Now that the game industry's obsession with zombies is coming to an end, I thought I would run down the top 10 zombies in video games. [SPOILERS]
1. Nazi Zombies
The legendary Nazi Zombies from the Call of Duty series have seen a lot of action and showed that Call of Duty had a fun side to it and wasn't just a gritty war shooter with some pathetic attempts at story telling and a multiplayer, the visual equivalent of crack (complete with withdrawal symptoms). It provided hours of entertainment and is still the definitive horde mode. Many celebrities have faced up against these zombies as well including Danny Trejo, Robert Englund and JFK.
2. Dead Island's The Butcher
we've all seen the trailer. The attempt of one family to escape their fate set to hauntingly beautiful piano music. The one thing I often feel is missing from that trailer is the fucking Butcher. The first time I came face to face with a Butcher in Dead Island I wasn't actually sure what I was looking at. Then I realized that this is a zombie that has sawed it's own fore arms off and was stabbing people with sharpened elbow bones, and for the first time in Dead Island, I was scared. Before I had time to think it ran at me. Most of my Dead Island experience so far had been easy street, kill a few zombies, avoid the big ones. I had never found myself running away, but now I was. I was sprinting, and honestly feeling scared as I saw my stamina bar hit bottom. I turned around to face him and he killed me. From then on, I would only face a Butcher with large reserves of machine gun ammo.
Imagine this running at you
3. Yeti Zombie
The Yeti Zombie from Plants vs Zombies is awesome. The game treats like a yeti should be, to gain it's page in the almanac, the player has to kill it. Unfortunately it's on a level where the only time you can see is when there are occasional bolts of lightning, therefore, only a few players end up seeing the yeti, making the kill all the more satisfying
Some would call them a Xenomorph clone, but that doesn't stop them from being horrifying. Dead Space's enemies aren't traditional zombies but fit the criteria. creatures that are humans reanimated by a virus, yep that is a zombie. My time with Dead Space was slightly forgettable but if there's one thing i'll never forget it's the beginning of Dead Space 2 when the guy helping you turns into a Necromorph in front of your eyes and then chases you around the ship.
5. Midget Zombie
The Zombie Island of Dr Ned was overall, a slightly disappointing DLC. The setting and humor were top notch but the enemies were dull and slow. All except the midget zombie. There was something deeply unsettling about a small, screaming midget running towards you to savage you. While the other zombies lumbered towards you, these small critters would sprint at you sometimes taking you by surprise. sounds like small man syndrome
6. The Tank
The Tank from Left 4 Dead was always a scary prospect. Your on your last clip of your assault rifle and you are out of molotov cocktails. Then it comes round the corner, all the tactics you and your friends planned for this specific situation go out the window and you all split up with an every man for himself mentality. Because that's what the tank does, it splits up the team and then preys on the targets one my one. Note to self, buy more molotov cocktails.
7. Stubbs the Zombie
Stubbs is a zombie game that continues the long tradition of zombies that make you think, going all the way back to George A. Romero's allegorical Night of the Living Dead that explored race relations in America. Stubbs the Zombie explores the capitalist ideal and the idea of the 'American Dream'. Like Willy Loman before him, Stubbs is a traveling salesman who is down on his luck, even in death when his grave gets built on. Sutubbs comes back to seek his revenge on the living. The game, although funny, is insanely dark, and explores how far someone should go for revenge. Wow, just got deep for a second, you can also throw your head at people.
Some debate whether this is a zombie, most people don't know what it is, but if you look at it long enough, you can be sure of one thing, IT WILL FUCK YOUR SHIT UP. Accidentally took a wrong turn YOUR FUCKED, they're herding you in YOUR FUCKED, if you make one wrong move with a creeper, YOU ARE FUCKED. For those of you that don't know, creepers are Minecraft answer to the atomic bomb. Get too close and that giant pair of stone tits you've been working on are gone for good and theyr'e is nothing you can do about it, and that makes them a genuinely frightening opponent.
Many gamers of a certain age will tell you that thier first encounter with Nemesis in Resident Evil 3 is the scariest moment in a game they have ever experienced. The fixed camera angles as well as never getting a good look at the hulking beast chasing you made Nemesis a force to be reckoned with, a precursor to the tank and other variations of hulking zombies, Nemesis was a truly horrifying opponent.
10. Zombie Marsdon
Red Dead Redemption, as it was, was one of my favorite games of its generation but when they announced Undead Nightmare it became one of my favorite games of all time. Rockstar had the balls to take a serious story and add on a seemingly non canon zombie DLC into the mix. The story of Undead Nightmare is clumsily jammed in between the time that John Marsdon returns home and the time he is shot to pieces [SPOILER ALERT]. After solving the issue by returning the relic to it's resting place, our old friend Seth steals it again, meaning that for the second time zombies rise. This includes the newly-buried John Marsdon. I don't know whether it was my love of seeing grindhouse style zombie roaming the Western Landscape or whether it was how relieved I was to see that John Marsdon was still alive but I have never gained more satisfaction from a zombie than roaming the landscape as Zombie Marsdon whilst taming thre 4 horses of the apocalypse.