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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2,209 596
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

2
1,907 434
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
colklink added 2008

3
1,308 323
Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2015

4
1,322 439
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
paul-effinger added 2010

5
671 297
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1996

6
1,119 674
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

7
1,197 570
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

8
571 315
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2005

9
338 143
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added 1998

10
1,303 820
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2009

11
216 111
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

12
246 110
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2008

13
367 353
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2009

14
638 514
DayZ is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

15
527 465
State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

16
327 266
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
294 288
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2014

19
513 403
Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

20
149 95
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

21
645 549
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2011

22
101 45
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Hesston Cox added 1997

23
118 38
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

24
115 68
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

25
112 77
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2004