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Zombies are all over video games these days, and a number of upcoming projects will continue the trend, including “Resident Evil 6,” “The Last of Us,” Activision’s recently announced “Walking Dead” game and Ubisoft’s “Zombi U” for the Wii U. <p> To sort the living dead from the dead-on-arrival titles, we've put together this list of ten essential games. Whether you’re blasting their heads off with the help of fellow presidents or mowing them down with a chainsaw-laden motorcycle, you won’t get enough of leaving the dead in your wake. <p> Follow Robert Workman @thedcd

"The House of the Dead"

From the series' humble beginnings in arcades through the recently released "Overkill: Director’s Cut" for PlayStation 3, "The House of the Dead" has always been about unapologetic bloodshed, as you use a light gun peripheral to blast zombies and other undead creatures (including frogs!) to the underworld. Also check out the downloadable PSN games "House of the Dead III" and "House of the Dead 4" as well! <p> PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network <p> House of the Dead III and 4: $10 <p> House of the Dead Overkill: Director’s Cut- $30

"Dead Rising 2"

One brave father. Hundreds of zombies. Countless weapons, including a guitar and a moose’s head. “Dead Rising 2” features plenty of zombie-bashing action, along with side missions to keep things interesting. There’s even a game show where you can compete for healing medicine! <p> Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3: $20

"Dead Island"

If this is someone’s idea of paradise, we'll happily take a staycation. "Dead Island" puts you in the middle of a tropical resort overrun with undead types. This game features plenty of thrilling first-person combat, including melee weapons that could easily decapitate with the right hit. And what a bloody mess they leave when they do. <p> Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC: $30

"Call of Duty: Black Ops"

Though the main game doesn't have anything to do with zombies, "Call of Duty: Black Ops" features a supplementary mode where friends can team up to mow down oncoming waves of the bloodsuckers, unlocking new areas and weapons as they progress. “Black Ops" also introduces playable political characters, including John F. Kennedy…and Richard Nixon. But no Abraham Lincoln yet. “Black Ops II, perhaps?” <p> Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC: $40

"Zombies Ate My Neighbors"

Back in the days of Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis gaming, Konami and LucasArts teamed up for a hilarious ode to monster movies with the top-down shooter "Zombies Ate My Neighbors." In this classic, players can team up to battle hordes of enemies, from killer dolls to giant babies to aliens. This game needs a re-release. <p> Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis: Only available used

"The Walking Dead"

Though Activision is developing its own game based on the Robert Kirkman series, it's going to be hard to top Telltale Games' episodic releases. We’re only two chapters in, and already the team has done a compelling job of storytelling and creating raw, suspenseful moments. <p> Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC $5 per episode, $20 for season pass

"Resident Evil 4"

"Resident Evil 4" stands as the pinnacle of the series that began on the Nintendo GameCube — a shockingly good tale that follows police officer Leon S. Kennedy on a suicide mission to rescue the President’s daughter from infected townsfolk. With memorable boss encounters and strikingly good visuals, this is still a great game by today’s standards. (You can download an updated HD version on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.) <p> GameCube, PlayStation 2: available used <p> Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network: $20

"Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare"

"Red Dead Redemption" stands out as one of the best Western-oriented games ever made. But Rockstar topped itself with a side chapter "Undead Nightmare," which pits cowboy James Marston against a horde of resurrected corpses. The gunplay remains just as fierce as ever, and the various zombie missions will keep you busy for hours on end. (Tie one of the zombies to the train tracks, then watch it get run over. Boom!) <p> Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3: $30

"Plants vs. Zombies"

It’s not often you get someone asking, "How about a zombie game that won’t startle my kids?" "Plants vs. Zombies" is a delightful strategy game that pits all sorts of plant life against hundreds of zombies, from breakdancers to diggers to cone-wearing partiers. If you haven’t experienced this yet, you really deserve to. <p> PlayStation Vita, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Apple iOS devices: $10-$15

"Left 4 Dead"

If there’s one game that truly emphasizes the fear of battling a zombie apocalypse and surviving as a team, it has to be Valve’s "Left 4 Dead" games. Both the original and the sequel create spine-tingling moments as a group of survivors battle hordes of enemies, big and small, as they struggle to reach a safety point. With online support and a mode that even lets you play as the zombies, you won’t get enough of this…even if you die. <p> Xbox 360: $20

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