27 August 2015

In this day and age, it's hard to find any zombie games with unique or original aspects to them. For this reason, we've compiled a list of the top 5 zombie games that you should try to get your fix of slaughtering the undead! Rev up your chainsaws, and grab your medkits, because here are my picks for the best five zombie games I've played!

 I gave this one the number five spot for a reason most of you PC gamers will be familiar with -- the shutdown of Games for Windows Live has essentially bricked Dead Rising 2 and it's DLC. Either way, it's still nice to blow through hoardes of zombies easily with whatever Frank pieces together from his surroundings and decides is a worthy weapon. This game has a special place in my heart for the ability to wear some...less than serious clothing.

 DayZ is a classic, first as a mod for Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead: and later as a standalone title, this is the most immersive and realistic zombie survival game on the market to date. Despite this, the most dangerous thing in DayZ is still other people, as players fight over loot. Pack plenty of bandages and ammo! Whether you're roaming through the small towns or enjoying the scenery of a city, DayZ has a lot to offer you. For the best experience, grab a couple of friends, hop on a server and mow down the unliving at your leisure.

 If I had one criticism about DayZ, it would be that casual gamers may find it to be difficult and/or frustrating, but if you can invest many hours into it it's definitely worth playing.

 Fans of the (now relatively old) classic shooter Killing Floor are definitely rejoicing at the fact that Killing Floor 2 is now Early Access. Sure, it has quite a long way to go as far as content is concerned, but the formula is there. It has the same perk system that made Killing Floor a game that could be enjoyed no matter your play style, shooting is still plenty of fun, and the graphics and gameplay have been updated to modern standards. The reason this game only got the number three slot is that it's Early Access so it's currently unpredictable just how good it will be, but if the first Killing Floor as well as the Early Access version of KF2 are any indication, it's a game worth picking up. 

Splattering brains all over the place is still a load of fun and the multiplayer action is still hours of fun, I can't wait to see the finished product.

 Where should I start with this one. Well, if the idea of a machete that shoots high voltage electricity into your foes, while also leaving them a messy pile of bits on a beach in the Pacific Southwest sounds like your idea of a vacation, consider picking up Dead Island. Visit tropical Banoi, an island located in Papau New Guinea, where hell itself has been unleashed upon the residents by a mutated variant of Kuru, a disease caused by Cannibalism. The weapon system is one of the best I've seen, with every modification working wonders. The melee sounds are clear, crisp, and leave you feeling powerful. Add that to a colorful cast of characters, multiplayer, and a plethora of side quests to extend gameplay, and it's definitely one of the best zombie games out there. If I had any complaints about Dead Island it'd be that there is very limited use of guns, I didn't mind this as I prefer to slice the infected limb-by-limb, but some players are used to more traditional zombie games with a focus on firearms.

To that end, there are mods for the PC version if you wish to tweak the game to have a bit more gunplay.

 

I'd also recommend it's sequel Riptide, which continues the story where the first game leaves off. 

 You knew this was coming, you knew it, I knew it, your friends knew it, the guy down the street knew it. Left 4 Dead redefined the genre of zombie games entirely, and Left 4 Dead 2 added a new layer of polish onto that formula. Take on hordes of zombies in a number of campaigns and/or survival/versus maps, with friends or alone, and do your best to survive. Left 4 Dead 2 has a large mod community that regularly pumps out new Campaigns and maps for players to enjoy, and it's compatible with the Steam Workshop where you can get many maps, skins for weapons, graphical changes, etc. It's a truly unique experience. Teamwork is critical.

 I wouldn't recommend playing with random people on Left 4 Dead 2 as it has a notoriously bad-spirited community, however it's definitely worth getting together with friends, or sitting by yourself, and taking on hundreds upon hundreds of infected as you blast your way through with pipe bombs, shotguns, molotovs, LMGs, and more.

Riddle the dead with bullet holes and survive at any cost.

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