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Zombies and video games are an eternal pairing, a powerhouse combo of gory storytelling and terrifying possibility that can be used to tell unforgettable stories within the medium. Of course, not every zombie game is a guaranteed hit and there have been more than a few stinkers over the years that have lacked any excitement or charm, and in the wrong hands, are painfully boring.
But when all the undead stars are aligned and a clumsy intern has accidentally let an infected test subject loose in a crowded urban environment? The result is an infectiously good time that you can have on console or PC, as modern zombie games can provide an apocalyptic jolt of fun, terror, and heart-pounding suspense. We’ve rounded up the best zombie games ever–titles that take this classic concept to the next level. These games use their monsters to create intense tension or examine the zombie apocalypse in new and interesting ways. From real-time strategy titles to horror shooters, these are the zombie games that you should absolutely check out.