Never has the zombie subgenre been so popular. The shambling hordes of the hungry undead have managed to grab and claw their way into every facet of entertainment, from books to movies, comics to TV, and everything in between. At this point, any gamer worth their salt is more than a little familiar with these mindless creatures and knows exactly how to survive when the zombie apocalypse inevitably happens. These skills didn't just come to us overnight, they were introduced to us through video games and honed by countless hours of gaming. Here are the ten zombie games that we should thank for teaching us the art of the headshot.
There's been a myriad of top-down zombie shooters, including Burn Zombie Burn!, Zombie Apocalypse, and All Zombies Must Die! The only problem is that, for the most part, none of them have been very good. That's why Dead Nation was such a breath of fresh air, because it was scary and gorgeous, with a fantastic co-op and a clever meta-game that pitted entire countries against each other.
Yes, Minecraft isn't really a zombie game, but it is an incredible game that has a lot of zombies in it. Most people look at Minecraft and see a game about creation. I look at the game and see a survival horror game that gives you a pick-axe before violently shoving you into a terrifying world that's brimming with creatures that would very much like to eat you alive.
As a series, Dead Rising is not without its flaws. If you can overlook the forgettable story, annoying characters, and frustrating time limits, a lot of fun can be had in this quirky world. No other zombie game gave you as many ways to take out the waves of zombies that are thrown at you, including football bombs, electric wheelchairs, chainsaw motorbikes, and so much more. Dead Rising 2 did what all sequels should do: It built on what its predecessor did well and fixed many of its flaws. The main characters were more likable, the story was a bit more interesting, and your arsenal of weapons and combos was greatly expanded.