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What Games to Play this Halloween: Zombie Edition

Posted on October 12, 2012 AT 08:24am

With the Halloween season upon us, it’s customary to celebrate by playing some scary games.  While there are several options out there, a theme that I have been adhering to this year in particular is zombies.  The living dead are one of my favorite horror staples and you’d be surprised by the variety of satisfying corpse-walking options that exist out there.  In that light, let me take a second to recommend a few of my personal favorite zombie games to satiate your Halloween gameplay this year.

Resident Evil 2 -

There is quite a bit of contention as to the best game in the Resident Evil series, but Resident Evil 2 will always hold a special place in my delicious brains.  Focusing on resource-management, puzzle-solving and moody atmospheres, Resident Evil 2 is an amazing game.  In true zombie fashion, it’s never one undead corpse that will be the end of you in this game.  Being overrun by the living dead is the main thing that will get you.  The controls are a bit dated and the story is lovably campy, but it’s still quite a bit of fun to romp through the Raccoon City police station finding keys and capping some zombies.  This is one the games that really defined the survival horror genre and I play it all the way through at least once a year since I first played it on the PSOne

Dead Rising -

As I mentioned previously, zombies are all about numbers.  This is something that Capcom knew well when they released Dead Rising, because the world is slam full of those buggers.  Going through the mall and rescuing survivors is a major component of this game, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as running around and smashing undead faces in with a baseball bat or running them over with a car.  The camera aspect of the game also adds a fun twist to the game that makes it pretty unique.  One of the more weird titles in the zombie game category, this is one worth checking out.

The Walking Dead -

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to check out Telltale’s latest adventure game, The Walking Dead, you are truly doing yourself a disservice.  Often times, the situations brought about by the unraveling of a group of survivors is more dangerous than the zombies themselves.  This game takes this concept and weaves it into an outstandingly done offshoot of the main Walking Dead story.  It plays a bit like a combination of Monkey Island and Heavy Rain and forces you to make life and death decisions in a matter of seconds.  You know it’s truly successful when you occasionally forget the walkers are even there and have one of those “oh yeah, I forgot about you” moments when one pops out and starts chomping on someone.  Possibly one of the best zombie games ever made, this title is one you need to play.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem -

While arguably not specifically a zombie game, any chance to recommend Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem I will take.  While there are walking corpses in this game, the true spotlight goes to the sanity features of the game.  As you look into the eyes of the various undead enemies, you slowly lose your sanity until you are raving mad.  The game focuses around one of four evil gods trying to take over the world and each has their own set of zombies with their own strengths and weaknesses.  While this game is a bit more on the supernatural side of zombie lore, it’s definitely worth your time to check out this Gamecube title.

Left 4 Dead -

I’ve never been a huge fan of zombies that can run.  If one can just run you down and take you out then it diminishes the scariness of having an army of them slowly lurching towards you.  If you’re making a first-person-shooter however, I can see the necessity of making them a bit more capable so it’s fair.  You needn’t look any further for a quality FPS zombie title than the Left 4 Dead series.  Going head-first into the zombie apocalypse with three friends is an awesome experience.  The teamwork aspect of the game is what really tugs at my zombie fan heartstrings, because that’s really what surviving that situation is all about and no other series does it quite as well.

These are but a few of the many zombie-related games out there.  Often seen as a bit overplayed, there are many other undead-featured titles out there.  Don’t overlook them just because they’re zombie games, zombies have feelings too you know!  Or, well, they did.

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