Top Zombie Games for the PC

Zombie DLCs and bundles for beloved series and more

Zombie-themed video games have taken up a permanent place in popularity, and they have enjoyed a reciprocal success alongside other zombie-themed entertainment, like the hit TV series and graphic novel "The Walking Dead," and books such as "The Passage." With so many games—many of them high-quality and very popular—its worth taking a look at this game genre subset by itself.

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Dead Rising 4

  • Release Date: Dec. 6, 2016
  • Genre: Action, beat 'em up
  • Theme: Zombie survival horror
  • Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
  • Game Series: "Dead Rising"

"Dead Rising 4" is the zombie-survival horror-themed fourth game in the series. In this one, Frank West returns (though with a bit of a makeover from the last time we saw him—back when he "covered wars, y'know"), and the series returns to the tone of the games before "Dead Rising 3" took the series into a moodier, more serious place. Set in the town of Willamette, Colorado, players are called on by one of his students, Vicky Chu, to help investigate a military compound where the first zombie outbreak occurred. Frank ends up on the run, trying to clear his name while fighting a dark organization called Obscuris, zombies, and worse.

"Dead Rising 4" has a campy tone compared to its predecessor, and has received somewhat more positive reviews from gamers and critics than "Dead Rising 3," which was released in 2013. The original "Dead Rising" was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 console but has since been released on the PC through Steam.

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Survivalist

Survivalist screenshot
© Bob the Game Development Bot
  • Release Date: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Genre: RPG
  • Theme: Zombie apocalypse
  • Game Modes: Single player

"Survivalist" is a top down/isometric role playing game that puts players in control of former hedge fund manager Joe Wheeler, who has survived a year inside his safe bunker after a virus spread through the population, turning most into zombies. Upon exiting the bunker in search of food, players walk into a huge, open world where the primary goal is to find others like yourself and help build a new community in a wasteland littered with zombies. "Survivalist" features all the classic RPG elements, with character creation, skill points and abilities, and interaction with non-player characters.

"Survivalist" is a single-player only game with an objective-based story campaign set in an open world where characters have some freedom of choice. The game was created by indie developer Bob the Game Development Bot and is available for an inexpensive $4.99 on Steam.

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H1Z1

H1Z1 Screenshot
© Daybreak Game Company
  • Release Date: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Genre: MMO, third person
  • Theme: Zombie apocalypse
  • Game Modes: Multiplayer

"H1Z1" is an open-world, sandbox-style, massively multiplayer game set in the U.S. after a zombie apocalypse. The game is played in the third-person perspective and focuses on players cooperating with one another rather than fighting each other. Players, through teamwork with others, build shelters, and collect and trade resources all in the hope of fighting off an onslaught of zombies. The game does not contain player-vs.-player fighting found in many other multiplayer shooter games.

"H1Z1" was released in January 2015 through Steam's early-access program. It has received mixed reviews, with most negative comments directed toward technical issues and the game's limited features and size.

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Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid
© The Indie Stone
  • Release Date: Nov. 8, 2013
  • Genre: Action, top-down/isometric third person
  • Theme: Zombie survival horror
  • Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Players of "Project Zomboid" try to survive in an open game world for as long as possible knowing that death is inevitable at some point. They must scavenge for supplies and food to deal with everyday issues like hunger, sleep, pain, and mental awareness.

The game features three different game modes: survival, sandbox, and last stand. In survival mode, a player creates a character and tries to survive for as long as possible against mostly slow-moving zombies. Sandbox mode allows for some gameplay and customization, such as how fast zombies move, environmental effects like rain, and more. In last-stand mode, players choose a profession and try to survive as long as possible against waves of zombies, buying new weapons as the game progresses.

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Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light
© Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 8, 2016
  • Genre: Action, first-person shooter/driver
  • Theme: Zombie survival horror
  • Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

"Dying Light" is a first-person survival horror game in an urban setting that has been overrun by a mysterious epidemic that has turned people into zombies. "Dying Light: The Following" is a DLC that takes the game experience out of the city and into the open and adds a new aspect to the battle against the undead: vehicles. Now, instead of leaping over urban detritus, you careen down country roads and across fields full of zombies to run over. This offers a satisfying change to the game style of "Dying Light," but it's not all flat road running; there are plenty of ramps and finessed landings to enjoy, plus out-of-the-car combat as well.

The original "Dying Light" is broken into two main phases: The daytime, in which the players are the hunters, looking for weapons and supplies; nighttime, when the infected awake and the players use supplies and weapons to make it through the night. They're armed with melee weapons, firearms, and handcrafted weapons. The game features RPG elements, which allow you to develop your character to your playing style.

There is an online multiplayer cooperative mode in which players can play through the game's campaign storyline with up to four players online. This also features two challenge modes: one in which players must kill as many zombies as possible, and another that is a survival/race to an airdrop location on the map.

If you don't have the original "Dying Light," Steam offers an Enhanced bundle that includes it, "The Following" DLC, as well as additional content.

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The Walking Dead Everything Bundle

The Walking Dead Season One
© Telltale Games
  • Release Date: Apr. 24, 2012 - December 20, 2016
  • Genre: Graphic adventure
  • Theme: Zombie apocalypse
  • Game Modes: Single player
  • Game Series: "The Walking Dead"

"The Walking Dead" was a six-part episodic graphic adventure game from Telltale Games based on "The Walking Dead" graphic novel. Since its release, there have been more additions to the series, and on Steam you can grab a bundle of the series' titles to get lots of zombie fighting fun at a discount. The bundle includes:

  • "The Walking Dead"
  • "The Walking Dead: 400 Days" DLC
  • "The Walking Dead: Season 2"
  • "The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries"
  • "The Walking Dead: A New Frontier"

"The Walking Dead" was originally released from April through November 2012, with a new episode coming out every six weeks or so. The full retail version bundles all five episodes into one release. "The Walking Dead: Season 2" was released in late 2013 through early 2014 over eight episodes. "A New Frontier" was released in 2016. "The Walking Dead: The Final Season," which is not included in this bundle, was released in August of 2018.