The Best Zombie Games

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10. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, released in Japan as Biohazard 3: Last Escape is a survival horror video game and the sequel to Resident Evil 2, developed and published by Capcom. The game was released for the Sony PlayStation, and was subsequently ported to the Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo GameCube.

The game is also available for download on the PlayStation Network for use with both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Portable. The first half of the game occurs 24 hours prior to Resident Evil 2 and the second half takes place two days after. The storyline expands upon the settings and events of the T-virus outbreak in Raccoon City, and concludes with the fate of the city and its infected population.

9. House of the Dead 2

The House of the Dead 2 is a light gun arcade game with a horror theme and the second game in the The House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Sega for video arcades in 1998 and later ported to the Dreamcast and Microsoft Windows, and also found on the Xbox as an unlockable bonus in The House of the Dead III. The game appears in the compilation The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return for Wii. The Dreamcast version became one of the few Sega All Stars titles.

The House of the Dead 2 is a rail shooter light gun game. It includes an auto-reload feature that allows players to point their guns off-screen to reload their weapons without pulling the trigger. It also incorporates a branching path system that allows players to take a variety of different routes leading to the same point in the game’s story.

8. Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The game involves a homeowner using many varieties of plants to repel an army of zombies. The homeowner, along with a neighbor called Crazy Dave, must defend the homeowner’s house during day or night, in the front yard and the backyard (which contains a swimming pool), and even on the roof. It was first released on May 5, 2009 and made available on Steam on the same day. A version for the iOS was released in February 2010, and an HD version for the iPad.

An extended Xbox Live Arcade version introducing new gameplay modes and features was released on September 8, 2010. PopCap has also announced a Nintendo DS version, released in January 18, 2011, that will feature content unique to the platform. Furthermore, both the original Windows and Mac version of the game have been re-released with additional content in a Game of the Year version. The game received a positive response from critics, and was nominated for multiple Interactive Achievement Awards, alongside receiving praise for its musical score.

7. Silent Hill Homecoming

Silent Hill Homecoming is the sixth installment in the Silent Hill survival horror video game series, developed by Double Helix Games. The game was announced on July 11, 2007 by Konami at their E3 press conference, and was originally entitled Silent Hill V. This entry follows the journey of Alex Shepherd, a soldier returning from war, to his hometown of Shepherd’s Glen, where he finds the town in disarray, and his younger brother missing. As he continues on his search to find his younger brother, he discovers more about the Order—the cult of Silent Hill—as well as the town’s history, and his own past.

The game was released on September 30, 2008 in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and the Microsoft Windows version was released for North, Central and South America on November 6, 2008 exclusively through Valve’s Steam digital content delivery service. All versions were simultaneously released in Europe, including a retail Windows version, on February 27, 2009. The Japanese version was cancelled.

The game received mixed but generally good reviews from critics, with positive reaction to the graphics, audio and environments, and less favorable reaction to the game’s plot and scenario, and some of the gameplay and horror elements; however, overall, reviewers were largely appreciative of the development of a main, home console installment of the franchise by an external Western developer.

6. House of the Dead 4

The House of the Dead 4 is a light gun arcade game with a horror theme and the fourth installment of the House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Sega. The game is an interquel and takes place between the events of The House of the Dead 2 and The House of the Dead III, and introduced several new gameplay concepts. Players can control characters James Taylor, from The House of the Dead 2, or Kate Green, a new character to the series.

The House of the Dead 4 is also the first game to run on the Sega Lindbergh arcade system board. It is also currently the final game in the series to use Tarot Cards as names for bosses. It has yet to receive a console port despite the game’s popularity and demand by gamers for it to be ported; the game has been in arcades for nearly five years, with no current plans for a console release in sight.

5. Doom 3

Doom 3 is a science fiction horror video game developed by id Software and published by Activision. An example of the first-person shooter genre, Doom 3 was first released for Microsoft Windows on August 3, 2004. The game was later adapted for Linux, as well as being ported by Aspyr Media for Mac OS X. Developer Vicarious Visions ported the game to the Xbox console, releasing it on April 3, 2005. British developers Splash Damage also assisted in design for the multiplayer elements of the game.

The game is a reboot of the Doom franchise, disregarding the storylines of the previous Doom video games. Doom 3 is set in 2145 on Mars, where a military-industrial conglomerate has set up a scientific research facility to develop fields such as teleportation, biological research and advanced weapons design. However, the teleportation experiments inadvertently open a gateway to Hell, resulting in a catastrophic invasion by demons. The player, an anonymous space marine, must fight through the base and find a way to stop demons from Hell attacking Earth. Doom 3 features an award-winning game engine, id Tech 4, which has since been licensed out to other developers.

4. Dead Rising

Five years after the events of Dead Rising, former motocross champion Chuck Greene takes part in Terror Is Reality, a controversial game show where contestants kill zombies for money, sport and fame. Chuck participates in the show only to raise funds for buying Zombrex, a drug meant to suppress zombie mutation for his daughter, Katey, who had been bitten by her zombified mother in a previous outbreak. After Chuck wins the prize money in the latest event, he retires backstage where he is trapped in an elevator after a mysterious explosion. Upon exiting the elevator, he finds that an outbreak has occurred in the city and many people are dead or zombified. After finding Katey, Chuck takes his daughter to an emergency shelter.

3. Resident Evil 4

In 2004, the Umbrella Corporation’s secret activities within Raccoon City have become a public affair. Following an investigation conducted by the U.S. government, several Umbrella officials are implicated and prosecuted. The government indefinitely suspends Umbrella’s business, bankrupting the company. Leon S. Kennedy was recruited by the U.S. Secret Service after they learned of his actions in Raccoon City.

Leon is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the President’s daughter, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious cult. Leon travels to a rural village in Europe, where he encounters a horde of violent villagers who pledge their lives to Los Illuminados (“The Enlightened Ones” in Spanish), the cult that has kidnapped Ashley.

2. Left 4 Dead 2

Like its predecessor, Left 4 Dead 2 is set two weeks after a worldwide pandemic of an infectious disease that rapidly transforms humans into zombie-like creatures and mutated forms that feed on the living. Few humans are immune to the disease, still carrying the infection but showing no symptoms. The Civil Emergency and Defense Agency (CEDA) and the U.S. military create safe zones to attempt to evacuate as many American survivors as possible. Left 4 Dead 2 introduces four new survivors—Coach, Ellis, Rochelle, and Nick—who are immune carriers of the disease and with individual back stories provided through character dialog.

Unlike the first game, which had no significant story development, the five campaigns in Left 4 Dead 2 are set across a story arc, set in the Southern United States, which starts in Savannah, Georgia, and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana. The four survivors have to fight their way through the hordes of infected, using safehouses along the way to rest and recuperate in order to reach extraction points.

1. Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5 features similar gameplay to Resident Evil 4, with context-sensitive controls and dynamic cutscenes also making a return. The player can control Chris Redfield or Sheva Alomar in a similar fashion to Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil 4, with the same over-the-shoulder perspective. The game’s environment plays a significant role. The Mercenaries minigame, featured in previous Resident Evil games, is present in Resident Evil 5. At launch, the multiplayer mode in the minigame was offline only, but a launch day patch gave the game online multiplayer modes as well.

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