10 zombie PC games to prepare for the apocalypse

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Eliminating zombies is one of the biggest diversions for many PC gamers. For those who love these games, there are many good titles available to play on desktop. In this article, we've gathered those that you can't miss at least once in your life!

10. Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

plants vs. Zombies 2 is for those who like strategy

Let's start with the least obvious of zombie games. plants vs. Zombies 2, like its predecessor, is super fun and brings a funnier, less apocalyptic take on the brain-eaters. In it, you own a farm and need to use your plants to attack the approaching hordes of zombies.



The game takes place on a kind of chess board. You attack and defend in lines, and the objective is precisely to end the lines of zombies. For that, you have several different species of plants, each with unique abilities. It is possible to evolve these plants to have more attack power.

plants vs. Zombies 2 has dozens of stages to play in the main campaign. Other game modes, such as minigames and puzzles, are also present. Even though the zombie apocalypse theme has taken a "lighter" direction in this game, it is essential for those who like titles of the genre.

You should play this game if:

  • Want a different gameplay in the "zombie games" genre
  • Enjoy more playful and fun games

9.State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 requires constant strategy from players

If there really were a zombie apocalypse, it would certainly be like what State of Decay 2 represents. This game offers the player the possibility to experience all parts of this event. Build a base, manage resources, manage people, collect items and, of course, send zombies to hell.



All of this comes in a frantic, real-time gameplay. In other words: if you want to play hardcore, you can't pause in State of Decay 2. Of course, if you want to follow the solo campaign, without the company of up to three other players, you can too.

The fun in this game, however, is cooperation. In fact, without help it is quite possible that you will not last long. Having companions makes it easier to gather supplies and survive, as the zombie hordes are really huge.

In addition, State of Decay 2 has a very interesting choice system. You will have to build your own moral code, having to decide whether to leave friends behind to save yourself or risk your life, for example. There is also a progression and improvement system for the characters that live in your base, very similar to those common in RPG games.

You should play this game if:

  • Enjoying games with resource management
  • Be interested in a zombie game with an RPG and strategy feel

8. Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 remembers the good times of Doom

Killing Floor 2 is a game that reminds a little of those arcades of the 80's and 90's. That's because you and five other players must survive constant hordes of zombies, called zeds. They come in levels, with each level the creatures get more powerful. At the end, you face a boss, if you survive.

The game is quite simple in terms of combat. In addition to being able to fight in melee, it can use firearms. A healing syringe is at the player's disposal, as well as a welder to block passages.



Whenever a zed is killed, you gain experience points and money. Surviving a zombie round gives you a financial bonus. The money can be used in a shop that opens for a limited time between one horde and another. Buy and sell weapons and armor.

Regarding mission success, the most important thing is to ensure that the entire team does not die. Those who die in one round will be able to come back in the next. This makes Killing Floor 2 a simple, fun game that really focuses on player action.

You should play this game if:

  • Enjoy more arcade game mechanics
  • Want a more action-focused game

7. Dying Light

Craft over 1000 different weapons in Dying Light

Dying Light features an open world, with an efficient night and day system that affects the behavior of zombies. During the moments of light, it is necessary to collect resources, supplies and tools to store in the safe points of the map. At night, it's time to take shelter or be very cautious when exploring the city.

This is explained because zombies are apathetic, slow and hardly attack during the day. It is even possible to evade them without fighting. At night they become dangerous, band together and make exploration much more risky.

All of this is exacerbated or not by climate change. Wind, rain, storms, and fog can hamper exploration and even combat against zombies. Another great success of this title, which makes the experience of a zombie apocalypse something more real.


In terms of combat, hand-to-hand combat is more privileged than with firearms. The ability to craft weapons is an important part of the game, being possible to craft up to 1000 different weapons with the resources found.


You should play this game if:

  • Want the open world and co-op campaign experience
  • Like the idea of ​​building hundreds of different weapons.

6. Dead island

Dead Island is an action game with survival and even RPG elements. The player starts his campaign in a hotel, where he is introduced to the main characters, who are four. That is, you choose one of them and the others are controlled by other players, if the game is online. You can always opt for single player if you want.

The objective of players in Dead Island is to find a way to get in touch with the world outside of the island of Banoi. To do so, you have to explore the big map, killing zombies, collecting weapons and evolving your character. There is an evolution tree, which has skills you can choose to add.

Fights often occur in melee. Use knives and other cutting weapons and possible, as well as sticks and tools. Both these weapons and firearms break, deteriorate and need repair as they are used. A plus point for those who like a real challenge.

Stamina is another very complex point in Dead Island. The player, even evolving, has a low stamina, which tends to let him down against more powerful zombies. It is common to die in the middle of a fight due to being too tired. Therefore, it is necessary to have a strategy to know when it is better to flee than to fight.

You should play this game if:

  • Desire challenging gameplay in terms of combat
  • Interested in cooperative games

5. Left 4 Dead 2

Get ready for constant hordes of zombies in Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 is entirely cooperative and online. On one side we have the Survivors and on the other we have the Infected. The four survivors are controlled by four players, while the enemies are under the command of artificial intelligence. The objective is one: kill entire hordes of zombies to reach the end alive.

In case there is interest, there is the Versus mode. In it both Survivors and Infected are controlled by real players. If you want, the single player mode allows your team to have only artificial intelligence, just like your enemies.

The great challenge of Left 4 Dead 2, however, is the mode called Realism. Even the most professional players have a hard time surviving. To kill the zombies, you need to shoot them directly in the head. Failing to do so causes the creatures to just approach you faster.

Despite not offering a lot of diversity in ways to play, Left 4 Dead 2 is a very good title for those who like constant action. It brings several weapon options and offers a good online multiplayer system.

You should play this game if:

  • Fan of frantic shooting games
  • Give more value to action than exploration

4. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series

Drama, zombies and tense choices await you in The Walking Dead

Everyone at least has heard of The Walking Dead, whether from the comics or the TV series. Telltale's game is a mixture of the entire universe of that story, told with action, interactive drama and survival elements. There are five episodes and a DLC, which tell a story parallel to the original, with entirely new characters.

The player takes control of Lee Everett, a criminal who must survive the zombie apocalypse. You can control it from the most diverse camera perspectives, which makes the game very dynamic.

The gameplay of this title brings the premise already known in Telltale productions, which is decision-making. The player needs to decide on some attitudes that will modify the narrative as he progresses. Uncontrollable characters can change their perception of Lee based on these choices.

The highlight of the game is precisely this system. It is also used in times when it is necessary to save another character's life. Despite the "little" freedom of exploration, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series is a dynamic game for that reason. There is no predictability in your actions.

You should play this game if:

  • If you are a fan of The Walking Dead series or comics
  • Enjoying games with a choice system

3. Dead Rising 4

Everything can become a weapon against zombies in Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4 brings all the success points of the previous games in the franchise. The first of these is the protagonist, journalist Frank West. He returns to the city of Willamette, stage of the first game, to investigate a new epidemic. The narrative is simple, little in-depth and serves only to give a "north" to the action.

This action takes place in an open world, totally free to be explored. There is no time component of the timer, which forced players to complete missions within a specific time. Now you can scrutinize every corner of the scenarios slowly and carefully.

In this Dead Rising weapon options are even greater. Frank West can take just about anything and turn it into a weapon. There are item combination options that further increase the protagonist's offensive power. Let's not forget that the vehicles are also highly customizable.

Zombies have received the addition of a new species. It is present in smaller hordes, however it brings agile and stronger creatures. Humans are also enemies to be faced, although they don't present much of a challenge.

Joining the dozens of positive points of Dead Rising 4, we have the best game in the franchise so far and a good title for those who like zombies.

You should play this game if:

  • Played other franchise games
  • Enjoy shooters with extensive weapon customization

2. World War Z: The Game

World War Z: The Game is a beautiful cooperative shooter, in which four players must survive and eliminate as many zombies as possible. The action takes place in six locations: Denver, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Moscow and Jerusalem. In total, according to the developers, up to 1000 enemies can appear on screen at the same time.

These enemies are intelligent and are able to climb on each other to achieve greater attitudes. A behavior seen in the movie and book on which the game is inspired. The problem is that players spawn at random points on the map, not always in favorable locations.

In addition to fighting zombies, players in World War Z need to fulfill other objectives. Most of them involve rescuing and escorting survivors from one point of the map to another. The collection of items and resources exists in the midst of matches.

Other game modes are included in World War Z, but all involve multiplayer participation. The most interesting of them is Player vs. Player vs. Zombies. Two groups of human players face each other while also having to kill endless hordes of creatures.

You should play this game if:

  • Wanting to face an absurd number of zombies at the same time
  • Interested in survival campaign?

1. The Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Every gamer who likes zombie games needs to beat The Resident Evil 3 at least once in their life. Facing the near-ubiquitous threat of the zombie Nemesis is one of the most tense experiences in the game. Apart from the normal zombies, the dogs turned into monsters and the constant puzzles of this game.

Entirely in third person and almost always in the shoes of Jill Valentine, the player must escape from Racoon City at any cost. For that, you need to know how to play with little ammo, with little space in your inventory and with the fact that you can't save the game whenever you want.

The setting of The Resident Evil 3 is another very positive point. There is almost no soundtrack, just the sounds of the environments you are in. The silence makes everything scarier, and zombies are quite active and aggressive when they appear screaming.

Although the graphics are not the best, this game is a must for anyone who likes to kill zombies. The plot is very good, the mechanics are classic, the scares are guaranteed and there is still the possibility of having more than one different ending. Whoever completes the game once has access to a special minigame.

You should play this game if:

  • Want to play one of the most classic zombie games
  • Are you a fan of The Resident Evil 3 franchise?

See also:

  • The best horror games available for PC
  • The best zombie games for Android!
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