The 50 Best Post Apocalyptic Games

The 50 Best Post Apocalyptic Games

Losing yourself in a post apocalyptic book is one thing – but immersing yourself in the dark, dangerous and disturbing worlds created by post apocalyptic games is another beast altogether.

The growing popularity of apocalyptic and post apocalyptic fiction means that gamers (especially PC gamers) have a staggering selection of titles to choose from. From terrifying survival horror, through to fast-paced shooters, and even tactical base-building games, there are literally hundreds of potential titles to spend your hard-earned time and money on.

So, to help you choose the best-of-the-best, I’m taking a looking at the 50 most popular, critically-acclaimed and all-round-awesome post-apocalyptic games ever made – from Bioshock through to The Walking Dead.

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Post Apocalyptic Games - Bioshock

1) Bioshock

The hauntingly beautiful art deco world of BioShock offers up a microcosm of post-apocalyptic destruction. Whether you’re fighting the monstrous splicers, or hiding from the terrifying Big Daddys, the first-person chaos of Bioshock is equal parts fast-paced shooter and atmospheric panorama. The game play is truly superb, and in my opinion, surpassed only by the melancholy beauty of the game’s world.

Available on: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4


Post Apocalyptic Games - Day Z

2) DayZ

DayZ refers to two PC games: one, a legendary mod for military shooter ARMA 2, and the other, a standalone game developed as a result of the mod’s success. It’s the mod which makes the cut here, featuring fast-paced multiplayer combat, advanced survival mechanics, awesome base building functionality, and terrifying zombie AI. The standalone game has a ton of potential, but as of the publication of this post (June 2015), it’s still firmly in Alpha-development, and available only though Steam Early Access.

Available on: PC


Dead Island

3) Dead Island

Featuring some of the most satisfyingly visceral combat of any post apocalyptic game, Dead Island pits your character against hordes of vicious zombies, armed only with oars, baseball bats and metal pipes. Set on a luxury holiday resort, the game juxtaposes violent, bloody gameplay with the beauty of the island locale. Featuring an awesome weapon upgrade system (electrified machete anyone?), epic boss fights and a ton of under-dressed zombies, Dead Island is a weird and wonderful post apocalyptic game.

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - Deadlight

4) Deadlight

Set in a fictionalised version of 1986 Seattle, Deadlight’s melancholy vibe and bleak level design paint one of the most atmospheric portrayals of the end of the world. Featuring a simple but addictive 2D side-scrolling gameplay mechanism, the game harks back to class side-scrolling action games of the early 90s, and follows the journey of a park ranger, striking out into a destroyed world in an attempt to to find his family.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One


Fallout

5) Fallout

Despite being one of the oldest post apocalyptic games on this list (released an epoch ago, in 1997) Fallout remains a firm favourite of gamers everywhere. The huge, sprawling world of Fallout, and its plethora of deadly  mutated inhabitants, created an immersive gameplay experience that sucked the gamer into the post-nuclear wasteland of 2161.

Available on: PC


Fallout 2 - Post Apocalyptic PC Game

6) Fallout 2

Fallout 2 built upon the success of its predecessor, tightening already awesome gameplay mechanics, and introduced the most fearsome and intriguing enemy yet – a group of high-tech soldiers known only as the Enclave. Featuring the same morally-involved choices, a ton of new weapons and enemies, and the most compelling storyline yet, Fallout 2 quickly cemented itself as one of the best post apocalyptic games ever made.

Available on: PC


Apocalyptic PC Games - Fallout 3

7) Fallout 3

Featuring Super Mutants, Raiders, Radscorpions and Deathclaws, Fallout 3 continues the epic Fallout franchise in immersive first-person style. Set in the ruined wastes surrounding Washington DC, the gameplay pits a lone wanderer against hordes of villains, and the lethal, radiation-filled surrounds of post-apocalyptic America. With a ton of weapons to choose from, players can can punch critters to death with electrified gauntlets, or atomise them with a miniaturised nuclear weapon.

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Fallout New Vegas

8) Fallout New Vegas

The Fallout series is best characterised by its open-ended gameplay – with the player free to make their own way through a game world full of moral ambiguous choices, and life or death scenarios. The most popular game in the franchise, New Vegas takes this game play aspect to the extreme, allowing players to side with the militarised New California Republic, the slave-trading Caesar’s Legions, or the enigmatic and mysterious Mr. House. The player’s choices unravel a complicated web of decisions and consequences – and the game’s fun lies as much in the decision making as it does the awesome combat.

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - Fallout 4

9) Fallout 4

The latest entry into the franchise, Fallout 4 takes up the mantle with stunning graphics and a whole ton of new gameplay mechanics. Familiar faces make an appearance, in the form of Deathclaws, Super Mutants, Ghouls and Yao Guai, and the addition of new villains, factions and monstrous creatures injects a new lease of life into the Fallout world. I’m particularly partial to the base-building mechanics, allowing you to scavenge, construct and defend huge wasteland fortresses – and the latest theme-parked themed expansion pack is a surreal romp through the game’s weirdest setting yet.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One


Metro 2033

10) Metro 2033

Metro 2033 draws its source material directly from the post-apocalyptic novel of the same name – and centres around a group of survivors trying to eke-out a fragile existence in the ruins of post-nuclear-apocalyptic Russia. Though an FPS at heart, the game builds upon the novel’s horror elements; creating a game that’s both fun and fluid to play, and at times, genuinely scary.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One


Metro Last Light

11) Metro Last Light

Metro 2033 was a big hit with gamers and post-apocalyptic aficionados alike, to the extent that a direct sequel was released just three years later. Centred around the same post-apocalyptic wasteland as the previous game, Last Light introduced a range of new gameplay mechanics – most notable of which is the game’s fantastic stealth system. With improved graphics, gunplay and atmosphere, Last Light is worth playing whether you’re a die-hard Metro fan, or completely new to the franchise.

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - RAGE

12) RAGE

Developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks (of Fallout fame), RAGE is a fast-paced shooter set in a brutal post-apocalyptic future. Described by many as an amalgamation of the Fallout and Borderlands series, RAGE takes players on a fast-paced journey through a world suffering through the aftermath of an asteroid impact. Unlike it’s spiritual counterparts however, RAGE also includes some awesome driving gameplay – allowing for races and even car modifications.

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl

13) S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

Loosely based on the classic post apocalyptic book Roadside Picnic, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is an open-world first-person shooter, centred around the lethal, anomaly-filled wasteland of Chernobyl. Renowned for the brutality of its game play, and the haunting, bleak world around Chernobyl’s exclusion game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is the most challenging (and, in my eyes, most rewarding) FPS on this list – and an absolute must-play for fans of shooters and post apocalyptic games alike. If you’re a seasoned veteran of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise, the plethora of game mods available should breathe some new life into Shadow of Chernobyl. 

Available on: PC


 

Post Apocalyptic Games - STALKER Clear Sky

14) S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

Clear Sky is a prequel to Shadow of Chernobyl, and as you’d expect, it contains all the familiar themes that made the original so damn addictive: a frantic (and challenging) FPS experience, RPG and character progression elements, and a whole heap of scary survival horror themes. One notable deviation is the addition of a faction system: the player can side with a particular group, and their actions in the game’s open world environment will have consequences on the story’s progression (and the sweet, sweet gear available).

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - STALKER Call of Pripyat

15) S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

Call of Pripyat is the third S.T.A.L.K.E.R game, both in terms of development and story. While the previous games often battled with bug and glitches, Call of Pripyat was developed on a completely new game engine, bringing improved graphics, enemy AI and, thankfully, stability to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R world. If you suffer from withdrawal after finishing this third and final game, worry not. As with the other games in the series, a whole host of fan-made mods are available to breathe new life into the franchise – even after your millionth play through.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - State of Decay

16) State of Decay

State of Decay is an open-world zombie beat-em-up, but with a challenging and unique twist. Whilst players are free to rush headlong into a horde of zombies, limited stamina, low resources, and a single life for each playable character means that stealth and planning are more advisable. Collecting resources and building-up your base are just as important as confronting the undead – making it a stand-out post apocalyptic game in a crowded genre. Though initially released only on the Xbox, State of Decay was recently remastered, and re-released – and PC gamers can now enjoy the game (and its two DLC) in glorious 1080p, courtesy of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition. 

Available on: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - Left 4 Dead 2

17) Left 4 Dead 2

Building upon Valve’s already-awesome FPS Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 provides players with the opportunity to hack, smash and shoot their way through hordes of the extremely zombie-like ‘Infected’. With co-operative gameplay and a dynamic progression system that changes the game according to your chosen play style, L4D2 is one of the smartest, most engrossing FPS games available – and an absolute must-buy for anyone into collaborative zombie-slaying.

Available on: PC, Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - The Walking Dead

18) The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead’s episodic and storybook approach to the hugely popular franchise has earned the game a ton of accolades and recognition – and with good reason. Forgoing the classic shoot’em up vibe, the game’s unique graphic style, and diverging plot lines, make each decision in The Walking Dead an involved, heart-wrenching affair. Choices made in the heat of the moment resurface throughout the game, and of all the post apocalyptic games featured in this round-up, it’s The Walking Dead that comes closest to capturing the brutal realities of the end of the world.

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mobile


Post Apocalyptic Games - Wasteland

19) Wasteland

To say that the Fallout series owes a debt to Wasteland would be a monumental understatement. The game follows a remnant of the US military in the aftermath of nuclear war, as they patrol the wasteland, trying to protect isolated bands of survivors from the growing threat of robots and cyborgs. Wasteland was released in 1988, and when Fallout was released almost a decade later, it was intended as a spiritual successor to the series – everything from the game’s setting (post apocalyptic Las Vegas) to its antagonist (pre-war Artificial Intelligence, bent on “purifying” the wasteland) make a reappearance in the later series. If you loved the early Fallout games, and you’re interested in the series’ roots, Wasteland is worth checking out.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Wasteland 2

20) Wasteland 2

Release in 2014 (a full 26 years after the original), Wasteland 2 picks up where the original left off, starting with the funeral of Ace – one of the Desert Rangers from the previous game. From there, the player’s party battle their way through hordes of murderous machines, psychotic priests and sinister super-intelligence – and where the Fallout series migrated towards the FPS genre, Wasteland 2 stays true to its turn-based roots, reprising the top-down game play that endeared the series to its fans. Unsurprisingly, almost 30 years worth of development have made a stark difference to the game’s graphics – and in 2015, the game was even re-released on an updated engine, in the form of Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - Mad Max

21) Mad Max

Mad Max does a pretty sweet job of translating the awesome world of the Mad Max film series into a fast-paced, open-world action game. Set in a recognisably bleak world of deserts, caves and canyons, the player takes charge of the legendary Max Rockatansky, as he wreaks his unique brand of revenge and death on the wasteland’s bandit hordes. In addition to a ton of fighting and exploring, the game takes inspiration from the series’ heavy focus on cars, including a whole ton of car customisation and in-vehicle combat.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - Fallout Shelter

22) Fallout Shelter

Vault Tec’s underground shelters are one of the coolest parts of Fallout lore. Home to hundreds of insane, cruel and occasionally hilarious experiments, stumbling onto a Vault in the expanses of the Capital Wasteland or the Commonwealth is one of the series’ great pleasures. Fallout Shelter is a standalone game that decides to home in on Vault Tec’s experimentation, making you the Overseer of your very own vault. Combining strangely satisfying vault management with a ton of addictive collectables, upgrades and Fallout goodies, the game is perfect for anyone looking to branch-out from the genre’s classic FPS format, while still enjoying the series rich lore and story.

Available on: PC, Mobile


Post Apocalyptic Games - Plague Inc Evolved

23) Plague Inc: Evolved

Plague Inc: Evolved is another game that made a successful leap from mobile app to fully-fledged PC game. The game casts you as some kind of malevolent, omnipotent god, with the power to create deadly pathogens to unleash upon the world. The game’s goal is simple: kill everyone, before those meddling humans find a way to eradicate your bacteria, virus, fungus or protozoa (that’s right – you learn in this game!). For such a simple premise, the game is inexplicably addictive, and a whole host of challenges and game variants give it surprising replay value. Top tip: infect the shit out of Madagascar. You’ll thank me later.

Available on: Mobile, PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Half-Life 2

24) Half-Life 2

Few games are as legendary as the Half-Life series. Half-Life 2 brings back the series’ protagonist, Gordan Freeman, and immerses him in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the alien/human hybrid The Combine. The game received unending praise for its story-telling, inventive game mechanics and staggering attention to detail (with some reviewers going as far as calling Half-Life 2 “the best game ever made”) – leaving a single question on the lips of the game’s fans: Where the hell is Half-Life 3 Gabe?”

Available on: PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, Mobile


Post Apocalyptic Games - Overland

25) Overland

At it’s heart, Overland is all about scarcity: whether you’re scavenging for fuel, hunting for food, or rummaging around in dumpsters because, hey, that’s normally where cool things are, your survival is dependent on managing your resources and making it from each crisis to the next. The game’s procedurally generated environments take you across the breadth of the US, from blasted desert to shadowy woodland. You’ll encounter wildfires, deformed monsters and tamable dogs, all rendered in the game’s beautifully distinctive art style.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Fuel

26) Fuel

Fuel is the closest a post apocalyptic game will ever come to capturing the spirit of Top Gear. In an alternate present-day, the USA has become a desolate, inhospitable no-mans-land, courtesy of our faithful apocalypse, climate change. Fuel sees you do what any self-respecting survivor of the wasteland would do: fuel up the quad bike and tear around the wasteland in competitive, open-world races, dodging tornadoes, sandstorms and rival racers.

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - Dawn 2055

27) Dawn 2055

Dawn 2055 earns the noteworthy accolade of being the only browser-based post apocalyptic game to make it into our mammoth roundup. Taking inspiration from classic browser-based MMOs of a long-gone era, Dawn 2055 pits players against each other in a fight to control the wasteland’s scarce resources. Set in a post-nuclear Nevada, players are free to fight, loot, craft and build – providing the perfect antidote to the sometimes overproduced world of modern AAA gaming.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Spec Ops - The Line

28) Specs Ops: The Line

Think of Spec Ops: The Line as the realistic, dark and brutal counterpart to the genre-defining Call of Duty series. Instead of fixating on heroic, death-defying combat and shallow storytelling, the game forces players to consider the psychological horror of warfare. Set in post apocalyptic Dubai, the game features all of the familiar elements of the FPS genre, but layered in are elements of horror and survival games, as the player character descends into hallucinations in the midst of the destroyed world.

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - Project Zomboid

29) Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid will feel familiar to fans of survival games: in a world beset by zombies, survival is determined by inventory management, scavenging and old fashioned hiding. In addition to the game’s par-for-the-course survival mode, Project Zomboid also includes an awesome sandbox setting: allowing you to customise gameplay to your heart’s desire. I’m normally averse to the inclusion of Early Access games, but Project Zomboid represents a whole ton of post apocalyptic fun, even in its current, unfinished state.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Darksiders

30) Darksiders

Darksiders takes a religious perspective on the Apocalypse, casting the player as War, one of the four legendary horsemen of the apocalypse. The game follows War‘s journey through the Apocalypse, as he slowly regains his strength and weaponry to destroy rival demons that stand in his way. Darksiders’ gameplay is fast-paced and varied, combining elements of classic hack-n-slash combat, puzzle solving and RPG elements into an addictive romp through the end of the world.

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U


Post Apocalyptic Games - Dying Light

31) Dying Light

Dying Light is a survival horror game that throws the player headfirst into the centre of a quarantine zone, in a  world overrun by the living dead. In addition to brutal combat mechanics, the game places a heavy emphasis on parkour-esque movement, giving players the freedom to move fluidly around the devastated city’s rooftops. One of the best features of Dying Light is the game’s dynamic day/night cycle: surviving the daylight hours is a challenge in its own right, but once the sun has set, the game enters into a whole new world of fear, suspense and aggression, as the quarantine zone’s zombies really come alive (pun intended).

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - The Long Dark

32) The Long Dark

Not for the faint-hearted, The Long Dark takes the survival genre to the next level, with the player’s continued existence determined by “…body temperature, caloric intake, hunger/thirst, fatigue, wind-chill, wildlife, and a host of other environmental factors.” Set in the wildernesses of Canada, the player finds themselves stranded after a plane crash, and forced to contend with fierce snowstorms, deadly cold, and the haunting presence of wolf packs. Despite being another Early Access game, The Long Dark stands apart for the genuinely scary atmosphere it manages to cultivate – making it a must-play for anyone interested in the survivalism aspect of life in the post-Apocalypse.

Available on: PC, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - The Last of Us

33) The Last of Us

When the population of the US becomes infected with a mutated strain of Cordyceps fungus, the country descends into a lawless, post apocalyptic wasteland. The country’s few survivors are forced to battle with anything at their disposal – from bottles and bricks, through to shotguns and bows. At the heart of the game is the relationship between Joel, a smuggler, and Ellie, his ward, as they make their way through the embattled country – and it’s the power and emotion behind their dynamic that propelled the game to critical acclaim.

Available on: PS3, PS4


Post Apocalyptic Games - Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

34) Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Unlike most of the post apocalyptic games on this list, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is set in a rural English town, taking inspiration from classic post apocalyptic books like The Death of Grass and The Day of the Triffids. The game follows five characters in the wake of a mass disappearance, as they try to understand where the village’s inhabitants have gone. With beautiful art direction and minimalist gameplay, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture slowly builds up a rich backstory to the gorgeous world, making it a great antidote to the hack-and-slash games that tend to dominate the genre.

Available on: PS4, PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - H1Z1

35) H1Z1: Just Survive

Harking back to the genre’s roots, H1Z1: Just Survive draws upon the pantheon of classic zombie fiction. Set during a zombie apocalypse in the rural US, the player finds themselves in a perilous sandbox world, forced to rely on scavenging, crafting and combat to survive vicious wildlife, hordes of ravenous corpses, and even other players. Though still an Early Access game, H1Z1: Just Survive is already popular with MMO fans, injecting a dose of team building and cooperation into the post apocalyptic world.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - H1Z1 King of the Kill

36) H1Z1: King of the Kill

Though originally developed as a single game, in February of last year it was announced that H1Z1 would be split into two different games: the collaborative, crafting-focused MMO featured above, and H1Z1: King of the Kill, designed to focus more the PVP elements of the original series, pitting players against each other in a fight to the death. Both games feature the same great atmosphere, but afford players the freedom to choose which type of multiplayer game they prefer: collaborative or competitive.

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - Tom Clancys The Division

37) Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division takes place in post apocalyptic New York City, after a smallpox outbreak has wrought havoc on the city’s inhabitants. The player character is a member of the Strategic Homeland Division, an elite combat unit tasked with finding the source of the virulent disease, and combating the up-swelling of crime that appeared in its wake. Though a classic online FPS in many regards, The Division also introduces welcome elements of role playing games, including experience and skill levelling, and an expansive open world environment.

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - This War of Mine

38) This War of Mine

While most post apocalyptic games cast you as a heroic, gun-toting ultra-human, This War of Mine is a stark reminder of the realities of war. Inspired by the real-life four year Siege of Sarajevo, the game follows a band of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city. Without any military skills, it’s up to the player to help them stave of hunger, avoid sniper fire from the surrounding city, and even prevent crippling depression – only allowing the player characters to leave the isolation of their shelter by night. Claustrophobic and challenging, This War of Mine is a thought-provoking insight into what warfare might actually be like.

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile


Post Apocalyptic Games - Enslaved Odyssey to the West

39) Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

A handful of these games take direct inspiration from classic literature – but no other title can claim its source material as a 16th century Chinese novel. Based around Journey to the West, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West drops the player into a futuristic apocalypse, armed only with a high-tec weaponised staff, and a seriously sweet set of parkour skills. With the world ravaged by war, the game pits you against left over war-robots (known as mechs), on a journey of exploration and eventually, revenge.

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - Borderlands

40) Borderlands

Borderlands is an FPS game with a surreal twist, eschewing the genre’s favoured hyper-realism in favour of cell-drawn, cartoon-esque graphics, larger-than-life characters and the biggest arsenal of weaponry you’re ever likely to come across. Set on the planet of Pandora, you take the role of a bounty hunter extraordinaire, tasked with retrieving the planet’s valuable alien resources from the maw of the planet’s native wildlife.

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - Borderlands 2

41) Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 continues with its predecessor’s formula of RPG-inspired gameplay and gorgeous, cartoonish graphics; but the sequel’s release saw the addition of a slew of extra features. From new weaponry and collectible items, through to the “Badass Rank” player rating system, if you enjoyed the original game, the sequel has a whole heap of extra fun in store for you. As of early this year, the studio behind Borderlands 2, Gearbox, have also confirmed the upcoming release of another entry into the series.

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - Yoshi's Wooly World

42) Yoshi’s Wooly World

Where can you turn when you need a break from the blood and gore of post apocalyptic gaming, but you’re reluctant to step away from the genre entirely? Easy: Yoshi’s Wooly World. Despite the cute graphics and knitted characters, you’d be hard-pressed to find a world more disturbingly post-apocalyptic: thanks to the machinations of the evil Magikoopa Kamek, almost all of the planet’s Yoshis have been turned into bundles of wool –  creating a cute, addictive side-scroller in the process.

Available on: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Gears of War 2

43) Gears of War 2

The Gears of War franchise is a huge, sprawling game series that pits humanity against reptiles and mutants, in a fast-paced, shoot’em up battle for survival. The first game in the franchise is a worthy introduction to the world, but it’s Gears of War 2 where the series really hit its stride. Combining tactical combat with a deep backstory, and some truly monstrous baddies to boot, it’s a great game for anyone looking for a fantasy-inspired twist on the classic post apocalyptic shooter.

Available on: Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - Gears of War 3

44) Gears of War 3

There’s a reason the lore and backstory of the Gears of War games is so entrancing. The third instalment in the series, Gears of War 3, was written by sci-fi author Karen Traviss, responsible for some of the story elements found in the Halo games, and even the Star Wars universe. It builds on the success of the second game, adding in extra game mechanics (most notably in the form of improved squad direction, allowing you to direct your allies to target specific enemies). If you wrap up the first three games, you can follow up with Gears of War: Judgment, and Gears of War 4.

Available on: Xbox 360


Post Apocalyptic Games - Miscreated

45) Miscreated

Miscreated is an open world MMORPG, mashing together the free-roaming gameplay of State of Decay with the survival elements present in game’s like DayZ. In fact, the numerous parallels with the latter are hard to ignore, but unlike the now much maligned DayZ, Miscreated continues to improve: it offers simpler game mechanics (a welcome change for all but the most hardcore gamers), and the addition of basebuilding mechanics alone is enough to warrant hitting the download button on Steam.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Make America Great Again - The Trump Presidency

46) Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency

49 of the games on this list have been included on merit alone: 1 game is featured because, well, it made me laugh. Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency is a pro-Trump presidential simulator. Like a low budget Democracy with a distinct Plague Inc: Evolved vibe, the game sees you battle ISIS, impose trade sanctions and, of course, build a wall. Even if the game doesn’t look post-apocalyptic just yet, give it time.

Available on: PC


Post Apocalyptic Games - Survivalist

47) Survivalist

It’s a year after the collapse of civilisation, and you emerge from your fortified bunker into a world ripe with possibilities – and rife with danger. Survivalist is sprawling, open world RPG, driven largely by base building mechanics – your settlement needs to expand over time, as you grow your community and fend off rivals intent on destroying your hard work. With a similar vibe to State of Decay, but a tiny price tag, Survivalist is an indie game well worth investigating.

Available on: PC, Xbox Live


Post Apocalyptic Games - Seven Days to Die

48) 7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die is another product of the recent explosion in Early Access survival games. Using similar gameplay mechanic RUST (scavenging, crafting and base building) and The Long Dark (day and night cycles can mean life or death), 7 Days to Die applies a proven formula to the post-apocalyptic niche, as players battle their way through hordes of progressively tougher zombies. If you enjoyed the hack-and-slash of Dead Island, but you’re after a game a bit closer to the realistic end of the spectrum, make sure to check out 7 Days to Die.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One


Post Apocalyptic Games - How to Survive

49) How to Survive

How to Survive task the player with surviving a zombie-infested archipelago, gathering materials, crafting weapons and ultimately, escaping the network of post apocalyptic islands on a downed seaplane. On the way, the player encounters a diverse cast of characters, including the enigmatic Kovac –  zombie hunter extraordinaire, and author of his own personal manual on zombie survival. How to Survive is a classic top-down RPG, with a great horror-survival twist that breathes fresh life into a well-trodden genre.

Available on: PS4


50) Grim Dawn

Set on the war-torn planet of Cairn, Grim Dawn charts the conflict between two godlike entities – the Aetherials and the Chthonians – both intent on either using or destroying the human race to serve their own ends. Grim Dawn is a beautifully executed action-based RPG, combining quick-paced combat mechanics with a deeply satisfying loot and upgrade system – all layered on top of a post apocalyptic world rich in story and lore.

Available on: PC


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