Best open-world survival games on Steam

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We have compiled a list of the upcoming survival games on Steam. These are games in which you fight to stay alive and conquer your enemies, while also trying to maintain your health and sanity. We hope this blog post serves as a resource for gamers looking to experience the thrill of surviving against all odds.

1. DayZ

You are one of the few who have survived the apocalypse. Hunger, Thirst, Cold, and Injury are constant threats for you. You must fight to survive against zombies – but also hundreds of other players. Will you ignore the dangers that surround you? Or will you take any chance in order to stay alive?

DayZ is an open-world survival horror multiplayer game from Bohemia Interactive. In this open-world survival horror, you have to scavenge the world for supplies, such as food and water. You also have to be wary of other players, who might try to kill you and take your supplies.

This is the most popular Steam Early Access survival game available today. It has a current Metacritic score of 86/100 from over 30,000 users.

2. Rust

You wake up, in a world with no memory of who you are or how you got there. With nothing but the clothes on your back, do whatever it takes to survive and be whoever you want to be.

But survival is not easy; animals and other players will be hunting for their next meal and all they can get hold of. Gather materials to survive, but stay alert – there are others who might take your life at any given moment.

Rust is an online multiplayer survival game developed by Facepunch Studios. It was released in December 2013 and has a current Metacritic score of 79/100 from over 3,000 users.

3. Ark: Survival Evolved

As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing, and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. 

Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate… and escape!

Ark: Survival Evolved has been in development since June 2014. It is an online multiplayer survival game from Studio Wildcard. There are a number of dinosaurs that can be tamed in this game, which you have a chance to tame. There are also abandoned buildings that you can create. Ark has a current Metacritic score of 75/100 from over 2,000 users.

4. Conan Exiles

In this open-world survival game, you can forge your own destiny and write your own story in endless ways. Play the way you want to play, with a wide and varied array of crafting options. Vast monster-filled dungeons present danger and reward, while harsh weather patterns add another layer of threat on your journey towards building a home and establishing your kingdom.

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival MMO from Funcom. You can craft your own buildings and weapons, and fight against the environment and other players. There is also a day & night cycle that makes the game more challenging to play.

5. Far Cry 3

In the stone age, a man’s life was worth less than a handful of arrows. As the great empires spread and the world began to change, so did the value of a single human life. In Far Cry 3, you’ll have to decide what is more precious: 

Your own hide or that of your friends and foes.

You find yourself stranded on an island ruled by violence and cruelty. Here, you must fight the adversary of pigs, snakes, and monkeys. But it will be your brain that is your best weapon in this game. 

All around you are natural elements like the sun or the ocean which can help you or kill you. Far Cry 3 is a first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released in 2012 and has a current Metacritic score of 91/100 from over 9,000 users.

6. The Long Dark

Wintermute is the completely free story mode for The Long Dark that takes you back to the frozen Canadian wilderness. Experience this stunning yet sobering vision of an Arctic wilderness where nature is inescapable, and you must learn to hunt, prepare, survive. You will be tested by cold, hunger, isolation, and the mysteries of the wild.

The Long Dark is an atmospheric first-person survival simulation video game developed and published by Hinterland Studio Inc. It was released on August 1st, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and SteamOS. The Long Dark has a current Metacritic score of 78/100 from over 4,000 users.


These are some of the best open-world survival games on Steam. If you have any questions about this article, post a comment below. In case we missed out on any other great open-world survival games on Steam, please let us know in the comments section. Thanks for reading.

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