2 Player Zombie Games: Our Favorites

Every month or so, my sister and I devote a solid afternoon to honing our zombie apocalypse survival skills. Because seriously, is there a better way to strengthen the bond between siblings/buddies than to face off against the undead? How better to unwind and forget the stress of real life than to replace it with… the stress of getting attacked by a chainsaw-wielding zombie. Am I right or am I right?

Unfortunately, not all zombie games are well-suited to a 2 player situation . The ideal 2 player zombie game should maximize bond-age by leveraging your carefully honed knowledge of one other’s strengths and weaknesses.

If you are like me, you also want the satisfying confidence that you were victorious specifically because you and your buddy were more bad-ass than legions of zombies, not because 4 other computer-generated players took down out undead hostiles at critical moments (That’s directed at you, Left for Dead…)

So, without further ado, here’s our top recommendations for 2 player zombie games that will leave you and your buddy high-fiving/fist bumping it till early morn!

Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition – Xbox 360

Resident Evil is without a doubt the grand-daddy of all zombie games. This version is a few years old, but it’s still our top pick for 2-player zombie games. The game offers online AND offline coop. This is important because bonding and fist-bumping is infinitely more satisfying when your buddy is sitting next to you.

The necessity of cooperation seems more critical in this Resident Evil than any of the others. You will learn new things about one another like: Who is better under stress with a sniper rifle? Who can navigate better with zombies in hot pursuit? Sharing ammo for your weapons of choice and ‘saving’ one another are critical to success.

We like the Gold Edition because it includes two all-new episodes: “Lost in Nightmares” (Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine face old-school RE puzzles to uncover the secrets of the Umbrella Corporation) and “Desperate Escape”(this is an extension of the RE5 main plot, as you and buddy play Jill Valentine and a BSAA agent as they escape the Tricell facility– a scene only alluded to in the original).

Plus, we get an updated “Mercenaries” mode where the two of you can either compete to just slaughter as many zombies as possible or work together to do so.

Wins all around.

Resident Evil 6

Let’s face it: No where is killing zombies more satisfying and realistic than in Resident Evil. After the debacle that was Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6 is in many ways a dream come true for those looking for a 2 player zombie game. It is built for 2 players, and includes offline coop as well.

As the outbreak of the C-virus extends worldwide, You and buddy can fight the outbreak in 3 modes: as fan favorites Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, or Jake Muller. Each get a partner in the fight, and the stories cleverly overlap at key points allowing you to fight in the same setting, from a different pair’s perspective.

The offline coop coupled with the fact that each of the modes are optimized for 2 players get this game on our list.

Zombie Survival Playing Cards

Card games are portable and a dream come true for 2 players. Many games boast that they can be played by 2 – [insert number] players, but we all know there is a very big difference between a card game that CAN be played by 2 and one that SHOULD be.

On the other hand, there are infinite number of satisfying 2 player games that use a regular deck of cards. That’s why we recommend the “Zombie Survival Playing Cards” which can turn any awesome game into a 2 player zombie game. We like that these playing cards help you bone up on zombie survival tactics, but if you are just looking for zombie atmosphere consider these:

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