Plants vs. Zombies
It’s quite hard to name a more random concept than this… ever. Plants vs. Zombies was met with a ton of complacency upon its announcement, and you can understand why. This in mind, it speaks volumes to the game’s quality that it managed to overcome these negative thoughts, and deliver a fantastic strategy game to boot.
Even if, like me, you dislike strategy games, you’ll still love this one. It’s bursting with so much style and wit – from your neighbor ‘Crazy Dave’ to the zombies riding lawnmowers – and it’s incredibly satisfying to use a tactical approach to vanquish the zombie horde.
The Walking Dead: Season One
Like Plants vs. Zombies, this isn’t a ‘zombie game’ in the traditional sense. Rather, it’s a point and click, story-driven, largely passive gaming experience, delivering one of the most emotional conclusions in recent memory.
For the purposes of this list, we’re counting the original season, but season two is just as good and season three is just around the corner. This Telltale video game should only take you around ten hours to finish, and at this point, it’s dirt cheap. It’s incredibly simple to play too, so if you have a few spare hours this weekend, go for it!
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
Is it classed as DLC? Is it classed as a full game? Who cares. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare was, like Plants vs. Zombies, met with much complacency upon its announcement, but again, it overcame that with aplomb.
It’s on lists of the best DLC of all time, the best open-world adventures of all time, and indeed, the best zombie games of all time. It tells a story that’s set in the same world as the original video game, but explores an alternate timeline wherein zombies have taken over local towns. As John Marston, you’ll travel from Blackwater to Mexico to The Marston Ranch, utilizing all the brilliant gameplay features that the original Red Dead Redemption honed to perfection.
And that’s the excellence of Undead Nightmare. It really isn’t all that different from Red Dead Redemption gameplay-wise, but it leaves such a stylistic mark on the formula that it feels incredibly fresh and exciting. And for a zombie game, there’s no greater compliment than that.
And there’s our list of best zombie games! Do you agree with our choices? There were a lot to choose from, but I reckon we’ve separated the flowers from the weeds – and for more zombie goodness, check out our review of a more recent undead-adventure, The Walking Dead: Michonne.