‘Ark: Survival Evolved’ is a multiplayer survival video game made by Studio Wildcard and it came out in August 2017. 1993 Steven Spielberg’s classic Jurassic Park was one the inspirations behind the game–And as you probably would have guessed it by now it has Dinosaurs in it. The Mysterious Island of Ark is home to numerous dangerous creatures—learn to survive or die, there is no middle ground. 99 species of Dinosaurs and 40 other creatures are the main attraction of this game—this sounds a lot like the movie(Jurassic Park), and we all know that the park didn’t worked as planned, but this game does, it surely does.
Everyone (or everything) in this game wants to kill you and eat you for breakfast–and if you are not on your A-game, you will soon be dead. Building a base is essential for your survival and Taming a creature to work for you, is super fun. It can be played as ‘First-person’ or ‘Third-person’ perspective. If you are afraid of going into the wild alone, don’t worry the game also has a ‘Multiplayer’ mode.
Ark: Survival Evolved is one those game which is not meant for everyone–you will either love it or hate it. While It is super fun to play, but at the same time, it suffers because of its technicalities and just the amount of time it takes to complete this adventure. With that said, here is the list of video games similar to Ark that are our recommendations. You can play these games like Ark: Survival Evolved for PS4, mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One and even online.
16. The Ground Division (2018)
The Ground Division is a game set in a post apocalyptic universe where the whole of the human population has been wiped out. The world is at your feet and you can do as you please. Whether you want to build settlements or just chill at the beach is entirely up to you but watch out for the nutrition levels. You have the option of building and crafting your own little settlement that will become increasingly essential for your survival. The game also features a multiplayer mode where you can scavenge the earth for its last resources with the help of a friend in a co-op setting. Indie games have been pretty good lately and we are doing our part to support the developers of this one as this does seem like a fun little game.
15. 7 Days to Die (2013)
7 Days to Die is a survival simulator that is set in a world ravaged by the third world war and the remaining survivors are facing an extremely hostile environment. There is no real motive in the game other than escape and you must do everything you can to survive in a world without sustenance. Oh and did we mention that the game contains zombies? War has left the land extremely volatile and zombies have made the world their home living off of humans and fending off any attempts at rescue of the survivors. The player is dropped randomly in a procedurally generated world and now he must hunt for supplies in order to craft necessary items that are required for survival. A day and night cycle ensures that there are ‘safe’ moments as zombies are relatively less dangerous during the day. At the end of the 7th day of survival, hordes of zombies attack the shelter constructed by the player and if the defenses do not hold up, the player gets quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of enemies, thus ending the game.
14. Raft (2018)
You are stranded in the middle of the ocean with just a raft by your side and your primal instincts to guide you but the chances of survival seem really bleak. That’s when you decide to scavenge the nearby ocean for equipments and use them to upgrade your raft in order to survive the ordeal. With just the right stroke of luck, you will be able to manage to upgrade your raft just good enough so that you can set sail for the horizon but be on the lookout for deadly sharks because they definitely are on the lookout for you. Raft is a fun little survival simulator where players need to build and upgrade their raft by gathering and collecting debris from the ocean and adding them to their raft appropriately. You also have the option to dive down and search the nearby reefs for supplies but then again you need to decide whether you want to risk going in the water with deadly sharks around. All in all, this is a game you can just casually put on with your friends while you hang out as long as you make sure that you don’t get sea sick.
13. The Forest (2018)
The Forest is one of the best survival simulators out there with no set quests or missions and encourages the player to explore their surroundings freely. You have managed to survive a plane crash and as soon as you open your eyes you see your son being dragged away in front you by cannibalistic beings. Gathering your thoughts, you decide to investigate the matter and find out ways of rescuing your son from these creatures but the game goes beyond just survival. The game manages to question your choices again and again as the devs have said that there are no ‘bad’ people in the game, just two different types of creatures crossing paths. At times, the game will manage to make you feel like the outsider, an unwanted entity that has encroached upon the lands of a peace loving community. However, personal interests matter and you must do everything that’s in your power to escape from this hostile environment. The forest was developed and published by Endnight games and have been praised for its open gameplay and atmospheric setting.
12. Subnautica (2018)
Subnautica is a game that throws players beneath the depths of an ocean in an alien planet and the player must build and upgrade their submersible in order to survive in the ocean. The submersible is the main transport hub of the player and grants the player access to various controls and upgrades. You are also able to traverse the ocean floor using your submersible, an ability that proves extremely useful when hunting for resources. There are two islands in the game as well that you can explore and will also provide you with additional gameplay content. The main aim of the game is to maintain your nutrition levels, your hydration levels and your oxygen levels and each action you perform in game takes a bit out of each of these bars. There are various gameplay modes available to the player built around survival with an additional creative mode, where you don’t need to maintain any of the in game attributes and all blueprints within the game are unlocked. This provides you with a chance to test the various strictures within the game without worrying about any of the survival aspects.
11. Conan Exiles (2018)
Conan Exiles is a game that plays extremely similar to Ark: Survival Evolved. The game is set in Hyborian age with your character being sentenced to death. However, you are rescued by Conan and now must escape from the area in order to survive. The land contains various deadly beasts ranging from hyenas to lions and you must get accustomed to your surroundings pretty quick if you are to stand any chance of surviving. Conan Exiles makes use of all survival mechanics that can be found in such games and the completed game map is expected to be around 53km2, however the game has only two playable biomes at the moment.
10. Block Story
Block Story is one of the best roleplaying game out there–available on mobiles as well as PC. Just like ‘Ark: Survival Evolved’, the game features a large variety of wild creatures–including dragons. Building structures are one of the main attraction of this game. A 3D voxel, sandbox gameplay–combined with a survival roleplaying element–makes this a must play if you like Minecraft-Style games.
9. Wurm Online
Developed by Code Club AB, Wurm Online is a 3D online roleplaying multiplayer game. Starting from scratch you build everything inside the game, wood from the trees, rocks, and metal from tunnels can be used for building purposes. Wurm online was very well received by the critics and have been praised since for its to-do-what-you-want freedom. Harvesting, crafting in the game does require patience but it is highly rewarding, once you are done with it.
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8. Fallen Earth
How can we make a list about survival games and not talk about this post-apocalyptic free-to-play hit? With ‘Fallen Earth’, Reloaded production very eloquently combined the First-Person shooter and RPG to make a seriously addictive game. The game can be played in first person or third person perspective and was released in 2009— became free-to-play two years later.
7. Rust: Battle Royale
Rust is among the most popular Survival game out there and is another solid entry on this list. Everything wants you to die , collect food, shelter, and weapon before it’s too late. One of the more exciting features about rust is that it allows you to form an association with other players in between games but you need to be careful because at the end there can only be one winner.
Brendan Greene(Creature of PUBG) was inspired by a Japanese movie known as Battle Royale when he came up with the idea of PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royale game in which 100 players are dropped on an island and the last man standing wins. Once the player reaches the island he has to loot the building for guns and other supplies. PUBG is one of the most popular game in this Survival Mode genre and with an added constraints of a shrinking playing area, the game is fast-paced and very addictive.
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5. Savage Lands
Entering this list we have another Open-World Fantasy known as ‘Savage Lands’. It is about a fantasy world which is the remains of a lost culture where you need to defend yourself against hostile creatures—ranging from towering giants and rabid wolves. Craft weapons, construct shelter and fully prepare yourself for the next fight— or it may prove to be your last.
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4. Life is Feudal: Your own
Just like the name suggests, ‘Life is Feudal: Your own’ is a survival game where you start off with no resources whatsoever and you must gather them quickly in order to survive in the wild. Like all the other survival games, Hunger, wild animals and Player vs Player combats are the most significant threat to your survival. In multiplayer mode, you can have 64 players connected to a private or public hosting server.
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3. Rising World
Rising World is another voxel-based open world sandbox game. Everything that you can see in this game can be reconstructed as you want it to be. Dangerous wildlife is also a feature of this game along with the exploration of densest forest and Secret dungeons. ‘Rising world’ has a multiplayer mode so you can explore the wildlife with your friends, also it runs the same on every operating system—macOS, Linux, and windows.
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2. Osiris: New Dawn
In 2078, just like most good ideas, Humans decides to explore a planet named Gliese 581. But as you would suspect, something goes wrong and the spacecraft is deserted on an unknown planet. Now they need to learn all the things they need to do in order for surviving on the planet. Building a base, facing all the harsh and unpredictable realities of this planet are the center of attraction in this game. Although the game didn’t receive a deserved reception, still a compelling storyline makes ‘Osiris: New Dawn’ a very good Survival Game.
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1. Far Cry Primal
‘Far Cry Primal’ is simply one of the best prehistoric game ever made, and its huge popularity is a testament to that. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, ‘Far Cry Primal’ is a first-person open-world survival game and was another hit edition to the highly successful far cry series. Gunplay and vehicles attributes of the previous far cry games are replaced by Bows, arrows, and animal-taming. ‘Far Cry Primal’ was very well received by the critics although some people felt that it lacked the characters and strong storyline of previous far cry games. Regardless the game is super fun to play and is one of my personal recommendations.
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