Top 10 Zombie Games 2013
2013 is going to be a big year for the Zombie genre. We have State of Decay, DayZ Standalone, The War Z and of course, The Last of Us! The Dead Linger is also worth a shout, although in very early alpha, it looks very promising. 2013 is definitely going to take zombie survival games to a whole new level.
Gamers alike are obsessed with shooting the brains out of zombies, so If your a lover of zombie games, be sure to check out these top zombie games which you must play, as well as those releasing this year! There is just something about Zombies which gets us hooked. Maybe it is because we all would love to know how we would try to survive in such an apocalypse? Hopefully some of these games will provide your fix for zombie killing mayhem.
So Here is the list of the Top 10 Zombies Games 2013 that you have to play! The majority will be releasing in 2013, however I have included some which have already been released, as I feel they are some of the best zombie games around.
State of Decay
State of Decay is an open world, zombie survival game and is available on Xbox Live Arcade, with a PC version currently in development. It is a first game of its kind, allowing players to live out a zombie apocalypse and try to survive as long as possible. There is a huge emphasis on meeting NPC Survivors and forming your own group. While more traditional zombie games put the focus on killing as many zeds as possible and making it through the level, State of Decay will focus on survival, base building and exploring the huge and beautiful open world. The choices that the player makes out in the world will have a positive or negative effect on the survivors and the world itself.
A big aspect of State of Decay, and what I feel makes it a great game, is the focus on base-building and having your own community. There are a number of different locations in the world where you can build your base, however you can only have one base at any given time. But you can build outposts in any building which you can enter, allowing you to store items and rest. You can build up the doors and windows of such a building. There is a nice variety of different buildings you can have in your base which include watch towers, gardens, sleeping quarters, kitchens, workshops, medical bays and barricades.
It is one of the best games I have played this year, and that is credit to the fact it is only an Arcade game! Several Title updates have been released since, adding some new features and fixing some annoying bugs. Update 3 gives us the ability to take a fellow survivor out with us, which is awesome!
The Last of Us
One of, if not thee best game of 2013, I present to you The Last of Us! It is a 3rd Person Survival-Horror Action game developed by Naughty Dog and is an exclusive PS3 only title. The game focuses on two survivors, Joel and Ellie, as they trek across a post-apocalyptic United States trying to escape the quarantine zone and avoid capture from the Government and the threat from the Infected. While a generally linear game, The Last of Us features the best story I have experienced, and Joel and Ellie are more than just characters, they feel like real people living in a real world. Breathtaking.
The game takes place 20 Years after a mysterious fungus has killed millions of people, during which nature has gradually begun retaking the abandoned cities and towns. The player plays as Joel, who made a promise to a friend that he will get a young, fourteen year old girl named Ellie out of the quarantine zone and to safety. They face threats from 3 different sources, the infected who wish to spread the fungus, other survivors who are hostile towards them and will stop at nothing to get what they want, as well as the Government who are constantly on their trail.
If you own a PS3, you need to buy The Last of Us!
Dead Island: Riptide
Dead Island: Riptide is an open-world, action RPG zombie game and continues the story where Dead Island left off. However, after escaping Banoi, the survivors find themselves trapped on the overrun island of Palanai, after a sudden storm and the spread of the virus has ravaged their ship. Dead Island: Riptide features new characters, new vehicles, weather conditions, new levels and HUB defense mechanics.
As with the previous Dead Island, you will encounter a wide range of zombies who will pose different challenges to the player with more weapons on offer to take down the undead in your effort to once again, reach safety. While many were left disappointed by the original Dead Island, that sort of hype didn’t surround Riptide, so unless you are expecting something it’s not, you won’t be left disappointed. You could easily sink hours upon hours into Riptide, with more places to explore and things to do than in Dead Island. A game that any zombie fan should play, and the biggest selling point is it’s huge open-world.
DayZ really took the gaming world by storm when the Mod was released last year, and has gone from strength to strength. It took the several year old Arma 2 into the top selling game on Steam, some achievement considering Arma is a realistic combat simulator which most people had no intention of playing.
If you want to survive, truly survive, in a 225km2 open-world, DayZ is for you. Not only do you have to battle the undead which roam Chernarus, but you also need to ensure you find food and drink to stay alive. Add in other, real players, and you have a game which is truly unpredictable, and exciting!
Survival is a key part in DayZ, where you can even kill and skin wild animals for food, and then cook it in order to eat that food. This adds another aspect to the mod completely. DayZ also requires you to keep your body temperature at a sustainable level and features a blood meter, part of a detailed health system where you can break bones, be knocked unconscious, but importantly, be saved. Prodiving you have the right medical supplies of course.
In order to play the DayZ mod, you need to have both Arma II and Arma II: Operation Arrowhead. These are both available in the Combined Operations package at a reasonable price. Arma II is a great game even without DayZ, I fully suggest checking out both Arma II and DayZ.
The DayZ standalone is currently in development, with the public Alpha, hopefully, being released by the end of this year. The standalone will provide better zombie AI, more customization, more lootable buildings as well as various bug and glitch fixes, offering more stable gameplay. If your bored of Vanilla DayZ, then there a various “Mods of a Mod” to try, such as DayZ Epoch, Overwatch or my personal favourite, Origins.
Infestation: Survivor Stories
Previously known as The War Z, Infestation: Survivor Stories is an open-world, zombie MMO developed by Hammerpoint. It’s a game which had massive potential, but unfortunately it fell in the hands of the wrong developers. However I still have mixed feelings about the game. There are moments when the game is great and you can have lots of fun, but then either a hacker, or a game crash comes along and ruins the fun. It’s more like a FPS shooter with zombies added in to provide players with a minor inconvenience.
I would still recommend that people try it however, especially if you can pick it up for pennies during a Steam sale. Unlike DayZ, you can create 5 different characters and have a “Global Inventory”. This means your inventory can be accessed by all 5 of your characters, and if you love hoarding supplies, or collecting rares, then I’m sure you will love the GI.
Currently the only map is Colorado, with 3 Safezones on the map allowing you to access the marketplace and vault without needing to worry about being killed. There is also a skill system, albeit a rather simple one, which offers you small benefits for learning each skill. When killing zombies, you gain a small amount of XP which is used for this reason. Killing players provide you with rep, killing bandits gives you positive rep, killing non bandits and friendly players gives you negative rep.
If your looking for a zombie game centered around PvP, then you probably will get some enjoyment out of it. Private servers also offer you places to loot in peace, PvE or even Role-play if that’s for you. No subscription is required, only a one-off payment. Although the marketplace is at the heart of the game.
7 Days to Die
Minecraft isn’t a zombie game right? Well 7 Days to Die certainly is!
7 Days to Die is an Open-World Sandbox, Zombie Survival, Crafting Game. The game takes place in 2034 Arizona, where nuclear attacks have decimated the Earth, and the remaining inhabitants have become infected. If you were wondering about the name, one can assume it gets its name from the fact that this virus takes 7 days to kill the infected before they turn into the living dead.
The game takes place in a fully destructible, voxel-based world, and it doesn’t have minecraft graphics, although there is an option for that if you wish to use it. During the day, the zombies are calmer, allowing you to loot those crucial supplies and to fortify a building of your choice, ready for the onslaught you can expect when the sun goes in, and the moon comes out. You also need to keep an eye out for your hunger and thirst meter, offering a survival aspect to the game as well.
The game will enter public Alpha in August for early supports and Kickstarter backers, with the full game being released much later. It is currently on Kickstarter, with the chance to buy into the Alpha. Check out the website at www.7daystodie.com
Keep an eye out around the site when we take a look at 7 Days to Die. (Thankfully I took the leap of faith and invested in this beauty!)
ZombiU is a first-person survival game set in modern day London. It was a launch title for the Wii U and is only available on this platform. Throughout the world there is a variety of weapons and items to be collected to help you better survive the apocalypse. You start the game as a survivor in a bunker, who has been chosen to confront the zombies,and must try to survive through the apocalypse.
A feature of ZombiU is that if your character gets killed, which can be from just a single bite, your character is dead permanently. Therefore you must create a new character and start again. Your previous character then becomes a Zombie which you can kill to get your stuff back. The Wii U game pad acts as your bug out bag, housing your tools, inventory, maps, first aid and more,which immerses you even more in the game world.
Weapon crafting is also available allowing you to upgrade, tweak and customize your guns and gear. Spray paint allows you to leave messages on the walls for the other players, Precision sniping takes advantage of the game pad by using it as your scope. You can even hack doors or use sonar to scan your surroundings.
The lack of sales for the WiiU means that ZombieU is a game which is overlooked by the general gaming community, simply because not many people own a WiiU. However if a version was made available for PC or next-gen consoles. then It has the makings to be a successful game. If your into zombie games, and happen to own a WiiU, then ZombieU is a must buy!
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
Undead Nightmare is an expansion for Red Dead Redemption. However there is a standalone disc which doesn’t require you to have Red Dead Redemption in order to play. So it is a game rather than DLC in its own right. Red Dead Redemption is a truly great game, one of the few set in the times of the Wild West, and boy did it deliver. Then came along Undead Nightmare, and it didn’t disappoint.
Undead Nightmare features its own campaign where you have to try to find out what has happened and find a cure for this madness. As well as this, you have to help defend each town before they become overrun by the undead, constantly giving you something to do. It’s best to keep as many towns and survivors going as you can, as supplies are less common than in RDR, so make every bullet count!
What’s better than cowboy’s versus zombies in a massive open-world environment? This means you can ride around and have your own fun when not taking part in missions. There are a variety of side missions as well as trigger events. For example, as you are traveling the world, you will come across other survivors who need your help to fight off zombies, or go out on rescue missions and attempt to rescue and bring back missing people. There is also a mission which involves killing Sasquatch!
The multiplayer is a tonne of fun too, where you can you can join 3 other players and try to survive wave after wave of zombies in a “Last Stand” game-mode.
If you own Red Dead Redemption, reading this article, and haven’t played Undead Nightmare, you are committing a crime! You have to experience Undead Nightmare. A truly amazing, open-world zombie game.
The Walking Dead: 400 Days
The Walking Dead game was a masterpiece, and was hugely appreciated by gamers and fans of the series alike. So naturally, when 400 Days was announced, we were extremely excited. The point and click adventure game takes 5 different characters and tells 5 different stories, combining it into one episode. There was the worry that the player could become less connected with each character, considering how much everyone loved Lee and Clementine in the first game, but 400 Days tells emotional and captivating stories, which makes the game worth playing for that reason alone.
As with The Walking Dead, 400 Days involves examining and interacting with various objects and making use of inventory items. There is also the ability to interact with the surroundings, with options appearing on screen determining what action is possible. There are also parts of the game which require timed responses which often have an impact on the storyline.
You are also given the choice to play any of the characters storylines whenever you wish. You can expect to get several hours gameplay out of 400 Days, with it possible to complete the game sooner depending how you play.
Fan of the Walking Dead Series? Then you will enjoy 400 Days!
If you loved what State of Decay had done with the base-building and survivor management, then you will love Dead State. It received over double the funding it initially seeked on Kickstarter in just 30 days! Marked for a December 2013 release, Dead State is a turn-based RPG survival game. You are in charge of a group of survivors who are sheltering from the apocalypse. You have to fortify your shelter and protect it as well as scavenge in the world for the supplies to keep you alive.
However the zombies are not your only threat, as you will also have to deal with other groups of survivors, form alliances and try to do what you can to stay alive. Characters have stats, skills and perks which can be upgraded to your advantage, as well as a complex moral system for your survivors which factors in success and failures.
This will be the first, truly strategic zombie game out there, and we can’t wait for it!
Our Indie Spotlight section features various interviews and previews of zombie games currently in development, such as The Dead Linger, Roam and Lifeless! If you are interested in checking out the games which we should see in 2014, head over to Indie Spotlight!