Top Zombie Games for the PC

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Top Zombie Games for the PC

Top Zombie PC Games
Top Zombie PC Games.

Over the past few years Zombie themed video games have really taken off in popularity and has partially fueled the success of other zombie themed entertainment such as the hit TV series and graphic novels The Walking Dead and books such as The Passage. With this popularity comes more games, my list of the Top Zombie Games for the PC contains 20 great games and should help you filter through the many zombie infused games that are available.

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20. Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army

Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army
Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army. ^#169; Rebellion Developments

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Release Date: Feb 28, 2013
Genre: Action, Third Person Shooter
Theme: Zombies, World War II
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Nazi Zombie Army

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army is a stand alone game built using the same game engine as Sniper Elite V2 which was released in 2012. Nazi Zombie Army was released in early 2013 through Steam. The game play and mechanics are virtually identical to that of the main Sniper Elite V2 that it's code is based on but it contains a new storyline, graphics and game modes. There is both a single player campaign story that is set during the final weeks of World War II as Hitler implements a last ditch effort to save Germany from defeat. His plan is to have the fallen soldiers raised from the dead as zombies and fight against the Allies. However things don't go quite as planned and Germany is overrun by a zombie apocalypse. The campaign can be played in single player mode as well as four player co-cooperatively. The overall premise and flow if the missions is very similar to the Left 4 Dead series where players will try to make their way from one check point to another killing and avoiding hordes of zombies.

Nazi Zombie Army has been quite successful with many favorable fan ratings, enough to spawn not one but two sequels and a remastering. In Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2, players are given a set of objectives that have them finding parts of an artifact that will control zombies. A third sequel, was released in March of 2015 and was released, along with remastered versions of Nazi Zombie Army and Nazi Zombie Army 2, in Zombie Army Trilogy. In addition to the Windows version, Zombie Army Trilogy was also released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.

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19. Survivalist

Survivalist screenshot
Survivalist screenshot. © Bob the Game Development Bot

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 Joe Wheeler, former hedge fund manager who has survived the 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 you and help build a new community amongst the wasteland littered with destruction and zombies. Survivalist features all of 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 developed by indie developer Bob the Game Development Bot and is available for an inexpensive $4.99 on Steam. There's also a demo available on Steam as well that allows you try out the game for free for 30 minutes.

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18. Call of Duty World at War

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Release Date: Nov 11, 2008
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: World War II, Zombies
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Multiplayer
Game Series: Call of Duty

Call of Duty World at War Zombies was the first Call of Duty zombie mini game and still remains popular. It is a traditional tower defense type game play that is fairly simple. One to four players fight agianst a never ending onslaught of Nazi Zombies with the primary objective to kill as many zombies as possible and keep them out of your base by constantly repairing boarded up windows. Each of the three DLCs that were released for Call of Duty: World at War feature a new zombie map.

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17. H1Z1

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H1Z1 Screenshot. © Daybreak Game Company

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Release Date: Jan 30, 2015
Genre: MMO, Third Person
Theme: Zombie Apocalypse
Game Modes: Multiplayer

H1Z1 is a open world sandbox style massively multiplayer game set in the United States 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, will build/create shelters, collect and trade resources all in the hope of fighting off any onslaught of zombies. The game does not contain any traditional player vs player fighting that is found in many other zombie and non-zombie multiplayer shooter games.

H1Z1 was released in January 2015 through Steam's early access and the game has received mixed reviews, with most negative comments being directed towards technical issues and the limited features and size of the game. With the game still in the active development phase, many of the negative aspects players have reported are sure to be addressed in future builds. The game is scheduled for full release on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 systems.

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16. Dead Rising 2

Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2. © Capcom

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Release Date: Sep 28, 2010
Genre: Action, Beat 'em Up
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Dead Rising

Dead Rising 2 is the second game in the Dead Rising series, but first to be released for the PC. The game is a zombie survival horror themed game set in the fictitious city of Fortune, Nevada. Players take on the role of motocross racer Chuck Greene as he tries to survive the zombie apocalypse and obtain required medication to keep his daughter from turning into a zombie. Dead Rising 2 features a some what open game world with six different endings possible. Other features include weapon crafting which allows players to build custom weapons and boss fights.

Of the two games released for the PC as of this writing, Dead Rising 2 has received more positive reviews from gamers and critics alike than Dead Rising 3 which was released in 2013. The original Dead Rising was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 console and has not been released for the PC.

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15. How to Survive

How to Survive
How to Survive. © Eko Software

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Release Date: Oct 23, 2013
Genre: Action RPG
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player

How to Survive is an action role playing survival horror game in which players take on the role of one of three survivors who have been shipwrecked on a zombie infested island. The survivor soon begins their quest to escape from the island, meeting other non-player characters and finding more zombie infested islands along the way.

How to Survive has the look of a traditional role playing game, with a top down, isometric camera view/player perspective. A second version of the game was released in July 2015 and is titled How To Survive: Third Person Standalone, which is the same storyline played in the third person perspective. The game also contains a story mode and challenge mode. The story mode is the tradition mission/campaign style storyline while challenge model puts two players on one side of the island and they must make their way to the escape vehicle on the other side without dying.

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14. 7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die
7 Days to Die. © The Fun Pimps

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Release Date: Dec 13, 2013
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter, Action RPG
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

7 Days to Die is a first person shooter and action rpg mix set in an open, sandbox style game world. The game takes place after the fallout from a nuclear war has zombified much of the planet's population. Players take on the role of a survivor who must find food, shelter and water with one simple goal, try to survive for as long as possible. Players spawn into the world and must quickly begin collecting supplies, weapons and building defenses against zombies during the day in preparation for the night when zombies become more aggressive and fast moving.

7 Days to Die was released via Steam Early Access on December 13, 2013 for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OSx PCs and continues in Early Access stage as of July 2015.

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13. Typing of the Dead: Overkill

Typing of the Dead: Overkill
Typing of the Dead: Overkill. © SEGA

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Release Date: Oct, 29, 2013
Genre: Action, First Person
Theme: Zombies
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Typing of the Dead: Overkill is an alternative version of The House of the Dead: Overkill, a first person zombie rail shooter, and replaces the gun shooting element of the game with a keyboard typing element that was used in the 1999 arcade release The Typing of the Dead. What that means is this, rather than use a gun to shoot zombies, players are required to type out words and short phrases using the keyboard in order to kill zombies. While that may not appeal to everyone the game play actually becomes quite challenging and the release also includes a Windows release of the House of the Dead Overkill - Extended Cut that was released in 2009 and 2011 for the Wii and PlayStation 3 systems, respectively.

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12. Dead Island

Dead Island
Dead Island. © Techland

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Release Date: Sep 6, 2011
Genre: Action RPG, First Person
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Dead Island

Dead Island is a zombie survival horror game that blends first person action with more traditional role playing game features. The game takes place on a fictional resort island in the South Pacific that has been overrun by a plague or virus that turning them into flesh eating zombies. The game features four characters or heroes that players can choose from. Each of these players fall into one of four classes which are available in multiplayer games. They include the Tank, Assassin, Jack of all Trades, and Support. The game is played from the first person shooter perspective with most combat focusing on melee combat. Players earn experience by completely tasks and missions and can level up gaining health and skill points that can be used to enhance existing or learn new skills.

Dead Island was released in 2011 and the series has a total of four games that have been released with one game still in development. In addition to Dead Island, the series also includes Dead Island: Riptide, Escape Dead Island, Dead Island: Epidemic and the upcoming Dead Island 2.

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11. Atom Zombie Smasher

Atom Zombie Smasher
Atom Zombie Smasher. © Blendo Games

Release Date: Jan 22, 2011
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: Zombie Apocolypse
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Atom Zombie Smasher is a real time strategy game where players are tasked with rescuing civilians from an oncoming zombie apocalypse through helicopter airlifts. The game contains two main phases, the planning and then the rescuing of civilians. The planning phase begins by showing players a heat map of the game world showing the zombie hot spots. Players will place military units and then select a zone to rescue which then switches the game to it's real time aspect where players guide the helicopters in to rescue as many people as they can. Each zone or mission will contain a certain number of people that need to be rescued in order to succeed. After each mission, both sides, the players and zombies, will receive a score with the ultimate victory condition of reaching a target score before the zombie side.

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10. Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid
Project Zomboid. © The Indie Stone

Release Date: Nov 8, 2013
Genre: Action, Top Down/Isometric Third Person
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Project Zomboid is a zombie survival horror game where players try to survive in an open game world for as long as possible knowing that death is inevitable at somepoint during play. Players must scavenge for supplies and food to deal with every day issues such as hunger, sleep, pain and mental awareness. The game features three different game modes, survival, sandbox and last stand. In Survival model players create a character and try to survive for as long as possible and contains mostly slow moving zombies. Sandbox mode allows for some game play and setting customization such as how fast zombies will move, environment effects such as rain and more. In Last Stand players will choose a profession and then try to survive as long as possible against waves of zombies buying new weapons as the game progresses.

Project Zomboid, is still in Steam's Early Access phase and more features are planned prior to the full release.

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9. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat. © GSC Game World

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Release Date: Feb 2, 2010
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military, Zombies
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat is the third title in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of first person shooters. It picks up where the first title Shadow of Chernobyl left off with players continuing their adventure in the areas surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant know as the Zone. Zombies in Call of Pripyat come in the form of former Stalkers who have been exposed to psi emissions, a release of energy that corrupts the mind, turning them into zombies. There are two locations in the Call of Pripyat world where Psi Energy is emmitted and for those caught in the emissions there is little hope. In addition to zombified Stalkers, players will also encounter many other factions and enemies they will have to fight.

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8. State of Decay

State of Decay
State of Decay. © Microsoft Studios

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Release Date: Sep 30, 2013
Genre: Action, Third Person Shooter
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player

State of Decay zombie survival horror game set in an open world that, like many survival horror games, puts players in dire circumstances. Players take on the role of a store clerk named Marcus who has just returned from a trip to find that the world is under a zombie apocalypse. Players soon learn that the area they live in is being quarantined and sealed off by the US Army and they must turn to fighting against the zombies and others for survival. Players will need to fend for themselves searching for food, medicine, shelter and ammunition from the environment. The game is played in the third person perspective and includes game play elements from a variety of video game genre including shooters, role playing games, stealth action games and strategy games. In addition to fighting zombies, players will also encounter other survivors some of which will be good and will help with defenses and base construction, while others are evil and dealt with in another fashion. The game contains 99 different weapons to fight zombies with and also feature a living game world where when the game is not being played non-player characters will continue to use and find new supplies and explore. This element does not change the overall storyline and does not involve any characters that are vital to the storyline.

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7. Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5. © Capcom

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Release Date: Mar 5, 2009
Genre: Action, Third Person Shooter
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Resident Evil

Resident Evil 5 is a third person shooter action game and fifth title in the Resident Evil series. The game is played from the third person, over the shoulder perspective and puts players in the role of Chris Redfield, the protagonist from the first Resident Evil game. Chris is now part of a Bio-terrorism organization that has been sent to Africa to stop the sale of a bio-weapon on the black market. Upon arriving in Africa however, players soon find that the local population has been infected with a virus and turned into zombies.

Resident Evil 5 features both single player and multiplayer game modes as well as a two player co-operative mode where one player takes on role of Chris Redfield and the other his partner, Sheva Alomar. This co-operative mode can be played online or local via a split screen view.

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6. DayZ

DayZ
DayZ. © Bohemia Interactive

Release Date: Dec 16, 2013 / Jan 21, 2012
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

DayZ is a survival horror/zombie apocalypse game set in an open game world and is a stand alone release based on the widely popular DayZ mod for the realistic first person shooter ARMA 2. The primary objective of DayZ is to survive the zombie outbreak for as long as possible. Set in a fictional former Soviet republic named Chernarus, players begin with nothing other than the clothes on their back, a chemlight and a simple rag. From there they must scavenge for weapons, supplies, food and shelter, all while avoiding or fighting zombies..

The game was released through Steam Early Access so some of the planned features have yet to be implemented, including a single player campaign, base building, drivable vehicles and more. The DayZ mod is still available for ARMA 2, and has the same general premise that will be in the stand alone version. Players scavenge for food and water while trying survive by killing or avoiding both zombies and other players who pose a threat.

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5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty Black Ops II Zombies
Call of Duty Black Ops II Zombies. © Activision

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Release Date: Nov 12, 2013
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military, Zombies
Game Modes: Multiplayer Co-Op
Game Series: Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the third game in the Call of Duty series developed by Treyarch that includes a zombies sub-game and it by far contains the most features and game play of the three. The base game came with a map titled Green Run which is actually split into five locations that tie together the four survival based maps to make a short zombies campaign. The Zombies mode is playable as a four player co-operative in the objective based Green Room and then competitive multiplayer modes for other maps. There were a total of six DLC releases for Call of Duty Black Ops II and each one had a new map or features for the zombies game mode. In addition to the zombies mode, Call of Duty Black Ops II also features a standard modern military based storyline as well as a standard competitive multiplayer mode.

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4. Dying Light

Dying Light
Dying Light. © Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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Release Date: Jan 27, 2015
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Dying Light is a first person survival horror game set in an urban setting which has been overrun by a mysterious epidemic that has turned people into zombies. The game is broken into two main phases; The daytime in which the players are the hunters, looking for weapons and supplies; At night the infected awake and the players become the prey, using supplies and weapons collected during the day, needed to help them make it through the night. Weapons include melee weapons, firearms and hand crafted weapons. In addition players will have the ability to make parkour like movements jumping from roof top to roof top, scaling walls and using a good deal of the environments as a platform for movement. The game also features RPG elements which allow you to develop your character to your playing style.

Dying Light features an online multiplayer co-operative mode where players can play through the game's campaign storyline with up to four players online. The co-operative model also features two challenge modes one where players need to kill as many zombies as possibe and the other is a survival/race to an airdrop location on the map. Dying Light offers yet another game model in multiplayer called Be The Zombie where players take on the role of a zombie and fight against others playing humans.

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3. Killing Floor

Killing Floor
Killing Floor. © Tripwire Interactive

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Release Date: May 14, 2009
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Zombie Survival Horror
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Killing Floor

Killing Floor is a co-operative zombie survival horror game that was first released in 2005 as a mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 and the subsequently release as a stand alone title in 2009. The game is set in England after some military medical experiments have gone wrong and have turned the population into zombies. Players are members of the surviving military and are dropped in to eradicate the zombies and survive.

Killing Floor is primarily a co-operative multiplayer game that supports up to six players fight a game of survival against wave after wave of zombies. Each wave is more difficult than the previous and climaxes with a fight against a boss zombie. Players will earn in-game money which is used to purchase new weapons and ammo. Killing Floor features more than 33 weapons, 10 different enemies, and characters can have various skill sets that can be upgraded and are persistent from one game to the next.

A sequel titled Killing Floor 2was released through Steam's Early Access in April 2015 and contains updated graphics along with a few changes to game mechanics but features the same six player co-operative game play. The setting of Killing Floor 2 has also changed, moving from England to mainland Europe.

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2. Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2. © Valve Corporation

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Release Date: Oct 17, 2009
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Survival Horror, Zombie
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Multiplayer Co-Op
Game Series: Left 4 Dead

There's nothing quite like a gaming giving you that frantic feeling of running for your life from zombies hungry for human flesh. That's exactly what the the second zombie based video game does. In Left 4 Dead 2, players take on the role of one of four "survivors" of an epic pandemic that has transformed the vast majority of humans into zombies. They'll make their way through five campaigns across the South, fighting off hordes of relentless zombies as they try to make it to safe-houses. In addition to the five campaigns there are two DLCs called The Passing and The Sacrifice which tie in the story line from Left 4 Dead. A third DLC is called Cold Steam which adds all of the original Left 4 Dead Maps to Left 4 Dead 2. Valve/Steam also offer a demo for Left 4 Dead 2 which gives players a chance to try out the game before purchasing.

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1. The Walking Dead Season One

The Walking Dead Season One
The Walking Dead Season One. © Telltale Games

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Release Date: Apr 24, 2012
Genre: Graphic Adventure
Theme: Zombie Apocalypse
Game Modes: Single player
Game Series: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Season One is a six part episodic graphic adventure game from Telltale Games based on The Walking Dead graphic novel/comic book. The game takes place in the same setting as the comic book and television series with events taking place in Georgia just after the zombie outbreak. The characters however are mostly original to the game alone and contains a storyline not found in the comics or television series. The game centers around character development, storyline and suspense over the non-stop action that many of the zombie games features. Players can impact the fate of certain characters and the flow of the story based on both actions taken and dialog choice made during game play.

The game is played from the third person perspective and allows players to interact with other non-player characters and the environment. They can also find items and make use of them later by way of their inventory. The Walking Dead was originally released from April through November 2012 with a new episode coming out every 6 weeks or so. The full retail version has bundled all five episodes into one release. The Walking Dead Season Two was released in late 2013 through early 2014 over eight episodes. A planned Season Three is currently in development and scheduled for release in 2016.