What you have to ask yourself (as you are hopefully sharpening that fire axe blade from the hallway or boarding up windows with your roommate’s surfboard) is this: Are you dealing with Romero zombies or 28 Days Later zombies?
To explain: Romero zombies are the zombies that walk very slowly, shuffling and dragging along, often with arms outstretched. They are slow. They eat brains. That’s about it. If you sat them down for a game of checkers, they would probably eat the checkers, then the board, and then you. And chess – well, their opening gambits often lack a clear long-sighted strategy and they leave their knights too exposed.
28 Days Later zombies, on the other hand, are fast. You can’t outrun them. They may or may not eat brains but mostly they enjoy sinking their teeth into any exposed flesh and ripping bodies from limb to limb. See the difference?
It all comes down to whether or not you can outrun them. You have much better chances of living to see another day with Romero zombies, but don’t get too complacent – that’s where they get you. They may be slow, but they are persistent.
With 28 Days Later zombies, the trick is not to be in a position where you need to run, because they will generally speaking outrun you every time. With these types of zombies you will have to get a little more creative with killing them. Often flamethrowers work exceptionally well, and a hand grenade or two would not go unwelcomed if you encounter one or two.
So make sure that when you are gearing up to fight, you can tell the difference.
Now you know how important it is to be able to tell the two types apart. Want to win a free t-shirt? Leave a comment below saying which zombie you would prefer to be chasing you and why.