Fans of AMC’s blockbuster, The walking dead, may find themselves lost while waiting for the early-anticipated spin-off series to star fan-favorite characters like Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon, to name a few. Fortunately, video games are the perfect medium for any gamer craving their mindless zombie fix!
Telltale Games’ adaptation of the The walking dead further popularized the zombie genre, which many developers took advantage of. There are many exciting zombie themed games available in the market, filled with adrenaline pumping action for all the thrill seekers out there, ranging from immersive narrative driven games to hardcore zombie apocalypse survival. This list contains only some of the best games for fans of The walking dead which is not part of their franchise.
10/10 Plague Inc: Developed
PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Wondering how zombie outbreaks occur? Plague Inc: Developed allows players to play God’s Hand in a real-time strategy simulation game. The goal is to create a unique contagion hazard to bring about the end of the world while adapting to humanity’s defenses by exploring different evolutions and genetic approaches.
There are 10 different pathogens for the player to master, from humble bacteria to a zombie virus, all used to bring about the apocalypse. If one pandemic isn’t enough, players can team up with another toxic pathogen to infect and wreak havoc on the world Plague Inc: Developedits collaborative mode.
9/10 This war of mine
PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices.
Fans of AMC The walking dead may be interested in This war of mine to see if they have what it takes to search for supplies and survive in an apocalyptic environment. This war of mine is an unflinchingly realistic 2D survival simulator where players control a group of ordinary civilians fighting to survive in a war-torn city.
Although zombies are nowhere to be seen in this atmospheric game, it gives players an insight into the horrors of war from a unique angle. The player must focus on fortifying their shelter and providing for the survivors, making important life-or-death decisions along the way and even sacrificing some lives to ensure the survival of the rest of the group.
8/10 Dead Island
: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One.
Excursions to tropical islands and luxury resorts have never been more daunting Dead Island! The beautiful and remote island of Banoi is at the heart of a zombie outbreak, and the player is caught in the middle. They must try to survive while exploring paradise and find a way to escape the zombie apocalypse.
Released in 2011, Dead Island was the pioneer of zombie games, featuring realistic blood and gore and exciting yet satisfying hack’n’slash mechanics for players to fight their way through hordes of zombies, able to chop off limbs and bash zombie heads. Any fan of The walking dead would love to play Dead Island while they wait for the long-awaited one Dead Island 2.
7/10 Left 4 Dead 2
PC and Xbox 360.
Although it seems outdated now, Left 4 Dead 2 still holds its own in terms of longevity despite being released in 2009. It’s a first-person co-op horror shooter set in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Playing with up to three other friends, players control a human survivor equipped with a devastating arsenal of weapons to battle the undead, ranging from chainsaws to the simple but effective frying pan.
Left 4 Dead 2 forces players to communicate with their team to win and offers hours of entertainment as no two scenes are alike. An AI called The Director changes each stage’s layout and can dictate when a swarm of infected zombies will be on their way.
6/10 World War Z: Aftermath
PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
Inspired by the blockbuster film starring Brad Pitt, World War Z: Aftermath follows the events of the film. Players can battle mindless zombies solo with AI-controlled teammates or with three other friends, with cross-platform play fully supported.
There are several ways to play World War Z: Aftermath. Players can experience the story campaign mode and reclaim fallen cities from the massive swarms of the undead! If players are extra daring, they can play through the Horde XL game mode, with endless waves of zombies for players to survive and fight their way through.
5/10 Days away
Days away is an atmospheric open-world game that somewhat twists the zombie mythos. The plot follows rugged anti-hero Deacon St. John as he searches for his missing wife amid the global pandemic that has turned most of the world’s population into Freakers, aka zombies.
Along with his Drifter bike, Deacon St. John can be compared to the beloved fan-favorite character Daryl Dixon in AMC’s The walking dead. Zombies in Days away is not the only thing the player needs to fear; there are ruthless human groups and vicious wild animals to watch out for.
4/10 Dead Rising 3
: PC and Xbox One.
Dead Rising 3 is an excellent and entertaining representation of trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, as players must use their cunning and creativity to survive. The main character, Nick Ramos, must get out of the zombie-infested town of Los Perididos with other survivors before it is wiped out by a military attack.
The great thing about Dead Rising 3and the other Dead Rising game, is that anything and everything can be made into a weapon. There are hundreds of devastating combos designed to decapitate the living dead and plow through the endless streams of zombies.
3/10 7 days to die
PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Set in an apocalyptic world teeming with the walking dead, 7 days to die is an innovative sandbox game to let creative minds thrive. It combines gameplay elements such as tower defense, FPS and RPG to create a unique foray into the zombie genre.
As the title suggests, every seventh night spawns a huge swarm of zombies that threaten to break down their walls. 7 days to die forces players to scavenge for organic materials and life-saving supplies in abandoned buildings to fortify their settlements’ defenses against zombies. They can create everything from traps to bombs to turn their base into an impenetrable fortress.
2/10 Dying light
: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch.
Dying light is a standard zombie survival horror game with an open world for players to explore at their own peril, lest they be destroyed by flesh-hungry zombies. It’s unique parkour mechanics allow players to reach unprecedented heights and stay out of reach of zombies’ outstretched hands.
Dying lightThe large open environments mean that players have the freedom to explore as they see fit. However, the game’s realistic day-night cycles mean that these huge undead creatures become significantly more powerful at night. The player’s only hope for survival is to barricade themselves indoors and await dawn.
1/10 The Last Of Us Franchise
: PS3, PS4 and PS5. Coming soon to PC.
Naughty Dog’s beloved The last of us is potentially the best game to satisfy lovers of The walking deadand it’s even getting a TV adaptation in 2023, developed by HBO. The last of us offers a twist on the typical zombie mythos, with clickers stemming from a fungal infection rather than the undead rising from the ground.
Clickers are a formidable foe and more terrifying because of their unique characteristics. They are created by the cordyceps fungus that infects the human brain and slowly takes control of the body. Some clickers rely solely on hearing rather than sight, so the player must rely on their stealth skills to survive. The last of us franchise provides two games that are intense from start to finish, so players can experience a rollercoaster of emotions!
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