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Tim Horton

Zombies truly are a gamer's best friend. Blood, guts and walking corpses have become a staple part of our diets. Mutilation of the undead is a rite of passage for a gamer, it spans the generations. I still remember bobbing and weaving with my friends in the arcades playing the original House of the Dead.

Whether you like to sneak about, craft or go in all guns blazing, there is definitely a zombie game out there for you to play right now. I mean, c'mon, what better way to fritter away the hours than by chopping and stomping your way through a bumbling crowd of dim-witted zombies?

8. 'Dead Island' series

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Released: 2011

Dead Island is one of the best all rounder zombie horrors out there. It is a little rough around the edges now but still a stellar zombie romp. It is really an RPG, at heart, which allows for a far richer, longer gaming experience. Craft and upgrade your weapons to progress through the game with epic zombie mashing gore.

Dead Island 2 is currently in production and is looking insanely cool. If you're looking to jump back into the deep, Dead Island/Dead Island Remastered is available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

7. '7 Days To Die'

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Released: 2016

Available right now on current gen machines, 7 Days To Die is something a little different. Welcome to one of the scariest crafting-based video games playable right now. 7 Days to Die takes the Minecraft concept to an all new level, combining the creative freedoms of Notch's phenomenon with the horrific undertones of The Walking Dead.

Craft, fight and survive – this is a great game to sink the hours into. Honestly, if you in any way like crafting, Minecraft or zombies this game is definitely worth trying out. Check out my hands on experience here.

6. 'Left 4 Dead' 1 & 2

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Mac and PC.
  • Released: 2008-2009

Thanks to backward compatibility, the entire series is now available on current gen (Xbox). Left 4 Dead is the ultimate zombie horror, co-op experience; an adrenaline charged shooter that pushes the blood pressure through the roof.

Left 4 Dead 2 in particular is amazing, for those of you that love the Call of Duty: Zombie series and are looking for an alternative – look no further than Left 4 Dead!

5. 'Dead Rising' 1-4

  • Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC
  • Released: 2010 - 2016

Available right now on PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One (Dead Rising 2 on PS3). Specifically Dead Rising 3. The Dead Rising Series is probably the most fun of all of the above in terms of the ridiculous. Again it is a craft based game that allows players to construct thousands of different and interesting weapons. Basically, you can build weapons out of everything and anything you can see in the world.

Bludgeon the undead with dildo guns, teddy bear rockets and even chicken launchers – Dead Rising poses seriously fun gameplay with a great narrative. Worth playing right now, just do it.

4. 'Resident Evil' 1-7

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Released: 1996 - 2016

Available right now, in theory, is the entire Resi Evil collection. However, sticking with the current gen machines, we recommend Resident Evil Zero Remastered and Resident Evil 4. The series in its entirety is pretty special (Resident Evil 2 OMG), but as far as current gen goes the above two are spot on.

I would like to say Resident Evil is the original zombie horror, it’s not, but for me it is – this is where my love of horror gaming really stems from. The eerie atmosphere, the lack of ammo, the monsters and those scary ass, stair climbing, cutscenes!

Play as much Resident Evil as you can - Resi 7 is almost upon us!

3. State of Decay

  • Platforms: Xbox One and PC.
  • Released: 2013

If you are looking for a zombie game that truly captures the desperate tragedy of a zombie apocalypse then Undead Labs, State of Decay is for yo, and available now on PC and Xbox.

This is an open world adventure that focuses more on the dynamics of the situation than the gore. Don’t get me wrong, there are zombies and you will get your face chewed off, but State of Decay is more about the journey.

Keep an eye on your community as individuals can get lost, infected and even suicidal. State of Decay is another game that is worth investing a good few days into. Great fun and challenging to boot.

2. The Walking Dead Telltale series

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Released: 2012 - 2016

Available on current and last gen consoles comes a Telltale Games episodic adaptation of The Walking Dead.

This comprehensive adventure allows for players to forge their own path through the chronicles of The Walking Dead. Shot in a beautifully unique way, the whole game is terrifyingly picturesque, both alluring and terrifying.

Play through the series assuming the role of many of the series' most famous characters. Telltale Games nailed the formula with The Walking Dead series, and is definitely worth a play through – even if you are not fan or are unaware of the narrative behind The Walking Dead.

1. Dying Light

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Released: 2015

Available right now across all current gen machines, Dying Light is by far the best first person zombie experience available to play right now.

This first person survival horror takes the open world aspect of zombie horror and parkours the sh** out of it. Famed for its dynamic range of interactive characters, the fluidity of movement and the sheer scale of apocalypse, Dying Light is pretty incredible.

In a way, it shares similarities to Dead Island (it is kind of like its predecessor anyway), in that it is essentially a progression based RPG, as in you can upgrade weapons, skills and perks as you progress through the game. With each progression your ability to manipulate the environment and your enemies becomes ever greater.

With more zombies, monsters and weapons than all of the above games put together, Dying Light nails the number one slot. This is a great game with a great narrative to boot – just try not to go out at night!

What is your favorite zombie game ever?


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