Top Zombie Games for the PC

Zombie DLCs and bundles for beloved series and more

Zombie-themed video games have taken up a permanent place in popularity, and they have enjoyed a reciprocal success alongside other zombie-themed entertainment, like the hit TV series and graphic novel "The Walking Dead," and books such as "The Passage." With so many games—many of them high-quality and very popular—its worth taking a look at this game genre subset by itself.

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Dead Rising 4

What We Like

  • Large map with many enemies and weapons.

  • Fun touches of humor.

What We Don't Like

  • No co-op campaign.

  • Lacks psychopaths of earlier versions.

  • Release Date: Dec. 6, 2016
  • Genre: Action, beat 'em up
  • Theme: Zombie survival horror
  • Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
  • Game Series: "Dead Rising"

"Dead Rising 4" is the zombie-survival horror-themed fourth game in the series. In this one, Frank West returns (though with a bit of a makeover from the last time we saw him—back when he "covered wars, y'know"), and the series returns to the tone of the games before "Dead Rising 3" took the series into a moodier, more serious place. Set in the town of Willamette, Colorado, players are called on by one of his students, Vicky Chu, to help investigate a military compound where the first zombie outbreak occurred. Frank ends up on the run, trying to clear his name while fighting a dark organization called Obscuris, zombies, and worse.

"Dead Rising 4" has a campy tone compared to its predecessor, and has received somewhat more positive reviews from gamers and critics than "Dead Rising 3," which was released in 2013. The original "Dead Rising" was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 console but has since been released on the PC through Steam.

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Survivalist

Survivalist screenshot
© Bob the Game Development Bot

What We Like

  • Winnable play without the need for micro-transactions.

  • Good character development.

What We Don't Like

  • No multiplayer mode.

  • Learning how to shoot the guns can be difficult.

  • Release Date: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Genre: RPG
  • Theme: Zombie apocalypse
  • Game Modes: Single player

"Survivalist" is a top down/isometric role playing game that puts players in control of former hedge fund manager Joe Wheeler, who has survived a year inside his safe bunker after a virus spread through the population, turning most into zombies. Upon exiting the bunker in search of food, players walk into a huge, open world where the primary goal is to find others like yourself and help build a new community in a wasteland littered with zombies. "Survivalist" features all the classic RPG elements, with character creation, skill points and abilities, and interaction with non-player characters.

"Survivalist" is a single-player only game with an objective-based story campaign set in an open world where characters have some freedom of choice. The game was created by indie developer Bob the Game Development Bot and is available for an inexpensive $4.99 on Steam.

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H1Z1

H1Z1 Screenshot
© Daybreak Game Company

What We Like

  • More cooperative than competitive.

  • Fast pace.

What We Don't Like

  • Lackluster graphics.

  • Distracting pop-up conversations.

  • Release Date: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Genre: MMO, third person
  • Theme: Zombie apocalypse
  • Game Modes: Multiplayer

"H1Z1" is an open-world, sandbox-style, massively multiplayer game set in the U.S. after a zombie apocalypse. The game is played in the third-person perspective and focuses on players cooperating with one another rather than fighting each other. Players, through teamwork with others, build shelters, and collect and trade resources all in the hope of fighting off an onslaught of zombies. The game does not contain player-vs.-player fighting found in many other multiplayer shooter games.

"H1Z1" was released in January 2015 through Steam's early-access program. It has received mixed reviews, with most negative comments directed toward technical issues and the game's limited features and size.

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Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light
© Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

What We Like

  • Dune buggies.

  • Intriguing plot with lots of room, vehicles, weapons, and capabilities.

What We Don't Like

  • Skills take a long time to develop.

  • Best for those who’ve mastered "Dying Light."

  • Release Date: Feb. 8, 2016
  • Genre: Action, first-person shooter/driver
  • Theme: Zombie survival horror
  • Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

"Dying Light" is a first-person survival horror game in an urban setting that has been overrun by a mysterious epidemic that has turned people into zombies. "Dying Light: The Following" is a DLC that takes the game experience out of the city and into the open and adds a new aspect to the battle against the undead: vehicles. Now, instead of leaping over urban detritus, you careen down country roads and across fields full of zombies to run over. This offers a satisfying change to the game style of "Dying Light," but it's not all flat road running; there are plenty of ramps and finessed landings to enjoy, plus out-of-the-car combat as well.

The original "Dying Light" is broken into two main phases: The daytime, in which the players are the hunters, looking for weapons and supplies; nighttime, when the infected awake and the players use supplies and weapons to make it through the night. They're armed with melee weapons, firearms, and handcrafted weapons. The game features RPG elements, which allow you to develop your character to your playing style.

There is an online multiplayer cooperative mode in which players can play through the game's campaign storyline with up to four players online. This also features two challenge modes: one in which players must kill as many zombies as possible, and another that is a survival/race to an airdrop location on the map.

If you don't have the original "Dying Light," Steam offers an Enhanced bundle that includes it, "The Following" DLC, as well as additional content.