A few weeks ago the internet collectively lost its mind following the announcement that the long-awaited sequel to the hit 2009 film Zombieland is finally coming. With no prior announcement whatsoever, Zombieland 2: Double Tap was announced via a “10-year challenge” meme on the Twitter account for Sony Pictures, and the predictable frenzy of speculation ensued.
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) January 29, 2019
We might not know a whole lot at this point, but one thing that is certain is that the film is slated for release on October 11, meaning fans have a few months to wait. It seems that the main cast will all be returning, including Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone, with Rosario Dawson and Ghost Wars star Avan Jogia also joining them.
If the thought of waiting so long for the release of what clearly promises to be the most awesome horror film of the year, we’ve got you covered. Spend the next few months working on your double-tap skills with these five video game zombiefests.
Resident Evil 2
Any zombie megafan worth their salt will already be familiar with the Resident Evil franchise, which has spawned some of the scariest horror survival games of all time. In 2019, their most popular release, Resident Evil 2, has been remade and remastered, with players being able to shoot their way through Racoon City like it’s 1998 all over again. This one is definitely for people with nerves of steel only.
State of Decay 2
If you’re looking for a game that most closely resembles the world of Zombieland, then last year’s hit State of Decay 2 is the one for you. The open-world zombie survival game differs from others in that it focuses more on the reality of surviving in a world where society has collapsed rather than just requiring you to shoot your way through hordes of the undead. While some critics such as those over at GameSpot felt the concept of scavenging and building alliances as “mundane”, this hyper-real vision offers something totally different.
If you’re a zombie fan looking for something less terrifying but equally adrenaline-inducing, then try your hand at the popular zombie-themed online slot game Zombie Circus. This 5-reel slot game features all of the spooky undead visuals you could want as well as the chance to win cash jackpots while you’re at it. Zombie Circus is available to play online, and some operators will also offer free spins on it. By following the Twitter account of Mr Green Casino, you’ll be up to date with such offers while getting your daily zombie fix wherever you are.
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
The recent release of RD2 might be sorely lacking in undead content, but those looking to work on their double-tap need only take a step back in time to 2010, when the zombie-themed DLC to the original game was released. All of the action takes place in the same Old West setting as the original, only this time the US has been overrun by a zombie curse, and it’s up to you to shoot, stab, burn and lasso your way to freedom.
Left 4 Dead
Some games truly do get better with age. The FPS zombie action game Left 4 Dead certainly falls under this category. It was an instant smash when it came out, with reviewers commenting on how the simple 4-chapter format allowed the developers to flesh-out the in-game world and leave us all heavily invested in the four main characters, brought together by fate and a burning hatred of the undead. The game itself is fairly short but is one of the few out there that never feels old or boring.
Now that you have your list of perfect zombie video games, hopefully, you’ll be able to last until October. If these still don’t manage to tide you over, you can always just watch the original Zombieland again on Netflix.