ZOMG! The state of the undead in 2012
Zombies are always a favorite foe in video games. They’re disgusting, they’re scary, they remind us of our own mortality. It’s also fun that they make squishy noises when we stomp on their heads.
Purdue University is currently embroiled in its own zombie invasion in the form of the the dart tag game Humans vs. Zombies. (Which is quite frankly a surprise to me, I always thought that the two parties would get along.) Humans vs. Zombies ends tomorrow. Like most zombie outbreaks the humans will likely lose.
Luckily video games provide us with much needed zombie destruction and a glimpse at what it would be like if humans won once in a while. I’m not even sure how many outbreaks have been contained in the Resident Evil series.
2012 has quite a lot of high profile zombie games. Let’s check out the zombie titles of 2012.
Worth sinking your rotting teeth into
Resident Evil: Revelations
Revelations has some of the best graphics of any game for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a lengthy title that has plenty of good scares. Recent Resident Evil games have been as much action titles as survival horror. Revelations is an excellent handheld game and a return to the more survival horror and puzzle roots of the RE series. Oh, and the reviews have been pretty great with a Metacritic score of 82/100.
Worse than a losing all of your zombie limbs
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
It might sound cool to play a squad based shooter in the settings of Resident Evil 2 and 3. It might sound even cooler to play from the standpoint of the bad guys, Umbrella Corp. In reality this game is just about as fun a real zombie outbreak, which is to say that it’s emotionally damaging and makes you consider whether it would be better to just die then to continue living in a world that would unleash such awful horrors on you. The controls of Operation Raccoon City are bad. The plot is bad. The game is bad. Avoid this title. Metacritic agrees giving the title a 54/100.
Worth your undead wait
Resident Evil 6
Did I mention that it is the Chinese year of the Resident Evil? The series will see yet another high profile release this year on November 20. The game will be played from the perspective of at least three main characters and promises to be both chilling and action packed. The plot focuses on the events that happen when the United States president finally decides to reveal to the American public and the world the facts behind the original zombie outbreak in Raccoon City from the first Resident Evil. The game will no doubt be a best seller and should have the quality expected of most block-buster games.
The Last of Us
Personally, I’m most excited about The Last of Us, the next big title from award-winning developer Naughty Dog. The game is set the near future when society has collapsed and most humans have been killed by a fungus that eats human brains and then controls their victims bodies. These fungus monster are truly terrifying in concept and are a breath of fresh creativity in the zombie genre. The Last of Us follows the story of a jaded, middle-aged man from before the fungpocalypse and the teenage girl that he is tasked to protect. The game has stunning graphics and promises to deliver the signature excellent storytelling and tight gameplay of a Naughty Dog game. Sadly, The Last of Us is a Playstation exclusive and cannot be experienced on PC or Xbox. The game has no definite release date but is rumored to come out late in 2012 or early in 2013.
So there you go Zombie fans! Now you know what zombie games to enjoy when you get to safe houses during the actual zombie apocalypse.