In a year that had more than a few excellent zombie games, there was one that stood above the rest. Featuring one of the most emotional, shocking and gut-wrenching stories told all year this game, which is number one on my list from 2012, is the best zombie game released that year. By now, it’s pretty obvious that I’m talking about the episodic adventure masterpiece from the folks over at Telltale: The Walking Dead.
It was a pretty dark year for a particular zombie-based survival horror series. With three releases, at least one of them was bound to be pretty decent. In the end, Capcom did release one good game in the Resident Evil franchise this year, but it wasn’t the one I was expecting.
A lot of games that involve the living dead are pretty lax about the rules that come with a zombie apocalypse. Specifically, that when you are bitten by a zombie, even just a little bit, you’re going to be one of them pretty quickly. One game this year took this concept and turned itself not only into one of the more realistic zombie survival games, but one of my favorites of the entire year.
Playing through the games that have come out this year, I’ve noticed a very interesting pattern to the ones I’ve enjoyed the most. Several of my personal favorites throughout the year have featured zombie, or zombie-like, creatures. As such, in lieu of a standard game-of-the-year-type countdown, this year I’d like to recount each of my favorite titles from the last 365 days with undead creatures. The first game on the docket to discuss technically does not have zombies in it, but you’d have to admit that the creatures found within were at least heavily inspired by brain-chomping ghouls.