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The Best Games Where You Play as a Monster

Dying Light: Be the Zombie

Being the good guy is all well and, er, good, but haven’t you ever wanted to switch up the way you play games and step into the blood-caked shoes of a monster? To sow fear among the living, picking hapless humans off one at a time? We know we have.

Everyone’s heard of Dead by Daylight (which is why we’ve skipped it this time) but there are a whole bucketful of games where you’re a zombie, an alien or some other menacing entity. And, with a few exceptions, being the beast is an awful lot of fun.

It’s not just dispatching the heroes that makes it so entertaining. As the monster, you’re still vulnerable so you have to switch up your tactics, often relying on stealth to pick off your foes. You might not stand much chance against a minigun, but in close quarters a razor sharp talon wins every time.

That’s why we’ve rounded up the best games where you play as a monster, so if you’re ready to get your claws bloody, read on.

1. Dying Light

  • Available on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Mac and PC

Dying Light offers all the zombie-slaughtering parkour antics you could want but its Be the Zombie mode is almost worth the price of admission.

Instead of being hunted, you become the Night Hunter, clawing and snapping at human survivors as you leap and scramble across the rooftops. Sadly, Dying Light 2 lacks a similar mode.

Read our Dying Light review

2. Aliens vs Predator

Alien vs Predator
  • Available on PC and Xbox (via Backwards Compatibility)

It’s been over 10 years since we’ve had an Alien vs Predator game but this 2010 release still holds up. Playing as a marine is fine, but it really comes into its own when you take on the role of a Predator or Alien.

Some of the human NPCs are intentionally stupid, but you could say the same of your average horror movie protagonist. Dropping down from the ceiling to ventilate a human’s skull never gets old.

3. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines
  • Available on PC

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines makes you one of the most infamous creatures of all time, a vampire. Though how much of a monster you actually become is up to you.

Stealth is indeed an option, so you can step out of the shadows and sink your fangs into some mortal’s neck. But using blood magic to explode your enemies is just as satisfying, if a little messier.

4. Carrion

  • Available on PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, Amazon Luna

Carrion is close as you can get to being The Thing from John Carpenter’s movie of the same name. You’d think people would have evacuated this complex the moment you got loose but no.

Instead you get to ooze through vents, take over humans and sink your teeth into anyone who gets in your way. There’s plenty of tendril-slinging too and while it slows down a little at the end but it’s a wonderful, bloody adventure.

Read our Carrion review

5. Zombie Night Terror

  • Available on PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, ioS, Android

Okay, technically you play as monsters, rather than a single monster. But Zombie Night Terror puts you in charge of your own undead horde and you’d be foolish to skip over that experience.

You don’t get to steamroller humanity, though. They’re fighting back and it’s up you, through the introduction of the game’s puzzle elements, to sneak, splatter and leap around their defences.

Read our Zombie Night Terror review

6. Left 4 Dead

  • Available on PC and Xbox (via Backwards Compatibility)

Unlike the later Back 4 Blood, Left 4 Dead (and its follow-up Left 4 Dead 2) let you play as one of the special infected, giving the survivors hell. It was a blast to finally get to play the Tank, the game’s toughest special infected but you could have plenty of fun just messing around as one of the other super zombies.

Want to pounce on someone and rip out their guts? Go right ahead. But the real key to success, as the infected, was teamwork. And it still is, given that, despite it being fifteen years old, more people are playing Left 4 Dead 2 right now than Redfall and Back 4 Blood put together.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.