Ever since I was little I have been ready for the impending zombie apocalypse. Now does this make me a crazy person? Most definitely yes. But it’s hard to hate a genre that has inspired people to plan escape routes in their own house. I was personally inspired by the different zombie games and movies I had played and watched whilst growing up. If you’re not into zombies then here is a list of games that will have you begging for brains.
5. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel without a Pulse
Despite the distractingly long title this game was amazing.
The game has everything you want.
You follow the story of Stubbs, a zombie who after being shot by a lover’s father is left to die in the wilderness. Years later he comes back to life to enact revenge on the whole city. The game has everything you want. Zombies, gore, comedy and a rock remix of ‘Mr Sandman’. The gameplay mechanics are great. You have lots of different options of attack which slowly get more powerful as you progress in the game. When you start out you have to eat people’s brains and turn them into zombies to slowly build up an army. As you get further into the game you get special weapons like throwing your organs like grenades or using your dismembered hand to control people’s minds. The game uses the Halo engine so it looked pretty good at its 2005 release date. It’s available for Xbox, Xbox 360, Mac OS X and Windows and should be pretty cheap!
4. House of the Dead 3
Most people from the age 30 right down to the younger kids will remember walking past the arcades and screaming at your mum to let you have “just one go!”.
It was so simple, yet absolute genius.
The colourful lights, and the mass of sounds mixed with the big ass shotgun or the realistic motorbike was just too much to miss. Of all the games in these arcades I think House of the Dead 3 had to be the best. It was so simple, yet absolute genius. Shoot and reload as fast as possible and don’t get hit. I think when I become a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist the first thing I’m going to buy is an original House of the Dead 3 arcade machine.
3. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
For those of you unfamiliar with the game Red Dead Redemption It’s the story of a Cowboy trying to clear his name in the Wild West.
…became so popular they made it a standalone game.
Using the same mechanics as GTA IV it’s pretty amazing and everything you want from a violent western game. Now, throw in a sprinkle of zombies and a dash of mythical beasts and you have pure brilliance. Undead Nightmare came out as a DLC for Red Dead Redemption in 2010 and became so popular they made it a standalone game. As well as hordes of zombies you can expect to have cameos from such famous mythical creatures as the Sasquatch, the Chupacabra, the Unicorn and the four horses of the Apocalypse. And just in case you were wondering, yes you can kill them all. Oh? You weren’t wondering that?
2. Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies
Ever since World at War I personally feel that Call of Duty hasn’t managed to top itself. Call of Duty 5 had a compelling storyline, amazingly gory graphics and, of course, introduced us to Nazi Zombies.
Everyone loved it and if you say you didn’t then you’re either a liar or a robot.
The survival based game mode was just supposed to be a fun addition to the game, but it was so much more. Everyone loved it and if you say you didn’t then you’re either a liar or a robot. Since then there have been 14 zombie maps realized divided between World at War, Black Ops and Black Ops 2. As more maps were developed they got more complicated and started adding in special features like perks, upgraded weapons, new zombies and teleporting. They introduced new characters and it has enough lore to fill a novel. One of the best things about the game is simply trying to find the interesting Easter eggs and special achievements. I would have to say one of the reasons I have no money comes down to buying Call of duty map packs just for the Nazi zombie maps. Who needs money for food anyway.
1. Left 4 dead
I have to say that Left 4 Dead is my favourite game.
…this is a genuine must have.
It was introduced to me in 2008 when my older brother said “I bought a game, you can’t play it till you pay towards it.” Extortion never felt so good. The whole mechanics are completely original, the brilliant multiplayer options are so unique and the fact that it’s made by valve is just a beautiful red cherry on this zombie flavoured ice cream. You follow the story of 4 survivors trying to make their way across a post-apocalyptic landscape. You’re lead through chapters each containing around five levels leading up to a point where you’re forced to hold off against waves of zombies, before miraculously escaping in some vehicle. You scavenge weapons, ammunition and medical supplies whilst watching out for some of the more powerful zombie mutations. It was made with multiplayer in mind and it really sucks you into the story, making you genuinely care for your allies. Of all the games on this list I have to say that this is a genuine must have. I would buy it for you all if I had the money but alas, my wallet is only filled with receipts for games and tear stains!
If this hasn’t made you ether barricade your house or sprint to the shops to get your zombie killing fix then I have failed at my job. If any of you disagree with my list or have any other zombie favourites then be sure to leave a message in the comments section below and remember, when the end of the world comes you don’t have to out run the zombies, you just have to outrun your friends.