Halloween may have come and gone, but in the gaming industry, there's never a bad time to celebrate the zombie infestations that have given us countless hours of entertainment. What could be better than mowing down hordes of your fellow man without the annoyance of an ethical dilemma getting in the way? Nothing, I say. In that spirit, the creative minds throughout the development community have taken it upon themselves to come up with increasingly clever ways to expand the loose definition of what a zombie game can be, and I salute them for it. Whether it's the Necromorphs of Dead Space, the crazed masses of Condemned or the slightly playful undead of PopCap's tower defense juggernaut, there's plenty of fun to go around. With that in mind, we've compiled ten of our favourite zombie-ish games of this console generation, listed in alphabetical order.
Condemned 2: Bloodshot
"Featuring new fighting mechanics and online multiplayer functionality, Condemned 2: Bloodshot is a first-person action thriller immersing players in a world of psychological terror. Following a string of gruesome murders, players must use their deductive skills and brute force to track down sadistic serial killers. Players assume the identity of Ethan Thomas, former Serial Crimes Unit investigator, who has been called back to duty to track down his missing partner."
"Dead Nation from Housemarque, the team behind Super Stardust HD, is a twin stick shooter set in a zombie infested, not too distant future. It's the second game released exclusively on the PlayStation Network by the Finnish developer. Dead Nation's familiar controls and mechanics make it easily approachable experience, and its high production values make it an engaging one."
"For everything that's good about Dead Island, there are even more things that are bad. And it's rather disappointing, because at its core, Dead Island is a game that has depicted a zombie apocalypse like no other - it's made it more palpable. It's just not possible to overlook the disjointed story, uneven gameplay elements and frustrating glitches. Fans of zombies games should definitely check this out, if only for the thrills of the scenario."
Dead Rising 2
"Dead Rising 2 is a great experience that features a fun and interesting story and a ton of weapons which can be used to kill countless numbers of zombies. Sure, the combat can get a little bit tedious sometimes, but the sheer variety of weapons quickly dissipates this feeling. With the online modes too, Dead Rising 2 becomes a game that's definitely worth checking out."
Dead Space 2
"Dead Space 2 is an awesome game with a great story-driven single player campaign and a relatively fun online multiplayer mode. The story can be dragged down at times and it's disappointing that we only learn the bare minimum about Isaac Clarke. Regardless, the game is still one of the best experiences this generation and certainly the best of its genre. Visceral Games have improved upon the mechanics introduced in the first game, the presentation and definitely the pacing."
Left 4 Dead 2
"When taken on its own merits, Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game. However, it's difficult to ignore that the original only came out a year ago, and when compared to the original, the difference isn't significant enough. It's definitely an improvement and the additions are welcome, but there just aren't enough of them. If they'd taken another year, they could have made the difference in quality much more obvious, so let's hope they don't do the same thing again."
Plants vs. Zombies
"A mob of zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of zombie-zapping plants. Think fast and plant faster to stop the zombies dead in their tracks. And with five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies!"
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
"While Rockstar North is generally considered the creative force with Rockstar, the San Diego team stole some - ok, a lot - of the spotlight with Red Dead Redemption. Much more than simply 'Grand Theft Horse', Red Dead was able to recreate the GTA magic in an old Wild West setting, with grand vistas, memorable characters, and inventive multiplayer options." Did we mention the zombie infestation?
Resident Evil 5
The Resident Evil series brought zombies and general horrific thrills to the forefront of gaming. That earns it a place on this list regardless on how you feel about its execution.
Siren: Blood Curse
"Blood-splattered episodes of this Japanese Survival Horror are available as downloads, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the next episode arrives. The story follows a TV crew from America, who has journeyed to research and film an exposÃ© on the urban myth of Hanuda, the Vanished Village."