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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2,210 599
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

2
1,909 437
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
colklink added 2008

3
1,309 328
Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2015

4
1,327 441
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
paul-effinger added 2010

5
673 299
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1996

6
1,119 677
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

7
1,199 572
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

8
574 316
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2005

9
339 146
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added 1998

10
1,307 825
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2009

11
218 112
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

12
248 111
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2008

13
369 353
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2009

14
640 516
DayZ is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

15
529 466
State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

16
327 267
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1998

17
176 105
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

18
295 288
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2014

19
516 403
Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

20
150 95
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

21
645 550
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2011

22
101 46
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Hesston Cox added 1997

23
120 38
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

24
115 69
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

25
108 72
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time