10 of the Best PS4 Survival Games in 2020

Survival games are one of the most popular types of video games due to their immersive nature. For those who love playing them, the PS4 has a great selection of awesome survival games to enjoy. From dealing with zombie apocalypses to underwater submersion, there’s a survival game for everyone out there. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best PS4 survival games as of 2020.

1. The Last Of Us

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Simply one of the best games ever, The Last Of Us has an excellent survival plot and story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It follows two characters through a mutant fungus post-apocalyptic world where you fight zombies and follow the gripping narrative.

How to play

The game is played in a third-person perspective where you use guns and weapons to survive. You play the story in a single-player mode but have the option of multi-player online play. In the game you control the character Joel who needs to protect a young girl called Ellie.

What makes it so great?

The defining characteristic of The Last Of Us is its compelling storytelling. It’s highly immersive and you’ll be gripped by every twist and turn. It may have come out in 2013 but the remastered version gives you enhanced graphics along with smooth frame rates.

It has received a wide number of game of the year awards and it’s easy to see why. The detail is brilliant with the musical score and voice acting being excellent. For some, this is the best game they’ve ever played and possibly the best survival game ever.

What we didn’t like

The AI could be a little more intelligent at times but that’s a minor gripe as this game is near-perfect.

Verdict

If you love survival games then there’s a good chance you’ve already played this. If not, get it immediately.

2. 7 Days To Die

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Like with The Last Of Us, 7 Days To Die is a game that’s been out for a while now but has stood the test of time. It’s a survival-only game that takes place after Work War III with zombies populating the world due to nuclear fallout.

How to play

It’s a first-person game where you have to fight to survive under almost constant attack. You spawn into the world and need food and water to survive while being in danger of illness and injury. You can build the world around you while dealing with realistic physics.

What makes it so great?

The game is perfect for the creatively minded as you’ll have to build your world to protect yourself from the zombies. The name of the game comes from the fact that after 7 days of in-game play, zombies will attack in numbers and you need to have set up proper defenses.

You feel constantly vulnerable which helps to keep the game exciting. As you build up your skill points the zombies never stop coming. You can set up traps to take out the zombies such as falling buildings which can be a huge amount of fun.

What we didn’t like

Having no customization on how the world is generated which can be annoying for some. The same can be said for the lack of a story.

Verdict

The game is similar to Minecraft in how you can build which many people love. It allows you to be creative and constantly entertained in a game that can be quite difficult.

3. The Long Dark

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The Long Dark is one of the most realistic survival games ever made. It’s a dark and gritty exploration and survival game that challenges you at every turn. It’s set in a frozen wasteland after a geomagnetic event. You have to survive against the worst Mother Nature can throw at you.

How to play

The game is played in an open-world landscape and is played in the first-person. You have two options for gameplay with either story or survival mode. It’s a game that takes into account all the factors which can affect you such as temperature and hunger.

What makes it so great?

The Long Dark makes it feel as though you’re living through a real survival situation with no easy shortcuts that you see in other games. The ability to freely explore is great with the expansive open-world design.

It finds a great balance between exploration and survival. Both game modes are great and you can play them at the same time for variety. There are four different difficulty levels to suit all skill levels but the game requires great concentration as death is permanent.

What we didn’t like

You can’t jump or climb which means you have to take the long way around some obstacles. Also, there isn’t much of a tutorial but this could be seen as a good thing as it adds to the authenticity.

Verdict

The Long Dark is a brilliant survival game which is a refreshing change from the usual post-apocalyptic zombie settings.

4. Subnautica

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Not all survival games have to be dark and scary. This is set in an ocean on an alien planet. You will have to set up a base, do what you can to live and also deal with any dangerous creatures which may be lurking.

How to play

Subnautica is an open-world game where you’re able to freely explore. You can collect several different resources and battle against predators. It’s played from a first-person perspective where you control the only survivor of a spacecraft.

What makes it so great?

The setting of Subnautica is unique and makes a huge difference when compared to other survival games. It gives you a sense of wonder but you’ll soon realize that you’re in an alien world where you will be constantly on edge.

It’s unique in how it scares you and has a brilliant narrative that you see all the way through to escape from the planet. The game also has four different difficulty levels which give something for everyone. The game also supports VR headsets.

What we didn’t like

The subterranean aspect of the game is excellent but the land parts do lack a little in quality. There are also some glitches in the landscape which can be a little annoying but they don’t distract from the experience too much.

Verdict

Having an underwater survival game is certainly unique. It may look bright and friendly at first but the game keeps you hooked and thinking constantly. A great game.

5. Conan: Exiles

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You start this game as a prisoner freed by Conan the Barbarian. It’s a hardcore survival game where you can build yourself from the bottom to the top. Once you’ve killed animals and enemies you can develop into a world of slavery and ritual sacrifice.

How to play

In Conan, the aim of the game is to simply survive in the prehistoric landscape. It’s a first-person game where you can grow crops and hunt. You have the choice of playing the single-player version or use a public or private server to play a multiplayer game and invite others.

What makes it so great?

The world that you get here is brutal and unforgiving. For some they aren’t going to like that, for others they will love the level of violence. It has authentic gameplay that will absorb you into the life of murder, sacrifice, and nudity.

Your destiny is in your own hands and you love being able to build yourself into something powerful. Added to this, the environment and character designs are incredibly well done. The multi-player aspect of the game is also brilliant.

What we didn’t like

As mentioned, the brutality and nudity maybe a little too much for some. The game is a little rough around the edges in parts and also it’s a bit heavy on the harvesting and building which may be a little boring for some.

Verdict

If you’re excited by the premise of the game then you’ll most likely love it. If you’re not that into it then you may find it not to your tastes.

6. Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

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It would almost be sacrilege to have a list of survival games without mentioning Resident Evil. Number 7 is an immersive version of the game where you’re completely vulnerable. It has a horror movie feel and succeeds in being one of the best survival games around.

How to play

After 5 and 6 were heavy on the action, Resident Evil 7 is the type of survival horror that the game started out as. It uses a first-person perspective and follows the story of a man searching for his wife. You complete challenges and kill enemies on your way to finding her.

What makes it so great?

Biohazard is everything that you want a Resident Evil game to be. It’s going to terrify you at times with all the suspense and horror that the franchise is famous for. It does this with the setting of a haunted house which is incredibly well designed.

The excellent graphics and sound help to aid the experience. The story is also absorbing and will keep you interested at all times. It’ll keep you coming back for more and the game can also be played on a VR headset for a more immersive experience.

What we didn’t like

The horror in this game maybe a little too much for some as some of the scenes are quite graphic and it’ll constantly make you jump. Apart from that, the movement speed can be a little slow at times and the variety of enemies can be a little low.

Verdict

If you love to be scared by your survival games then you’re going to enjoy this one. It’s a well-designed game and one of the best Resident Evil games ever made.

7. Until Dawn

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Until Dawn is a survival game that puts you in the place of many different familiar horror situations. It’s scripted and you make the decisions that determine if you live or die. It’s not a hardcore survival game in an open-world sense but is immersive and intense.

How to play

Until Dawn is another survival horror but one that is played with a third-person perspective. It has a butterfly effect system where every choice you make changes the game. It only has a single-player mode and 10 separate chapters with many different endings.

What makes it so great?

It’s great to have a game where you control the outcome and you’re not just following a set story. That does mean you can play the game again and follow a different outcome. It’s a good storyline and one you’ll enjoy following.

The atmosphere is absorbing with high-quality facial capture which helps to increase the enjoyment of the game. The characters have depth which adds gravitas to the choices that you make. It’s great for those who like interactive games.

What we didn’t like

The amount of branches of storyline is also a con as it makes the game very short. It means that you don’t get into it the same way as you would with the likes of The Last Of Us. Also, it can be a little slow in places, with average dialogue.

Verdict

The game has been out for a while now and it’s quite cheap to buy. It’s worth playing, especially for those enticed by the interactive aspect of it.

8. ARK: Survival Evolved

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Want to capture and tame dinosaurs as you try to stay alive? This is a unique and excellent survival game with plenty of action. You live in a unique island that feels like being dropped in the middle of Jurassic Park where you need to craft and collect to survive.

How to play

The game is set in an open-world environment called the Ark. It can be played in either first or third person. You need to set up a base and then capture animals and find resources. There is no story to follow and it’s all about survival.

What makes it so great?

What strikes you first of all about this game is the stunning visuals as it has a beautiful landscape. There is plenty of customization with a wide number of different creatures you can tame. You’ll love exploring and crafting which gets better and better as you go up the levels.

Perhaps the best aspect of this game is the community. It’s great for answering any questions while also allowing you to share materials and become a tribe. You’ll never be short of things to do and will love the fresh take it has on survival.

What we didn’t like

It can be a little hard to establish yourself on the online servers due to the existing tribes. Also at the higher levels, the game can become a bit of a grind due to how long it takes to level up.

Verdict

It has a great PvP experience for those who are into that. The environment is fun and different which makes it definitely worth playing.

9. Days Gone

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Another open-world zombie game, Days Gone stands out against the competition. You play as a man trying to survive in a wild version of Oregon as he tries to find his wife. It has plenty of action and an enjoyable plot on which to follow along.

How to play

Days Gone is a third-person game that has a plot to follow as a single player. You can complete missions in a number of different ways as you try and cope with a world dominated by zombie-type creatures called freakers.

What makes it so great?

You quickly get absorbed in the main character, who is called Deacon St. John but also the other characters in the game are very well done.

Some of the battles you get into are pretty epic and there is plenty of tension along the way. As well as the absorbing plot you’ll love the stunning visuals with plenty of detail in the environment.

What we didn’t like

The controls can be a little difficult at times and the missions can feel a bit formulaic. Also, the loading screens can take too long.

Verdict

It’s a great game and one with a compelling storyline. It has a few flaws but you’ll still love playing it and following a gripping main character.

10. Dying Light

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If you love open-world survival games then you’ll enjoy playing Dying Light. It’s a zombie game that is set in a huge city where you try and fix the infestation. It’s more of a casual game where you don’t need to constantly fulfill your character’s needs.

How to play

Dying light is a classic survival horror game. It’s played in an open world environment from the first-person perspective. You have a story to follow but also have the option of a great multiplayer co-op mode.

What makes it so great?

What helps to separate this game from many of its rivals is the parkour mechanics it has which are very special. It can be quite intense at times with a great range of side quests.

The mix of enemies helps to keep it fun and keep you absorbed in the game. The day and night cycle of the game keeps you on your toes and you’ll enjoy the melee combat.

What we didn’t like

A lot of the missions aren’t the greatest and also feel quite generic. The storyline can also be a little too predictable at times with little thought put into the characters.

Verdict

The mechanics of the game are quite special and make it a lot of fun. The missions could be better but you’ll still find the game enjoyable.

Conclusion

That wraps up our list of some of the best survival games on PS4. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite survival games to play are.

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