5 Survival Games

Updated on April 24, 2017

1. Ark: Survival Evolved

Let us start off with the game with dinosaurs! Ark is an open world action-adventure survival game, where the player must survive being stranded on an island filled with dinosaurs and other animals. There are also natural hazards, and potentially hostile human players. The game could be played from a first-person or third-person view, and the world is navigated on foot or by riding a prehistoric animal. There are sixty species of dinosaurs in the game, which can be tamed by feeding them food after they have been rendered unconscious, or by using kibble designed especially for each species. Once tamed, they can be ridden, used to carry items and given offense and defense commands by the owner. The players use firearms and improvised weapons to defend against hostile humans and creatures, as well as build a base for defense. The game also features various other animals, and every creature in the game has living ecosystems and predator hierarchies.

2. DayZ

Next up, an open world zombie survival game. DayZ is an online multiplayer game, where the player must explore the fictional post soviet state of Chernarus, where a plague has turned most of the population into zombies. The player must scavenge for food, water, weapons and medicine, while killing or avoiding zombies and other players. There are a few locations to explore including houses, apartments, barns and hospitals. Among the necessities, the player can also find various forms of clothing, which not only allows player customization, but also has the benefit of extra storage and warmth. There is a way to talk to other players in the game, either using a microphone and in-game chat. Most players are friendly, some are not and will kill you on sight. There is also people who hack the game making them immune to injury or teleporting, just like in most open world online games.

3. Stranded Deep

If you have a fear of open water, this game is not for you. Stranded Deep is a first person open world survival. The game takes place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where a plane crash survivor finds himself faced with life threatening scenarios. The player is able to explore the wide open ocean, different islands, shipwrecks, reefs and bottomless ocean trenches. This game features a dynamic day/night cycle, a building system that allows the player to build a shelter on an island or construct a raft, and a crafting system to create equipment. The player must keep an eye on their vitals, hunger, thirst, blood and health, and must keep themselves hydrated and fed. Just like in real life, there are threats in the ocean that can harm or kill the player, mainly sharks.

4. The Forest

Yet another game centered around a plane crash survivor, but instead of the ocean, this one takes place on a heavily forested island. The player controls a man who survived a plan crash, with no set missions or quests, which empowers the player to make their own decisions for survival. Living on this island is not only local wildlife that can be used as a food source, but also cannibalistic mutants. They mainly dwell in villages on the surface or in deep caves, but will come investigate the player. Usually, they will watch from a distance, though they will attack if approached. The Forest also features a day/night cycle, building system to create shelter and traps, the ability to hunt different animals for food and armor, coming from lizard skin. During the day, the player is to collect supplies and build a shelter, and at night they must defend themselves from the mutants that may attack.

5. This War of Mine

This survival game is different from the others on this list, being that it does not involve plane crash survivors or dinosaurs. This War of Mine, as the name hints at, is a war survival game from the view of civilians. Unlike other war games that focus on the frontline battles, this game focuses on how civilians survive through war time. At the start, you choose which characters to control, and from there the player is tasked with scavenging for supplies, making difficult decisions, and keeping each other alive. Each character has their own ending, depending on the choices you made in the game. The main goal is to survive the war-torn fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia, by finding tools and materials. Most of the characters under the players control have no military experience or any kind of survival experience and will require constant intervention by the player to stay alive. The player is responsible for maintaining their characters health, hunger and mood levels. During the day, hostile snipers will prevent the survivors from venturing out. However, at night the player is able to go out and scavenge. During excursions, the player controlled survivors may encounter other NPC survivors of the war, and they can choose to either help with food and supplies, or rob and kill them. The player can also build a radio in the shelter, which provides useful information such as weather warnings, updates on the city's economy, and news of the ongoing war effort to help the player plan shelter upgrades and scavenging missions.


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