Shooting zombies is a proud tradition among gamers. Few things are more satisfying than gunning down the undead in droves, which is why zombies appear on nearly every gaming console.
Yet even so, it's Sony's PlayStation consoles that have given us some of the best zombie games in history, with several being PS4 exclusives (that were later also playable on the PS5).
While most of these zombie games have gritty and grim settings full of danger, the best thing about this horror subgenre is that it doesn't always have to be gory terror. Indeed, there are a few comedic gems that you shouldn't pass up.
Here are our picks for the best zombie games on the PS4, which are very much still worth playing to this day!
10. Back 4 Blood
Back 4 Blood is technically just a spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead series, but it captures the spirit so well that it still leaves people confused as to whether it's actually part of the franchise.
Sure, it has its own distinct setting and story, but the gameplay is spot-on at carrying Left 4 Dead's torch, meaning if you enjoyed the original series, then you'll find plenty to love here.
This zombie game stands out for its emphasis on co-op tactics built on a game engine that adapts to your playstyle, resulting in a fun and chaotic shooter made just for zombie killers.
9. Days Gone
Days Gone is an open world survival shooter that takes place two years after a zombie apocalypse, centering on a former soldier turned mercenary who's trying to stay ahead of the hordes.
Unlike most PS4 games with zombies, Days Gone allows almost infinite exploration, giving you the freedom to go wherever you want to gather whatever resources you need.
You also have plenty of freedom in how you approach various objectives (though most of them will come down to either blowing up or sneaking past the infected).
8. Killing Floor 2
Though Killing Floor 2 is perfectly fine when played on your own, this first-person zombie game really shines with friends.
Each player controls a mercenary who's sent to Europe following a zombie outbreak that's ravaging the continent. From there, Killing Floor 2 is light on plot but heavy on action, letting you jump right into mowing down the undead.
There are plenty of weapons to discover, plus surprisingly faithful recreations of cities like Paris, Rome, and London to navigate.
7. Zombie Army Trilogy
If there's one thing gamers love as much as killing zombies, it's killing Nazis! And you'll do plenty of both in the Zombie Army series, which is itself a spin-off of the better-known Sniper Elite series.
Zombie Army takes place in an alternate history, back during the final days of World War II. Whereas in the real world Hitler died by suicide, in Zombie Army he unleashes the undead as a final gambit.
Like many other PS4 games about zombies, Zombie Army Trilogy has both solo and co-op modes, making it a great option if you want to team up with friends to save the world from Nazi zombies.
6. Resident Evil 3
The first few Resident Evil games were basically puzzle games with horror or action elements. It wasn't until Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on the original PlayStation that the series went full horror.
And when the game was remade for the PS4, Resident Evil 3 cranked up the tension with Jill Valentine hunted by the terrifying Nemesis T-Type creature while trying to escape the ruins of Raccoon City.
While the gameplay isn't as tight as some of the other Resident Evil games, the execution of its horror elements makes it one of the best zombie games for the PS4.
5. Dying Light
Dying Light is a zombie game that leans heavily into its survival elements, forcing players to craft dozens of weapons to keep ahead of the hordes—or else perish.
The most interesting part of the game is the day and night cycle, which directly impacts the behavior of zombies. By day, they're slow and easy to avoid. By night, they're frighteningly fast and aggressive.
With the city of Haran under quarantine, Kyle Crane is sent in to investigate the remaining inhabitants. Planning how you cross the open areas of town is as important as actually fighting.
4. Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol
Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol is a two-fer that consists of two games, both originally from the SNES. In 2021, they were both re-released on the PS4 (and elsewhere), and they both hold up surprisingly well despite their age.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a great tongue-in-cheek game about a pair of teenagers trying to thwart the evil Dr. Tongue and his legion of 1950s horror tropes. Ghoul Patrol is a slightly less stylish sequel.
Looking for something a bit more light-hearted in your zombie shooters? These two will certainly scratch that itch!
3. The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series
Few game developers have ever handled branching narratives as well as Telltale Games has, and their take on The Walking Dead is easily among their best efforts.
Based on the comic books, you'll have plenty of difficult choices to make as you make your way through the post-apocalyptic world with a young girl named Clementine to protect.
This edition features all four seasons of the game as well as all of the DLC with enhanced visuals to boot.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series includes all four seasons of the game plus the 400 Days and The Walking Dead: Michonne DLCs, and all of them have been upgraded with a new rendering system and a better overall experience.
If you missed out on this groundbreaking adventure game when it first came out, this is the best way to play it now.
2. Resident Evil 2
When Resident Evil 2 was first released on the PlayStation back in 1998, it was downright revolutionary. The remake for the PS4 takes an already-great game and makes it even better.
Aside from the incredible graphical upgrade, the PS4's Resident Evil 2 comes with modernized controls that provide for much smoother gameplay, plus updated puzzles that are more engaging.
Resident Evil 2 isn't just a phenomenal zombie game, and it isn't just one of the best Resident Evil games in the series. It's one of the best video games of all time and it'll keep you hooked.
1. The Last of Us Remastered
Okay, I know topping this list with a port might seem lazy, but the remastered version of The Last of Us is such an incredible step up that it's simply impossible to ignore.
The original was already one of the best zombie games ever made (even if they never explicitly call them zombies), and the upgraded graphics and quality of life improvements in the remake only serve to cement its status as an all-time great.
At the heart of The Last of Us Remastered is a touching story about a found family surviving in a world that's ravaged by chaos. I don't hesitate to call it the best zombie game on the PS4, period.