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Best Survival VR Games You Will Want To Play

By Eric Soul | Updated 2 months ago | 7 Min Read

In the gaming genre, I think virtual reality has stretched the boundaries of survival gaming and will successfully give photoreal visuals and immersive experience. The survival games are always about experiencing real-life conditions in a virtual world to a certain extent. It can be island isolation, battle royale, jungle survival, horror, or Mars survival.

Taking a look a VR technology, of course, it has improved a lot and will keep on. With game engines like Unity & Unreal Engine, indie developers are able the create VR games very easily and publish it with minimum hindrance.

In recent year developer have invested in creating VR games either from scratch or as an expansion of their previous game-like Minecraft VR. You can find many short survival VR games that are free to play.

For today’s list, we would look at the best survival VR game available in the market that can offer you an unreal or real gameplay experience.

The ranking of the games is based on user ratings for the VR version of the game, gameplay, and implementation of virtual reality.

The Forest

The Forest
The Forest

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2014
Platforms: Windows, PS4
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Initially, the game was not created for the VR platform, and still, it is not a complete VR game. But with many updates and patches to its VR expansion, the game has become one of the best survival VR games.

The game follows Eric Leblanc and his son Timmy who are survivors from a plane crash in a heavily forested peninsula. It is a first-person game in an open-world with non-linear gameplay, no goals set in the game.

There are many things the game does better than the non-VR version and brings you one of the scariest atmospheres. The game involves crafting and building, with the VR, things become more interesting and natural. Though somethings are quite unnatural in VR expansion.

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

Rating: 8.9/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, PSVR
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

No Man’s Sky has a long journey and has evolved in a world-class space survival game. The game was available in the VR version with 2019 update “Beyond”. Since 2016, the game has improved in many aspects including graphics, music, customization, interaction, and overall gameplay.

It is a multiplayer open-world space survival game with quintillions of planets to explore having a unique ecosystem and lifeforms. The game offers a shadowless, vector environment giving a fantasy virtual world.

The maps are procedurally generated includes elements like stars, planets, aliens, biomes, flora, and fauna. You can fight, trade, mine, craft unique weapons, teleport, move at speed of light, and just enjoy unreal mesmerizing beauty.

Subnautica

Subnautica
Subnautica

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

The game takes place in the 22nd century, where humans have started colonizing exoplanets. The player crash lands on an alien planet, 4546B. The planet is completed covered with water and player need to survive extreme conditions with no communication.

The main objective is to explore, collect resources, examine different lifeforms, and follow the plot. There are four modes in the game: survival, freedom, hardcore, and creative mode. The game has an open-world environment, supports VR headsets, including HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.

The game received numerous awards that include Golden Joystick Awards, Gamers' Choice Awards, National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2020
Platforms: Oculus, Steam, PSVR
Mode: Singleplayer

It is a virtual reality FPS game based on the comic book series The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman. The player follows the linear plot with full-on action, killing zombies, hide, take a cover, craft different weapons, and run.

The game features physics-based combat with melee weapons, scale buildings, ambush enemies, attack in different ways, and using a wide range of weapons. The game has living and dead/zombie characters, you can kill both of them.

Just like classic The Walking Dead games, it has choice-making, and every decision you take curves a storyline. The game has different editions and story mods. Taking about the VR aspect of the game, it has got good reviews and some criticism.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2017
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, NS
Mode: Singleplayer

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the first RE series game that uses the first-person perspective and supports the PlayStation VR headset. The game is an epic story-based survival horror with an outstanding scary atmosphere and sound effects.

The game follows Ethan Winters, searching for his wife and end ups in an abandoned manor occupied by a cannibal family. The game is about fighting mutants, solving puzzles, and progressing the plot. There are various weapons to be used, including handguns, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives, and chainsaws.

The game was a huge success, selling over 7.5 million copies worldwide with two-story expansions, Not a Hero and End of Zoe.

Minecraft VR

Minecraft VR
Minecraft VR

Rating: 9.5/10
Year: 2009
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS, FireOS, NS, Android, iOS
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

As we all know Minecraft is the greatest and most influential video game of all time and also supports VR headsets. Minecraft VR was developed in 2016 based on Oculus Rift hardware known as Vivecraft ported the mod to OpenVR. Since is the game has a simple mapping design, it also supports physically based rendering, ray tracing, and DLSS seamlessly.

Those of you who don’t know about Minecraft, it’s a sandbox game where the player needs to explore, survive the blocky, procedurally-generated 3D infinite world just for fun. The game has different modes: Survival mode, Hardcore mode, Creative mode, Adventure mode, and Spectator mode.

There are tons of things to do, including crafting, building, fighting enemies, exploring, hunting, trading, etc.

Arizona Sunshine

Arizona Sunshine
Arizona Sunshine

Rating: 9.4/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Oculus, Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Arizona Sunshine is an FPS zombie survival video game that supports PSVR, set in the Arizona river valley. The game gives a very good VR support, requires motion controllers for firearms, interaction with inventory and the environment.

The game offers two modes: campaign mode follows a linear plot, and in the horde mode, the player needs to survive hordes of zombie in a confined zone and clear out each wave.

The story begins when the protagonist awake in a cave and encounters zombies. Roaming around and killing some zombies, he finds a radio station, giving him a direction to a military base. After reaching the base, he finds everything around him is dead and needs to find a way out by himself.

The Solus Project

The Solus Project
The Solus Project

Rating: 8.5/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PS4
Mode: Singleplayer

Mankind is on the verge of extinction, the protagonist in traveling across the space to save humans and accidentally crash lands on an exoplanet Gliese-6143-C. The lone astronaut has to survive the unfriendly climate of the alien planet. The player needs to balance hunger level, thirst, and body temperature.

Explore the unknown places, travel across the vast planet, craft essential items, face life-threatening conditions from scorching heat to chilling storms. Search for other mysterious alien civilization that might save mankind.

The Solus Project has nominated for the Czech Game of the Year Awards for Best Audio, Best story, and Best visuals. The players have given good reviews for virtual reality adaption.

SURV1V3

SURV1V3
SURV1V3

Rating: 8.8/10
Year: 2018
Platform: Windows
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

SURV1V3 is a zombie survival video game designed especially for virtual reality, giving a unique realistic experience. The game sets a year after the unknow V1V3 Virus has infected millions of people worldwide turning them into zombies.

The game walks through the notorious city of Santa Carla, endless spooky scenarios, dark places, challenging tasks, and finally meeting a unknow person who can save the world or not.

The game offers realistic military tablet, melee weapons, custom accessories, smart mechanics, more than 40 zombie types, full locomotion, 4 player co-op, 17 hours of the story mode.

Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted

Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted
Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted

Rating: 9.5/10
Year: 2019
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Oculus
Mode: Singleplayer

FNaF: HW is the seventh game of Five Five Nights at Freddy's video game series that supports PSVR. The game is presented as the Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience for a video game company that wants to clear the image in public after some legal lawsuits.

The game follows 50 playable minigames based on previous parts. The player needs to survive horror possessed by sentient animatronics trying to kill the main character. The game is among the top-selling virtual reality games on Steam.

Last Words

VR technology is not at its best right now, and there are many things that developers have to overcome for making gaming more comfortable and enjoyable. I have played some of these VR games, including No Man's Sky, Minecraft, and SURV1V3. Honestly, these games are fun to play but exhausting. Survival VR games have a great scope in the future, and things look promising. so long, so good.

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