Numerous films throughout the 20th century and beyond have featured zombies, making them one of the most well-known horror monsters.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was a “zombie renaissance,” a time when zombies were increasingly featured in media such as films and video games.
There aren’t many genres as saturated as zombie shooters and survival games.
The market may have been flooded with generic and unpolished zombie titles over the past decade, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some truly outstanding games worth playing.
The best zombie games ever made are going to be listed here, so stick around.
Both the original film from 1996 and the remake from 2002 were released on March 22.
Capcom, the creator
We support the following systems: GameCube, Wii, Switch, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows.
The survival horror classic Resident Evil is a fitting choice to start off the list.
When it was released in 1996, the original Resident Evil established a number of gameplay elements that would come to define subsequent installments in the series.
Exploring the various levels of a mysterious mansion necessitated careful management of the player’s inventory and ammunition as they battled not only zombies but also other, more gruesome enemies.
You won’t be running barefoot and armed into hordes of zombies like that in the original Resident Evil.
Instead, it’s a methodical survival horror game where a lone zombie can spell disaster for the player if they’re not vigilant and well-equipped.
You should give the Resident Evil HD Remaster a shot if you want to play the series now. This reimagining of the original game originally released for the GameCube in 2002 has been updated for modern platforms.
An emulator is always an option. Even so, the HD Remaster is the preferred way to play this classic in the year 2020, thanks to its higher resolution visuals and absence of problems with the original release, such as the sluggish, tanky controls.
Resident Evil 4
New Year’s Day, 2005 (1/11): Upon Release
Capcom, the creator
Supported Systems: PS2, PS3, PS4, XBox 360, XBox One, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Switch, Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android
For both the Resident Evil series and the video game industry as a whole, Resident Evil 4 was a landmark release.
Resident Evil 4 introduced a new camera angle, an over-the-shoulder view, which would go on to influence a wide variety of horror and action games.
It’s got a lot more action than the previous games. But by today’s standards, it sounds rather cumbersome.
As they progress through the game, players gain access to new weapons and the ability to upgrade existing ones. The fight scenes are more complex than in any of the previous games.
The player has the option of targeting specific body parts, resorting to melee attacks to save bullets, and even making use of the environment to their advantage.
Overall, Resident Evil 4 is a must-play for all genre fans, despite feeling dated in 2022. According to the canon of the series, the enemies you face in the game aren’t zombies. Their actions are still those of zombies, though.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Due out on January 24th, 2017
Capcom, the creator
Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Nintendo’s Switch, and Nintendo’s Wii U are the
Another strong franchise entry, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard stands tall among its predecessors. It was a welcome change of pace for a series that had plateaued since Resident Evil 4.
Resident Evil 7 is a more deliberate game that relies on tension and atmosphere than fast-paced action.
This is the first Resident Evil game to be played from a first-person perspective, which greatly enhances the claustrophobia and overall experience. As a result, the virtual reality experience is greatly enhanced.
Resident Evil 7, like the first game in the series, isn’t an action game and instead focuses heavily on exploration, tension, and atmosphere.
On the other hand, bloodshed abounds. Like in Resident Evil 4, the enemies you face here aren’t your typical zombies, making this game a must-have for fans of slow-paced survival horror.
Resident Evil 2 (2019)
Date of publication: January 25th, 2019
Capcom, the creator
System Requirements: PS4, Xbox One, or PC
Last but not least on this list of Resident Evil games is the 2019 redo of the 1998 classic, Resident Evil 2. The quality of remakes is usually low, but the one of Resident Evil 2 is excellent.
The uniqueness of this game lies in its near-perfect balancing of horror and action, as well as nostalgia and innovation.
There is no set path through the levels, puzzles must be solved, and ammunition is scarce. This means the player has to be selective about which battles they engage in, making even encounters with “regular old zombies” tense.
The 2019 remake of Resident Evil 2 is, despite being a remaster, one of the best Resident Evil games and one of the best zombie games ever made; we recommend it without reservation.
Of course, there are many more games in the Resident Evil series than the ones we’ve chosen here; if you’re curious, you can check out the complete list of Resident Evil titles.
Left 4 Dead 2
Date of publication: November 17, 2009
Valve, the creator
Xbox 360, Windows, macOS, and Linux are all supported.
Next up is Left 4 Dead 2, a massively popular multiplayer shooter. The original Left 4 Dead set the foundation for this sequel, which expanded upon it by including new maps, weapons, items, enemies, and game modes.
The game’s gameplay has up to four players cooperating across a series of maps that make up various campaigns, each of which has its own environment and set of obstacles.
Left 4 Dead 2 is still fun to play even after a decade. It’s a game that doesn’t require long periods of time commitment, and when it goes on sale, you can get it for next to nothing.
As such, we think it’s another must-try, especially if you and your friends enjoy playing games together.
Dropping on September 6th, 2011
Techland, the developer.
The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows PC, Mac OS X, and Linux are all supported.
The next game is also heavily focused on cooperative play, though it features very different gameplay mechanics.
Dead Island is an open-world RPG with slightly more nuanced gameplay mechanics than Left 4 Dead 2, which is an action game with relatively small maps.
There are four pre-made characters to choose from, and they all have their own set of skills and special abilities. The game also features the usual fare of a contemporary action RPG, such as an inventory, a crafting system, and a plethora of side quests.
There are both close combat and long range weapons to choose from, making for some unique permutations in co-op.
Dead Island is playable even when you don’t have a partner, but it’s much more enjoyable when you do.
A remastered Definitive Edition, with improved visuals for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, was released in 2016. The original game came out in 2011.
Date of publication: January 28th, 2015
Techland, the developer.
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Mac OS X, and Linux are all supported.
Next up is another open-world zombie game from the creators of Dead Island, and the similarities are immediately apparent. Dying Light, on the other hand, dials back on the role-playing features in favor of a more straightforward action style.
The game’s highlight is the parkour mechanics that allow the player to swiftly move around the world and negotiate urban settings.
This time around, melee combat takes center stage, and the game is at its best when played solo, though co-op is an option for those who prefer it.
The Walking Dead
Date of Publication: April 24, 2012
Producer: Telltale Games
The following operating systems and handheld devices are supported: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android.
The Walking Dead, a series by Telltale, is up next, and it’s a total departure from what came before. If you’re a fan of the show, you’re probably familiar with this series. Even if you aren’t, you should know that the original game sparked a wave of similar narrative-driven episodes in the middle of the 2010s.
The Walking Dead by Telltale is highly scripted and story-driven, with relatively little in the way of traditional gameplay.
There are a few easy puzzles to solve, and most of the action takes place in quick time events, but everything is well-executed, and the tension never drops below acceptable levels.
This series has been going on for quite some time, and it didn’t end until 2019. It includes the base game, The Walking Dead: Michonne, and the downloadable content pack 400 Days.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series was released in September 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and it contains all of the previously released episodes.
The Last of Us
Date of publication: June 14, 2013
Created by: Naughty Dog
Sony’s PlayStation 3, PS4, and PC
The Last of Us is one of the best games ever made, period, and it deserves to be at the top of any list dedicated to zombie video games. The Last of Us, an exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and released in 2013, is a fantastic game in almost every respect.
It has engrossing mechanics (both action and stealth), a gorgeous setting, a compelling plot, and likable protagonists.
The game is still PlayStation 3 only, which is bad news for Xbox and PC players. Simultaneously, a remastered version with enhanced visuals and gameplay was made available for the PlayStation 4.
You can try out the game via PlayStation Now if you don’t have either of those consoles, but the experience won’t be great.
April 26th, 2019 — Date of Release
Studio SIE Bend is the developer.
System Requirements: PS4
Another PlayStation exclusive, Days Gone has been out for a while now. And while it’s not quite as good as the PS exclusives of recent years, it’s still a good game and one that fans of the genre should check out.
Days Gone plays like a standard open world action game, with a compelling main story and a plethora of uninteresting side quests.
Eliminating Freaker strongholds, bandit camps, and wanted individuals are just a few examples. It has ranged and melee combat, a basic leveling and crafting system, and a simple inventory system.
Despite the fact that it has been established that Days Gone is not among the best games of this generation and is not up to the same quality standard as most other first-party PS4 titles, the game is still enjoyable and can keep you occupied for well over 30 hours.
April 25th, 2011 — Date of Publication
Indie Stone, the developer
Windows (and later versions), macOS, Linux, and Java
The next game on our list is the independent effort known as Project Zomboid, whose creation dates back to 2011. The game is currently in early development and can be purchased as an Early Access title on Steam.
The goal of Project Zomboid is straightforward but challenging: stay alive. The only objective is to stay alive as long as possible; there is no story and no other objectives.
This may not look like much now, but when the game is complete, it will be one of the best zombie survival sandboxes available.
Date of Publication: August 8, 2006
Capcom, the creator
PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows are the platforms supported.
Dead Rising is a bloody, over-the-top game that stands in stark contrast to all the slow-paced and semi-realistic zombie titles. The player must defend themselves against seemingly endless hordes of the undead using a wide variety of melee and ranged weapons.
Despite the series’ lack of critical acclaim in comparison to other entries on this list, many fans of the genre are sure to enjoy it nonetheless.
There have been four main Dead Rising games released between 2006 and 2016; the first two have received the most praise, but if you enjoyed those games, Dead Rising 3 and Dead Rising 4 will not disappoint.
Upcoming Zombie Games
Some new releases in 2022 have shown that the zombie genre is far from being dead. There are a number of highly anticipated zombie games coming out soon, and they all have a lot to offer.
Here are a few upcoming zombie games that, once tested, will undoubtedly find a place on this list.
The Last of Us Part II
Publication is set for June 19, 2020.
Created by: Naughty Dog
Sony’s PlayStation 4
The Last of Us 2 for PlayStation 4 is finally coming out this year in June, and fans have been waiting for it for a long time. The gameplay formula of combining stealth and action sequences will remain mostly unchanged, though new features, items, and weapons will be added.
The Last of Us Part II has all the makings of a classic if the gameplay, setting, story, and characters are as well integrated as they were in the original.
As was previously stated, the PlayStation 4 will be the platform for the game’s release. However, the upcoming PlayStation 5 will also support it thanks to the system’s backward compatibility with PS4 titles.
Resident Evil 3 (2020)
To be released: April 3, 2020
Creation of Capcom
Sony Playstation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC
It made perfect sense to remake Resident Evil 3: Nemesis after the massive success of the masterfully put-together remake of Resident Evil 2.
The upcoming remake will be a contemporary reimagining of the 1999 original, much like Resident Evil 2. We hope that despite reports that it will be more action-oriented than the RE2 remake, it will still manage to keep the same atmosphere.
Dying Light 2
Date of publication postponed Indefinitely
Consoles/Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
It looks like the first three months of 2020 will be jam-packed with excellent zombie games like the upcoming sequel to Dying Light.
No exact date has been announced, but “Spring 2020” has been mentioned as a possible window of availability. Unfortunately, the creators have stated that the release date has been postponed indefinitely.
The gameplay of Dying Light 2 will be similar to that of the original, with the obvious addition of new features and improvements to the tried-and-true original. Importantly, there will be a much larger map to explore, which should result in a wider variety of environments.
Finally, we have some honorable mentions, which are games that aren’t really zombie games or can’t be lumped in with the best zombie games ever made.
Date of publication: October 13, 2008
Producer: Vivid Games
Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and PC
The survival horror game Dead Space was inspired by the 2004 classic Resident Evil 4. To help the player progress through the cramped corridors of a derelict spaceship and dispose of the hordes of grotesque undead enemies known as Necromorphs, the game includes a variety of stimulating weapons and repurposed industrial tools.
Whether you enjoyed the first game’s slower, more tense survival horror experience or the second’s faster, more action-oriented one, you’ll love Dead Space 2.
Regardless, we felt it was important to point out that despite the fact that Dead Space is not a zombie game, it is essentially Resident Evil in space.
7 Days to Die
Date of Publication: 13 December 2013
The Fun Pimps, the creators
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
Like Project Zomboid, 7 Days to Die is a survival game set in an open world, but it’s in 3D and is played from the first person perspective.
However, it was left out (at least for now) because it is still in Early Access and has received negative-to-mixed reviews from critics and players alike.
It’s unclear how the final product will turn out, as development hasn’t been without its share of problems, but if you enjoy zombie survival games and sandbox games and can look past the clunkiness, you might enjoy this game.
Killing Floor 2
Date of publication: November 18, 2016
Tripwire Interactive, the creators
Consoles/Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Killing Floor 2 is the follow-up to the 2009 first-person shooter Killing Floor, and like its predecessor, it is a multiplayer co-op wave defense game where players must defend themselves from a variety of grotesque zombie-like enemies known as ZEDs.
It has been praised by critics and is enjoyable to play on its own. But it doesn’t have a good single-player campaign, and the gameplay can get boring after a while.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
From the glory days of LucasArts, comes the bizarre, colorful, and expansive SNES cartridge Zombies Ate My Neighbors. The game’s enemies are half the fun because they’re such charming cartoons, and the animation is what makes it so funny. You’ll have to fight space bugs, rescue cheerleaders, bounce on trampolines, and take on a giant baby before the journey is over. If you can look past the garish exterior, you’ll find a well-designed co-op shooter that makes creative use of weapons ranging from squirt guns to rocket launchers. The emphasis on saving innocent bystanders rather than eliminating foes increases the game’s difficulty and replay value, and the game’s innovative design makes this possible.
The House of the Dead
This legendary on-rails arcade shooter, along with Resident Evil, played an important role in reviving the zombie film genre a decade after it had fallen out of favor in popular culture. George A. Romero, widely recognized as the “father of zombie movies,” said that House of the Dead and RE were “more responsible than anything else” for popularizing modern zombies in an interview with Paul Weedon in 2013. ”
State of Decay 2
In contrast to the usual fast-paced brain-bashing of the genre, the State of Decay series, which debuted as an Xbox Live Arcade game in 2013, focuses on slower pacing and on survival and community building. The 2018 sequel expanded on this permadeath-threat-infused zombie sandbox concept by increasing the map size and introducing four-player co-op.
Only Arizona Sunshine is available exclusively in virtual reality. The game’s campaign, horde mode, and co-op play make it surprisingly substantial for the platform. The stunning desert scenery and thrilling, eye-popping gunfights are the film’s saving graces. It stands out from other zombie-killing adventures in gaming thanks to the enhanced immersion afforded by virtual reality.
It’s like Animal Crossing for zombies, except it’s social, text-based, online, and persistent. There are no visual effects or non-player characters, just thousands of actual players trying to stay alive by finding supplies and killing their former friends and allies who have become zombies. The tension of waiting for another turn becomes almost unbearable as you start to consider all the terrible things that could be happening while you sleep and you only have a few action points a day to issue commands. Even though Urban Dead has been out for almost a decade, its new features are still very much its own. Survival in a world where both the living and the dead act with cunning makes for a terrifyingly exciting simulation, and every corpse you come across or gang you stumble across is a living, breathing player. Urban Dead is still an interesting attempt at video game design 14 years after it was first released.
Call Of Duty: World at War
Multiplayer video games that combine World War II, zombies, and gunplay are finally here. Treyarch’s decision to go all-in on the campy grindhouse aesthetic revolutionized the multiplayer shooter genre, as Nazis have long been associated with the occult (both in reality and in popular fiction). In a series that had become bogged down by its own pomposity, the addition of zombies served to lighten the mood and serve as a reminder to everyone involved that this is just a game.
They Are Billions
They Are Billions, and particularly its survival mode, is a fantastic combination of zombie horror and real-time strategy. A post-apocalyptic city must be constructed and managed by the player, who is also aware that hordes of the undead are on their way to destroy the city. They Are Billions is an original city-builder that transforms into a stressful, at-times-overwhelming survival game by placing an emphasis on defense.
DayZ, originally a modification for the military simulation game ARMA II, has contributed significantly to the survival genre. DayZ juxtaposed the fantastical elements of a zombie outbreak with the grim realism of starvation, disease, and human nature’s deterioration in the face of catastrophe. It was impossible to tell if the next person you would meet would be a friend or a potential killer. In a world overrun by lumbering AI zombies and ruthless human scavengers, how entertaining is it to play the part of a trembling, nearly powerless victim? It turns out to be utterly engrossing and thrilling, to the point of addiction. DayZ paved the way for games like Fortnite and Rust, which similarly put unprepared players in a dangerous environment to see what happens. Zombies, it turns out, are rarely the true villains.
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
If your open-world cowboy game has been unexpectedly successful, how can you improve it? Put out a remake of the western where all your favorite characters are now cannibals. The supernatural disasters in Undead Nightmare were just the icing on the cake for the zombie-blasting fun. It seems John Marston was destined from birth to fight zombies and ride the steeds of doom. When it comes to reimagined single-player DLC, Undead Nightmare is still the gold standard.
When you hear that Planescape is a great game, but then you see a screenshot and decide, “Nope, I’m never playing that,” and move on with your life, you’re missing out. I get that it looks dated, but this is a fantastic game that you shouldn’t miss out on just because of that. I’m at a loss for adequate superlatives to describe how good it is. Not participating in this game is a sin against humanity.
It’s an RPG about immortality, and there are more zombies in it than you can shake a severed limb at, serving both tragic and comical roles. You begin the story on a slab, your best friend is a disembodied skull, and there are so many corpses strewn about that you need an ability specifically for communicating with them. Torment is a dark and tragic role-playing game that subverts nearly every genre trope and convention. It’s also easy to get your hands on now thanks to mobile ports and a slick GOG wrapper for modern PCs.
Plants vs. Zombies
The original Plants vs. Zombies combined solid, approachable tower defense gameplay with whimsical charm, resulting in its widespread popularity. The game was a smashing success with gamers of all skill levels across PC, consoles, and mobile devices. Its accessibility and well-executed plant and zombie diversity ensured its early and continued success. This kid-friendly take on the dead is on our list because of its catchy, wave-based loop, which inspired a number of official sequels and countless imitations.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Resident Evil 2 is a survival horror masterpiece, a massive and strangely compelling epic that triumphs despite its infamously poor controls. With the remake’s improved controls, updated visuals, and other enhancements, RE2 is better than ever in 2019.
In RE2, you played as two different victims who, despite their paths occasionally crossing, were both led to horrifying discoveries in a city devastated by a bioweapon. The game has excellent pacing, a growing sense of dread, good monster design, plenty of opportunities for jump scares, and just enough scarcity of resources to keep things tense all the way to the end. It’s also crawling with sluggish, classic zombies; even the weakest of them can be dangerous in the right setting.
The Walking Dead: Season 1
A long time ago, when the TV show was good, the Walking Dead made us laugh and cry. Telltale’s first season was proof that scary stories could be told in a point-and-click adventure game. The writing and delivery are spare and expert, with most of the work going into developing complex characters that we come to either love or hate before slowly stripping them away. It’s unclear if anyone will make it out of this situation intact. The Walking Dead Season 1 was a catalyst for a new wave of adventure game narratives, which has had a lasting impact on the industry. Although Telltale in its former form no longer exists, their terrifying masterpiece lives on in our memories.
Project Zomboid: 13 Tips And Tricks That Will Keep You Alive
Store Water Nearby
In the event of an apocalypse, hoarding is a terrible reality that must be avoided at all costs. If you’re concerned about your own survival, you should stock up on water whenever possible. You should collect any water you find, whether it’s in a bottle, bowl, or mug. Although you cannot hope to store an infinite amount of water, tomorrow’s water supply should be the least of your concerns.
Watch Some TV
During a zombie outbreak, watching television may seem pointless, but in Project Zomboid, it is mandatory. You can hone different abilities in the game by watching different shows on TV.
This mechanic is only available for the first nine days; after that, you’ll need to rely on reading materials instead. You need TV as part of your daily routine if you want to be as productive as possible and maintain a comfortable standard of living.
Crouching Is Essential
Crouch-walking is the single most important behavior you can cultivate in Project Zomboid. Pressing the C key while moving in any direction will accomplish this by default. You can greatly reduce the amount of noise you make while walking that zombies can hear if you crouch. It may seem strange at first, but the security it offers will quickly make you feel at ease.
Where’s The Best Base?
Everyone has their preferred hangouts in Project Zomboid, but it can be nerve-wracking trying to locate your own permanent base of operations. If you haven’t decided where you’ll spend the zombie apocalypse, we have three recommendations.
The food at Twiggy’s is reliable. You won’t have to worry about running out of supplies here thanks to the proximity of a gunshop, a market, and some trees. The farmhouse on the eastern outskirts of Muldraugh is a great place to stay if security is a priority. Those who prefer to play in larger groups will find that any of the map’s numerous suitably sized churches are ideal venues. Be cautious, though, as boarding them up immediately can be difficult.
Farming Is A Lot Harder Than It Looks
Farming is an essential part of any open-world survival game, and Project Zomboid is no exception. The ease with which zombies can destroy your crops is not always obvious. The zombie’s blood can seep into your crops and make them sick if it falls on them. Plant damage isn’t the only thing zombies can do to your crops when they walk across them.
Zombies won’t be able to eat your plants if you strategically place barriers around them. If you want to prevent a crop disease from spreading from one group to another, spacing your plants at least two feet apart is recommended.
The Most Important Item In The Game
It could look like a weapon, bandages, or even food to you. It’s nails, though! They’re a staple of any woodworking crafter’s arsenal. Their primary function is to serve as building materials for barricades, which are critical for keeping zombies out of your stronghold.
Weapons can also be made better by using nails. Nails can be used in conjunction with a plank or baseball bat to deal even more damage to the zombies. If you find any nails, please pick them up. In the heat of battle, you could easily deplete your supplies.
The OTHER Most Important Item
The nail gun isn’t the only tool you need. Another crucial use for them is to hold up sheets. Sheets are important for no other reason than their adaptability. They aren’t as effective as nails, but they can be used to obscure a window. This won’t stop the zombies from coming after you, but it will prevent them from seeing you.
While you sleep, this is especially crucial because zombies can suddenly appear and feast on your flesh. Bandages can be made from sheets, which is useful if you’ve been injured in a recent zombie attack.
Don’t Pick Up Everything
Nails and sheets are essential, but it’s also crucial that you don’t pick up every single little thing. In this survival game, your limited supply is measured in kilograms rather than points. Bags and backpacks will come in handy, but you may go long stretches without finding any.
Keeping on top of stock management is, therefore, crucial. Taking all the cool weapons may seem like a good idea at the time, but you may come to regret it if you end up needing supplies or medical attention.
The Best Places to Forage
It can be difficult to find safe havens to forage in while being pursued by hordes of zombies across the vast map. It doesn’t help that these places are usually small, and you might have to walk around for a while before you come across any food or water.
Have no dread! All of the potential foraging areas in the game world have been highlighted in red on the above map created by a dedicated Project Zomboid player. The scale of the map is 1:1,000, making it fully compatible with the game’s coordinate system. Hunt safely!
Getting A Second Base
I thought we were going to talk about snagging a single base. Having that foundation is essential, but having a backup plan is even more so. Preparing for the worst is an essential part of any survival strategy, and Project Zomboid is no exception.
You may grow sentimental about your first safe haven, but the zombie horde can force you to abandon it at any time. You definitely don’t want to be stuck out in the open with nowhere to take refuge. If your first base is ever overrun, having a second one to retreat to will ensure your safety.
Loot As Much As You Can
This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to panic when a large group of zombies swarms you and starts looting everything in sight. When you’re trying to get out of a sticky situation fast, looting might not seem like a priority.
Still, you should try to pillage as many of the dead as possible; you never know what treasures they might contain. Nails and sheets are essential, but they can be difficult to come by. The human body is a treasure trove of useful items, especially in a bind.
Get Ready To Read
But isn’t this a game about zombies? Books are the primary means by which experience in a given skill, such as Carpentry or Foraging, can be increased in Project Zomboid. The number of stars in each skill book varies from one to five.
It’s not as common knowledge that reading a specific book pertaining to a skill will grant you a bonus to actions involving that skill. Gain three times as much experience as usual when sawing wood after reading a beginner’s book on carpentry. Increases in XP gain are as follows: 5 for Intermediate, 8 for Advanced, 12 for Expert, 16 for Mastery. Read some books, already!
The key takeaway from Project Zomboid is accepting what can’t be changed. Whether you’re just starting out or have a lot of time invested, losing can be tough, despite the game’s emphasis on death. It’s frustrating to die after spending time and energy building a base, growing crops, or just trying to stay alive.
To pick up the pieces and begin an entirely new adventure is part of the fun challenge of Project Zomboid. And with each new start, you’ll be better equipped to hold out for even longer. Have faith and persevere out there!
These are the games we consider to be the best of the zombie genre to date, along with a few others that may or may not make the cut in the future. Let us know in the comments if you think we missed any games that you think deserves a spot on this list, and we’ll consider adding them in the future.