It's hard out there for a survivor. You go out into the wilderness with the best of intentions, thinking you're going to live off the grid and survive on the land like your forefathers of old. Then it turns out it's all bugs and dysentery with the occasional bear attack thrown in. Better to stay at home and do it through #VideoGames frankly, where at least you can reload your game and order a pizza when you die.
The Awesomest And Most Fun Survival Games On The PlayStation 4
Having returned from the wild a wiser, tougher and more malaria-filled person, I sat down with the best the #PlayStation4 had to offer to see which #Survival games were the best simulation of that time I had to drink my own filtered urine. Then I changed my mind and picked the most fun ones instead.
1. 'Ark: Survival Evolved'
- Developers: Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Virtual Basement, Efecto Studios
- Publisher: Studio Wildcard
Ark: Survival Evolved has all the staples of the survival genre. You harvest local resources, build tools, construct shelters and try not to starve or freeze to death in the process while you slowly work your way up the tech tree. Ark does have one important addition to the regular formula though, and that's dinosaurs.
Yes, you can fight, tame and ride dozens of different species of dinosaurs, with more being added every few months. It adds a whole new level to the survival genre when T-Rexes get involved in the mix and there's very little as satisfying as stomping over a rival player's base with a tamed triceratops.
If that doesn't satisfy you, Ark: Survival Evolved also features one of the most in-depth character creation systems in the world of video games. You can create almost any kind of character you want, including hideous monstrosities that man was not meant to look upon.
2. 'The Forest'
- Developer: Endnight Games
- Publisher: Endnight Games
If you've ever seen a classic cannibal movie, The Forest is probably the closest games have come to recreating that experience. You play the only confirmed survivor of a commercial airliner crash and must survive against the odds on a tropical island infested with local wildlife, a tribe of hostile and intelligent cannibals and even stranger things.
The game features a full day/night cycle, with different schedules and behavior for the wildlife and island inhabitants depending on the time of day. This can lead to some pretty terrifying scenarios, especially when the tribe finds your little shelter in the middle of the night while you're trying desperately to keep warm by the fire.
3. 'Don't Starve'
- Developer: Klei Entertainment
- Publisher: Klei Entertainment
Don't Starve is the breakout #Indie hit about surviving in a harsh, alien world that also happens to be beautifully illustrated. The art style resembles something out of the nightmares of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, and is a big part of the appeal of #DontStarve, along with a wicked sense of humor.
Don't Starve doesn't let you create your own character, but does have a selection of awesome characters to choose from who unlock as you play the game. Each one has their own special abilities and quirks, from a gentleman scientist to a soulless robot, they all give a very different gameplay experience.
4. 'The Last of Us'
- Developer: Naughty Dog
- Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
#TheLastOfUs isn't so much a survival game as a game about survival, but since it happens to be one of the best games of the last few years, it had to make it onto this list. You play as Joel, a grizzled loner who reluctantly takes on the task of smuggling a young girl across the country to safety in a fungal #Zombie post-apocalypse. Along the way there's plenty of #horror, stealth, crafting and desperate survival against the odds.
With the long-awaited sequel set to come out sometime next year, now's a great time to check out the game, along with its add-on campaign. The extra campaign, Left Behind, puts you in the shoes of Ellie, the rad little badass that Joel helps across the country.
5. 'Days Gone'
- Developer: SIE Bend Studio
- Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
If The Last Of Us isn't quite enough grizzled, tortured stubble daddy zombie killing for you, keep an eye out for #DaysGone, the upcoming open world survival horror game by Sony. Set two years after a zombie apocalypse has left the last remnants of humanity holed up in wilderness fortresses, Days Gone lets you explore the beautiful land of the Pacific Northwest as Deacon St. John—drifter, former bounty hunter and winner of 'Most pornstar sounding name' in his highschool year book.
There's no set release date yet, but best guesses say sometime near the end of 2017.
6. 'Dying Light'
- Developer: Techland
- Publishers: Techland, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Completing the trilogy of zombie survival games is Dying Light, a first-person action survival game that pits you against a city of the undead with nothing but your wits, crafted weapons and sweet parkour skills.
The parkour is where Dying Light really shines. To navigate the city past the hordes of undead you'll have to shimmy, jump, climb and zipline your way across the rooftops. During the day, that's more than enough to avoid most of the undead threat, but at night, when the zombies get faster, stronger and more agile, you'll have to desperately race to safety in order to avoid the creepy creatures that chase you down.
7. 'Fallout 4: Survival Mode'
- Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
- Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios
While Steam is cluttered with half-built early access survival games that can barely hold themselves together, Bethesda managed to create one of the best survival simulators in the business with just a few optional extras added to Fallout 4.
In Fallout 4: Survival Mode, you're tasked with handling your immunity, hunger, thirst, sleep and radiation as you complete your tasks across the wasteland. There's no autosaving or quicksaving, so the only way to save your progress is to find shelter and a bed to rest in. Suddenly, in survival mode, regular quests become desperate scavenging runs that must be carefully planned in advance and building settlements becomes a necessity to stay alive in the wasteland.
8. '7 Days To Die'
- Developer: The Fun Pimps
- Publishers: The Fun Pimps, Telltale Games
7 Days to Die may be another zombie survival game, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own unique approach to the genre. The crux of the game revolves around its rising difficulty. The world doesn't stay static, but rather each session gets harder, each night brings more zombies, stronger, smarter and tougher than the night before. 7 Days to Die is a survival game in the most direct sense of the word. Your only goal? To survive until the fateful night that you don't.
To do so, players must manage their hunger, thirst and warmth, as well as their health. Shelter is a vital necessity, as being caught outside at night is a death sentence. Buildings and tools degrade over time, so players must forage and scavenge to keep their defenses standing, their traps working and their weapons in good shape, or risk a tiny hole in the dam of their defenses opening up into a flood of the undead.
9. 'No Man's Sky'
Developer: Hello Games
Publishers: Hello Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment
No Man's Sky sets you in a vast procedurally generated universe, with only one goal: survive to get to the center. To do so, you'll have to explore planets, harvest resources and research new technology.
While No Man's Sky may have suffered a somewhat disastrous release, at least in terms of PR, the game has been slowly improving. Tons of new content, including base building, space battles and lots more have been added, and the game now feels like a complete and very enjoyable title.
10. 'Conan Exiles'
- Developer: Funcom
- Publisher: Funcom
This brand new barbaric open world survival game is on its way to the PlayStation 4, sadly without the swinging ding-dongs of its PC cousin. Fear not though, there's still plenty to do even without the ability to deliver the world's most terrible tea bagging session.
Conan Exiles combines the best of Ark: Survival Evolved with a touch of Skyrim and a big dose of lessons learned from the earlier titles. The world is brutal, harsh and totally mental, with tons of gigantic monsters to take on and death lurking around every corner.
What are your favorite survival games? Are you excited about Days Gone? Anything you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!