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10 Best Open World Survival Games Ever

The game in which the player has to survive in a virtual world without any constraints as long as possible is called an open-world survival game. The game focuses on the exploration and approaching objectives freely. The player can freely roam in the world without any restrictions except the map’s limitation.

Typically, the open-world survival games lack a structure level that may cause little confusion to players, but that makes it more engaging and natural. The game can be controlled by locking other worlds, objectives, and resources.

What is a Survival Game

I love playing open-world games, my first open-world game was GTA. I was just wandering, breaking things, killing people, and don’t know what the real objective was in the game. Because I used to play retro games that have a proper level design.

So folks this is the list of best open world survival games that you need to play.

Don’t Starve

Don’t Starve

Rating: 9.8/10Year: 2013Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, NS

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Don’t Starve is a hardcore open-world survival game, covering all the elements that are required in a survival game. The game has a random map generation system, giving a unique experience to each player.

The game follows Wilson, a scientist somehow teleports in a dark, dreary world where he can only hope to survive as long as possible. He must check on his healthy, fed, and mental stability to stay alive.

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Wilson must explore the world and become stronger to defeat Maxwell, the antagonist who controls the world. The players can select different characters, including Wilson, Willow, Wolfgang, Wendy, WX-78, Wickerbottom, Woodie.

The game is quite a roguelike, follows the day-night cycle, seasons, and RPG style controls. It involves lots of crafting, building, management, and simple action. The game has a multiplayer expansion, Don’t Starve Together, and pocket edition for mobile.

7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die
7 Days to Die

Rating: 9/10Year: 2013Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, NS

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The major regions of the world got destroyed as the consequence of a nuclear Third World War. The county of Navezgane, Arizona was not completely destroyed but caused strange mutations among the population.

The player controls a survivor who lives in Arizona, the zombie apocalyptic world, facing scarcity of food & water. The player spawns in the randomly generated world, needs to build shelter, craft weapons, gather supplies, and fight against hordes of zombies.

In multiplayer mode, other players can join the same map to survive together, they can interact and communicate with each other. Multiplayer requires hosting: LAN, WAN, or remote hosting.

Many game aspects are inspired by Minecraft. The game has action, hunting, crafting, resource management, and teamwork.

The Forest

The Forest

Rating: 9/10Year: 2014Platforms: Windows, PS4

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The game follows Eric Leblanc and his son Timmy, they are grounded on a remotely forested peninsula in a plane crash. The game has no missions, quests to complete, it’s up to the player to survive on their own terms.

The game has non-linear gameplay in the open-world environment. As the player progresses in the game, he/she found many deep secrets in the forest like black magic, ghouls, cannibalistic mutants, artifacts, and mysterious creatures.

The game features two endings, the player needs to find all aspects of the story/gameplay by themself. The game is inspired by movies like The Descent and Cannibal Holocaust and games like Don’t Starve and Minecraft.

Raft

Raft
Raft

Rating: 9/10 Year: 2018 Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

You are in the middle of a vast ocean on a raft, the only thing you have is an old plastic hook. In hunger & thirst, hot & cold, you need to survive. Explore the infinite blue sea with your friends, go on an epic adventure across a perilous sea.

Use the hook to gather resources, pick anything you see floating, scavenge the reefs, don’t get eaten by sharks, and build a buoyant mansion from a small raft. The game has crafting, farming, traverse the depth of the sea, and have fun with your friends.

The Long Dark

The Long Dark

Rating: 9/10 Year: 2017 Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, PS3, Xbox One

Mode: Singleplayer

The Long Dark is a frigid Canadian wilderness survival game, where the player controls a crash-landed country pilot after a geomagnetic storm disaster. The game is a First-person survival game along with survival simulation like body temperature, caloric intake, hunger/thirst, fatigue.

The game can be played as story mode, survival mode, and the sandbox version. The game features various regions to travel, including Mystery Lake, Desolation Point, Timberwolf Mountain, Coastal Highway, Pleasant Valley, and Forlorn Muskeg.

To survive players need to scavenge and utilize all resources in the environment, hunting, stay warm at night, beware of wild animals. Story mode offers episodic gameplay, while survival mode offers a hardcore survival experience.

Subnautica

Subnautica

Rating: 9.7/10Year: 2018Platforms: Windows, macOS, PS4, Xbox One

Mode: Singleplayer

Subnautica is an open-world exploration game, set on an alien planet known as planet 4546B. The player assumes the role of a survivor from the crashed spaceship. To survive, the player must gather the resources and face the natural hazard on the exoplanet.

It is an ocean simulation game, features a day-night cycle, resource gathering, building a base, crafting tools, interacting with alien creatures. The main objective is to survive as long as possible, the game offers a moderate action.

The game has 4 modes. Survival mode: To not die, you must manage hunger, thirst, oxygen, and health status. Hardcore Mode: if a player dies, the game is started from the beginning. Freedom Mode: the player can survive without food and water. Creative Mode: just explore the world without worrying about health.

Rust

Rust
Rust

Rating: 9/10Year: 2013Platforms: Windows, macOS, PS4, Xbox One

Mode: Multiplayer

Rust is an open-world multiplayer survival game, where players need to survive in the wilderness, watching over their hunger, thirst, and health. The players need to defend themselves from wild animals, fighting with other players with different weapons, interact with non-player characters, and discovering new things in the open world.

It has similar elements to battle royale but on a larger scale, such as airdrops, vehicle, PvP. The crafting, building a defense, forming clan, looting, keeping health check, and batting heavy aircraft are some of the aspects in the game.

The game initially was created as a clone of DayZ, ARMA 2, and taking features of Minecraft.

Dying Light

Dying Light
Dying Light

Rating: 9/10Year: 2015Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS4, Xbox One

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The game follows an undercover agent, Kyle Crane who is sent to invade a quarantine zone in the city of Harran. The population of the city is infected by a strange virus causing zombification.

Kyle is on the mission to find Suleiman, a politician holding a secret file. Now Kyle has to decide whether to complete a mission to save his organization or to help the survivors in a pandemic.

Dying Light was original a Dead Island sequel, but developers created a more complex game for the users. In the first week of release, 1.2 million people played Dying Light.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved

Rating: 8/10Year: 2017Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, NS

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

It is an open-world action-adventure survival game, sets on an island filled with roaming dinosaurs, and other wild creatures. The player can choose third-person or first-person to survive the natural hazards, wild animals, and other hostile players.

The player can navigate the world without any boundaries by foot or riding on a prehistoric animal. To survive, the player needs to build a base, craft weapons, and adaption wildlife. Their various weapons, the player can select from a crossbow to AK47.

The game has many animal species, including the woolly mammoth, Meganeura, dodo, saber-toothed tiger, wyvern, manticore, and phoenix. The player must keep a check on health, oxygen, stamina, thirst, hunger, and weight.

Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid
Project Zomboid

Rating: 9/10Year: 2013Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Java

Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Another zombie survival game but it’s role-playing, isometric open world, and horror game. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infected world, where the player needs to manage hunger, pain, tiredness, and mental stability.

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Collecting resources, avoiding zombies, building, are the main activities in the game. The game offers two modes: survival mode and sandbox mode. The survival mode is the most played mode with an open-world environment following the default settings. While in sandbox mode, the player can change different aspects of the game, such as speed and numbers of zombies, weather conditions, and item availability within the world.

Finally

This is it for the best open-world survival games to play. There are many games yet to comes, which are more advance and intuitive. Personally, I like playing The Long Dark because of the vector graphic design and looks very beautiful, yet gives a thrilling experience. If you want to go more realistic, then play The Forest. Sayonara.

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