A list of the best zombie games is not a very good list without a mention of the series that made the subgenre popular in the first place. Resident Evil has been around for going on two decades now, and if it's shown us anything over the years, it's that the series is not afraid of reinventing itself. RE4 was a reboot and the upcoming sixth installment plans to reinvigorate the franchise again this October.
I don't think I'll ever be as excited for a game as I was for Left 4 Dead back in 2008. The makers of Half-Life—one of the best series of all time—were creating a game in my favorite genre. I was ecstatic. It was magic, almost as if the gaming gods had decided to answer my prayers and give me the perfect zombie game. Then it came out and managed to blow all our minds with its highly refined gameplay, addictive multiplayer, and the innovative A.I. Director that kept the experience fresh no matter how many times you played it.
This was a tough one, because the original Dead Space was an incredible game and surpassed all my expectations. With Dead Space 2, many fans were worried it would be more action and less horror—a feeling mirrored by Resident Evil fans since the fourth game—but then it released and proved to many of us that a blend of action and horror was indeed possible. The Necromorphs aren't your traditional zombies, but that only makes them even more terrifying.
Resident Evil earns itself two spots on this list because while RE4 successfully evolved the franchise to cater to a wider audience without losing what made the series popular in the first place, the original Resident Evil is the game that started it all. It coined the term "survival horror" and helped pave the way for other horror games.
Date: June 22, 2012
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