Top 5 Zombie Games
Dead Rising 2 (2010)
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If you have ever wondered how you would fare during a zombie apocalypse then Dead Rising 2 could provide the answer! This is due to the fact that, unlike conventional zombie games, Dead Rising 2 enables you to create your own custom weapons out of objects you find throughout the game; such as the Paddlesaw (chainsaws duct taped to a kayak paddle), the Dynameat (meat wrapped around a stick of dynamite) and the ever faithful Spiked Bat (baseball bat with nails attached).
Playing as motorcycle rider Chuck Greene, Dead Rising 2 also requires you to encounter fellow survivors as you attempt to survive a zombie uprising. Some of these survivors are helpful; others are psychopaths who have been driven insane by the impeding zombie apocalypse and you are required to fight them!
Consequently, Dead Rising 2 is an inspired open world survival horror game which provides you with a wealth of different game play choices, weapons and challenges from which to choose; all of which will affect which ending you witness. Regardless of whether you have played other games within the Dead Rising franchise before, this instalment will not disappoint. After all, what other zombie game do you know wherein up to 7,000 zombies can be seen onscreen at the same time?
House Of The Dead 2 (1998)
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Whether you played this first person zombie shooter on your Dreamcast, your Xbox or at an arcade, House of the Dead 2 remains one of the most enjoyable zombie games of the past 20 years.
Although it could often prove difficult trying to efficiently line up the sight of your light gun or controller, House of the Dead 2 offered players a refreshing range of gaming choice.
For instance, you can play as your preferred character as well as being able to play in either arcade, original, boss or training mode. Even once you have begun to play you can choose which routes to follow within each level and the style in which you play will affect which ending you ultimately view. Combine this broad spectrum of gaming choice with superb graphics, intense monsters and lots of gore, and you are equipped with an arcade zombie game that you will want to come back to time and time again!
Zombies Ate My Neighbours (1993)
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Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics! Zombies Ate My Neighbours is a quirky and extremely addictive SNES game wherein you have to rescue your various neighbours, teachers, babies and even family pets from roaming zombies.
Although the controls for Zombies Ate My Neighbours are fairly straightforward, the attention to detail throughout the entire game is both complex and hilarious. For example, the different weapons at your disposal range from a humble water gun to soda grenades, footballs, inflatable clowns and silverware in addition to various potions which will transform you into ghosts and purple monsters. Furthermore, the game continuously references classic horror movies including; Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Friday the 13th and Tremors amongst many others. As such, if you are a movie buff, a zombie gaming enthusiast or simply looking for a few horror-inspired laughs then Zombies Ate My Neighbours is the game for you!
Left For Dead (2008)
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Whether you play as a survivor or a zombie, in single player or in multi-player with your apocalypse surviving friends, Left for Dead is a immensely thrilling and entertaining zombie first person shooter for the Xbox 360.
Left for Dead presents you with four different scenarios in a variety of difficulty modes; each of which requires you and your team to explore five levels which are swarming with zombie hordes. Within moments you will find yourselves transfixed on the mission at hand due to the immersive impact of the game’s graphics, extensive landscape and weapons choices.
However, what is truly gripping about Left for Dead is speed and capabilities of its monsters. These are not the slow moving figures of classic zombie movies, oh no; these are lightning quick, screaming, clawing rabid beasts that are more than happy to turn you into one of the infected! It is this refreshing twist on our traditional perceptions of zombies, combined with substantial replay value and addictive game play, that has made Left for Dead one of the most successful zombie video games of recent years.
Resident Evil (1996)
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No zombie video game countdown would be complete without mentioning Residential Evil! Although there are a vast variety of Resident Evil survival horror video games, sequels and prequels as well as several online, handheld and even RPG-style instalments from which to choose, we have decided to honour the original 1996 Resident Evil for the Playstation as our top zombie game.
Despite some of the franchise’s more questionable spin-off editions, the first Resident Evil game is an intense gaming experience which encapsulates everything that has made the franchise so great over the years. From the ability to play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine and the freedom to change the outcome of the plot based on your choices throughout the game, the first game in the Resident Evil franchise paved the way for the multiple game play choices and plot variations that would play a major part in subsequent sequels.
Another major aspect which makes Resident Evil our top zombie game is the thrill of not knowing what will come next. With packs of zombie dogs roaming the grounds, formidable Chimeras that hang from the ceilings and vicious Hunters which can jump over you to deliver fatal slashes, you never know what to expect when you turn a corners in this messed-up Umbrella Corporation mansion!
Even once you have completed Resident Evil there are multiple aspects of the games which draw you back in for one more play-through; the chance to play the game as a different character on varying difficulty levels, the opportunity to see how the plot would unfold if you made different choices at certain stages, even down to which weapons and ammo you chose to use and upgrade! What’s more, Resident Evil has been remade for the GameCube and re-mastered with high definition graphics and additional control options for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so even if you were irked by some of the limitations of the Playstation One edition you can still enjoy this classic zombie survival game in a variety of different formats! All in all, the original Resident Evil game has immense replay value and brilliantly sets the scene for the franchise’s future instalments.