Zombies in media are always a hit and continue to see constant releases year after year. The video game industry is no exception with developers hoping to terrify players as they approach the undead. From gnashing teeth to the long hungry groans for human flesh, there are all sorts of zombie titles available on the PlayStation 4 platform.
However, instead of opening up the entire catalog of video games available for the PlayStation 4, we want to take a look at some of the more recent releases. In this list, we are giving readers our picks for the best zombie titles to have released on the PlayStation 4 within the last five years.
You’ll find all sorts of video game titles below that range from remasters to brand new IPs. Without further ado, these are the best and most recent undead zombie and zombie-like games for the PlayStation 4.
#16 Dead Island Definitive Edition
- Developer: Techland
- Publisher: Deep Silver
I believe Dead Island really grabbed the attention of gamers everywhere through its announcement trailer. Developers Techland and publisher Deep Silver delivered a trailer that would likely go down into the history books as we watch the demise of a little girl becoming infected in reverse.
The video game plays a bit like Left 4 Dead if you’re familiar with the series. Players can choose one of four playable characters who is found trapped within a fictional island known as Banoi. Overall, this is a luxury island that just happened to be ground zero for the zombie pandemic outbreak.
Gameplay is a bit more relaxed in comparison to titles such as the Resident Evil franchise. There’s a heavy emphasis on melee attacks against the undead as you roam around the island completing quests in order to find a means of escaping. Also, just like Left 4 Dead, Dead Island is best played with friends online.
Though the first title was a success, publisher Deep Silver has yet to launch a sequel. Instead, we’ve seen a standalone DLC release known as Dead Island: Riptide and a spin-off title known as Escape Dead Island. Thankfully those expansions are bundled together in this edition.
#15 Dead Rising 4
- Developer: Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
Capcom sure loves their zombie titles as the studio not only has their staple Resident Evil franchise but the Dead Rising series as well. Gamers may see Resident Evil as a more serious approach to an undead zombie pandemic narrative campaign, but Capcom offers gamers who want more of an action-adventure experience with Dead Rising.
Currently, the latest installment of the series is Dead Rising 4 which is known as a survival horror beat ‘em up video game that is a more or less open world. Players in Dead Rising 4 takes on the role of a protagonist named Frank West who first came into the scene in the very first Dead Rising video game.
In the narrative, Dead Rising 4 takes place in 2022 where Frank West acts as a college professor who is convinced to follow a student toward a rural area of Colorado. In their journey, the duo discovers a military compound is using the base as zombie research. Frank is then considered and marked as a fugitive who once again gets swept into saving the day after a zombie outbreak strikes.
As mentioned, the Dead Rising series is more focused as a beat ‘em up where players can melee attack hordes of zombies with a wide variety of weapons. In fact, the game series does offer the ability to make custom weapons out of random parts discovered about.
#14 Dying Light
- Developer: Techland
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Dying Light was created under Techland, who was also the developers behind Dead Island and as such, there are some clear similarities between the two. However, between the two video game titles, Dying Light certainly carries a more mature tone and bleak world.
The video game follows an agent named Kyle Crane who is tasked with infiltrating a quarantine zone city of Harran which has become infested with a virus turning civilians into ruthless zombies. Interestingly enough, there’s a twist on the day and night cycle in Dying Light. During the day, the zombies are more lethargic and easier to deal with, though once the sun set’s they become more aggressive and harder to escape.
Developers have also tossed in some parkour elements within the game allowing players to easily traverse the city and its obstacles when fleeing the undead hordes. Combat as well has been changed from the melee focus from what we seen within Dead Island to gunplay, giving players an action-adventure experience.
#13 Killing Floor 2
- Developer: Tripwire Interactive
- Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Killing Floor 2 is aimed more at cooperative gameplay in this FPS survival horror title. Players will find that Killing Floor 2 takes place just a month after the events of Killing Floor where the bio-tech pandemic has spread rampantly.
Within the game, players will be forced to fight off Zeds, which are various zombie-like creatures. This is a wave-based gameplay style where you’ll be fighting off stronger and increasing amount of Zeds after each wave. There’s also boss fights to battle through, each of which will be centered around their own strategies and attributes.
As mentioned, this is a great game for multiplayer where groups of players can join in a match and attempt to survive the relentless Zeds wave after wave.
#12 Days Gone
- Developer: SIE Bend Studio
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Days Gone is a PlayStation 4 exclusive that was developed by SIE Bend Studio, which was responsible for the Syphon Filter series back during the early years of the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 platforms. Their latest release is Days Gone, a game that takes place after a virus outbreak turning most of humanity into mindless zombie-like creatures. Players step into the role of a biker named Deacon St. John, who is surviving the harsh world doing odd jobs for various factions with his best friend Boozer. This title is set in an open world environment allowing players to freely explore and take on various missions at any given time. However, because this world is filled with zombies, it can be difficult to visit certain places, especially if you find yourself being blocked off by a horde.
The game, as mentioned, follows Deacon St. John as he seeks out resources to survive while also providing aid to factions. However, as you progress through the game you learn that there may be a chance that his wife, Sarah, may still be alive somewhere out there in the wild leaving you to seek out information.
#11 The Evil Within
- Developer: Tango Gameworks
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
The Evil Within was directed by Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami as the game focuses on Sebastian Castellanos a detective that gets pulled into a distorted world during an investigation. Staying true to the survival horror genre, The Evil Within will have players struggling against a fight with nightmarish creatures while avoiding traps, sneaking around the world, and solving complex puzzles.
Overall, reception of the game was positive with players enjoying the old school survival horror feel when other long lasting franchises such as Resident Evil was moving towards an action oriented gameplay.