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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2,160 568
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

2
1,872 411
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
colklink added 2008

3
1,277 292
Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2015

4
1,281 422
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
paul-effinger added 2010

5
645 283
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1996

6
1,095 657
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

7
1,173 557
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

8
543 300
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2005

9
311 131
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added 1998

10
1,254 806
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2009

11
196 97
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

12
353 333
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2009

13
625 498
DayZ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

14
225 99
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2008

15
514 449
State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

16
318 252
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1998

17
158 92
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

18
281 277
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2014

19
490 391
Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

20
634 540
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2011

21
137 90
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

22
86 39
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Hesston Cox added 1997

23
99 62
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

24
103 70
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2004

25
99 66
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

26
136 147
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added

27
101 32
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

28
247 315
Resident Evil 6 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2012

29
522 509
Dark Souls II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

30
265 347
The Forest is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

31
119 103
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

32
92 73
Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2010

33
313 444
Don't Starve is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

34
66 65
Parasite Eve is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

35
405 403
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2013

36
341 424
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2010

37
87 72
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

38
76 65
Silent Hill: Shattered Memorie... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

39
65 51
Silent Hill: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

40
53 60
Dino Crisis 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

41
291 392
H1Z1 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

42
63 53
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

43
81 82
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

44
54 68
Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

45
71 69
Dead Island is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

46
59 52
Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

47
198 320
7 Days to Die is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
DavidJMarshall added

48
58 57
The Thing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2002

49
23 7
Dying Light is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
XxArcanosxX added 2014

50
58 62
Dead Rising is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time