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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2,033 489
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

2
1,766 343
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
colklink added Fallout 3 2008

3
1,149 222
Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Fallout 4 2015

4
1,160 373
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

5
569 240
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 1996

6
1,108 514
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

7
473 254
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

8
1,049 591
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

9
245 92
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

10
1,144 743
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Minecraft 2009

11
146 56
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

12
328 278
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

13
163 59
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

14
473 407
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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594 452
DayZ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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599 499
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Dark Souls 2011

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265 220
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Fallout 2 1998

18
247 235
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

19
121 112
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added Fatal Frame

20
100 57
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

21
226 270
Resident Evil 6 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added Resident Evil 6 2012

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75 34
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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418 362
Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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104 75
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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75 42
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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502 476
Dark Souls II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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71 45
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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85 66
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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61 38
Silent Hill: Shattered Memorie... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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279 417
Don't Starve is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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375 377
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Outlast 2013

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43 42
Parasite Eve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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74 62
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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314 401
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Alan Wake 2010

35
278 360
H1Z1 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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51 32
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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43 49
Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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37 39
Dino Crisis 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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51 35
Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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50 33
Silent Hill: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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35 14
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Andrew83 added The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011

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40 19
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Hesston Cox added Fallout 1997

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59 53
Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Metro 2033 2010

44
49 40
The Thing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
The Thing 2002

45
235 327
The Forest is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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53 46
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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306 461
Terraria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Terraria 2011

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33 24
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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44 44
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time

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47 50
Dead Island is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time