For the past few decades, there hasn’t been any shortage of zombie strategy games to play. Since the 80s, gamers have been blessed with new zed-killing video game adventures, dating all the way back to The Evil Dead on the Commodore 64.
Now, when we talk about 2019, zombie mobile games are more renowned than ever, thanks to the hooking TV series and movies that have been released over the past few decades.
We’ve surely played our fair share of these types of games, so it’s safe to say that we know a thing or two about the genre. In fact, it’s one of our favorite video game genres right now, and we don’t see it dropping down on the list any time soon. Let’s take a look at some of the best zombie shooter survival and strategy games:
No list of zombie survival game would be complete without Resident Evil. You surely must have been scared out of your wits by Resident Evil 7 in VR or found yourself repeatedly returning to the action-packed classic that is Resi 4, but you will still find plenty of frights in the game where it all started. Without the unnecessary complications tacked on to future sequels, Resident Evil is one of the best horror unity 3d zombie games around.
State of Decay is no technical showcase: since its Year One Survival Edition, the textures are unimpressive and the bugs are as frequent as its myriad hidden penises. Even that didn’t improve in the sequel as we found in our State of Decay 2 PC performance review. But while it is frustrating to see the machinery of a game click and whirr in this way, the dependable tick of its systems is precisely what makes you hungry to keep playing State of Decay.
Since World at War, Treyarch has appeared to have more fun with their pulpy, anything-goes Zombies mode than in COD campaigns proper.
Close communication is necessary to survive the hordes and solo play is practically an impossibility. As you topple undead, you will earn currency to unlock new areas and more explosive shotguns.
All the while you look for artifacts, decipher clues, and occasionally morph into a tentacular beast with access to dimensions humankind is not privy to. And there is a neat jazz soundtrack. And, if that’s not enough zed goodness for you, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies takes things up an undead gear.
It is one of the most loved co-op games and zombie games on PC – that is not Left 4 Dead 2 – Killing Floor 2 is a chaotic, frantic rush as you blow out undead brains to rambunctious heavy metal.
Zombies of different shapes and sizes come at you thick and fast, making Killing Floor 2 an excellent pick-up-and-play co-op title. But as you give a little more time to indulging in a spot of zombie bashing, Killing Floor 2 becomes a zombie game with an engrossing tactical element: do you spend your blood-soaked resources now, or save them for a tougher future confrontation?
Killing Floor 2’s gameplay, most importantly, feels great to play as a wonderfully gory shooter with friends – its best mechanic only just made it in at the last minute, too.
Dead Island remains one of the best zombie games on PC. With its first-person shuffler bashing and four-player co-op, it is tempting to compare Techland’s first zombie game outing to Left 4 Dead 2 – but it is what Dead Island borrows from Fallout 3 that makes it compelling.
Despite Dead Island and quasi-sequel Riptide getting the remastered treatment in Dead Island: Definitive Edition, some bugs are still buried away, left over from the original release. And don’t hold your breath waiting for the sequel, either: Dead Island 2’s development has been troubled, to say the least.
The Walking Dead series. A conversation system tied to a timer, inspired by social anxiety. A sense of interpersonal warmth framed by overarching gloom, like a campfire on a cold night. There is a tendency to disarm you with humor and half an hour of respite before swiping cruelly at the characters you have come to care about in a way that only the best adventure games on PC can. Those evil geniuses.
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