Top 10 Best Survival Games in History

Here's our list of the Top 10 Survival Games in gaming history

Survival games have paved the way for some of the best online content the internet has ever seen. From hilarious improvised role play, to funny glitches and fails, survival games have done it all, so let’s pay tribute to the 10 best survival games in video game history!


DayZ, otherwise known as DayZ Standalone, is an open world zombie survival game taking place in the world of Chernarus. Players can find materials, food, drink, and weapons to help them survive not only from the undead, but the just as deadly, if not more dangerous, living. Severs consist of 50+ players in an open world filled with weapons, zombies, and players ready to kill which sounds like the perfect recipe for fun in your modern day survival game!

Although DayZ is still technically in its early access stage, which it has been for a couple of years now, it's still considered a great survival game by many. If you accept that the game is not complete, you're assured to have hours of fun trying to survive!


After splitting into two different games, H1Z1: King of the Kill and H1Z1: Just Survive, the H1Z1 brand has done nothing but skyrocket. H1Z1 has been taking the Twitch and YouTube communities by storm recently, with H1Z1: King of The Hill proving extremely popular with the gaming community. After all, who doesn't like a 150 person battle royale? 

State of Decay

State of Decay is a single player zombie survival game, where players must try and save fellow survivors from their ultimate demise. Help stranded allies, build bases capable of keeping communities safe, and scavenge the open world for new and better materials for your friends. State of Decay allows players to play the way they want, saving whoever you want, and leaving those you don’t for the zombies.

If you're a huge fan of State Of Decay, then good news! Microsoft announced last year that State Of Decay 2 will be releasing sometime this year. So prepare yourselves!

The Last of Us

Follow the lives of Joel and Ellie who fight to keep themselves alive in a post-apocalyptic world. Meet friends, meet enemies, and meet raging infected zombies who want nothing more than to rip you apart. Sounds fun right?

The Last of Us is considered to be one of the all time greatest story-based games in history, not to mention one of the top survival games as well. This PlayStation exclusive will constantly be tugging at your emotions throughout the story, so be prepared to shed a few tears along the way.


Rust is a more arcade like take on the zombie survival genre of games. The open world allows for hilariously interactions with other players, and those who choose to role-play can make the game all more enjoyable. Build weapons, bases, and materials from the ground up and rise to the top of the food chain in this hilarious awesome survival game. Also be warned, there’s some male nudity involved that is not very flattering.


Minecraft is arguably the most popular game in the world, with millions of players playing every single month, so of course Minecraft had to be on the list as one of the best survival games ever made. Although simple, it more than easily caught on with gamers of all ages and has brought forth massive communities on social media outlets like Twitch and YouTube.

The Forest

The Forest is one of those survival games that bring an eerie horror feeling into the world of survival. Not only are you just trying to stay alive without suffering from dehydration or starvation, but behind every shrub could be a dangerous creature waiting to strike. Playing through treacherous nights and monster ridden days will not only have players willing to skip a good night’s sleep to continue their progression, but also have them on the edge of their seats with fearful anticipation. The Forest brings together the perfect amount of horror, strategy, and survival aspects you could ask creating one of the best survival experiences currently on the market.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved is a survival game quite unlike the others on this list, but don’t let that fool you, this game is still awesome. Ark drops the terror of zombies and undead creatures to the Neanderthal lifestyle of living with dinosaurs. Yes, players should still be on the lookout for blood thirsty foes, both those of the human and animal kind, but let’s be honest, it’s a little more intimidating trying to murder someone who is riding a triceratops than it is someone walking around on food with a spear.

7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die is a survival game with so many different components involved you’ll have something new to do every day. Aspects of FPS, survival, horror, and RPG can all be found in one way or another bringing to light the sheer size of this game’s possibilities. Take survival on with a pacifistic mentally and work on building strong bases and expanding food and supplies, or go head on in combat, taking out the undead and killing everything in sight, the choice is yours.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7 is the newest game on our list of best survival games, but after only a few weeks on being on public shelves, this game has made a name for itself. With numbers totaling in the multi-millions for sales, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was one of the most anticipated games ever prior to its release. So with all that anticipation comes some pretty high standards right? Well don’t worries, Resident Evil 7 goes above and beyond all expectations with a top tier storyline and beautiful graphics to compliment it.

So there you have it, our Top 10 list of the best survival games in video game history. If you want more Top 10's, then let us know in the comments below!

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