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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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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

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Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 4 2005

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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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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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Minecraft 2009

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Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 5 2009

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Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

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State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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DayZ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Fallout 2 1998

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Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Dark Souls 2011

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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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Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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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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Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Resident Evil 6 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 6 2012

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Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Andrew83 added The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011

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Dark Souls II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

10 Real People Who Survived Horror Movie Situations

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

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Don't Starve is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Hesston Cox added Fallout 1997

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Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Alan Wake 2010

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Silent Hill: Shattered Memorie... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Outlast is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Outlast 2013

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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

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H1Z1 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Metro 2033 2010

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Dino Crisis 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

The Horror Movies You Think You Could Have Survived

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Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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The Forest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Silent Hill: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
The Thing 2002

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Terraria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Terraria 2011

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Dead Island is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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Dead Rising is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time