If you are into zombies, there are quite a few games available for your entertainment. If you like to team up with your friends to whack some zombies, there are free online multiplayer zombie games as well as paid ones to be found. This article will point you to some of these for some horrific fun.
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What’s a zombie?
Zombie you say? What is that? Most of you guys and girls know what they are, but for you who don’t, here is the details.
A Zombie is a fictional undead character, a reanimated corpse. You find them most commonly in fantasy and horror genres. The term itself comes from Haitian folklore, where zombies are reanimated dead bodies, done through various ways. Magic being one of them. The modern zombies are not necessarily awoken by magic, but rather by diseases, radiation, scientific experiments gone wrong, and more.
The concept of zombies appeared in 1929 in a book called The Magic Island, by W. B. Seabrook. In 1932, they appeared in a movie called White Zombie, directed by Victor Halperin. Here they were depicted as unthinking, mindless henchmen, controlled by the spell of an evil magician. This is how they are mostly depicted, and they were initially not that common in movie theaters, but appeared now and then throughout the 1930s to the 1960s.
The modern zombie, normally hungry for brains and human flesh, was introduced later on, in the 1980s. Popular movies were Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead.
In the late 1990s, zombies made their way into games like Resident Evil (I do remember playing this title, scared med pretty good on several occasions) and The House of the Dead.
In the late 200s and 2010s the zombies became somewhat humanized and romanticized, being portrayed as friends and love interests for humans. Zombies have dwindled in interest, and other elevated horror movies have taken over, with other types of scary creatures.
Few or many players
Playing with your friends together as a team, perhaps with audio communication as well, is great fun. There are titles meant to be played by just a few, and there are games with loads of players simultaneously. These are often called MMORPG, or Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games. These games with so many players are less personal, you slip into the gray masses, kind of like in real life. Exceptions exist, you can team up in many of these games, too.
Game titles for you and selected buddies
Left 4 Dead / Left 4 Dead 2 (Paid game)
A great cooperative game for up to four players, to battle it out in a survival mode against hordes of zombies. Left 4 Dead controls level pacing and item placements, attempting to create a dynamic experience and increase replay value. The number of levels and lack of narratives is a minus, but all the action and cooperative play weighs up for it. The games were released in 2008 and 2009, and they are still fun although they start getting old. Lots of weapons should keep you armed and entertained for quite a while. Left 4 Dead 2 offers an even better “AI”, controlling the number of enemies, loot placements and more. Even the weather is modified.
Zombie Army Trilogy (Paid game)
Want to kill undead Nazis? Then this is THE game for you. Lots of action, up to four players cooperatively, and lots and lots of Nazis. The game even has a cool slow-motion bullet trace camera, following those great shots from the rifle, and through the zombies, showing how it shatters bones, intestines and more. Pretty unique for the first person shooters, although it exists in the Sniper series of games as well. Recommended! Find it on Steam, as usual.
Dying Light (Paid game)
If you want an action filled zombie survival game with parkour elements, playing out in a post-apocalyptic world taken over by hungry zombies, try Dying Light. Investigate a city struck by a mysterious virus epidemic, search for supplies, create weapons and face hordes of contagious creatures. Available on Steam, along with several expansion packs, if you want more of that stuff.
SAS: Zombie Assault 4 (Free to play)
Waste hordes of undead! This is a 2D top-down intense action-shooter with deep rpg elements,
including upgradeable guns and armor, unique class skills, and class special abilities. The game can be completed alone, or cooperatively with up to 4 players. Grab it for free on Steam.
Game titles for you and the hordes
7 Days To Die (Paid game)
This is a survival zombie game, featuring a large open world, a combination of first person shooter, tower defense, role-playing games and survival horror. You can craft stuff, combat, loot, mine and explore in many ways.
It has currently sold over 10 million copies, that’s not bad at all. It is still an early-access game, meaning it is not completely finished. The game has been like this for a long time, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t playable. Find it on Steam, or view its website.
Dead Frontier 2 (Free to play)
The game is online survival horror at its darkest moment. You and your fellow players are the few survivors of the outbreak, and have to scavenge the world to make a living from the ruins of society. Cooperate and trade with other players, while keeping an eye out for the lurking threats in the dark corners. Available for free on Steam, and check out the official website for more details.
Being able to communicate efficiently with your teammates brings a new level of gaming experience. Surely you can chat away on your keyboard, but that isn’t nearly as good as being able to fully control your character, and tell the others on your team what’s going on around you. To chat you actually have to stand still, and that can lead to zombies getting their filthy hands on you. So – better run and chat via your headset/microphone. Not many games have a great in-game voice system, so try other software for this. Like mentioned in my other article, use Discord. Easy, free, and it works just great.
If you are not that easily frightened, try playing these 3d multiplayer zombie games in the dark. Turn off all lights in the room, and play with the monitor as the sole light source. And of course, play at night when it is dark outside.
There should be a zombie game to suit your liking, and even if the multiplayer games are not your cup of tea, there are lots and lots of single player zombie games as well. Try looking on the popular online stores like Steam for example, or find many games that run online in your browser. Just Google it, you’ll find loads.
If you want fast-paced action and like killing off undead Nazis, the top choice is probably Zombie Army Trilogy.
What’s your scariest zombie/horror-game moment? Drop a comment below.