The 10 Most Satisfying Zombie Shooting Games

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Nothing is more satisfying than mowing down a horde of zombies

Get Trigger Happy In These Zombie Shooting Games

For 50 years, the world has been captivated by zombies. Their gnarled flesh, rotten teeth, and odd fascination with brains have made them a mainstay in the gaming world, with everything from Left 4 Dead to Dead Rising drawing in millions of loyal followers. Yet, with so many zombie games to choose from, how are players to know which ones are the very best? Here’s our list of the 10 most satisfying zombie shooters to add to your collection.

10. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7: Jack Baker Boss Fight (2nd Encounter)

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a first-person survival horror game published by Capcom in 2017. Players take control of Ethan Winters as he traverses a zombie-infested house in search of his missing wife. Fast-paced action takes a backseat to horror as Ethan does battle with relentless foes, including the regenerating body of family patriarch Jack Baker. Taking down each of the game’s bosses requires perseverance, improvisation, and a whole lot of firepower, making every kill one of the most satisfying in gaming history. Combined with gripping stealth sections and a huge variety of weapons, Biohazard creates the perfect atmosphere for good old-fashioned zombie-shooting fun.

Zombies so terrifying it’ll make your head spin!

Lock and load: Use all the weapons at your disposal to demolish your foes

9. No More Room in Hell

No More Room in Hell (Chinatown) ­-- Solo Machete Speedrun

Originally developed as a mod for Half-Life 2, Max Kazan’s No More Room in Hell has since become a zombie-killing classic all its own. Play alone or with friends to beat back the zombie hordes in a post-apocalyptic world reminiscent of the game’s namesake, Dawn of the Dead. With a minimal heads-up display and nothing but bone-chilling screams to guide players on their path, each fresh kill feels like a warm reprieve from the endless wave of foes still to come, and with dozens of weapons to choose from, there are always new ways to play. So, grab a gun and make a break for the door, because No More Room in Hell is staking its claim as one of the best survival horror games around.

Taking it to the streets: Mow down waves of enemies while pursuing your ultimate escape    

No deposit, no return: Traverse several unique world maps in search of action, thrills, and your next target

8. 7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die Gameplay 1080p

Set in a post-apocalyptic version of Arizona, 7 Days to Die takes open-world survival to the next level. Search for supplies, build shelter, craft weapons, and try to fight back against the endless hordes of zombies roaming the wasteland. As each day passes, the hordes become more powerful, pushing players to their limit as their tools and defenses slowly wither away. New players will marvel at how satisfying it is to kill a zombie using weapons and armor they crafted themselves, while more experienced players can use their knowledge to build intricate traps and powerful fortifications against the undead. The result is an endlessly addictive survival experience that will leave any gamer begging for more.

Light ‘em up: Craft the perfect rifle for taking down the zombie hordes

Unlimited adventure: Explore a massive world and find the perfect place to confront your undead foes

7. Hunt: Showdown

12 Minutes of Hunt: Showdown Gameplay (with Developer Commentary)

While not a typical zombie game, Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown captures all of the tension, terror and energy of the zombie-shooter genre. Play as one half of a bounty-hunting duo in search of vicious and deadly monsters, but make sure to keep an eye out for other players trying to snatch away your prize. Crytek’s reputation for insane graphics dates back to the original Crysis, and Hunt: Showdown carries on that tradition, resulting in some of the most visually stunning and satisfying kills of this console generation. The addition of other player teams only makes the hunt more satisfying, as each must compete for domination over the same deadly prey.

Blaze of glory: Fight for supremacy against other bounty hunter teams to claim the top prize  

Sight-seeing: Take aim with a variety of long-range weapons as you stalk the murderous beasts roaming the wilderness

6. GTFO

GTFO Gameplay: Work as a Team to Survive the Horror | E3 2018

Continuing the trend of zombie games that aren’t really zombie games is GTFO, a cooperative shooter that emphasizes high-octane action and the very best in teamwork. Fight in teams of four to clear underground mazes of the horrible monsters dwelling within them, securing the priceless artifacts that wait along the way. GTFO satisfies in a way that most zombie and monster-hunting games don’t, and that’s through sound. Listening to the creaking noise of metal on metal, broken only by the echoing cries of distant foes, creates an absolutely terrifying atmosphere. This symphony of horror makes the game’s monsters even more pleasurable to defeat, for nothing is better than silencing their hideous screams with a well-placed bullet.

Explore the deep: Work with your team of scavengers to root out the monsters dwelling within the underground

Get the (lead) out: Search the complex for the best armor and weapons to combat your enemies

5. Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Overkill's The Walking Dead FULL MISSION Gameplay | Polygon @ E3 2018

From the developers of the Payday franchise comes Overkill’s The Walking Dead, a cooperative zombie-shooter based on the original comic version of The Walking Dead. Players must rely on each other to navigate the torturous streets of Washington D.C. and combat the swaths of zombies roaming around every corner. While bearing many similarities to the widely-acclaimed Payday games, Overkill’s latest venture places a much-needed emphasis on the physical sensation of tearing down the undead hordes. Every shot, every melee attack, and every kill feel unbelievably violent, which is perfect for a subject as brutal and physical as the zombie apocalypse.

Make the dream work: Watch your teammates’ backs and keep your eyes peeled for incoming zombie hordes 

Dead man walking: Stay light on your feet if you want to escape infection

4. Unturned

Unturned Russia Map [Unturned Gameplay]

For a cheap, yet satisfying zombie-shooting experience, look no further than Unturned, a free-to-play survival game for PC. Despite its simple, Minecraft-like graphics, Unturned is brimming with depth, allowing players to build, thrive and survive in a variety of game modes. What makes the game even more charming is its unique combat animations, such as the burst of gooey blood that pops out of every zombie a player kills. This distinct and unique approach to zombie survival is incredibly satisfying to play, not only because it is different, but because it is remarkably well-executed. 

Take down hordes of zombies with a variety of exciting weapons!

Snipe city: Approach enemies straight-on or pick them off from a distance

3. Arizona Sunshine

Arizona Sunshine VR Horde Mode HTC VIVE

Arizona Sunshine is a virtual-reality first-person shooter for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. Enter a world of zombies and mayhem unlike any other, and use the power of motion controls to shoot, grab, move and explore. VR games like Arizona Sunshine offer the most intense and captivating zombie-hunting experience to date, allowing players to feel like an integral part of the world around them. This immersion translates into highly engaging combat where every kill feels cool, smooth and satisfying. There is only room to grow in the VR genre, and Arizona Sunshine might just be the wave of the future.

Double trouble: Fire multiple guns at once to deal maximum damage!

Too close for comfort: The threat of zombie infestation has never felt more real than it does in virtual reality

2. Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 Gameplay 

Fight through waves of enemies in Killing Floor 2, sequel to the 2009 hit Killing Floor from Tripwire Interactive. After a biotech company’s plan to create military clones goes haywire, players are forced to combat an outbreak of zombie-like creatures in order to save the world. Killing Floor 2 offers one of the most well-rounded zombie adventures to date, providing fast-paced, energetic gameplay, a variety of enemy types, and wondrous amounts of blood and gore. This combination makes for an immensely satisfying gameplay experience, fulfilling the age-old zombie-killing fantasy with more flair than just about anything else.

 

Let the bodies hit the floor: endless waves of enemies look to tear players apart from every angle

Light up the night: Combat a huge variety of enemies, including several unique bosses

1. Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2: DEAD CENTER - Full Walkthrough

In spite of countless innovations and years of technological advancement, Valve’s 2009 hit Left 4 Dead 2 remains at the top of the zombie-shooter mountain. Four strangers, brought together under dangerous circumstances, must work together to escape the endless hordes of the undead that have taken over their city. With fast-paced movement, unique enemy types, and tight combat controls, Left 4 Dead 2 feels and plays better than every other zombie game on the market. Every kill feels guttural and satisfying, with the stronger enemies delivering even more excitement when players finally take them down. If it’s thrills, skills, blood, gore, passion or energy you want, Left 4 Dead 2 has it in spades, making it the most satisfying zombie shooter of all time.

Fight to survive: Team-up with friends for the ultimate zombie-hunting experience

Last stand: Stay sharp and keep shooting if you want to survive this zombie apocalypse

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