Total Nerd The Best Survival Games of All Time  

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In a way, most games are about survival, but some focus on that need far more than other games. When looking at survival video games, many have taken it to the next level, requiring you to consider competing goals that you cannot effectively manage perfectly. With our list of survival games, you'll have a guide to the best survival games of all time and you'll be ready to play in the world's fastest growing genre!

Whether you're looking for classics like the Fallout series or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, there have been plenty of great survival games that put you in the position of one lone person, clinging desperate to life and doing whatever is necessary - including making tough decisions when dealing with innocent people who could get you killed.

Take a look at our list of best survivor games, and vote up the ones you like the best! Vote down the games about survival that aren't worth crossing the post-apocalyptic wasteland to play, and rerank to share your own take on the best survival games ever made.
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1,944 467
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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1,710 325
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
colklink added Fallout 3 2008

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1,099 190
Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Fallout 4 2015

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1,104 357
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
paul-effinger added Fallout: New Vegas 2010

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525 220
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 1996

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1,072 495
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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1,024 565
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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436 232
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 4 2005

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204 75
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added Resident Evil 2 1998

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1,115 700
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Minecraft 2009

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312 253
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 5 2009

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114 37
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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573 425
DayZ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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447 376
State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
State of Decay Jun 05 2013

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589 468
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Dark Souls 2011

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124 44
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

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242 206
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Fallout 2 1998

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226 213
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added The Evil Within 2014

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99 50
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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107 89
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added Fatal Frame

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217 239
Resident Evil 6 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 6 2012

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496 447
Dark Souls II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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391 340
ARK: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
ARK: Survival Evolved

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70 36
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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73 42
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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51 20
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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54 26
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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267 396
Don't Starve is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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37 30
Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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267 342
H1Z1 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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31 23
Dino Crisis 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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350 370
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Outlast 2013

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60 46
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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288 390
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Alan Wake 2010

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50 34
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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27 28
Parasite Eve is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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36 20
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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218 312
The Forest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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44 36
Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Metro 2033 2010

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39 29
Silent Hill: Shattered Memorie... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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38 29
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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296 446
Terraria is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Terraria 2011

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41 34
Dead Island is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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39 34
Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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41 38
Penumbra: Overture is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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33 25
Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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35 30
The Thing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
The Thing 2002

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32 27
Silent Hill: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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35 33
Dead Rising is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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35 32
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time