Gaming's most energetic zombies

Are we the only ones who miss the days of listless, slow shuffling zombie hordes? Now a days, it seems like every Johnny Skull Muncher has been training for a decathlon. Honestly, we blame all that research that's clearly gone into zombie hamstring-strengthening over the last decade. So in honour of every speedy member of the undead who's ever sprinted at us to scoff the contents of our craniums, here are the most energetic zombies ever.


Getting their undead sprint on in: House of the Dead II

Bravely blazing a trail for undead flannel shirts since 1998, old Johnny boy will probably be better remembered for his habit of rushing at government agents with bloody axes. He's an absolute bugger to shoot, too. His frightening speed coupled with the fact he really likes to throw said axes at folks' faces makes him a deadly, if fashion conscious, member of the zombie union.

Crimson Heads

Getting their undead sprint on in: Resident Evil remake

Man, we really miss the original Resi's shuffling brain-biters. Compared to the GameCube remake's Usain Bolt-esque dastards, they're loveable (slightly bitey) tikes. Sadly, that all changed when the Crimson Heads bust onto the scene. Or, more accurately, bust through a door at lightning speed, before trying to claw Jill Valentine's face off. Not only are these special brand of rotting evil doers fast, they're also relentless. And they remain one of the few enemies outside of Resi 3's Nemesis that can follow you into new areas.

Fast Zombies

Getting their undead sprint on in: Half-Life 2

The Combine, we can deal with. Headcrabs? Hey, no sweat. But these athletic a-holes are truly the most terrifying abomination to be found in Half-Life 2's spooky Ravenholm area. Coming over like a cross between a zombified cheetah and an overly ripe howler monkey, they can jump tens of feet in the air and are a huge pain to try and murderise. Thankfully, that's why God or... eh, Black Mesa, created a little thing called the Gravity Gun.


Getting their undead sprint on in: Timesplitters: Future Perfect

Monkeys are essentially the best thing in history. The only thing more full of awesome sauce? A zombie monkey that can fire an arrange of automatic weaponry. Obviously. Unlocked by completing specific challenges in Future Perfect, this deceased banana bandit is mega fast, making him stupidly hard to pump full of lead justice. Like a tactically astute worm, he can also survive without his head. Officially making him harder to kill than the Terminator, head lice and King Kong combined.


  • eee - April 16, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    lol I,m going to eat your brains and steal your wallet
  • eee - April 16, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    lol I'm going to eat your brains and steal your wallet
  • Mexiflan - April 13, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    I'm not sure if it counts,but the double-chainsaw doctor salvador in Resi 4 is fast,and scary as hell.
  • oryandymackie - April 12, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    I agree with CH3BURASHKA, too.
  • oryandymackie - April 12, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    The Slayers from The Suffering were a fairly energetic race of zombie. Knife dives, and that eerie scraping sound as they stalked you from the darkness...
  • dannage805 - April 11, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    lol i just played through ravenholm in HL2 2 get the achivement 4 usin only the gravity gun. best way 2 survive the last onslaught of fast zombies? running around in a circle, apparently
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 10, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    The first time I encountered the 'fast zombie' in HL2 I nearly shat my pants. It's just so sudden and scary...
  • philipshaw - April 10, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    I knew Plants vs. Zombies would get a mention
  • RebornKusabi - April 9, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    Since Charlie Barratt isn't here, I also nominate the Midwife from System Shock 2 (from the people who made BioShock 1). She openly taunts you and has one of the creepiest introductions in that game. This isn't her introduction but here she is... be sure listen with headphones for full effect:
  • Martino - April 9, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    Wheres Time Splitters 4!!!!!
  • Conman93 - April 9, 2010 5:48 p.m.

    Those crimson heads scared the hell out of me. I wish I could play L4D. It looks brilliant
  • cj12297 - April 9, 2010 5:33 p.m.

    what about that zombie in the opening video of nazi zombies. you know the one that sprints towards you
  • Kenzo - April 9, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    "I'm going to eat your brain then steal your wallet." lol, classic reCAPTCHA:what aroma? i swear it wasn't me
  • darkvare - April 9, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    i never understood fast zombies how can a roting corpse be so fast?
  • saamimatloob - April 9, 2010 1:23 p.m.

    lmao @ pole vaulting zombies and pansy flowers great list
  • Fefnirzero - April 9, 2010 1:03 p.m.

    Well written feature, and the inclusion of Dead Head Fred is awesome. Crimson Heads and the Necromorphs are a damn bitch... thank the Gods of Olympus that we got some fire to burn them to ash.
  • wickedwill19 - April 9, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    Ha cool feature but you left out nemesis from Resi 3, he was proper fast...Even though he's a BOW not a zombie...Still....he's like a zombie....ish.

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