Gaming: Top 4 zombie video games you really should be playing! I’m personally an avid X-Boxer, but I also have a PS2, Gameboy Color, SNES, etc. I live and breathe video games. At ten years old, my mom had to literally yell at me at 5 AM in the morning for playing video games all night on a school night. I was dead tired the next day, but it was totally worth it! Now as an adult, I try to vary my genres and interests. Some include: Mario (what I always played.), to Kingdom Hearts, to Call of Duty, and even some more independent games. Variety is key.
#1. World War Z. Which is kind of a dirty lie. As of right now, all I’ve been playing is World War Z. The thing about WWZ, is that it has tons of bugs where the zombies just sort of crawl on top of each other, but they aren’t really there. In fact, it has nothing to do with the book or movie. Sometimes you’ll jump over a fence, and end up upside down–the equivalent of being in an actual Stranger Things episode. And sometimes, the people are less than friendly. There’s unfortunately no way to stop friendly fire, and players often become absolute dicks by killing your character to get your points, or just troll you.
I’m picky when it comes to games. If I hear a twelve year old–I’m out. There’s no room in my gaming patience for little kids or yelling moms. I need to play with other adults. Period. There’s really no campaign for the game, other than bits and pieces of different storylines involving different countries, plots and characters. Once you’re done with those–you’re left with something similar to CoD where you shoot at each other and zombies, buying a rarely new DLC, or my favorite–horde mode. Among all of its disadvantages, you could spend hours playing.
For the most part, I’ve made some good friends, and we often pull each other into random games, usually at higher rounds to help each other out. I’ll admit it, I’m hooked on this game. And despite the trolls, you can always find a helpful person. First of all, there’s this cool new feature where a character can have a drone follow them. Yes, I said what I said. A drone. There’s different customization settings for weapons. All the way to a machete, to a lime green shotgun. You can also pick different perks and skill sets as you move up the skills ladder. Personally? I’ve always been the drone. It’s helpful, and can almost always save your life. You have the ability to use smoke bombs which render you invisible to zombies, silencers and even bright blue mines. The possibilities are endless. But beware, you have to protect a gigantic airfield barrier, or you lose.
#2. Zombi This one is pretty interesting as far as video games without a lot of hype. It’s gone under ZombiU, and most recently–Zombi. It takes place in London, England. You fight everything from the undead Queen’s royal guards, to undead civilians and military units. The storyline is pretty neat. You start out as a random survivor, and eventually meet a guy who is what you call a Prepper. He sets you up with some cool gadgets in a hiking backpack (a pack), and sends you out on missions. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, and the atmosphere is definitely dangerous. There’s rarely jump scares, and though I’m immune to most of those–a few did get me.
You can also check out Buckingham Palace near the end, along with twisty underground mazes, and old armories. It was fairly easy to beat, if you have enough hours to just sit and play. But it does have its challenges. I’m the type who likes to barrel full force into things, so when my character had to sneak–I was heavily challenged.
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#3. State of Decay 2. What I like about the second one in particular, is there’s more character variety, and you even get to start out with specific skills if you want to. Gone are the days where if you dig into your supply locker you have to pay for the items with influence (similar to money), and you can just gather what you wish for free. There are a lot more challenges as well, such as something called the Blood Plague. Essentially, the zombies are more aggressive (based on what you pick for a difficulty level), but the Blood Plague are the worst. You get bitten by them, you’re infected–not by the standard zombie bite.
They’re literally dripping red, with red eyes, and the only way to not succumb to the virus–is to pick up samples from recently killed ones to make into an antivirus. You have a variety of missions and quests, and you’re timed! The enclaves you help get pretty irate and impatient if you don’t help them in time. But really, is that our problem? You also can go to different locations and search for items, as well as go to a guy who looks like the KFC Sanders’ brother to get bounties.
There are new bases to claim, my favorite being the baseball field, as well as you can recruit survivors you see out in the world. Always be prepared by having a carpenter, a surgeon, and a gardener. You never know when you’ll find someone that can help you get through this horrible world.
4. Resident Evil. If you thought I was going to make a zombie list without this title, then you’re dead wrong. This has long since been my favorite franchise, and it continues to be as such. With the newest Resident Evil 3: Nemesis release, you can play as the awesome heroine Jill Valentine. Carlos Olivera is much more likable, and Nemesis can barge into safe rooms. Depending on your difficulty level, the first aid sprays and herbs are more rare to find, and the story can become more complex.
There’s a few easter eggs in here if you check the posters on the subway walls, as well as old fan favorites. Nemesis is a little different in this, and while the majority of it stays true to the original 90’s favorite, there are a few big changes. If you can handle tedious puzzle games, running around like a crazy person to find keys and items to get into doors, and avoiding Nemmy like the plague, this series is for you.
Some honorable mentions: Dying Light, Nazi Zombies (yup.), Dead Rising 4, Dead Island and Left 4 Dead.
What are your favorite horror or zombie video games? Let us know in the comments section.