Braiiins. The season of deathly celebration is upon us. Some celebrate life, while others revel in all things spooky. Whatever happens, you’ll be feasting upon buckets of candy, child or not.
People will knock at your door. They will attempt to “scare” you. But if your Halloween style is to hunker down and ignore the doorbell, we’ve got eight mods to turn your favorite games into zombie-infested nightmares.
Let’s take a look.
If you know zombie mods, you’ll be aware of DayZ. DayZ started life as an Arma 2 mod. Its success saw DayZ launch as a standalone game that moves from strength to strength as it is developed. Breaking Point can be mentioned in the same breath as DayZ. It also began life as an Arma 2 mod, but has made the jump to Arma 3. It is particularly noteworthy for adding a huge amount of content to DayZ.
Breaking Point has broken free of DayZ and is now a revered mod in its own right. Breaking Point introduces strong, aggressive zombies (something DayZ fans want, no?) that actually provide a challenge to obliterate, as well as making excellent use of the phenomenal range of Arma 3 weaponry and equipment.
There are two more features that help Breaking Point stand out. First, persistent server storage is managed through four items: the Civilian Tent, the Military Crate, the Cast Iron Safe, and a Secret Stash. You will have to acquire or craft one of these objects, but in doing so your inventory will be protected.
The second Breaking Point feature worth checking out is Factions. The faction system introduces character classes to Breaking Point, allowing for dynamic team combinations and greater immersion in the environment. Furthermore, classes are server persistent, allowing for character progression through five tiers from an entry-level Hunter through to an elite Survivalist.
Fallout 4 is the latest in the long-running series. Fallout titles always curate amazing modding communities. One mod group is created from necessity — Bethesda have a history of releasing horribly buggy games — and another is born from the desire to expand on the canvas they provide.
Fallout 4: The Running Dead is one of the latter. It adds over 600 ghouls to the map, with city areas and The Glowing Sea featuring larger groups. Mod developer thelonewolf advises that “This mod doesn’t add hordes of zombies everywhere, places where settlements can be build [sic] have been left alone.”
The Running Dead has a number of options. The main installation changes the name “ghoul” to “zombie,” as well as introducing a zombie disease that causes radiation damage. It also makes the zombie/ghouls tougher to kill. A second main installation file does the same, but makes the zombies headshot kill only. These files work alongside the base Fallout 4 installation.
There are optional installation files that also add zombie spawns, replace robots with zombies, replace Mole Rats with zombies, replace Raiders with zombies, and so on. However, some of these are, understandably, game-breaking. You can’t move the story forward if the NPC is devouring your face.
Finally, thelonewolf suggests using the D.E.C.A.Y — Better Ghouls mod with The Running Dead for added zombie realism/terror.
There are two Minecraft zombie mods I’d like to show you.
The Dead World zombie survival mod drops you into a seemingly abandoned world. You’re immediately tasked with finding somewhere safe to live, and you have minimal items to help you. Luckily, you’ll find that safe haven relatively quickly, albeit crawling with zombies. Once you’ve cleared the area, you must scout for essentials: food, water, medicine, and weapons.
Dead World plays like a real zombie survival game. There are NPCs to trade with. You can craft additional items to expand your base. Furthermore, there is a mission-come-storyline for you to play through.
The Zombie Apocalypse works differently to The Dead World. Instead of a story-driven struggle for survival, The Zombie Apocalypse allows cities and other structures to become overrun with tough, fast zombies. To counteract the speed and additional strength of the zombies, you have a massive array of high-powered weaponry available, including guns, grenades, and even NPC soldiers (also with guns).
Company of Heroes 1 was an excellent game. Company of Heroes 2 pushed that further, and is one of my favorite RTS’s of all time. Nevertheless, mods bring so much more to this title, from simple skins, to detailed player-created maps, to entire game overhauls. The Living Dead is one of the most popular Company of Heroes 2 mods, and it is easy to see why.
In The Living Dead you’ll be turning your howitzers and Thompsons toward hordes of the undead. To keep things familiar, the zombie faction have a “Walker Squad” that can create new buildings, unlocking powerful units. They also have a hardcore late-game unit that, if played right, can swing the game in the zombie’s favor.
The Living Dead might not be for everyone, but I certainly enjoy the slightly more tactical take on zombie survival, rather than running, gunning, and hiding.
5. Grand Theft Auto V
First up is A Long Winter. This mod takes inspiration from other giants in the zombie genre. You’ll be fighting your way through a frozen post-apocalyptic version of Los Santos, complete with its own inventory and loot system, hunger and thirst modifiers, and an updated (and vastly minimalized) HUD.
I like that A Long Winter doesn’t turn every Los Santos resident into a zombie. You’ll find enclaves of survivors dotted about the city, bringing a sense of realism and aiding immersion.
Left4Santos is a more typical zombie experience, as you might gather from the borrowed name. In this mod you’ll be taking control of the zombie outbreak through the management panel, dictating when the outbreak starts, a city-wide blackout, and more.
Left4Santos is fun. However, the waves of zombies aren’t so much an onslaught, as a gentle trickle of infected Santeño’s (someone from Los Santos). I mean, some arrive in their SUVs, like they just finished the weekly shopping trip!
Finally, we have Los Santos Infection. Los Santos Infection is another city-wide zombie outbreak, featuring a plethora of customizable settings. Consequently, you’ll be able to fine-tune your zombie experience into a delightful personalized panic-inducing play-through.
Los Santos Infection has a couple of standout features. First is the in-game quick menu that allows you to quickly change the weather, advance time, cleanup your local area after the slaughter, alter the zombie spawn rate, and more. Additionally, you’ll be able to spawn random soldiers, bodyguards, and broken-down traffic. The broken-down traffic is the second feature. Broken-down cars really do not work, and at times you’ll struggle to find a working vehicle to escape the infected.
Fight ‘Til the End
Just because a real outbreak might not take place on your road this Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t hunker down and destroy some Zs. You’ve got eight mods to dissect. So, go on, and be careful out there!
What are your favorite zombie mods? Or do you just stick to the classic zombie games? Let us know your thoughts below!