The 16 best zombie games on PS4 & PS5
Zombie and post-apocalyptic storylines are nothing new in the realm of video games, but they have never looked as impressive as they do on the PS4 and...
Zombie and post-apocalyptic storylines are nothing new in the realm of video games, but they have never looked as impressive as they do on the PS4 and PS5. Thanks to the exceptional capabilities of these platforms and their impressive frame rates, one can sometimes feel as though they are directly facing the undead creatures in real life.
While some zombie games are absolutely terrifying, others take zombies in a comedic and sometimes even humorous direction. While other zombie games for the PS4 and PS5 may not be the most visually stunning games you've ever played, they introduce zombies into innovative genres, such as games based on road trips. If you're interested in playing the best zombie games on the PS4 and PS5, look no further.
Updated on September 21, 2023 by Ben Jessey: Zombies are one of the most common types of enemies encountered in video games. Over the years, numerous titles have featured zombies or creatures inspired by these walking corpses. The reason behind this is that there is something incredibly satisfying about fighting against these beasts and emerging victorious.
However, that only applies to the best zombie games. And the ones we have included in this list undoubtedly belong to the greatest ones you can play on the PS4 and PS5. In this update, we have added several more to the collection.
16 Back 4 Blood
Back 4 Blood strongly resembles the Left 4 Dead games. The basic idea is that a group of survivors must utilize an arsenal of weapons to fight their way through hordes of zombies and reach the next safe house. So, the concept is essentially the same as in the Left 4 Dead series.
Nonetheless, it remains an ideal scenario and a great game for those who want to take down zombies. But beware, as you won't only be facing ordinary infected. There is also a variety of special zombies with unique abilities that are generally more difficult to defeat.
15 7 Days To Die
7 Days To Die is a sandbox game that allows you to freely build shelters and craft tools from the materials you find. It also includes survival mechanics, as you must keep your character alive in a harsh world.
The reason why the world is so merciless is because it is populated by zombies. Building and crafting serve to keep you alive and prevent the beasts from taking you out. At the beginning, this is not particularly difficult, but the hordes grow larger and more dangerous with each passing day. On the seventh day, you will find yourself in serious trouble.
14 Resident Evil HD Remaster
Resident Evil is one of the first series that comes to mind when thinking about zombies. In fact, that initial encounter with a zombie, slowly turning its head, is iconic. That is just one of many zombies you encounter in the game, as you find yourself trapped in a grand mansion where various monsters attempt to seize you.
Your selected character must solve a variety of puzzles, defeat boss enemies, and survive the zombies in order to safely escape from the house. That is easier said than done in this legendary survival horror game.
13 Days Gone
Days Gone is an action-adventure title set in a post-apocalyptic version of Oregon. You play as a biker named Deacon St. John, who is on a quest to find his wife. He previously believed she was dead, but new information suggests that she may still be alive. Therefore, he is determined to locate her.
This means that you will roam through the open world, filled with countless zombie-like creatures. Fortunately, you have a motorcycle, which provides you with a great means of transportation. And when things get violent, you have firearms to shoot down the creatures.
12 Dead Island 2
The first Dead Island was not particularly well received by players and critics. However, the response to the sequel is significantly better.
It is an open-world game set in Los Angeles, played from a first-person perspective. However, L.A. looks a bit different as the place is filled with zombies due to a recent outbreak. These creatures make exploring the world quite challenging. Fortunately, you have a variety of weapons and abilities at your disposal to either bypass them or go through them.
11 The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is a different kind of zombie experience, as it is more of a narrative adventure than a horror game. This means that the gameplay consists of interacting with objects, participating in quick-time events, and making decisions.
Some of the decisions you have to make are truly important, as they influence the course of the entire story and certain scenes. In fact, these decisions can determine who lives or dies, so there are some challenging situations. The story you shape revolves around a little girl named Clementine, who is trapped in a zombie apocalypse. When you first meet her, she is just a frightened child, but she undergoes significant growth throughout the seasons.
10 The Last Of Us: Part 1
The original release of The Last of Us in 2013 is still enjoyable and visually impressive, but the remake of the game for the PlayStation 5 is breathtaking.
The Last of Us revolves around Joel, a survivor of a zombie apocalypse, who accompanies Ellie, a young girl who is immune to an infection that turns people into zombies. Though they are technically not zombies, the "infected" in the game have mutated due to the fictional Cordyceps brain infection. The PS5 remake offers a meticulously detailed world, smooth animations, precise controls, and various options that were missing in the original version.
Originally released in the late 90s for the PS1, Resident Evil 2 was remade for the PlayStation 4 in 2019. The remake preserves the entire creepy atmosphere of the original but expands upon it with enhanced graphics and more explorable areas.
You choose to play as either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield and then attempt to escape from Raccoon City after its inhabitants turn into zombies due to a biological weapon created by the Umbrella Corporation. The majority of the plot takes place in an abandoned police station filled with zombies. After some missteps in the Resident Evil series, this game returned to what made the series great.
Released in 2017, Dead Cells is a lesser-known title that will delight fans of classic NES games like Castlevania. However, the game is challenging. You can expect to make countless runs through levels. As you slowly progress through the game and discover new weapons and abilities, every small advancement will give you the feeling of a great victory.
Set on a deserted island, you play as the Headless, a creature that possesses corpses. When you die in the game as a possessed body, you return to the starting point and must find another corpse. This beautiful yet immensely difficult game offers an entertaining challenge. Though filled with many defeats, Dead Cells is a rewarding zombie experience.
7 Undead Nightmare
As an expansion pack to Rockstar's 2010 blockbuster, Red Dead Redemption, Undead Nightmare offers a humorous take on the zombie genre in the form of a single-player campaign and multiplayer options. Originally released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the game can currently be played on the PS4 and PS5.
The plot follows John Marston as he searches for a cure for his wife and son, who have been infected by a zombie plague. Undead Nightmare offers a humorous take on the vast sandbox that is Red Dead Redemption. While other zombie games venture into frightening territory, Undead Nightmare provides an entertaining campaign that is worth playing, even if it is not a standalone game.
6 Dying Light: The Following
Released in 2016, Dying Light: The Following is a sequel to Dying Light. While the Dying Light series offers several great games, The Following is the pinnacle of this narrative thus far. You play as Kyle Crane, who sets out to investigate if there really is a cure for a zombie virus after hearing about a potential remedy.
The game swaps the parkour elements of the first Dying Light for a vehicle-based gameplay. However, if you want to slaughter zombies, customizable cars are a great way to do so. Overall, it is an entertaining game with sharp visuals and offers a fun twist in the zombie genre. Additionally, the story ends in a captivating manner that will likely compel you to play the rest of the series.
5 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4
For years, Call of Duty games have offered a zombie mode. Starting with Call of Duty: World at War, countless players have enjoyed battling against zombies in these first-person shooter games. While Black Ops 4 is not a perfect game due to some minor technical issues and the reuse of maps from previous Call of Duty games, it has a fantastic zombie mode.
Firstly, it features two unique storylines for zombies. The game also offers three maps: the RMS Titanic, a gladiator arena, and a reimagining of the Alcatraz federal penitentiary from Black Ops 2. Therefore, Black Ops 4 is a welcome addition to the series and provides a greater variety of maps compared to Black Ops 3.
4 Dead Rising 2
The sequel to the original and arguably the best part of the series, Dead Rising 2, takes all the great elements of the first game and adds some unique twists to make this game feel original. One of the biggest innovations in the sequel is the ability to combine various items found in the shopping mall to create deadly weapons. (Snowball cannon, anyone?)
The game takes place several years after the first installment, and you play as motocross competitor Chuck Green, who travels to Fortune City, Nevada, to participate in a game show where people kill zombies for money and fame. Naturally, this leads to a major outbreak, causing hordes of zombies to roam everywhere. Throughout the game, you spend your time fighting through them while searching for a way to escape the zombie-infested area.
3 Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Another colorful and entertaining take on the zombie genre, Garden Warfare is the best game in the Plants vs. Zombies series. The game offers both single-player and multiplayer options.
Garden Warfare 2 takes place after the events of the first Garden Warfare, where the zombies have defeated the plants. Dr. Zomboss contacts a future version of himself and obtains control of the Z-Mech, which the zombies use. They deploy the Z-Mech against the plants, conquering Suburbia and renaming it Zomburbia. In response, the plants wage war against the zombies to reclaim their homeland. You can choose to play as either a plant or a zombie. Garden Warfare 2 is an entertaining zombie game with numerous customization options. The game also introduces six new characters that will keep you entertained.
2 Fortnite: Save The World
First available as Early Access in 2017 and later released in 2020, Save the World is an enjoyable addition to Fortnite, offering great action and exciting building systems. The game poses the question of what happens when you combine Minecraft with Left 4 Dead.
The game takes place on Earth, where the sudden appearance of a storm leads to the disappearance of 98 percent of the world's population. The survivors are forced to fight against zombies. Unfortunately, the missions in this game often become repetitive the longer you play. However, if approached in small sections, "Save the World" is an entertaining and enjoyable interpretation of the zombie genre.
1 Death Road To Canada
Zombie games take on many different forms. Death Road to Canada combines zombies with a storyline similar to the Oregon Trail. This game is challenging, and the music sticks in your head like earworms, repeating itself whenever you die.
The game is about two survivors of a zombie apocalypse who embark on a journey to Canada to find safety. The game spans two weeks as the two survivors try to reach the border between the United States and Canada. Along the way, players encounter various characters who can join them on their journey. Occasionally, "siege" events occur where the player must survive against a horde of zombies for a set period of time. A simple yet highly entertaining game, Death Road to Canada is a memorable interpretation of the zombie genre. This journey is worth undertaking.