Survival games popularity is growing fast, though they don’t always have zombies. In fact, the most popular survival game has nothing to do with an evil undead beings. Wilderness survival games and sandbox ones are the most played in 2013.
Don't forget to like us on FACEBOOK, thanks so much!
Our list of survival games includes those that are already released. Games that are in alpha, beta, or barely playable are left out simply because they haven’t achieved a good gaming experience yet. DayZ is one of those that haven’t made to our list, though we are sure it will be an amazingly good game for zombie fans.
Surviving in virtual reality can be hard and gives you an idea of what it takes to survive wilderness. Few zombies are on the best PC survival games list, though it’s not very likely we will ever see them in real life.
Stranded video games series
In Stranded you assume the role of a castaway with only goal being to survive on a dangerous island. Sandy beaches might look beautiful, but resources on them are scarce. Managing resources is a key in this survival game. The game was a huge success so developer decided to make a sequel called Stranded II. The second game has a lot more to explore and discover. Find food, build vehicles and buildings, research tools and weapons in order to survive. Legendary treasure and wild animals are there too. The Stranded series is free to download and one of the best wilderness survival games of 2013.
You are Alan Wake, the bestselling thriller novelist whose wife has disappeared. Your mission is to uncover the mystery behind this incident that happened during a vacation in Bright Falls town. Events from the plot in Alan’s latest novel are coming to life, even though he can’t remember writing them. Alan Wake is a survival horror video game which received positive reviews for its flawless pacing, compulsive experience, and stunning look. If you are into psychological thrillers, than this is the game you should definitely give a try.
Set on the fictional island of Banoi, Dead Island is about surviving zombies. Horror survival RPG with an open-world map and played from a first-person perspective. Quests and combat are major part of the game where four survivors have to fight the ugly zombies to find supplies and contact the outside world. Their next destination is Moresby where our characters help other survivors and gather supplies. Dead Island was critically acclaimed, featured beautiful environments and tons of fun for zombie killing lovers.
Fallout video games series
An RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world. The story and artwork are very much influenced by the post-World War II nuclear panic. This is an alternate reality game where great underground vaults were constructed all over the America, in preparation for the nuclear war. There’s not enough vaults to save the humanity, they were constructed more to test social behaviour than to actually save the human race. The famous Vault 69 contained 1 man and 999 women. You can imagine the hard time this poor guy had. Fallout fan community is huge, we seen several hoaxes that tried to claim Fallout 4 is being worked on. Although we are 99% sure that Fallout 4 really is in production, Bethesda never confirmed the game. Rather poor marketing strategy on their side, but doesn't change the fact that Fallout series is one of the legendary survival games in history.
Minecraft is probably the most known survival game. It is a sandbox one where you build constructions out of textured cubes. Aside from building various objects, you will enjoy exploring the map, gathering resources, crafting different items, and combat. Health and hunger have to be maintained in a survival mode of Minecraft, while creative mode will gives an unlimited supply of resources. For those who want to test their surviving skills to the limit, there is a hardcore mode. Die and your complete world will be deleted, forcing you to start from a scratch. Minecraft is the most popular among survival games.
The Walking Dead video games series
Episodic graphic adventure based on the comic book series of the same name. In the Walking Dead most of humans have transformed into an ugly looking zombies, no one knows the cause of this epidemic disaster. Lee Everett was a university professor and a convicted murderer before the zombie infestation, and now he is taking care of a young girl Clementine. The game focuses on story and character development. Latest video game in the Walking Dead series has some strong moral dilemmas and your choices will shape the story. Clementine is a young girl, but she has to learn how to survive, and living in a world full of zombies and humans that can’t be trusted isn't easy at all.
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is an open source roguelike game in a post-apocalyptic world. Has to be post-apocalyptic if there are zombies, no one can say they seen one of those in real world. Although zombies are not the most terrifying beings in game’s world. Surviving is difficult, but with the right choices and a bit of luck it is possible. This continuation of Whale’s original Cataclysm features vat number of new buildings, undead spawn, gameplay mechanics, and requires tinkering. You will be tempted to change your very nature. Both Cataclysm and Cataclysm: Dark days Ahead are amazingly good roguelikes survival games.
Horror survival first-person shooter game set in the area around Chernobyl accident site. In this alternate reality the first nuclear explosion is followed by another one which caused weird changes in the area. You are in “The Zone” and your choices will decide how story goes. Playing as a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. with an amnesia, you are tasked with killing another stalker. Discovering clues of your past is a part of a mission you are pursuing. The world is inhabited by mutants, which isn't hard to imagine since nuclear explosions happened few times already, and you have to fight them in order to survive. The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. acronym stands for Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers and Robbers, and they are all living inside a game. Less known FPS that is seriously worth playing.
Don’t Starve is an action-adventure game with horror survival features. Environment is an open world and you are a gentleman scientist, called Wilson. You were minding your own business working on a scientific experiment by pouring a liquid into a dish powder, which results with an explosion in your face. Oh no, can you do anything right? Feeling down and wondering on how to move on from your last failure, you suddenly realize the radio is speaking to you. The voice offers you to learn a forbidden knowledge, but after accepting the quest you realized the voice tricked. You have been transported into a world where everything is trying to kill you. Surviving is your goal and it’s not an easy goal at all. Definitely worth a try.
Terraria is a sandbox game, the one where you get to shape the world that surrounds you. The world is randomly generated so you never know what lies ahead. Crafting, construction, exploration, and combat are all featured in Terraria game which is one of the most popular survival titles for the PC. At first you are given three basic tools and you have to gather resources in order to craft new items and equipment. The game looks simple, but as you progress its world becomes beautiful. It even has zombies so Terraria is like all survival games packed in one.
One of the less known survival games, but even the most demanding gamers found Miasmata to be very addictive and enjoyable. You take a role of Robert Hughes, a plague-stricken scientist, who journeys to explore what it seems to be an uninhabited island, in an attempt to seek out medicinal plant that might create a cure for this plague. The journey is the key in Miasmata, a trial of will and patience throughout the game. Mysterious creature will stalk you, if you don’t tread your moves carefully confrontation is inevitable. You really won’t to try and avoid this fight. Surviving has a different meaning in Miasmata, it’s a test of patience and skills.
State of Decay
State of Decay is an open world zombie survival horror game. Zombie outbreak, for a change, is here and life as we knew has gone forever. Few scattered survivors, including yourself, have to team up if they want to have any chance to survive. Design and fortify your home base, dare to go raiding for food and other supplies, and find and rescue other playable survivors. Each survivor has unique talents, you will want them in your team. Another sandbox game that develops in real-time and generates content based on your actions. It’s about killing zombies, what more can you wish for.
Crash-landed on Notrium planet, with your food supplies running low. To make things worse, a pack of not so friendly aliens caught your scent. Rocks are your only weapon and the night is coming. Making a fire would be a good idea, but where can you find the wood. Notrium is a survival game with an integral part being a search for supplies. Surviving cold dark nights is almost impossible if you are not fed enough duh. Planet is full of hostile creatures so exploring isn't simple at all. All this can be downloaded for free and has several cool mods released.
I Am Alive
I Am Alive is a different kind of survival game. Set in a post-apocalyptic America, one year after “The Event” which the name of the event that caused an apocalypse. The game’s focus is on facing the eternal insecurity of a dystopian hazardous world, and darkest human’s inclinations towards materials and brutality. You are a survivor who travels to his old home in an attempt to rescue his wife and daughter. I Am Alive is what could happen after numerous earthquakes destroy cities. Unlike survival games full of the undead, this one is actually possible.
These survival game are all great in one way or the other, but what we would really like to see is a game that would teach us how to survive the real life. Only kidding, we have enough of that every day when we look away from our screens. You might try few of these games, who knows they might even help to survive Christmas.
Dolores is SEO and Digital Marketing consultant who has been completely hog-washed into doing this site by KC.