The best Xbox zombie games 2023

Sick of fighting the living? With this list of the best Xbox zombie games, you'll be hacking and slashing your way through the undead in no time.

Best Xbox zombie games: Jacob sitting in a beach chair from Dead Island 2 key art

From seemingly impossible battles with hordes of the undead to reveling in the Funpocalypse against energy drink-crazed mutants, the best Xbox zombie games list is packed with plenty of zombie-slaying greatness. If you (and maybe some of your friends) want to take on one of the most iconic creatures in entertainment, look no further.

Before we get into the list, some of these titles may take up hours of your time, so we recommend picking up one of the best Xbox controllers. And for the survival-horror fans out there, it’ll be a truly immersive experience if you use one of our headsets from our best Xbox accessories list. For now, here are the best zombie games on Xbox.

Here are the best Xbox zombie games:

best xbox zombie games: a man covered in wounds and wearing a ripped blue t-shirt in Dead Island 2

1. Dead Island 2

Releasing 12 years after its predecessor and delivering a bloody good time, Dead Island 2 is for those looking for a fun hack-and-slash zombie game that focuses on killing over surviving. Taking place in an almost satirical take on Los Angeles, you’ll collect a variety of the Dead Island 2 best weapons as one of many Dead Island 2 characters.

As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock new skills that will help you kill endless hordes of zombies. And with the sheer amount of weaponry and weapon mods available to use, you can expect plenty of ways to decimate your undead foes. It offers over 15 hours of chaos for those looking to complete the story but will jump up to almost 40 hours to 100%, and that’s without playing through again with new slayers.

Our Dead Island 2 review calls it “a hell of a lot of fun and well worth the wait”. If you’ve been hoping for something that will turn you into the ultimate zombie slayer, Dead Island 2 is the one to play.

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2. Back 4 Blood

Despite not delivering on those who hoped for a contemporary successor to Valve’s popular Left 4 Dead series, Back 4 Blood is still a great time. Our Back 4 Blood review even called it “one of the best co-op games we’ve had in years”.

While you can go it alone with AI partners, Back 4 Blood is best played with up to three friends as you play through various levels of horde-slaying goodness. Unfortunately, there’s no split-screen co-op for those looking to bring friends around to play on one screen, but you can play solo with AI partners if you want to take on the Ridden alone.

The best part about Back 4 Blood is not only how it adapts the Left 4 Dead formula in its own way, but the sheer customization. You can create decks out of the best Back 4 Blood cards and fine-tune them to your play style. If you’re looking to replace that Left 4 Dead 3-shaped hole in your heart, Back 4 Blood is worth it.

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3. 7 Days to Die

One of the best survival games right now, 7 Days to Die is an open-world zombie game with a focus on avoiding the undead, and instead, scavenging and exploring a world against all odds.

While you can attempt to take on the undead alone, 7 Days to Die is most fun when played with up to three friends online, or with one friend in split-screen co-op. Considering how often that journey out of your home base can quickly go south, it may be worth bringing another survivor along.

Despite being released back in 2016, 7 Days to Die is still a popular choice amongst survival enthusiasts, giving you the thrill of those close-to-death excursions despite the odds stacked against you.

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4. World War Z

If a zombie apocalypse was to ever become real, we hope that the World War Z zombies aren’t the ones rising from the dead. A third-person shooter based on the beloved Left 4 Dead formula, World War Z will see you and up to three others take on massive amounts of zombies and attempt to reach the end of each level.

Fortunately, for those who prefer the intensity and immersion that comes with the first-person perspective, the recent expansion called Aftermath delivers new content and an FPS mode, making the fear of dealing with World War Z’s terrifying hordes even more frightening.

There’s a lot of replayability within World War Z too, as you level up each of the eight classes, all of which offer their own perks and play styles. This means that you can build the perfect anti-zombie squad with your friends and create the perfect team.

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5. Death Road to Canada

A unique take on the beloved zombie genre, Death Road to Canada sees you take control of a car full of fools as you explore various cities in an undead world, making it a strange road trip, to say the least.

As you find yourself in new locales, this randomly generated game will deliver you various people to recruit, take on different events, and do a lot of arguing with your equally foolish friends thanks to co-op.

If you’re looking for something different from the standard first-person shooter affair that many zombie games fall into, Death Road to Canada may be the dream undead game for you. And that randomness certainly adds to the replayability.

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6. State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 is easily one of the best open world games right now, putting you into plenty of life-and-death situations as you gather survivors, make difficult choices, and attempt to survive in an unforgiving world.

State of Decay 2 doesn’t do anything major with the enemies you face, as they’re mostly what you’ve come to expect. But what makes State of Decay so unique is the fact that you get to make so many choices. You choose which survivors to bring into your faction, which ones to sacrifice during excursions, how to set up your base, and more.

As you can tell, we absolutely adore State of Decay 2, thanks to the sheer amount of freedom you have with your time in the game. And with such a long wait before the State of Decay 3 release date, now’s the time to jump into the Xbox exclusive.

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7. Resident Evil 2 Remake

Whether you’ve been a fan of the classic survival-horror series that makes up most of the best horror games list for years, or a newcomer thanks to the recent entries, Resident Evil 2 is a must-play for horror fanatics. But given the old tank-style controls in the classic game may be contemporary gamers off, the remake delivers a true third-person action game.

You start Resident Evil 2 remake as Leon, a rookie Racoon City police officer about to start their first shift before things go south very quickly. With limited resources, some dangerous zombies, and lots of puzzles, you’ll attempt to discover what happened in Racoon City.

Resident Evil 2 remake will keep you horrified with an intense 15 hours of story, but the fun only continues from there. Like many other Resident Evil fans, you can attempt to complete the game as fast as possible, with some players taking only 50 minutes to see the finale in future playthroughs.

Best Xbox zombie games: Leon parrying the Chainsaw Man in Resident Evil 4 remake

8. Resident Evil 4 remake

The perfect blend of pure survival horror and the beloved campiness the series is known for, the Resident Evil 4 remake delivers a truly revamped experience for modern consoles.

Once again, you play as Leon from the second game in the series who is now an agent for the United States government. Your mission is to find and save the president’s daughter, Ashley, who’s been captured in a rural village in Spain. Of course, being a Resident Evil game, things aren’t as easy as they seem. Considering how tough it might get, it may be worth using our Resident Evil 4 walkthrough to help fight off the crazed villagers you’ll come across.

No matter if you’ve played Resident Evil 4 before or not, the remake is the definitive way to play, boasting impressive visuals and great quality-of-life upgrades, while keeping the charm that the original game had. And, as our Resident Evil 4 remake review points out, it is a “perfectly paced and truly gripping ride that will keep you glued to your seat at all times”.

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9. Telltale’s The Walking Dead

Despite sharing a name with the popular series that some may call one of the best TV series, The Walking Dead doesn’t require you to know about the characters from the popular show or comics. Instead, Telltale’s entry focuses on original characters that require no previous knowledge.

Unlike other entries in our list, The Walking Dead puts you on the spot frequently as you make difficult choices in the heat of the moment, causing unforeseen consequences that play out over episodes. You won’t be defeating waves of zombies, but rather, emotionally connecting with characters you’ll come to love or hate.

The Walking Dead definitive edition includes all four seasons, as well as two additional spin-offs, bringing over 50 hours of heart-wrenching stories that will surely make you cry.

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10. Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Imagine if World War 2 featured you sending zombie Hitler to the depths of Hell and then having to deal with the undead rising from the graves. Well, that’s Zombie Army 4: Dead War, in a nutshell, a game that offers silliness and fun for you and up to three friends.

Based on the Sniper Elite series, Zombie Army 4 will see you take on Hitler’s undead forces in a third-person shooter with at least 12 hours of playtime on each playthrough. With exciting weapons to use, amazing gunplay (including the classic Sniper Elite bullet slowdown), and some truly terrifying enemies, this is a truly exhilarating time.

And for those of you who love to get the full experience, Zombie Army 4 offers plenty of customization, allowing you to build the perfect zombie slayer thanks to the different perks and upgrades you can use.

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11. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

With a name that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (which we will call Stubbs from now on) puts you into the undead shoes of a zombie as you explore a fictional city and devour human brains.

The original game was released way back in 2005 but got a faithful remake in 2021. While some of the gameplay may have aged quite a bit, the feeling of being on the side of the monsters for once is an interesting change of pace, and it allows you to get the perspective of the brain-eating zombies for once.

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12. Dying Light 2

Developed by the team behind the original Dead Island game, Dying Light 2 delivers a great fusion of zombie slaying similar to Techland’s first zombie game and Mirror’s Edge-like parkour, allowing you to jump across the rooftops to avoid the various infected or get down and dirty against the hordes roaming.

While Dying Light’s strength doesn’t lie in its narrative, it delivers a satisfying action RPG that gives you the feeling of becoming a true zombie killer, as you gain better equipment and unlock more skills. Another great thing is that Techland has been adding new content and bringing interesting events constantly since its launch, giving you more reasons to return to Dying Light 2.

However, we have one warning for any newcomer to the series. While you may be hacking through hordes during daylight, any standard zombie can become a horrifying threat when the sunsets, and worse, there are even stronger infected waiting to chase you during the night. Read our Dying Light 2 review for more on this excellent zombie game.

Best Xbox zombie games: Player looking at zombies in MW3 Zombies while drinking a Jugger-Nogg Perk-a-Cola

13. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (2023)

While many fans of the Call of Duty Zombies mode may expect a round-based experience set on various maps, Call of Duty MW3 Zombies is a lot different compared to its predecessors. For one, the limit of players has been bumped up from only four to 24 players, but don’t worry, there’s an open world map to explore.

Similar to the Warzone DMZ mode, Modern Warfare Zombies tasks you with dropping into Urzikstan with your choice of gear, ranging from the best MW3 guns to any schematics you may have, as you prepare to complete objectives, collect new gear, and try to exfil before you succumb to the undead forces. At its core, it’s very much Call of Duty Zombies but with a unique twist fit for a different subseries.

Our Call of Duty MW3 review praised the interesting twist on the Zombies mode, saying it’s “MW3’s biggest iteration and does genuinely feel like a breath of fresh air”. So, if you’ve picked up a copy of MW3 and are growing tired of the MW3 meta dominating MW3 multiplayer, why not give zombies a try?

So there you have it, our list of the best Xbox zombie games in full. If you’re looking for something a bit more shocking, make sure to check out our list of the best Xbox horror games – you’ll find something there to quicken your pulse, we’re sure. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a time sink check out our list of the best Xbox Series X games – there are some great titles on there.