SkidvonArk wrote:I'm in the camp that melee combat would have to be an absolute last resort... Especially if the blood is infectious. Stealth would probably be the safer route. However, under circumstances where melee has to be used, I wouldn't go for a pole arm. The reach on one is great but is also a big weakness. All a zed has to do is get in close enough and your pole arm is rendered useless and unwieldy.
My go to choice would have to be some sort of shield and a machete/short sword. Something like the Gladius comes to mind.
I'm a sword and board fighter, myself, and would be more effective this way, but a polearm is NOT useless in close combat, if you know how to use it. Just how effective depends on the style of polearm and your level of training, but "getting inside their reach" is of no advantage against someone who knows the weapon well. That tactic is only useful against someone who is not yet comfortable with the weapon and it's uses, something a zed would have no way of determining, since they no longer have the capacity for higher-level thinking (we assume, and HOPE)- you never see a zombie movie where the zeds are led by some super-tactician.