It’s time to load up your shotgun and aim for the head as we check out the best zombie games on PS4!
Zombies eh? They’re an eternal source of video game terror, and they make for perfect, guilt-free cannon fodder.
They don’t think, they don’t have feelings. They only want one thing: to feast on your flesh and maybe even chow down on your juicy brain.
There are – appropriately – hordes of zombie games out there. The PS4 plays host to many of the best examples of games featuring the shambling undead.
Which are the best though? Come with us as we check out the best PS4 zombie games!
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Let’s kick off this list of the best Zombie games on PS4 with Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol!
Fondly remembered 16-bit title Zombies Ate My Neighbors (known simply as Zombies in PAL regions) made a welcome return recently in this double pack that also contains its sequel, Ghoul Patrol.
Sadly, Ghoul Patrol is a real letdown, featuring little of the wit, invention or superb monster movie parodies that Zombies Ate My Neighbors is filled with.
It’s darker, has boringly convoluted level design and is just far less fun overall.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors also has a few weaknesses in terms of some unfair gameplay mechanics (losing neighbors offscreeen or before you have any way of rescuing them is as frustrating as ever) but gets by on bags of charm and knowing wit.
A luridly coloured, Hammer Horror fever dream of a series, the Zombie Army Trilogy games began as undead-themed spin-offs of Rebellion’s excellent Sniper Elite V2 game.
Which means that yes, you do get to see slow motion X-Rays of internal organs being turned to mush by bullets. Only this time, those internal organs are already rotting and diseased!
This Trilogy combines Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army, Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 and a previously unreleased third chapter into a single campaign.
Given that the first two games were based on a title that originally came out in 2012, the mechanics, level design and visuals can feel a little dated and at times.
It does also suffer from feeling a bit repetitive, but, with co-op for up to four players along with a Horde survival mode, there’s a lot here to like.
Plus, you get to take down a Giant Zombie Hitler. If that’s not a reason for Zombie Army Trilogy to make it onto the Best PS4 Zombie Games list, I don’t know what is!
A surprise hit indie game, the original How to Survive was a survival and crafting-based action RPG. With an isometric view and an emphasis on shooting combat, it was set on an island riddled with zombies.
How To Survive 2 improves upon the first game in pretty much every way, with online and local multiplayer options for up to four players being a high point – and covering for weaknesses in the game’s story.
The New Orleans setting gives it an unusual feel compared to most other zombie games, as well as contrasting with the island setting of the first How to Survive.
How to Survive 2 is still a little rough around the edges, but for an indie game it’s an impressive and fully featured experience.
I think we can all agree that it definitely deserves a place on the Best PS4 Zombie games list!
Let’s face it, if you’re going to fight back against the zombie apocalypse you may as well do it amidst lush scenery and hot weather, right?
Dead Island: Definitive Edition‘s tropical setting is an appealing one. And it’s an interesting contrast as a backdrop to a grim outbreak of the undead.
The visceral gore gives the melee-focused combat a real edge too. In fact, combat being up close and personal is emphasised by the fact that no firearms are available until later in the game’s story.
Though it’s not the most technically accomplished game, this Definitive Edition does get an audiovisual polish.
With that in mind, the first person, action-RPG style gameplay is definitely best experienced on the PS4.
Not only is it more technically accomplished, but the Definitive Edition also contains all of the original game’s previously released DLC too!
Originally created and released as Zombi U for the Wii U back in 2012, that console’s ultimate failure from a sales perspective meant that this excellent first person survival horror game didn’t reach the audience it deserved.
Thankfully, UbiSoft revived it as Zombi, bringing it back from the dead and into the living rooms of Xbox One and PS4 owners everywhere.
Though Zombi is pretty rough looks-wise, the gameplay and general game design makes it more than worthwhile.
In Zombi, your character is vulnerable and will likely die as they make their way through the game’s post-apocalyptic London setting.
Yet death is not the end. Once a character permanently dies, the player takes control of a new survivor to continue.
The best part? The recently killed player character becomes a zombie.
And if the player’s new character kills that zombie, they’ll gain access to their previous inventory!
It’s a game that’s wrapped up in smart design from top to bottom, but is criminally underrated and still hasn’t found the audience it deserves!
Zombies and parkour in a massive urban environment? Let’s do this!
Dying Light is a game from the same developers who created Dead Island – Techland – but is very different in its feel.
With Dead Island taking a melee-based first person approach on a tropical island, Dying Light sees players as undercover agents undertaking missions in a ruined middle-eastern city.
The parkour elements are extremely well integrated, allowing for often vertiginous world design.
Zombies are weaker during the day and terrifyingly strong at night. Still, players are agile and able to use parkour to get themselves out of danger in most situations.
It’s an intriguing, unusual spin on the zombie apocalypse formula, though it has since been surpassed by its recent sequel!
Despite being a Brad Pitt movie, World War Z actually originated as a faux-account of a ‘real’ zombie apocalypse in the book by Max Brooks (yes, also called World War Z!).
This wave-based, co-op, third person shooter sees hordes of zombies throw themselves at the teams of players that are taking them on.
The zombies are so numerous that they can pile up and climb each other to get to players on higher levels than them.
In a nice touch, this mirrors their behaviour in both the film and the book.
It’s a fast paced, frantic game that takes a lot of inspiration from Left 4 Dead.
However, with the unique zombie behaviour and much more spacious environments, it does feel like more than just a pale imitation of the Left 4 Dead games.
Like the undead cretins in the game, the fact it makes it onto our best PS4 zombie games list is a no-brainer!
Though the majority of games that feature zombies are bleak, dark, scary affairs, the same can’t be said for Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville.
Originally beginning life as a series of tower defense games, the Plants vs Zombies series shifted focus with Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, a multiplayer focused third person shooter.
This third entry in the shooter series ditches the Garden Warfare name, yet it’s clearly an evolution of Garden Warfare 2.
Which isn’t a bad thing at all. The sheer number of game modes (including PvE and PvP), brilliantly diverse characters and superb, colourful visuals make for a potent and satisfying shooter.
It’s also a rare zombie game that’s suitable for all ages too, with its comedic tone, puns and plenty of visual gags.
More zombie parkour? Yes please; bring on Dying Light 2!
This belated sequel to the 2015 original is set in Europe, so it manages to feel quite different from the first Dying Light aesthetically.
This time around, the story reacts to the player’s narrative choices, giving a much more personal feel to each player’s playthrough of the game.
The brilliant parkour and expansive open world design – again, featuring very vertically-inclined construction – sets it apart from other first person zombie games too (just as the first game did).
Even traversing the game’s world is a joy, thanks to the addictive and liberating parkour mechanics.
The PS5 version of Dying Light 2 is excellent too; it makes an appearance on our best PS5 horror games list!
Dying Light 2: Stay Human was also a huge commercial success, selling 5 million copies in the month it was released!
With the original Zombie Army Trilogy showing its age somewhat, developers Rebellion went back to the diseased well, with a fourth outing for the World War II action horror saga – Zombie Army 4: Dead War.
It’s fantastic too, with great use made of improved visuals and sound to make the supernatural wartime action much more detailed, gory and darkly humorous than ever before.
The story is excellent, the awesome B-movie style is deeply woven into every rotting orifice and the gameplay is perfectly tuned.
Up to four players can take on the entire campaign together. And you even get to make sure that zombie Hitler stays dead for good this time.
Well, at least until Zombie Army 5 comes along anyway. Let’s face it: sniping rotting body parts and internal organs just never, ever gets old!
Originally released in 1999 as Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, this Resident Evil 3 remake was developed alongside the updated Resident Evil 2, which arrived on the PS4 in 2019 (and which you’ll soon see making its own appearance on the best PS4 zombie games list!).
It’s not quite as successful a remake as Resident Evil 2, however. Still, it is an awesome game in its own right.
The original game was more action-oriented, seeing protagonist Jill being pursued by a huge, mutated creature known as Nemesis.
This remake rearranges some parts of the story and omits certain features that were present in the PS1 game. Though it does add an online multiplayer experience: Resident Evil: Resistance.
It’s a short game but has plenty of great unlockables on offer for replaying the game. Overall, the action-based focus is less satisfying in comparison to Resident Evil 2’s puzzles and exploration-based gameplay.
And as a result, Resident Evil 3 doesn’t quite reach the heights of its predecessor.
It is still a great game and does, however, more than earn its place on the best PS4 zombie games list!
Though it wasn’t greeted with a universally strong critical reaction, Days Gone always felt like a hugely underrated game.
What matters is that players who sunk countless hours into its immersive, open world really did seem to appreciate Days Gone.
According to Jeff Ross, the game’s director, it sold over 8 million copies by late 2020!
Created by Bend Studio – who were responsible for the Syphon Filter games too – Days Gone sees protagonist Deacon St. John trying to survive a world overrun with ‘Freakers’.
That’s the game’s name for what are basically various types of zombie.
The third person action unfolds with numerous intertwined, involving story threads, giving Days Gone a really strong narrative, along with its excellent gameplay mechanics.
This Resident Evil 2 remake of the brilliant 1998 sequel – still, in my humble opinion, the high point of the Resident Evil series – removes the now-dated, fixed camera views and tank controls of the original, but keeps the compelling story intact.
Played from a third person perspective, the Resident Evil 2 remake also allows autosaves on the lower difficulty levels – though if players want to preserve the difficulty level of the original game, they can always play on Hardcore; this keeps the finite typewriter ribbon-based save system of the 1998 title!
Resident Evil 2 boasts some genuinely effective jump scares and, despite being relatively short on a single playthrough.
the two playable characters give notably different experiences during the story – so playing through once with each is highly recommended.
It’s a technical marvel too; Capcom really went all out to make this remake feel as bang up to date as possible. It doesn’t even look out of place next to Resident Evil 7 – which features on our best Capcom games list!
All of which explains exactly why Resident Evil 2 occupies one of the top spots on our best PS4 zombie games list!
Technically speaking, the Infected in The Last of Us Remastered – all afflicted with the Cordyceps Brain Infection that wipes out a massive chunk of humanity – aren’t actually zombies.
However, they may as well be. And with The Last of Us being such a potent exploration of a post-infection apocalypse, it takes a lot of the expected zombie fiction tropes and tells a remarkably effective, emotionally powerful narrative.
It’s also a brilliant third person action adventure; the gameplay is as good as the narrative that spurs you forward. Not for nothing was this our top choice for the best zombie games for PS3!
Despite the fact that this Remastered version arrived on the PS4 only a year after the PS3 game hit the shelves, the improved frame rate and richer visuals – along with the inclusion of a photo mode, developer commentary, the multiplayer mode map packs and DLC, make this a worthwhile upgrade over the original game.
In fact, the Left Behind DLC is an absolutely stunning extra, and it can be played immediately if desired.
Though The Last of Us often graces the number one spot on many a ‘best of’ list (including our own best PS3 exclusives list!), in our opinion there is a narrative focused game that hits the zombie apocalypse target dead on.
So, let’s find out which game we’ve chosen for the very top of the best PS4 zombie games list!
The results are in, and the zombies have groaned their approval. The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series is officially the best zombie game on the PS4!
The heartbreaking and deeply affecting narratives in The Walking Dead games are a big part of what makes the series so successful – and also why you’ve found these tales of survival, sacrifice and hordes of relentless zombies at the top spot of our best PS4 zombie games list!
Telltale Games knocked it out of the park with the very first adaptation of comic book The Walking Dead back in 2012.
Their formula of an adventure game with light puzzles and a branching narrative, which played out differently depending on the dialogue choices players made meant that every playthrough felt meaningful and personal.
When the devastating, emotional ending arrived, it was a gut punch that many players can recall with crystal clear clarity even now.
Even more remarkable is that Telltale continued to deliver these highly involving, incredibly gripping experiences over the course of several more games.
Retaining a sense of morality and keeping your loved ones alive was always a bonus on top of that.
The Final Season drops some of the more restrictive linearity of the other games for a more third-person, action adventure style. Still, it retains the ability to absolutely break the player’s heart and offer countless choices where you just know the outcome will be terrible no matter which you opt for.
With the choices made carrying through the entire series of games, played as a whole from beginning to end The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series has perhaps that strongest continuous narrative in any video game series, let alone ‘just’ zombie games.
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Jason – who lives in the UK – has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System – which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer – and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog midlifegamergeek.com, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 700 articles on the blog alone!).
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