When it comes to zombies in pop culture it kind of feels like everything has been done to death (yeah, yeah, I know). films, TV shows, and even games went through a stale era. However, you can’t keep a brain-hungry corpse down for long, with VR’s unique blend of physical mechanics breathing new life into the genre. If you’ve got a Meta Quest then there are plenty of titles to choose from. Here are (what we think) are the best zombie games for Meta Quest.
The Best Zombie Games
Before choosing a zombie game what are you looking for? Outrageous action? Tons of blood and gore, perhaps? Or how about the ability to team up with a mate and go on daring raids? All of those and more are covered in the selection below.
Whether you love the horror aspect of a good zombie experience, or the ability to pop heads at will, zombie games are always in a league of their own.
Arizona Sunshine 2
The original Arizona Sunshine game became a firm VR fan favourite over the years. Vertigo Games released its sequel, Arizona Sunshine 2 at the tail end of 2023 and it turned out to be an excellent successor. It continues the narrative across the sunbaked landscape of the US state of a lone wanderer surviving the apocalypse.
Thankfully, the sequel improves on its predecessor in several ways. The addition of Buddy, your faithful pooch brings an emotional connection to the whole experience. Being able to pat him and play fetch makes the landscape a little less brutal. Buddy ain’t no slouch though, attacking zombies and fetching useful, out-of-reach items on command. And let’s not forget about the gore, Arizona Sunshine 2 is more visceral and bloody than ever!
Resident Evil 4
Okay, there might be some debate as to whether Resident Evil 4 is a zombie game, but it’s certainly part of a zombie franchise. An excellent port by Armature Studio of Capcom’s action horror, this VR edition updated the gameplay with motion controls.
The first time you could play an official Resi game natively on Quest, Resident Evil 4 packs even more punch. As special agent Leon S. Kennedy you need to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter, which involves careful use of supplies and a good aim. Now there’s manual reloading making frantic moments even more exciting, plus you can even dual wield if you so wish. It’s a shame that the QTE moments remain (they don’t suit VR) but the rest of the gameplay is bang-on.
The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
Skydance Interactive’s The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a VR classic. Released back in 2020 the studio even brought out a sequel in 2022, but it’s the original game you’ll want to play. You are ‘The Tourist’ a fresh face in New Orleans who happens to find there’s more to be wary of than just zombies.
With an original narrative based on Robert Kirkman’s comic books, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is pure zombie survival. Head into the streets and scavenge buildings for valuable resources so you can craft new tools and weapons. Deal with zombies silently or with explosive force and watch out for the locals. Some need your help whilst others are less than friendly. If you’ve bought a Meta Quest 3 then you’ll also be able to enjoy enhanced visuals and more walkers.
Zombieland: Headshot Fever
Taking itself far less seriously than the other games on this list is XR Games’ Zombieland: Headshot Fever. This is wall-to-wall arcade action from start to finish. As you can guess from the title it’s based in the Zombieland universe, with an added incentive on headshots.
The idea is to score as many points as possible, ridding each area of zombies as quickly as possible. Building a headshot combo slows down time, keeping that going means popping those zombie brains in quick, accurate succession. There are loads of guns and upgrades to unlock. Plus you might notice some of the original film cast have lent their voices to the game. Just beware, Zombieland: Headshot Fever can get quite addictive.
After the Fall
Time for some multiplayer madness with another title from Vertigo Games, After the Fall. Whilst you can play solo After the Fall really comes into its own when four of you team up. Set in a future Los Angeles that is now permanently covered in snow, here you face the monstrous Snowbreed.
Teams head into the frozen wasteland to hunt for resources, slaying hordes of shamblers before dealing with the brutal specials and the towering bosses. In between runs, there’s a central hub for up to 32 players, so you can always team up with another group if you so wish.
Throwing another multiplayer title into the mix, this time we got the multifaceted Alvo. OutsideIn Entertainment’s Alvo is a tactical, military shooter, for the most part. You’ve got realistic weapon handling, killstreaks, perks, a huge arsenal of weaponry and lifelike environments.
So why is it on our list? Well, Alvo has a multitude of gameplay modes. These include Free for All, Team Death Match/TDM Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, and 4-player co-op zombies. Just like the Call of Duty franchise, you and your friends can team up to take on waves of the undead. Then once you’re done, you’ve got plenty of other options to explore.
Drop Dead: The Cabin
This wouldn’t be much of a Meta Quest list without at least one mixed reality game. Soul Assembly’s Drop Dead: The Cabin arrived in early 2023 as an arcade, horde shooter. Last as long as possible, die, then use the XP to upgrade your character and weapons, (hopefully) lasting a little longer.
Then came Drop Dead: The Cabin – Home Invasion, a free update in October. Adding a mixed reality element, you can now experience the undead crashing through your windows and living room walls! Adding a whole new element to surviving a zombie apocalypse.
And there you have it. That wraps up our picks of the seven best zombie games for Meta Quest! What are your thoughts? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!
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