Gaming’s greatest… zombies

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Slow, shuffling zombie hordes have been a staple enemy of many a horror game, so it’s all too easy to lump them all into one mindless, brain-eating category.

But actually, there’s a huge variety of zombie types out there, and they don’t all rely on a diet of brains to function. In fact, some of them are actually pretty heroic in their own way.

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Slow, shuffling zombie hordes have been a staple enemy of many a horror game, so it’s all too easy to lump them all into one mindless, brain-eating category. But actually, there’s a huge variety of zombie types out there, and they don’t all rely on a diet of brains to function. In fact, some of them are actually pretty heroic in their own way.

So here’s a collection of 7 zombies to give you a taster of the many varieties of undead that gaming has to offer.

1. Clickers

Featured in: The Last of Us

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Of the four types of Infected in The Last of Us, the Clickers are one of the worst to have to deal with. As zombies go, they’ve got an unfairly high number of talents that are pretty hard for regular humans to compete with: echolocation, super strength, more grit and determination than we can muster in a year, and despite all the fungus sprouting out of their faces, their brains are still largely functional too. And they’ll never give up looking until they find you, which would be heartwarming if it wasn’t so frightening.

2. Tyrant (T-103 model)

Featured in: Resident Evil 2

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Informally known as Mr X, the T-103 is no ordinary zombie. Not only does he have a big and beefy frame capable of knocking down walls, he also has the ability to absorb ridiculous amounts of damage. And while his intelligence is said to be nearly comparable to a human’s, he’s definitely outsmarted us more than once. Also, Mr X has a very stylish hat. Do not shoot it off his head. Do not.

3. Stubbs the Zombie

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Many horror games choose to pit you, the heroic human, against the zombie hordes, but if you’d rather be the zombie yourself and go around eating brains to your heart’s content, then you may want to acquaint yourself with Stubbs the Zombie. He can throw exploding body parts, drive pretty much any vehicle he wants (whoever said zombies couldn’t remember how to drive?), and whistle tunefully to command his ever-growing legions of undead followers.

4. The Clown Infected

Featured in: Left 4 Dead 2

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Just like zombies, clowns have had their fair share of appearances in horror games and horror movies, so the combination of clown and zombie in Left 4 Dead 2’s Dark Carnival campaign seems like a natural progression. These ones attract yet more zombies to their immediate vicinity simply by moving around, loudly, in their squeaky clown shoes. You can make their false noses honk loudly if you shove them though, which is always a plus.

5. Dr Salvador

Featured in: Resident Evil 4

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Sporting a stylish potato sack on his head and carrying around a deadly chainsaw, Dr Salvador is one of the nastier baddies you’ll face in Resident Evil 4. He’s a bit of a bullet sponge and he’s faster than anyone wearing a potato sack on their head has any right to be, so keep well back unless you want a chainsaw to the face.

And if for some strange reason you actually want to see more of him, try out Mercenaries Mode and you’ll get to meet a much, much bigger version.

6. Newts

Featured in: Days Gone

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Of all the zombie-like monsters in Days Gone (and there are a lot), the Newts appear at first glance to be the weakest. They’re essentially zombie children, and because they’re so much smaller and weaker than their adult counterparts it’s very easy to dismiss them and forget they’re there.

Bad move. The moment you let these little monsters out of your line of sight, they’re making plans to sink their sweet little milk teeth into your neck. Not so cute now, are they?

7. Ed the Zombie

Featured in: Ben and Ed

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What Ed lacks in intelligence, he more than makes up for in determination. It’s not every zombie that would get up time and time again after being knocked down, sliced into bits, thrown into lava, or catapulted into the sky. What makes his efforts even more admirable is the fact that he does it all for his best friend Ben, who’s trapped, just like Princess Peach, at the end of each vast obstacle course full of deadly traps.

No matter how many limbs Ed loses, he’ll keep dragging himself onwards to reach his friend, even if all that’s left of him by the end of the obstacle course is his severed rolling skull. Ed, you deserve a medal.

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