Project Zomboid looks like the zombie game I’ve always wanted

Give me a top down RPG that looks like a mix of X-Com and Ultima Online but make it a hardcore, zombie-infested world that you can shape and change dynamically with your character, and you can take all of my money. Take it all. I’ve always dreamt out loud about a game where the individual characters have unique backgrounds and have to put plywood on the windows of their hideouts to keep the undead at bay, but I didn’t think it could be done properly. Besides, the world is obsessed with fast-moving action movie zombies, they don’t want a realistic zombie survival simulator. DayZ came close on a personal level, but the zombies move to fast and the game can devolve into a deathmatch pretty quickly.

But Project Zomboid looks like it’s on track to be the zombie game I’ve always wanted. Choose the job your character had in life before the infestation began. Move house to house scrounging for supplies. Make decisions that are real and matter — break a window to get in a house at the start of the game? OK< but it’s oud, the zombies will hear you and you’ll probably cut your hand. It’s that kind of dynamic gameplay that I’m looking for.

Check out this video of a Project Zomboid playthrough. This is more gripping than the Walking Dead TV show.