Phil vs. Phil: Should Zombie Games Be Shot in the Head Already?


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Phil O:

Put the zombies in the ground, please

If I have a nemesis in this world, it’s zombie games. I don’t really know why there are so many of them, although I do know that I’m tired of playing them. I don’t even like good zombie games anymore.

Zombies are boring. I don’t mean that it’s necessarily boring to face them in a game; I’m certainly not going to be the first person to call Left 4 Dead boring. I mean they’re creatively boring. There could probably be some innovation in the genre if developers tried, but as it is there’s only so much of zombies shambling or running right at me that I can take.

I can’t help but wonder what the fascination with zombies is. Back when I first discovered zombies by watching The Night of the Living Dead and its sequels, they were cool and scary and fun. But I feel like oversaturation really ruined them for me, because this is too specific a subgenre to go so overboard with. No matter what you do with zombies, the story is always going to be the same in broad strokes.

And it feels like I can’t get away from them. Sony offers the PlayStation 3 Welcome Back package, and what’s the only game in there I don’t already have? Dead effing Nation. I get to the end of the campaign in the biggest shooter of all time and what happens? Zombies attack me! I play some Gears of War 3 to get away from zombie games, and what do I find? Lambent freaking zombie people.

We’re to the point where every zombie game feels like the same game to me. I try to play zombies in Black Ops, but I get bored easily, because it’s not like that’s really any different from anything else with zombies in it.

This topic is exhausting. I hate zombies so much I really don’t even want to talk about them anymore. Big ole sigh.

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4 Comments on Phil vs. Phil: Should Zombie Games Be Shot in the Head Already?

SupremeAllah

On October 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

They should make a zombie game based on the Return of the Living dead series. The jokey ones where the zombies were completely unstoppable, no matter how you killed them.

SEND MORE COPS!

Brandon J. Clark

On October 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I dunno… I used to hate on all the recent zombie games but Dead Island makes it all fresh to me again.

Darkraidor

On October 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

agree with Phil H. here. The breakthrough zombie game is waiting to be made. Dead Island is a step in the right direction, but L4D, while a great game, is not the direction zombie games should be taking.

jamesensor

On October 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

History will take care of separating what’s good and bad in this genre. Sure there’s a lot of them, but only a few of them are good. Left 4 Dead is one of them, mostly because of coop feature. Versus mode in fps’s is something that really bores me, there are millions of them, and nothing special comes up.