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- #20 Astroneer
- #19 Tribes of Midgard
- #18 Minecraft
- #17 Dying Light
- #16 The Wild Eight
- #15 Smalland
- #14 Green Hell
- #13 Vigor
- #12 DayZ
- #11 Rust
- #10 Outward
- #9 Dying Light 2 Stay Human
- #8 Conan Exiles
- #7 7 Days To Die
- #6 The Forest
- #5 Don't Starve Together
- #4 The Survivalists
- #3 Ark Survival Evolved
- #2 Terraria
- #1 No Man's Sky
The PS4 is one of the most successful consoles in history, and they have games for everyone. Including those who have a survivalist desire that they need scratched. Here’s a few options for those who indeed have that itch.
Let’s start out with a survival game that is more about transforming worlds than anything else. Because in Astroneer, you’ll be an astronaut who is sent to various worlds within a solar system for the sole purpose of terraforming and creating your own home and base!
If that sounds fun, you don’t know the half of it. Because the game will give you 7 entirely different and unique worlds to have a blast changing, and you can warp the planets in all manner of ways! Including going above ground or below ground in order to make your new home!
You’ll want to explore these planets so you can have the best chance to make your best base!
#19 Tribes of Midgard
If you’re looking for a more intense survival game to play in, Tribes of Midgard can do that for you. Because this is a co-op title that you’ll play with others in order to try and stop Ragnraok form happening. Or at the very least, die trying.
You’ll start out with nothing, literally. Then, you’ll work together to get resources, build materials, get strong, and prepare for the long night ahead when monsters will arrive to try and pound you into dust. You’ll need to survive as long as you can, and then learn from what happened to be better for the next round!
A deep game loop awaits you, as well as other modes that change up the style!
If there’s one thing we love doing on certain lists, it’s making fun of Minecraft. Yes, it’s the most popular game ever, we know, but do we care? Not at all.
The game is a lot of things, but a “survival game” is only technically accurate. Yes, there is a mode in the game that is based on survival, but do you really “feel it”? Do you really feel the tension of survival given the look of the game? We don’t think you do.
Plus, when you’re done with that mode, you don’t have to go back to it. You can go and build your life away. That’s a key difference between this and the other titles. But hey, go and enjoy Minecraft! We won’t stop you.
#17 Dying Light
The original Dying Light had you flying into a zombie-infected town as a group of soldiers trying to ascertain what in the heck went on here to cause such an event.
As you can run, parkour, and fight your way through the city, you’ll need to accomplish certain missions in order to please your bosses. But whether you do them, or try and help the people who still remain in the city, is up to you.
Either way though, you’ll need to survive by being faster and more agile than the zombies. Craft weapons to take them down, or use your skills to bound around them. As long as you survive the experience, that is what matters.
#16 The Wild Eight
The Wild Eight is about eight people who have survived a plane crash only to end up in a wilderness that is much more than it seems. In this co-op title you’ll get to work with other players to not only find out the truth about where you are, but what happened on the plane that caused it to crash.
The truth is out there, but it’s not the only thing that’s out there, and that should leave you very worried. Because you’ll need to make sure you’re armed against all sorts of threats, be willing to loot places that are quite unsettling, and do what it takes to survive.
You already survived one life-changing event, why not another?
The world has always been a matter of perspective, and in Smalland, you’ll get to see that perspective from one being who is incredibly small. Set in the world of man, but within the nature that is all around them, you’ll start your journey to survive all that is out there.
For example, with the size of your character being what it is, small insects are now massive monsters that you’ll have to either fight to survive against, or tame so you can ride around the world on!
The world is big, and you’ll see traces of more that is out there. So dive into Smalland and what it’s like to be so small in a world that is so big.
#14 Green Hell
If there was one place in the world that you seriously wouldn’t want to be stuck in, it’s the Amazon Rainforest. Between the weather, the creatures, the planets, and the terrain, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to survive in.
Yet, that’s what Green Hell is all about. You play as someone who is somehow stuck in the middle of the rainforest and must fight your way out.
You’ll have to survive with nothing but your bare hands at first, and as you slowly make it out, you’ll have to uncover the truth about what led you to being there, and whether you deserved to be there.
Can you make it through? Will you regret actually surviving the experience?
Set in a post-apocalyptic version of Norway, Vigor means to put your skills to the test as you go and survive in a world that is both wild and chaotic.
You’ll need to get your own supplies and build your own shelter. Then go loot and shoot your way through whatever comes at you. You won’t have to go through this alone if you don’t want to though. As the game will allow you to not only play with others you know, but try to survive in other modes as well.
The fight for survival has just begun for you in Vigor.
In DayZ, it’s not just about survival, it’s about setting your own path on how you do it. Because here, you’ll be in a large area that is full of both potential, and death.
That includes 59 other players of which you can choose to try and work with in order to survive, or, you can kill them all in order to ensure that they don’t backstab you later. No matter your decision, there are no take backs, no saves, nothing but life and death here.
If you die in DayZ? You have to start all over again. So knowing that, what will you do in order to survive?
Believe it or not, there are multiple games on this list that involve you waking up naked on an island and trying to survive on it. Rust is just one of those titles.
But while the others will want you to do more of a slow-burn approach at points, you will have no time for that in Rust. Mainly because as they note, everything on this island is trying to kill you! It might be the other animals on the island, or it might be the other people/players that are trying to take you down.
You have one goal, to survive and make it to another day, then the one after that.
In Outward, you are just a regular person who seeks to explore and find out more about the world around you. Which means that a grand adventure awaits you, so long as you can survive in it that is.
You’ll make your way through the land by taking on various missions. Ones that’ll send you high and low in order to find things of great value, or put you on a collision course with monsters!
Make no mistake, you’ll need to fight and learn and grow in order to survive. Including learning magic that was long thought lost! The land before you is waiting to be discovered, so go forth and discover it.
#9 Dying Light 2 Stay Human
Yep, it’s only fair that we put the other Dying Light game on this list, especially since it’s meant to be an improved survival experience over what came before.
To an extent, it does indeed do that. Not the least of which is because the new setting is one that is going to adapt to the choices you make. As various factions are vying for power, and which ones you support more with doing tasks for them will affect things.
Plus, you yourself are turning into a zombie, and so you’ll need to fight to stay alive, and to stay human. Which is not going to be easy at all.
#8 Conan Exiles
A somewhat forgotten title to most, Conan Exiles puts you in the realm of Conan the Barbarian, and then asks you to survive in it! Which is not the easiest thing to do when you have barbarians, monsters, and even gods roaming around trying to enforce their will and power!
You must travel the land, complete quests, and do what is needed to be done in order to get stronger and fight back against the forces of this land. The reason Conan was so fierce was because he endured all that came his way. Now, it’s your turn to prove you can do the same thing!
#7 7 Days To Die
Yes, that is a perfect placement for this, thanks for noticing.
Anyway, 7 Days To Die is the massive survival title that millions upon millions have tried out. Mainly because it a truly massive game with a LOT of area to do just about anything in as you try and get through it.
Zombies and other players are virtually everywhere, and your goal is to outlast them all no matter what. You can explore both the forest and other natural areas for resources, or, you can go to the city and try to find things there!
Build, craft, explore, fight, survive, all are viable in 7 Days To Die!
#6 The Forest
With the sequel delayed, it’s appropriate to go and talk about the original game, because it is still a harrowing survival experience.
In the Forest, you crash land in, uh, a forest, obviously. But that’s only the start of your problems. Because in the daytime, you’ll need to figure out how to survive in terms of building a shelter, getting food and water, and making tools to defend yourself.
Why? Because at night, that’s when the mutants come out, and they want you. You’ll need to fight them off, and then when the morning comes, explore the forest to learn the truth about all that is going on.
#5 Don’t Starve Together
If you’re looking for a truly brutal survival game to try and do, the Don’t Starve franchise is the way to go. This is a no hand-holding title that’ll force you to think fast and react quickly to the world in order to survive it.
Don’t Starve Together is the co-op version of title. Where you and a friend or others online will have to team up to take on the mysterious world that you are in. Will you be able to tag team it to victory and survive? Or, will the world slowly drive you to the brink of death? Play the game and find out!
#4 The Survivalists
It’s only fighting that a game with “survival” in the title is high on this list, right? After all, it’s in the name!
The Survivalists helps you live out that classic “survive” scenario of you ending up on a seemingly deserted island and having to try and live somehow. The game will have you trying to build shelter, get food, and fight off some of the creatures that live there.
But not all are enemies, you can actually tame and train monkeys to be your assistants on the island! Or, you can play the game with friends so you’ll have someone alongside you as you try not to die! Just saying.
#3 Ark Survival Evolved
Keeping the trend going of titles that have “survival” in it, Ark Survival Evolved is a great example of the “you have nothing to start with” mechanic being used to fully showcase the scope of the game.
Because you will arrive on the island known as ARK with nothing, not even clothes. Thus, from the moment you wake up, you’ll have to go and get resources, and slowly keep your character alive, and then build them up to face the threats that are out there.
Not the least of which are dinosaurs. Whom you can tame and then ride. Doesn’t this sound like a survival adventure worth having?
Terraria is a very fun title that many people have been enjoying for a LOT of years for the very basic reason that it’s a survival game where you have true freedom in what you do on the planet that you’re on.
We say that because in each playthrough that you do, you’ll be on a completely new planet. Then, you can do what you want with or to that planet in order to live your life. Want to explore the entire planet? Terraria encourages that. Want to just build in one spot and see how big you can make your “kingdom”? Terraria is fine with that too!
There’s so much to do in the game that you’ll want to do multiple playthroughs just so you can try everything out.
#1 No Man’s Sky
There was a time when No Man’s Sky would’ve gotten the treatment of other “failed at launch” titles because it didn’t live up to the hype in any way when it arrived. The team at Hello games promised literally a universe for us to explore and have fun in both by ourselves and with friends.
Turns out, we couldn’t play with friends, and the universe was a bit emptier than expected, or even hoped for.
Thankfully, over the course of several years, the game improved, and now, it’s an entirely different game. So much so that we’re putting it No.1 because you should give it a new chance at life. It’s a VERY different title than it was at launch, and you’ll see that as you play it.