As we wrap up another year's worth of Halloween-themed features, it seems as good a time as any to reflect back on the foot soldiers that make about 99 percent of all horror games possible: Zombies. Whether fallen back on as a lazy crutch for games without a lot of enemies, used artfully as hidden metaphors or even trotted out as heroes, zombies have been a key component in videogames – horror and otherwise – for almost as long as there's been a game industry. And time and time again, we've seen that their mere presence can be enough to get people interested in any given game, because hey – they're a lot of fun to destroy.
You might not have noticed it (mainly because they all act the same), but zombies have undergone a long series of changes, subtle and otherwise, over the years. While their single-minded, shuffling hunger remains just as strong as ever, they've evolved with the games they populate, becoming more nuanced and complicated than most people realize. Don't believe us? Then join us as we take a look at just how time has changed our favorite monsters.