best pc survival-games

What is a survival game? It’s a game where you are thrown into a hostile open-world environment with minimal resources.

To survive, you are pushed to your limits. You will need to explore, loot, craft weapons, find shelter, fight and maybe even kill!! Survival games have become quite popular in the last couple of years. They offer a unique kind of game genre. Here I’ve compiled a list of my favorite survival games.

15 Best survival PC games


1-Ark : Survival Evolved

Release date : June 2 , 2015ark box shot
Available at: Amazon

You are thrown onto a mysterious island where dinosaurs & primeval creatures live. You will need to use your skills to survive, hunt, craft, build a shelter and even tame dinosaurs, you can also team up with hundreds of other players to survive!

Key Features:

  • Tame, train, breed & ride different types of dinosaurs
  • Hunt for food, water & materials
  • Plant, Farm & grow crops
  • Create your own tribe
  • Fight for your life



2- DayZ

Release date: December 16, 2013day z best survival games
Available at: Steam

Dayz is a third person shooter. Your goal is to survive the zombie outbreak. You will need to find water, food, weapons, and medicine all the while killing zombies and fighting / cooperating with other survivors!

Key Features:

  • Server can contain up to 50 players at the same time
  • A user-friendly inventory where you can carry all the items you need to survive
  • Great crafting system for the material you gathered during your adventure
  • Weapon customization, you can combine various types of weapons to create the ultimate zombie killing weapon
  • Customizable clothing, you can create armor from the material you gather



3- Subnautica

Release date: December 16, 2014subnautica best survival games
Available at: Steam

Ever wondered what a survival game underwater would be like? Welcome to Subnautica, a game where you descend into an underwater alien world filled with peril and wonders. In this beautiful world, you will need to craft, pilot submarines, explore caverns and other mysterious places all the while surviving.

Key Features:

  • Dive into a vast underwater world
  • Explore, loot, craft & survive
  • Construct an underwater shelter
  • Handle the water pressure
  • Fear the terrifying night
  • Go below the dark deep



4- Rust

Release date: 11 December 2013rust best survival games
Available at: Steam

The objective of the game is to survive the harsh open world of Rust. You will have to overcome the hunger, thirst and the cold. You will have to do some difficult things to survive such as kill animals for their meat and even kill other players just to survive!

Key Features:

  • Survive vs. other players
  • Explore, loot & craft
  • Level up and team up with other players
  • Random airdrops



5- The Forest

Release date: May 30, 2014forest best survival games
Available at: Steam

You spawn on a heavily forested island where you are the only survivor of a plane crash. To survive, you will need to build, explore and create a shelter, all the while fighting cannibalistic mutants.

Key Features:

  • Chop down trees to build yourself a camp and a fire
  • Build a shelter, lay traps & a defense system
  • Explore and build during daylight, defend and survive the night
  • Defend yourself against genetically mutated enemies



6- The Long Dark

Release Date: Septembre 22, 2014the long dark best survival games
Available at: Amazon

After a global disaster, you are left alone in the frigid Canadian wilderness as a crash-landed pilot. In this exploration based – survival game there are no zombies or other survivors, it’s only you vs the cold and all the threats mother nature can launch at you.

Key Features:

  • Earn the right to survive
  • Permadeath!
  • Monitor your calorie count, hunger, thirst, fatigue & body temperature
  • Dynamic weather, wildlife and time of the day
  • Numerous gear items including, food, weapons, clothing and more



7- H1Z1: King of the Kill

Release date: February 18, 2016h1z1 king of the kill best survival games
Available at: Amazon

Welcome to the battle royale! You are thrown into a giant PVP arena where your goal is to finish as number one, to survive you will need to use all your skills, and quite a bit of luck!

Key Features:

  • Fight to the death in a big arena
  • Gear up fast
  • Make a plan to defeat your enemies
  • Rack up a kill streak



8- H1Z1 – Just Survive

Release date: January 15, 2015h1z1 just survive best survival games
Available at: Steam

Welcome to a Zombie apocalyptic world. To survive, you will have to push yourself to the limit by exploring, looting and fighting through a horde of zombies, beasts, and even fellow humans!

Key Features:

  • Make smart choice to survive
  • Scavenge, craft & build
  • Fight off the zombies
  • Team up with other survivors



9- Project Zomboid

Release date: November 8, 2013project zomboid best survival games
Available at: Steam

This game takes place in a post-apocalyptic zombie-infested world. In this horror like RPG, you will have to deal with things like hunger, pain and mental instability, tiredness, and even zombies!

Key Features:

  • Zombie survival game with a focus on realistic survival
  • Online multiplayer survival
  • hundred of zombies with smart mechanics
  • Vast and growing map
  • Find and craft items
  • Deal with depression, boredom, hunger & thirst



10 – 7 Days to die

Release date: Decembre 13, 20137 days to die best survival games
Available at: Steam

The game takes place after a nuclear third world war destroyed a large part of the world. To survive in this unforgiving environment, you will need to find shelter, then food and water, all the while trying to fight off zombies.

Key Features:

  • Explore huge and unique areas
  • Craft all sorts of equipment, guns, cloths, tools & vehicles
  • Cooperate or compete with other players
  • Level up and improve your skills
  • Explore, loot & craft



11- Stranded Deep

Release date: January 23, 2015stranded deep best survival games
Available at: Steam

A different kind of survival, no zombies, no other players trying to kill you. The game takes place in the Pacific Ocean, where you are the sole survivor of a plane crash, you are left to yourself on the island, just trying to survive!

Key Features:

  • Dynamic weather & day-night cycles
  • Unique crafting system
  • Unique building system
  • Manage your vitals, hunger, thirst & blood
  • Randomized loot and collectibles



12- State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition Debut

Release date: November 5, 2013state of decay yose best survival games
Available at: Amazon

The world has gone to hell after an extreme zombie outbreak. You will need to team up with other survivors to create a shelter where you can store your food, water, medicine, and ammunition.

Key Features:

  • New missions
  • New survivors
  • New vehicles
  • New weapons
  • Survive this zombie apocalypse



13- Terraria

Release date: May 16, 2011terraria best survival games
Available at: Amazon

Terraria is a 2D Sandbox game that revolves around exploring, looting and combat. Get ready to do a lot of digging to gather the material you need to advance!

Key Features:

  • Dig, loot & craft material
  • Randomly generated world
  • Free content updates



14- Minecraft

Release date: October 7, 2011minecraft box shot
Available at:, Amazon

Minecraft is a unique sandbox game with multiple game modes. One of them is a survival mode where you need to explore, loot and gather materials to survive!

Key Features:

  • Build your own world
  • Explore, loot & craft
  • Plenty of different modes to choose from



15- We happy few

Release date: July 26, 2016we happy few best survival games
Available at: Steam

From the studio who brought you Contrast. This game takes place in an alternate 1960s England. You will have to fight, hide and blend in with others to survive.

Key Features:

  • A procedurally generated world, each experience will be unique
  • A range of difficulties for any types of players
  • Permadeath
  • Three different modes: sandbox, story, and wellie mode




This is all for our list of the 15 best survival PC games. Of course, to be able to play these games you will need a gaming pc, no need for a super strong one, but a decent one will do the job.

I hope you enjoyed it, if you think we might have missed a great Survival game, let us know in the comments below.