The video game industry as a whole has a zombie fetish. I think that also goes for gamers, because we just can’t get enough of it. There have been countless games to date that have zombies in them or are entirely focused on zombies, more recently than before.
I love playing these games, perferably the ones where me and 3 buddies can get together and waste away some zombies using insane amounts of firepower. The games where we experience zombie apocalypses are also nice and it kinda does make you wonder… What if. So here are my top 5 zombie games yet to be released:
1. Dead Island: Riptide
Deep Silver and Techland’s Dead Island was a dream game for any zombie fan. The wide-open environments and co-op made it an enjoyable experience. I found that the analog control scheme being used while mashing up zombies was the most fun. Deep Silver announced a new Dead Island game, Riptide.
“It’s not Dead Island 2″ states Deep Silver’s Aubrey Norris but it is a continuation of the franchise. Who know’s we might see the same 4 with their story continuing or a new group entirely. I’m excited however it turns out. Techland did a commendable job on the original game despite the launch issues. It was some of the most fun I’ve had playing a co-op game ever.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Zombies
While I’m not a huge fan of Treyarch CoD games, they have brought something truly awesome to the franchise: zombies. Starting with World at War and most recently with Black Ops, Tryearch is capitalizing on it’s very popular zombie mode. The system is simple, you control one of four survivors and fend off hordes of zombies, buying weapons and repairing barriers until you eventually die.
The best part of this mode is that it’s 4 player co-op. Another great thing is the use of wonder weapons and traps in the environment. Nothing beats getting to round 20 and letting an electrical barrier trap go while running backwards shooting your Ray Gun. Black Ops 2 is said to expand zombies to a whole new level. Studio head Mark Lamia said that the zombies mode will be bigger than ever as said below:
3. Human Element
Human Element is very intriguing to me at this point. It was the first game that I heard of that was confirmed for next-generation consoles (being slated for a 2015 release after all). What also struck me is that Robert Bowling, former Creative Strategist and Community Manager for Infinity Ward, was making this game with his new studio Robotoki.
The ideas coming out right now are pretty damn cool too. Not only will you be a survivor in a zombie wasteland but you will have to choose when it’s safe to scavenge for resources. Probably the coolest thing for me is that you can form alliances with players on other consoles; those players will use a mobile device to help other player’s in the alliance and feed them resources. You can play by yourself, with a friend, or even while caring for a child. Supplies can even be scavenged using real-world facilities such as pharmacies through the use of Google Maps. Call me crazy but this all sounds very interesting.
4. Class 3
This isn’t a game that has gotten a ton of coverage but you should know that it’s an open-world zombie game that is coming to PC and XBLA. When you die, you die and what you save from the apocalypse is up to you. You can scavenge food or grow it at your base.
The cool part is that this is all being done on CryEngine 3, so expect lot’s a pretty, illustrious, grim but colorful, scary graphics. It’ll be an RPG and a shooter but above all, a survival game and about you killing zombies… and surviving… and killing more zombies.
5. Arma II’s DayZ
I think we can all expect DayZ to be getting a retail release but I put it in this spot because it is already out. Nonetheless, DayZ is an amazing mod and has tickled my S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fancy enough to make me to go out a buy an able PC, ARMA II and Operation Arrowhead, and go download it.
What makes this so awesome? Open world, scavenging, survival, zombies, and it’s insanely realistic. If that won’t sell the retail version, maybe the addition of bear traps and dogs will help.
So I wanted to take a knee and tell y’all about what I’m most looking forward to in the coming months out of the dozens of zombie games hitting the market. There are a lot so I’m sure there are one, two, maybe three that I didn’t include here that YOU are looking forward to. Post in the comments below to let me know what you think… or if youu think I’m crazy.