Being in an actual zombie apocalypse has got to be one of the most horrifying experiences imaginable - but it's probably the world-ending event that just about every gamer is completely prepared for. Why? Well, we've had plenty of practice putting bullets between the eyes of the undead, scavenging for supplies, and living off of limited resources thanks to some awesome zombie-centric games.
Maybe you're the type that like to prepare for the worst, and needs to bone up on gaming's most insane undead survival situations. Or, maybe you just want to play some really awesome zombie games. Whatever the case, we've got our absolute favorites ranked for your enjoyment, right here. Whether you want to mow down rotting walkers or terrifying infected, these games have all the undead gore you could ever wish for.
11. Dead Island
Despite its rough edges, it's hard to deny that Dead Island does Zombie killing right. The first-person adventure takes you through a tropical paradise filled with shambling corpses, each rotting vacationer just waiting to have their heads whacked off with a chainsaw-baseball bat. Yeah, that's right. You can craft your own weapons to create some impressive undead mutilators - you just have to find the right parts to build one.
Deep down, Dead Island is an RPG, so building increasingly powerful weapons as you progress is a big part of the fun. Also, all of your weapons have durability points and will snap in half if you use them too much, so upgrading them is a necessity. As far as zombie battling with melee attacks goes, Dead Island is tough to beat. There's just something about driving a knife into a rotting cranium from a first-person perspective that's immensely satisfying.
10. Dead Rising 4
Back in the day, the sheer number of walking dead shown on-screen in the original Dead Rising blew our minds. But even now, after tech improved and expansive crowds are no longer such a big deal as they used to be, Dead Rising 4 still manages to be one of the best zombie-bashing experiences you can get. It's simply a non-stop meatgrinder packed with inventive, over-the-top weapons crafted from the most unlikely things.
Photojournalist (and protagonist) Frank West is back, and this time there's no 72-hour timer running while you smash zombies into shards using crazy weapons, amongst them a nitrogen-laced machete. Despite the neverending hordes of flesh-eating, dead people standing in his way, and although there aren't the same colourful bosses as there were in the original Dead Rising, the dizzying variety of weapons available will make wading through guts and gore totally worth it.
9. State of Decay
There are about a billion zombie games out there, but it's rare to find one that captures the doom and gloom of the zombie apocalypse like State of Decay does. Undead Labs' open-world survival simulator puts you in control of a group of survivors as they make a home in a world infested with walking corpses.
This isn't just a shooter filled with skull crushing mayhem, you'll need to keep a close eye on your friends if your want to keep them alive. Any of your survivors can leave on a mission and never come back, or go insane and commit suicide, or die from infection. When that happens, they're gone for good; death is permanent. And nothing hits you harder than when your fully-leveled badass decides to off him/herself. Yeah, it gets pretty intense.
8. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
The only reason LucasArts' legendary top-down shooter isn't higher on this list is that its focus is on movie monsters in general. But the shambling undead play a huge part in the gloriously campy chaos that is Zombies Ate My Neighbors, considering they're the first--and most prominent--enemy that Zeke and Julie encounter. Their appearance is classic zombie: clothes tattered, arms outstretched, a vacant, goofy half-smile on their decomposing faces. But when you watch your neighbor get devoured by these rotting corpses, they become downright terrifying.
Sure, these zombies are somehow vulnerable to water; one spritz from a squirtgun is all it takes to make them explode in a spray of bones. Yet, despite their frailty, their brisk pace and unyielding pursuit of anything with a brain is chilling, particularly to a youngster first experiencing the wonders of 16-bit. And that strange, chewing-meets-laughing Grawnaha sound they make is petrifying. See for yourself.
7. Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties has one section called Lara's Nightmare, which makes one of my worst fears a reality. You're alone at home, in the middle of the night. Suddenly, there's a crash. Turning around, two bright blue eyes stare into your soul - and you stare back into its empty eyes, before grabbing the nearest shotgun to tackle the zombie infestation which has just hit the Croft Manor.
Lara's Nightmare sees you defend yourself against hordes of shuffling, blue-eyed zombies who have found their way into Croft Manor, some wearing helmets (making headshots tricky at best), some wearing breastplates they've nicked from your antique armoury. A neat series of challenges to complete keeps running around the corridors interesting, plus it's easy to get backed into a corner, so if you're looking for a claustrophobic zombie fright-fest, Lara's Nightmare is your best bet.
6. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
What if zombies infested the wild, wild West? Well, Undead Nightmare is your answer. The Red Dead Redemption DLC has all of the characteristics that made the main storyline so great, only now almost everything you encounter is a walking bag of rotting flesh. You'll meet up with the same familiar characters from the standard campaign--who will probably be getting chewed on by brain eaters. There are new weapons and quests to find, towns to defend, and mythological horses to tame--plenty to keep you occupied well beyond the 6-hour story campaign.
The Undead Nightmare DLC is just about big enough to be considered its own game. The open-world has been covered with wandering zombies; even the animals are undead. That makes it all the cooler when you tame a zombified horse that's missing its neck meat. The transformed environment brings a completely new feel to the early 1900s open-world. With so much to do, a Western territory to explore, and zombies to blow apart with your brand new blunderbuss, you definitely don't want to miss this expansion.