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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2,191 586
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

2
1,894 425
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
colklink added 2008

3
1,297 310
Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2015

4
1,306 434
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
paul-effinger added 2010

5
664 293
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1996

6
1,113 668
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

7
1,189 566
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

8
564 310
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2005

9
332 138
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added 1998

10
1,284 815
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2009

11
211 106
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

12
240 107
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2008

13
364 349
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2009

14
634 509
DayZ is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

15
525 460
State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

16
327 262
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1998

17
170 101
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

18
292 284
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2014

19
508 400
Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

20
147 93
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

21
642 546
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2011

22
98 41
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Hesston Cox added 1997

23
115 35
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

24
112 65
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

25
110 74
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2004