Top Ten Zombie Games

by Jake Weston, posted on 13 June 2011 / 46,449 Views

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June 2011 is Resident Evil month here at gamrFeed, celebrating the series' 15th anniversary. Since Resident Evil popularized the survival horror genre and helped bring zombies to the forefront in gaming, we thought, why not celebrate Resident Evil by listing the top ten zombie games of all time? There are lots of great zombie games out there, so to narrow down the list we had two criteria: 1. The zombies must be the undead (so no Resident Evil 4) and 2. Only one game per series. So, with that in mind, we hope you enjoy the list!

 

10. Dead Frontier

For those of you looking for a zombie MMO, look no further. Dead Frontier may be a browser based game, but it offers enough content to be a full release. After creating a class and a character, players are unleashed into a zombie apocalypse of the near future, where they must work together with other players to survive. This achieved not only be killing zombies and searching the city, but by also travelling to safe havens where players can do business, store items, and even gamble. The game is still in open beta and has a lot of room for improvement, but as it stands, its the closest thing we have to a full fledged zombie MMO. And the best part is...it's free.

You can play Dead Frontier for free  here.

 

9. Typing of the Dead

Whenever someone makes a "best zombie games" list, the question isn't whether to include a House of the Dead game, but which House of the Dead game to include? While House of the Dead 2 and House of the Dead: Overkill are some of the best on rail shooters out there, we have to give it to Typing of the Dead for sheer originality. Typing of the Dead is essentially House of the Dead 2, but with one crucial difference: Instead of shooting the undead, you must type the words presented on screen before they get to you. Believe it or not, this game is meant to educate and improve typing skills. With a difficulty curve that starts with simple words and then moves up to full sentences and even answering questions, learning has never been this much fun. 

 

8. Dead Nation

Created by Housemarque, developers Super Stardust and Outland, Dead Nation is a co-op top down shooter where players fend off the undead in an apocalyptic city. Unlike similar games like Zombie Apocalypse and I Made a Game With Zombies in It!, Dead Nation thrives not only on its intensity but its atmosphere. The levels of Dead Nation have a huge amount of detail, and the way the lighting is employed creates a huge feeling of dread. Dead Nation is one of the most fun co-op zombie games out so far, and now that it's free as part of the PlayStation Network's "Welcome Back" program, you have no excuse not to try it out.  

 

7. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Zombies

You may argue that World at War and Black Ops aren't zombie games, but the zombie modes in both are really games all their own. The addicting mode that first appeared in Call of Duty: World at War had players defending a house as ever increasing waves of zombies approached. The atmosphere was denser than a black hole, and nothing was quite as nerve-racking as being cornered by dozens of slowly approaching zombies. However, we had to give the spot the Call of Duty: Black Ops. Why, you ask? Well, because not only did Black Ops refine this approach, but you get to fight zombies as John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro and Robert McNamara. It doesn't get more awesome than that. 

 

6. Plants vs. Zombies

Zombies have never been this cute. With zombies on your front lawn, you must plant various types plants to defend you from the onslaught of the undead. Sounds dumb, I know, but this is one of the most addicting games of all time. There are literally dozens of different zombie types, and you have dozens of plants to combat each one. No one expected Plants vs. Zombies to hit it big, but its accessible yet deep gameplay, kid-friendly art style, and insanely catchy music make this one of most quality "casual" games out there. 

 

5. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Undead Nightmare gave us something we didn't know we wanted: Cowboys vs. zombies. This expansion pack wasn't just simply the original game with zombies tacked on. Rockstar gave us a whole new story and set of sidequests that perfectly combined horror and campy humor with Red Dead's original setting. As it turns out, adding zombies completely changes the feel of the game, and old west bounty hunters vs. the undead hordes makes for a near perfect experience. 

 

4. Zombies Ate My Neighbors

There was a time when LucasArts was known for more than churning out cruddy Star Wars and Indiana Jones games. They used to be known for developing quality games and instant classics. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is one of those games. Zombies Ate My Neighbors follows Zeke and Julie as they save their neighborhood from the titular zombies, as well as a variety of other horror-movie themed monsters, such as werewolves and vampires. Boasting over fifty levels as well as co-op gameplay, this is a true classic.  

 

3. Dead Rising 2

While Dead Rising 2 wasn't as original as the first Dead Rising (which itself was mostly ripped off from George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead), it improved on its predecessor in almost every way. With less frustrating boss fights, improved partner AI, and less focus on the time limit, Dead Rising 2 was able to focus on what it does best: Zombie mayhem. Also gone from Dead Rising was the photography mechanic. Instead, players combine weapons to inflict more damage to zombies, making this game pretty much every zombie fan's wet dream. 

 

2. Left 4 Dead 2

Much like Dead Rising 2, Valve took their original game and improved every aspect. While keeping the same basic gameplay, Left 4 Dead 2 added new characters, weapons, maps, and revamped Director AI, making this much more worthy than any expansion. The Left 4 Dead games are one of the few zombie games that actually invoke fear of the undead, instead of camp humor like many other zombie titles. Plus, thanks to modders, Left 4 Dead 2 has all of the maps from the first Left 4 Dead and more, making it the quintessential zombie FPS. 

 

1. Resident Evil (GameCube)

If we weren't imposing a one game per series limit on this list, more than half of the entries would consist of Resident Evil games. When faced with choosing one, it always comes down to the first Resident Evil vs. Resident Evil 2. Resident Evil 2 may have been better than the first, but we decided to go with the GameCube remake of Resident Evil for one reason: It's absolutely TERRIFYING. Seriously. Few games come close to scaring you as much as this game does. The zombies in this game me be slow, but boy are they hard to kill. And if you don't burn their corpses when you're done with them, they come back stronger and faster, and can even claw through doors. Petrifying. This is why we name Resident Evil for the GameCube as the best zombie game of all time. 


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29 Comments

zombiekiller47 (on 24 December 2011)

I agree that Resident Evil, Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead should definitely have a place in the list. But for a browser game I wold have picked Zombie Pandemic (www.zombiepandemic.com) over Dead Frontier. Much deeper gameplay, cooler missions and roleplaying


sepoer (on 15 June 2011)

After I read this, I just remember how scary re1 GC was... I'm not brave enough to playing this game again...


Teratus (on 15 June 2011)

Code Veronica X got me into the Resi series :) I played the origional game when i was a kid and got nightmares for a week XD but upon finishing Code Veronica and being really happy with myself for beating a game that tormented me in my dreams as a kid I decided to challenge the whole series :) Resi 4 was my second challenge and I managed to get through the game after many creepy encounters that made me want to shut my ps2 off and never emerge from the comfort of my blanket (Exstends Middle finger at a picture of the Regenerator) once completed I decided that I have been missing out on the series and had fallen in love with it so I took a trip into town and bought Resident evil Zero, resi 1 remake and resi 2 and 3 on the gamecube and also picked up a copy of resi 5 a few months later Resi Zero was great fun and the graphics were stunning and give me a few jumps now and again :) Resi 1 remake on the other hand took me several days to play through simply due to that horrifying music that plays when a crimson head bursts through a door and starts sprinting towards you... the Resi 1 remake is by far the scariest game i have ever played and I love it :) the only game that has made me jump close to the ammount that resi 1 remake made me jump was Resi 3 Nemesis the suspence in that game was insane go into a room look around, listen for zombies, wait ..... nothing phew safe, start walking forward, hear a door close, face looks like this O.O, panic arises, then that horrifying voice, STARS!!, RUN JILL RUN!!! lmao I can honestly say that Resident Evil is by far the best horror game series and i bet many of you will agree :)


Seece (on 15 June 2011)

Left 4 Dead 2 is the best clearly! although PVZ is awesome


reidlosdog (on 14 June 2011)

Class 3 and Class 4 are going to rape this list.


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tehsage (on 14 June 2011)

YES THANK YOU. EXCELLENT LIST. :D :D :D


Etanclan4life (on 14 June 2011)

Where is i made a game with zombies in itXD?


KMoney (on 14 June 2011)

Resident Evil no doubt. Loved every one. Left 4 Dead is fun for sure, but like everyone says it's better to play that game with friends. As for Dead Rising. I think Dead Rising 2 is the most overrated game I've played this year hands down. That game was more frustrating than fun.


brendude13 (on 14 June 2011)

Resident Evil 3 > RE1 and RE2!!! Anyway, is Left 4 Dead any good? I tried the PC demo and didn't like it.


V-r0cK (on 14 June 2011)

Zombies ate my neighbors was one of my fav snes games. Good list.


xinstantnoodlez (on 14 June 2011)

I giggled when I saw "Zombies Ate My Neighbors" up there...this was a good list.


sarankratos (on 14 June 2011)

LEFT FOR DEAD 2 .....ROCKS////


sarankratos (on 14 June 2011)

LEFT FOR DEAD 2 .....ROCKS////


HRDNOK2001 (on 14 June 2011)

@mundus6 There's a reason RE4 isn't on this list...there were no zombies in the game. They were infected with the Las Plagas virus, so they're still living


Der.Archivar (on 14 June 2011)

A Top Ten Zombie list Jake Weston and a few other's can agree on, most people cannot. Everyone knows such Top Ten Lists are stupid and yet we all read and rage about them. This is the last time I read and post on such a topic, when will you?


sly777 (on 14 June 2011)

I wish they could port the RE1 on a HD system... amazing game !


mundus6 (on 14 June 2011)

I thought this list was supposed to be best game and not most scary? Also where is Dead Space the necromorphs count as zombies. You cant have this list without this game no matter which way you go since its easily more scary than every game on this list including RE1 and its definitely better than pretty much this whole list also. Since this list is a "BEST" list only top 3 should be there and not in that order. Also RE1 should be RE4 and Dead Rising 2 should be Dead Rising.


Zappykins (on 14 June 2011)

Awe, got to give homage to 'The Real of Impossibility.' An Apple/Atari/C64 level adventure game that could even be co-op. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru-CSSaej98


Killy_Vorkosigan (on 14 June 2011)

RE Make absolutely deserves that spot for its awesomeness. I retried hundreds of time one part just to kill three zombies at the same spot just to burn them in one go. However, the rest of the list...


Killiana1a (on 14 June 2011)

#10 through #7 I disagree with entirely. Hell, CoD: Black Ops zombie mode is not even a full game so it should not even make the list. Same can be said for Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. A top 10 zombie list, in my opinion, needs to include at least 2 Resident Evil games, Dead Space, and a House of the Dead game. I would also add both Left 4 Dead games with the first being higher up in the top 10.


vitoxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (on 14 June 2011)

wow... im impressed. very good list.


demonfox13 (on 13 June 2011)

Wow, if this list is in order from worst to best then the writer has epic failed (sorry if I was offensive). Seriously, despite Dead Nation being "Just a PSN game", it is way above just about ANY game on this list. I don't consider plants vs zombies a true zombie game at all. Also RE gamecube version is still even inferior to Dead Nation. The co-op in Dead Nation takes the cake along with the leader boards world wide and how it pits each nation against eachother with the different virus cycles happening. Left 4 Dead is also way more deserving of the top spots. COD zombies is just a mini game with no progression either and very basic only comparable to horde mode in Gears.


sushipoo (on 13 June 2011)

There were no zombies in Silent Hill or Fatal Frame... I will however give you Siren which was BA for sure.


Justp94 (on 13 June 2011)

Zombie Apocalypse???? :O????


Beuli2 (on 13 June 2011)

No love for Silent Hill or Fatal Frame or Siren?


non-gravity (on 13 June 2011)

I've been playing Dead Nations all day with my brother and I really think it's a great game


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sepoer (on 15 June 2011)

After I read this, I just remember how scary re1 GC was... I'm not brave enough to playing this game again...