A game of zombies
Practice makes perfect. And it saves you from being turned into the main dish in a meat-feasting buffet. The usual suspects like Left 4 Dead 2, Resident Evil and any first-person shooters that lets you smash zombie brains are great for desensitising yourself to the undead. For every single time you hear a guttural moan and smash an axe into a zombie’s face, that's an ounce more courage for facing the apocalypse head-on.
When the going gets tough
Live, or die. It’s a 50-50 question, yet it’s agonisingly hard to be that person to make the choice. There is no right or wrong - it’s all about a choice that you can live with. When you are faced with this question, be glad that you’ve heeded our advice and played TellTale Games’ The Walking Dead. Though it lacks the adrenaline rush of first-person horror games, the adventure game prepares you for the psychological trauma that comes with every tough decision you make. The Walking Dead: Episode 1 is free on the Apple App Store and costs S$25.98 for all episodes and The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC. PC gamers can get it via Steam for US$24.99 for Episode 1 to 5 and US$4.99 for The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC
There’s also The Last of Us, which brings a good mixture of action, adventure and the reality of fending off not just zombies, but also hostile humans in a dog-eat-dog world. If anything, your experience as Joel and his fiercely protective attitude towards Ellie gives you a glimpse into what humans are capable of in adverse situations.
The tough gets running away from zombies
Get off your lazy bum. All that gaming and no exercise will turn you into prime meat for the ravenous zombies. Get a load of cardio exercise in (while you still can) to build your stamina. And since you’re at it, run as if you are fleeing from the zombies with the Run, Zombies! app. With its gripping storyline set in the zombie apocalypse, actual cardio training that gets your adrenaline rushing when zombies are hot on your heels, and strategic planning of supply usage, Run, Zombies! is the closest thing that will put you in the hot seat of an actual zombie outbreak. Get it for S$5.08 on the Google Play Store and S$4.98 via Apple App Store.