Fav Zombie game?
Resident Evil
23% (14)
23% (14)
Dead Rising
14.8% (9)
14.8% (9)
Left 4 Dead
24.6% (15)
24.6% (15)
Other
37.7% (23)
37.7% (23)
Want to vote? Register now or Sign Up with Facebook
Poll: Best Zombie game ever, no matter the genre?

 Pages 1 2 NEXT
 

Despite Zombie oversaturation in Games, you can't deny some gems have come from the genre? So I just felt like making poll of what you guys think is the best Zombie game ever despite the genre it covers and my list of games include 5 of imo the biggest ones yet:

Resident Evil games that have zombies, especially prior to Resident Evil 4.
Call of Duty Zombies.
Left 4 Dead
DayZ
Dead Rising

And whatever else you suggest.

Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel without a Pulse.

Case closed. 50s Visions of Tomorrow world, with a Zombie in a suit eating Grease extras, raygun holding jetpack men, and hillbillies with chainsaws.

When it comes to zombie games, they are usually in two categories; Horror and action.

Both types of zombie game genre had its fair share of good and bad games, but I will both for a zombie game that started the whole thing;

Resident Evil.

Almost all of resident evil games prior to 4 are atmospheric, and with lots of jumpscares.

I voted for Dead Rising, specifically, Dead Rising 3 (I've not played the latest.) I just enjoyed the relaxed restrictions from the previous iterations. They focused less on crippling time constraints and just allowed you to have mindless fun killing hordes of mindless zombies which is all zombies are really good for, imho; the idea of zombies is ridiculous and I feel it's best served on an equally ridiculous platter, e.g.: I recall running through the streets in a banana hammock and a top hat using the cobbled-together equivalent of Contra's Spread Gun to build up a +1,100 kill combo. THAT was fun.

Honorable mention to Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide. Despite it [apparently] not living up to its infamously misleading trailer, I really enjoyed it, especially the co-op and Borderlands-esque weapon system. A buddy and myself 100% both of them over the course of a week, and the killin' and collectin' never seemed to get old.

Typing of the Dead and Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead.
The only two zombie games I've ever played really.

TotD is a classic, though the genre itself has gone out of style.
Very educational and good for learning English while having fun.

Cataclysm DDA is an ASCII (tiles available) open source survival horror rogue-like.
The world has experienced a cataclysmic event and turned many creatures into unspeakable things.
The first of those creatures you are likely to meet is a zombie, though not just a regular kind of zombie, but several realistic and different takes on the zombie theme. Including feeling shame and guilt while having to off a kid.
Then butcher it, to prevent it to rise again. You can also cook the tainted meet if you are a cannibal or starving enough to suffer through food poisoning and vomiting. Their bones make good needles or armor or kilns or bone meal.
Their fat can be rendered into tainted tallow to make candles... ..
Remember to wash their filthy clothes before using them, or risk infection and disease!
There are a lot of possible ways to play the game (and survive?) already implemented, but modding makes the options a whole lot juicier!

Give a try to Organ Trail. It's a spoof of Oregon Trail, but instead of being about 19th-century pioneers, it's about surviving the zombie apocalypse.

I never expected to see all these obscure Zombie games here at all.

Nothing beats the left 4 dead games. Not only some of the best zombie games but hands down the best co op design I've ever experienced

ReMake would be under that.

Samtemdo8:
I never expected to see all these obscure Zombie games here at all.

Errr, Resident Evil Remake is obviously the answer. How is this even a question? ;)

I don't care what anyone says. First season of TTs TWD belongs on that list.

I voted for L4D though. Because just picking "Resident Evil" is like picking "a sandwich".

State of decay and/or (telltale's) walking dead. That is legitimate, cold, hard, objective, scientific evidence-based facts collected and studied by the expertiest professionals leading the academic research in their highly respected areas of critical game sciences

Dunno if the original Dead Space counts as a Zombie game or not.

If yes, then that.

If not, Dead Rising. (which takes the genre in the exact opposite direction)

dscross:
Errr, Resident Evil Remake is obviously the answer. How is this even a question? ;)

Cuz there's a question mark at the end of it. =D

MrCalavera:
I don't care what anyone says. First season of TTs TWD belongs on that list.

Beat me to it. Albeit, I haven't played many zombie games, but surely that one is up there.

The game I probably had the most fun with was the DayZ mod in 2011-2012. It truly was a phenomenon and a great social experiment, I have so many stories about memorable experiences, even if they seem insignificant to others, it was amazing. A shame it turned out like it did.

BabyfartsMcgeezaks:
A shame it turned out like it did.

Can you elaborate on that one? I don't play it myself because I hate it (swedish fuckers took muh shoeses and left me to bleed), but what went bad about it later?

jademunky:

BabyfartsMcgeezaks:
A shame it turned out like it did.

Can you elaborate on that one? I don't play it myself because I hate it (swedish fuckers took muh shoeses and left me to bleed), but what went bad about it later?

Well, the game had to go somewhere and somewhere it went, somewhere bad. I bought the DayZ Standalone on steam as soon as it became available in 2013 but it ultimately left me very disappointed, it was barely any different from the mod, I actually think it almost had more bugs/glitches. They even removed zombies from the game for a long time because of how broken they were, not to mention that the game ran like absolute crap for like 3-4 years, now it only runs a little crappy. Oh and the guy who made the mod (Rocket) and the standalone left the development team ~2 years after launch.

It's been over 4 years and it's still in alpha, it's barely any different from launch and they rarely release any updates for it but they have the BALLS to announce the game for consoles. It really seems like they just took advantage of the DayZ hype and then ran with the money, now when the PC market is tapped they're going for consoles next.

/Rant

BabyfartsMcgeezaks:
Well, the game had to go somewhere and somewhere it went, somewhere bad. I bought the DayZ Standalone on steam as soon as it became available in 2013 but it ultimately left me very disappointed, it was barely any different from the mod, I actually think it almost had more bugs/glitches. They even removed zombies from the game for a long time because of how broken they were, not to mention that the game ran like absolute crap for like 3-4 years, now it only runs a little crappy. Oh and the guy who made the mod (Rocket) and the standalone left the development team ~2 years after launch.

It's been over 4 years and it's still in alpha, it's barely any different from launch and they rarely release any updates for it but they have the BALLS to announce the game for consoles. It really seems like they just took advantage of the DayZ hype and then ran with the money, now when the PC market is tapped they're going for consoles next.

/Rant

I see, I had no idea that it was still in alpha or that it was mostly unchanged from what it was years ago.

Yeah that does seem lazy.

It's definitely RE for me, but I grew up playing those. Dead Rising was great but just too frustrating with its shitty save system and time constraints, it put me off playing the later iterations where I guess they may have fixed that?

Left 4 Dead (and even Killing Floor) are some of my favorite games ever, but I just think the L4D zombies are too fast to even consider it a zombie game as such. It's certainly one of the best coop games out there and the formula works so damn well, but I wouldn't put it at the top of the list of a zombie genre, more like a horde game if anything.

7 Days to Die. Although Left 4 Dead and Dead Island definitely deserve an honorable mention.

Death Road to Canada. It's a fun action roguelike, focused on short runs. You need to make the trip through zombie infested USA to the safety of Canada. It's pretty fun to play, and absolutely hilarious!

Vendor-Lazarus:
Typing of the Dead

No wait, this! Can't beat massacring the zombie hordes with keyboards and fantastic Engrish.

jademunky:
Dunno if the original Dead Space counts as a Zombie game or not.

If yes, then that.

If not, Dead Rising. (which takes the genre in the exact opposite direction)

Actually, although they're called necromorphs and not zombies, they share quite a few similarities, instead of "shoot them in the head" you see "cut off their limbs" scrawled in blood on the walls. They also don't move that quickly in general, except for the certain mutations, which is just what Resident Evil has been doing. And there are certain forms which infect each other, although it's more of a possession than an infection, I dunno never really quite understood how the Marker worked.

But yeah, DS (DS1, at least) certainly plays more like a zombie game survival horror than a lot of zombie games.

Silentpony:

Samtemdo8:
I never expected to see all these obscure Zombie games here at all.

Am I out of touch?

You guys are into these early access indie games and I still prefer to stay in my AAA corner because I just think most indie games as inferior by going backwards.

Why is a game like Death Road to Canada superior to Dead Rising? How is it not seen as backwards? If you want to play Retro Games, play actual retro games, games that have better sprite artwork than these "sprite" based indie games try to emulate (and fails)

Samtemdo8:

Silentpony:

Samtemdo8:
I never expected to see all these obscure Zombie games here at all.

-snipped Yoda-

Am I out of touch?

You guys are into these early access indie games and I still prefer to stay in my AAA corner because I just think most indie games as inferior by going backwards.

Why is a game like Death Road to Canada superior to Dead Rising? How is it not seen as backwards? If you want to play Retro Games, play actual retro games, games that have better sprite artwork than these "sprite" based indie games try to emulate (and fails)

Wouldn't that depend on whether you judge a game solely by its graphics, or by its gameplay, mechanics and options/possibilities/modding?

Some people are very sick of the generic mold of AAA with their lowest common denominator play-style and emphasis on flashy/realistic graphics only out to make a buck.
Don't care much for all the extras embedded with AAA games either. Like microtransactions and what have you.

Conker's Bad Fur Day- because they only show up for like 2 levels, then it goes back to being a real game

Samtemdo8:

Silentpony:

Samtemdo8:
I never expected to see all these obscure Zombie games here at all.

Am I out of touch?

You guys are into these early access indie games and I still prefer to stay in my AAA corner because I just think most indie games as inferior by going backwards.

Why is a game like Death Road to Canada superior to Dead Rising? How is it not seen as backwards? If you want to play Retro Games, play actual retro games, games that have better sprite artwork than these "sprite" based indie games try to emulate (and fails)

To be fair Stubbs was released on Xbox and PS2 back in the day. Its basically Retro.
And it was AMAZING!!!


It had fun gameplay, and a great soundtrack. Shame the Steam release was bugged and the devs said they would never repair it.

Squilookle:
Conker's Bad Fur Day- because they only show up for like 2 levels, then it goes back to being a real game

I love you. Conker's Bad Fur Day is my favorite game of all time!

JohnnyDelRay:
It's definitely RE for me, but I grew up playing those. Dead Rising was great but just too frustrating with its shitty save system and time constraints, it put me off playing the later iterations where I guess they may have fixed that?

They fixed it alright. Timer's pretty much non-existant in 3, and gone in 4. Coincidentally, both of those games are steaming piles of dogshit. Funny that. Poorly designes, bland, open world, zombie bashathon, with focus on 'wacky' humor. It's the perfect game if you hated Dead Rising, and like shallow garbage with the copout "uh, me jus hav fuhn".

I'm not even the stan for the timer, but fuck, they designed the entire game around the mechanic. Every little thing in 1 was made with that in mind. Mechanics, items and weapons, enemy placement and density. Really well designed game. But when you fucking neuter that, what is the goal your are thriving for when you put shit in the game. 3&4 shows, nothing. Hyuklols, at best. Then people wonder why 3&4 are such poorly designed souless crap.

Xprimentyl:
I voted for Dead Rising, specifically, Dead Rising 3 (I?ve not played the latest.) I just enjoyed the relaxed restrictions from the previous iterations. They focused less on crippling time constraints and just allowed you to have mindless fun killing hordes of mindless zombies which is all zombies are really good for, imho; the idea of zombies is ridiculous and I feel it?s best served on an equally ridiculous platter, e.g.: I recall running through the streets in a banana hammock and a top hat using the cobbled-together equivalent of Contra?s Spread Gun to build up a +1,100 kill combo. THAT was fun.

I take coy satisfaction in the fact that DR4 pandered 100% to you and people like you and you didn't even buy it. Thank you for contributing to it being a massive sales failure and the worst selling mainline DR game. Thus ensuring that the next Dead Rising game wont be a festering pile of shit like 3&4, or if it will, it will do even worse.

Turns out, ruining Dead Rising for your petty whims was a great way to kill the franchise.

Woah woah woah, no love for "Zombies Ate My Neighbors?"

Silentpony:
Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel without a Pulse.

Case closed. 50s Visions of Tomorrow world, with a Zombie in a suit eating Grease extras, raygun holding jetpack men, and hillbillies with chainsaws.

Fuck. Yes.

Also DayZ is NOT a zombie game, its a PVP ArmA mod with perpetually drunk soccer hooligans trying to kill you.

I had to go with other. Frankly the House of the Dead Overkill typing game is better than any of the other listed games. Of those listed Resident Evil would be the best. Zombies are only a challenge if (like in the early RE games) it is an actual survival/horror atmosphere and ammo is scarce. Without challenge zombie "games" are just "can you click on this/are you awake?" simulators. In more recent years (and in retro) the best zombie games were subversions/parody (like the great Stubbs the Zombie) or choice/adventure games like Telltale's The Walking Dead. Shooters with zombies are frankly boring.

Ender910:
7 Days to Die. Although Left 4 Dead and Dead Island definitely deserve an honorable mention.

Seconded, 7. It's been a lot of fun for me and a few friends for a couple of years now- not the greatest game, but certainly entertaining.

State of Decay is perhaps my true favorite zombie game out of the many out there, but from your list, I chose Dead Rising. Love the tone, love the time limit, love the variety, just a whole lot to love.

[b]Use several hours of your spare time to acquire extra $1000 on your paypal account each week... Get more details on following site>>>

.......... http://Help80.com

ZombieProof:
Nothing beats the left 4 dead games. Not only some of the best zombie games but hands down the best co op design I've ever experienced

Pretty much where I'm at on this. The Left 4 Dead series is just brilliant all-around, and has possibly one of my favorite zombie mythos. It's (vaguely) plausible[1], features a zombie 'plague' that's actually menacing[2], and does what most other zombie tales don't do. Most go full tilt into either dark, atmospheric horror, or camp-ridden action-comedy. L4D tends find a beautiful balance of both.

Plus, it's got Coach. A true god among men.

ReMake would be under that.

Agreed, though I would put the first two Dead Space games at about the same level.

[1] Special infected aside... <.<
[2] And not of the idiotic 'don't let them bite you!' kind, as seen in things like TWD.

 Pages 1 2 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here