Ever since Call of Duty Nazi Zombies it seems like every developer want’s to turn their game into a horror/zombie game. Countless spin-off’s have been made already and there’s still a lot undead spin-off’s coming. But which are the good spin-off’s. Which spin-off’s are really worth your time and your money? We’ve made a list of five of the best horror spin-off games of this generation.
5: Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned
The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned doesn’t change much in terms of gameplay. You just get to shoot a lot of zombies, collect a LOT of brains in a new environment. But it’s funny, a nice twist to the game and a reason to go online with three of your buddies and pump dem undead folk full of lead.
4: Yakuza: Dead Souls
Yakuza: Dead Souls feels like a fresh game in the series. It’s faster and more about the fun of fighting, less about the long, dramatic cutscenes. Because the Yakuza games where already known for quirky gameplay elements (Karaoke, Golf, etc) the zombie theme fits like a glove. Too bad the gameplay itself was not on par with most western 3rd person shooter games. But it’s a blast nonetheless!
3: Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies
Have you ever seen the movie Dead Snow? Than you would know undead Nazi’s are the worst zombies ever. In Call of Duty’s Nazi Zombies mode, featured in World at War, Black Ops and in the soon to be released Black Ops II. World at War actually was one of the first non-horror game to get a zombie spin-off that had nothing to do with the original game. It wasn’t really a spin-off it was a gameplay mode that was similar to the horde mode in games like Gears of War. Because it was not a stnad alone game we will not give them the first spot, but they get third place for being the first in this console generation to start out with the hype of turning every game into zombie a game.
2: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
At first it sounded like one of the dumbest ideas ever. Turning one of the best games of this generation into just another zombie game. Because Call of Duty and some other games already had taken on the Undead Theme it felt uninspired and I was afraid it would ruin the entire “lone cowboy in an immence sandbox” experience. But it didn’t, Undead Nightmare showed that it was possible to create a stand-alone spin-off with a different theme and still be fun to play. It was fun to play and didn’t ruin the original game. It was just another take on and a good reason to go back to the (undead) Wild West again.
1: InFamous: Festival of Blood
Festival of Blood is a typical case of “apprentice becomes master”. When it was announced a lot of people thought the same about Festival of Blood as they did about RDR’s Undead Nightmare when it was announced. But not only was Festival of Blood the best execution in terms of gameplay, it didn’t even feel like an actual spin-off. This feels like a third inFamous game about a vampire, Bloody Mary, haunting New Marais. And, like I wrote, it’s about vampires instead of zombies! And we’re not talking about Twilight vampires. We’re talking about “Interview with the Vampire” and “Let Me In” vampires. This simply is the best spin-off. If you have a PS3, check out this stand-alone game because it will only set you back about $8,- and gives you the content of one of the best full retail vampire games.