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Any readers who grew up in the golden era of Adobe Flash games will no doubt remember The Last Stand. Originally released back in 2007, browser gamers quickly became enamored with the zombie shooter's engaging blend of tower defense, strategy, and survival horror.
Often regarded as one of the best Flash games ever made, the premise of The Last Stand is simple: You take on the role of one of humanity's last surviving members in a harrowing final attempt to hold off the zombie hordes that have taken over the rest of the world. By day you search for survivors, maintain gear, and strengthen your base. By night, you get down to some good old-fashioned zombie killin'.
As you can see, it made it into our original list of the ten best Flash games - and for good reason: The Last Stand slaps.
Developer Con Artist Games went on to make a handful of sequels over the years, all in Flash and all available via browser. Of course, the death of Flash means you'll now have to head to archival websites to track down and play any of the classic games. It also means that Con Artist Games will never be able to make another entry in The Last Stand series in the way it used to.
Fortunately, that doesn't mean the series is completely dead. Con Artist Games has officially announced the fifth game in the franchise, The Last Stand: Aftermath, will be coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series consoles, and PC later this year.
Set 15 years after the events of the third game, The Last Stand: Union City, players can expect that familiar loop of managing survivors an resources while gunning down endless hordes of zombies. The fun twist this time? All of your survivors have already been infected, meaning players will have to make the most of the limited time their characters have left and use them to maximum effect. Once a survivor dies, players simply take on the role of another who carries on the work until they too succumb to the virus.
As bleak as this may sound, the good news is that the infection slowly unlocks new abilities that can give players certain advantages over the zombies. There are also plenty of hidden tools and pills in the outside world that can be found and used to slow the spread of the infection and help survivors keep going for longer. We can't wait to get our hands on this one.
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