Just In Bailey: Brains…BRAINS!

There was a time…when I was so brokenhearted.  Brokenhearted, bloodied, dragging my feet, I was hurt.  And yet, all I wanted to do was eat.  And there were others like me.  Hundreds, thousands of us, all craving our next meal.  Death wasn’t much of a friend of mine.  I went from the big screen to the small screen to the handheld.  I am the undead.  I am a…wait!  Are we supposed to use the “Z” word?  Well, either way, I want to take a look at some of the games of my people and see what made them great.  Great, that is, until the world of gaming was completely overrun with zombie games like some sort of outbreak.  These are my top three favorite zombie games:

3.  The Dead Rising Series
Frank West and Chuck Greene have a tough task.  They both end up trapped, with thousands upon thousands of the undead looking for their next meal.  The Dead Rising series allows gamers a lot of freedom.  There is freedom in where to go and what to do.  There is freedom in how to dress and how to dispatch of the multitude of zombie fodder just ambling about.  The stories of West and Greene take a total back seat to the action and humor that the Dead Rising games provide.  The only thing I dislike is the time limit.  Everything has a time limit.  It makes sense within the context of the story but it has a tendency to put a damper on the game.  With the release of Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Capcom provided a sandbox mode without a time limit.  Unfortunately, these games can get somewhat monotonous.  Despite that, the Dead Rising series is a fun time had by all; save the undead of course.

2. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Yep, that’s right.  Remember this gem of the Super Nintendo era?  Forget Left 4 Dead and Dead Island and the rest of the new generation of zombie games.  This was the original zombie action game.  Everything from the box art to the 2-player co-op gameplay, this game was awesome.  It had a very campy horror theme and didn’t just have zombies as enemies.  Players faced off against werewolves, vampires, and numerous other creepy crawly nightmarish creatures while trying to rescue their remaining neighbors.  Even the main characters, Zeke and Julie had a crazy cartoony look to them.  Zombies Ate My Neighbors was a great action game that was totally unappreciated until it became a cult classic.  Luckily, it’s available on the Wii Virtual Console for a new generation or for those of us who love the classics.

1. The Resident Evil Series (1-Code Veronica)
I know, obvious right?  Resident Evil brought zombies front and center in the video game world.  And the reason I’m only including the first three numberedgames and Code Veronica is because the enemies in four and five weren’t technically zombies.  You have to come back from the dead to be a zombie, being just “infected” doesn’t cut it.  The story of the Umbrella Corporation and the zombie outbreak may be campy horror, but it is still entertaining.  The voice acting may be god-awful, but lines like “Barry.  Where’s Barry?” and “I hope this is not Chris’s blood” are some of the most memorable lines in video games.  Resident Evil has gone more action than horror as of late, and it seems this is the direction it will continue.  I think that’s a shame.  I really enjoy being scared when playing a video game, and the Resident Evil games provided hours upon hours of sweaty palms and screams.

So, there you have it.  These are my top zombie video games.  My hope for the future of zombie games is that the industry slows down on them.  These things are cyclical.  Vampires, zombies, Ricky Martin, they are popular, fade away for a bit, and then come back.  What are some of your favorite games starring the shambling undead?

Just In Bailey –an homage to the secret code from Metriod, which allowed you to play as Samus Aran without her suit– is an editorial column at Vagary.TV brought to you by Joey Alesia. Each week Joey will challenge you to look at a different perspective of the characters, gameplay, and/or plot in your favorite games. Chat up your thoughts below, or send Joey an e-mail at Joey.Alesia@vagary.tv and remember to follow him on Twitter @wrkngclsswrtr.

 

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Author: Joey Alesia View all posts by
Joey's adventure into the realm of video games began at 3 when Nintendo first hit the West. He grew up a Nintendo fan and ended up branching out to Playstation when FF7 hit and XBox when Oblivion hit the 360. He's not huge on first person shooters or sports games but definitely enjoys a good RPG or survival horror game. His all-time favorite series is definitely The Legend of Zelda, followed extremely closely by Metal Gear. Joey has a firm belief that games should be treated with respect when they are made and that the classics should never be overlooked.
  • guest

    Agree with Resident Evil! My favorite. I didn’t enjoy the repetitiveness of Dead Rising however, I only gave the first one a chance. I enjoyed Left 4 Dead… even with the repetitiveness in those games as well. I am a huge fan of Dead Island though I think they hired the same voice actors from Res. Evil 2 … pretty bad with the addition of some ghetto-ness. If I am allowed to add phone/Ipad apps.. Id have to say Zombie Highway is addicting and a favorite.

    Also, on the Zombie topic. Amazing 5k coming up. I think 7 different states. Zombie obstacle course… run for your life! The closest thing you may ever get to a real life zombie horde.

    Schmidty

  • http://twitter.com/TheSobaer Don P. (aka Sobær)

    Great read. I never could get into Dead Rising, though. It was fun for about an hour or two; just didn’t grab me. lol My top three are:
    Plants vs. Zombies. In a decade, this game will still be remembered, making it a classic in my opinion. I’ve played through it more times than I care to admit, too. So much fun. I’m hoping for the inevitable PvZ2.

    Resident Evil 1-3. Yeah, back when they had zombies. I liked the other games, but blah, no zombies and outlandish storytelling.

    Dead Island. An open world zombie game? YESPLZ. Was a lot of fun.

    Honorable mention: Zombie Gunship. An iOS game that has an addicting quality to it.

  • Chris Scott

    As much as I love zombies in other mediums, outside of a handful of exceptional examples I think they are rather poorly done in gaming. Obviously the RE series up to and including Code Veronica were fantastic, RE2 is my favorite of the series. But outside of that Left 4 Dead was alright for a zombie shooter, the first act of Dead Island is actually pretty solid, and from a humorous point of view, I do love me some Plants vs. Zombies.