game-play as two popular genres, western and zombies, have been brought together for some gun-slinging zombie killing game-play. 9. The Walking Dead Platforms: Windows PC, Mac OS, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 The Walking Dead is a highly acclaimed comic book series which was later turned into a popular TV show and now there is a video game on it. The game is divided into 5 episodes each of which can be played individually. However, the games are interlinked and save games can be carried over from one episode to the next. This makes the storyline and the game much more interesting as decisions taken in one episode can later affect the game in another. 10. The Last of Us Platforms: Playstation 3 The Last of US was released in 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Everything from the game-play to the story to the background music is top-notch. The game features an AI system which has been called “The Balance of Power” which allows more effective decisions to be taken by the enemy AI which makes the game so much more realistic. Apart from zombies, the player has to combat hostile humans. There is a crafting system implemented which allows the player to create various items from scavenged materials. Conclusion The popularity of zombies seems to be on the rise as more and more games are being launched. Those who love to play zombie games will have more to look out for in the coming years.