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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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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
colklink added 2008
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Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2015
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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
paul-effinger added 2010
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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1996
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2005
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Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Brian Browning added 1998
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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2009
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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2008
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DayZ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2012
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Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2009
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State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 1998
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Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
jaden-long added 2014
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Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2011
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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
Hesston Cox added 1997
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Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
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Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival Games of All Time
2004