Zombie Games: The Ultimate Training Guide

WARNING: These images contain graphic scenes of zombie attacks. Be advised. Most of these games are rated "M" by the ESRB. One of pop culture's ultimate survival tests is the Zombie Apocalypse. Sure, the idea of zombies maybe fictional, but do you really want to take that chance? Sure, there are plenty of movies and comics to help you prepare to repel the mindless brain munching hordes, but seeing isn't doing, right? Why not interact first hand with the undead and get a feel of how they may or may not be like? Since we don't exactly have zombie training camps, you might as well boot up your game console of choice and let 'er rip! ** Editor's Note: With Halloween coming up, we felt like you all could use a nice refresher. You never know when you'll need to defend against the hordes of undead. OL.com Reader Zombie Guns >> Shooting Editor John Snow's Zombie Guns >> ** ( Image from Dead Rising by Capcom )
The Grand Daddy of Zombie games came out for the Nintendo and Super Nintendo Platforms back in the 80's. Ghosts 'n Goblins features roving hordes of zombies but today its a little less than impressive. I definitely clocked far too many hours into this classic. ( Image from Super Ghosts 'n Goblins by Capcom )
Zombies Ate My Neighbors was a Sega Genesis and eventually Super Nintendo cult classic that featured the main characters Zeke and Julie who roamed their neighborhood and malls ending the zombie menace. ( Image from Zombies Ate My Neighbors by Konami )
Back on the Playstation, Resident Evil was one of the more revolutionary titles that sucked tons of my fellow peers into the zombie game arena. The series is on its 5th installment and has several spin-offs on almost every gaming platform. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
The first real enemy you encounter in Resident Evil are these undead mutts. They dive through the window and proceed to not only scare the life out of you, but they also try to maul you. As if Dobermans needed any help to be more intimidating. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
Resident Evil 1 was eventually redesigned to be ported to the Nintendo Gamecube Platform. The graphics had be greatly enhanced bringing a whole new terror to the screen. Hey, Chris Redfield, I don't think a knife is going to do the job here. Let me know how that works out for you. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
While Resident Evil focused primarily in a mansion outside of Raccoon City, Resident Evil 2 drove you right into downtown to fight hordes of Zombies. Good thing they have a gun shop on Main Street. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
Resident Evil 2 also was given an amazing makeover as it was ported to several systems throughout the years. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
There's never enough ammo in Resident Evil 2. I remember this detail rather explicitly. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
Eventually you find yourself in the Umbrella Corporation's underground facilities where the "virus" that creates the zombies was being developed. See? There's science SOMEWHERE in these games. Sort of. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
Going on down the road of Resident Evil franchises, this is from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Oh, good, zombie spiders. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
And here is the villain of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. You guessed it, his name is Nemesis. A face only a mother could love. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
After exhausting the zombie potential in American settings, Resident Evil 4 move onto a random village in Spain. Where Zombies RUN. And carry CHAINSAWS. As if they needed anything else to make themselves better at mauling you. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
No, I wasn't kidding about the Chainsaws. Shouldn't this be the other way around? ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
The zombies have also... evolved? Nothing says Zombie Apocalypse like self exploding heads! ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
Oh good, giant zombies. As if the chainsaws weren't bad enough. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
In Resident Evil 5, they've decided to get away from Europe. Instead, we come to the depths of Africa. Well, a fictional town in Africa. And what do you know! Zombies! ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
Very very creepy zombies. ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
Ok, creepy might be an understatement. Seriously, guy, learn to take smaller bites! ( Image from Resident Evil by Capcom )
House of the Dead is an arcade classic. I doubt anyone can step into an arcade without grabbing one of those red or blue guns and letting loose clip after clip into zombies. It's usually dangerously close to Big Buck Hunter. ( Image from House of the Dead by Sega )
From pistols to shotguns, House of the Dead gives you an array of weapons to choose from. Because only shooting one type of gun is just boring. ( Image from House of the Dead by Sega )
Sometimes you need to think outside the box. That's where Stubbs the Zombie comes in. Why not join the fun and be part of the zombie horde! ( Image from Stubbs the Zombie by Aspyr )
Left 4 Dead is one of the first multiplayer zombie platformer games. The general idea is survival with 1-3 other people unleashing a spray bullets into the oncoming zombie hordes. This game was an instant classic. ( Image from Left 4 Dead by Valve )
This goes along with the idea of safety in numbers. Until one of those numbers is bitten. Then it's not nearly as safe. ( Image from Left 4 Dead by Valve )
Oh, middle America. Farms, corn and zombies. ( Image from Left 4 Dead by Valve )
Left 4 Dead 2 brings you a whole new cast of characters with new environments for you to be chased down by the surging masses of undead. ( Image from Left 4 Dead by Valve )
The sequel also features locations such as Savannah, GA and New Orleans, LA! ( Image from Left 4 Dead by Valve )
Cricket anyone? ( Image from Left 4 Dead by Valve )
Here's a fantastic concept. You're trapped in a mall. Whats's the kicker? The mall is full of zombies. Meet one of my favorite games from Capcom: Dead Rising. ( Image from Dead Rising by Capcom )
The turret on that tank seems like a waste in this situation. JUST RUN EM OVER! ( Image from Dead Rising by Capcom )
Due to Dead Rising's success, they obviously had to start developing a sequel. Zombies Vs. Off Road Bikes? Yes, please. ( Image from Dead Rising by Capcom )
Call of Duty is notorious for having some great mods designed for their games. Nothing says World War II like Nazi Zombies. ( Image from Call of Duty by Activision )
Another Call of Duty mod bring you Zombies AND the tropics. What else do you need? ( Image from Call of Duty by Activision )
You can't have an iPhone version of Call of Duty without Zombies. ( Image from Call of Duty by Activision )
This game was in the Top 10 of the iTunes game sales charts for months. It's absolutely gore-tastic. ( Image from Call of Duty by Activision )
Even games with absolutely no initial zombie content have been getting downloadable content with them in it. The Island of Doctor Ned for Borderlands is one much example. ( Image from Borderlands by 2K Games )
Leave it the Japanese to come up with Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers ( Image from Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers by D3 )
Personally, I don't recommend a school girl outfit for zombie slaying, but a samurai's katana is definitely a sufficient weapon. ( Image from Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers by D3 )
Despite its impractical nature, Onechanbara is definitely a fun game. Check our our ZOMBIE GUNS gallery and then enter your own zombie gun or idea to our ZOMBIE GUN CONTEST. ( Image from Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers by D3 )