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Top 16 Upcoming Survival Games of 2018 For PS4, Xbox One And PC


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Tasmania, Australia
Resident Evil 2 Remake

If you’re a fan of the Resident Evil franchise, you may be happy to hear that there will be a remake of Resident Evil 2. Now, for those who don’t know what Resident Evil is, here’s the story: Released in 1996, Resident Evil was made popular for defining the survival horror genre in video games. Meanwhile, Resident Evil 2 was praised for its graphics, atmosphere, audio and more. It was also the most successful game in the Resident Evil franchise. People have wanted Capcom to bring this survival horror series back to its roots. What better way to bring a game series back to its roots than by remaking an old, popular entry of the series, right? No release date has been confirmed to the public for Resident Evil 2 Remake, yet.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is not a stranger to video game adaptations and while most of them were good, Overkill’s The Walking Dead takes something people may not have known they wanted. Instead of this game being a single player game, it is going to take a more Left 4 Dead method, by allowing four-player co-op play in a first-person perspective, fending off not only Walkers but, also the living. No release date was made public for Overkill’s The Walking Dead, other than it will likely be released sometime in the Fall of this year.


Sometimes, people just want to explore the ocean floor as with the case of Subnautica, a first-person, survival, open-world, adventure game set on an alien planet that is made up of mostly water. While there is a story to follow, Subnautica’s main draw is its gameplay, where the player is tasked to survive against the wildlife found on the planet, all the while having to maintain their own basic needs such as hunger, thirst, and oxygen. The game’s day and night cycles also play a factor in how the game is played. Subnautica’s release date for PC and Mac has already passed, but there will be a PS4 and Xbox One port one day.

DayZ (PS4 and Xbox One Versions)

Zombie fans and gamers alike have probably heard of DayZ, at one point or another. Released in 2013 as an early access game for PC users, DayZ was pretty popular at the time, and it was told to be coming to consoles, but after years of delays and glitches players were left unsure how to feel about it. That being said though, it is still great to see a game progress. There is currently no complete release date for either version of DayZ, but Xbox One’s port will be coming out this year.

Moons of Madness

If you are a fan of the works from H.P. Lovecraft, then you’ll likely be interested in Moons of Madness. Taking place on the Red Planet, AKA Mars, Moons of Madness puts the player in the shoes of Shane Newehart, an astronaut that had been placed on Mars. The game isn’t a game that tries for cheap scares, but rather going for a more meaningful, psychological horror approach with visions and glitchy designs. No release date is set for Moons of Madness, but we know it will be released in 2018 for the PS4.


Fair warning, this game is really graphic. So, if you’re sensitive to violence, first off, what are you still doing here? Secondly, this is not the entry for you. Scorn is a first-person horror shooter. Very little context has been given to the public about the story, as of yet, this means the story is still not 100% known. But, what is known is the story requires the player to look in all the nooks and crannies of the grotesque world, as a creature that does not look completely human. Scorn will be released as a two-part game with its first part being released sometime this year.

Hunt: Showdown

When developers make video games that put the player in a competitive mindset, it often goes pretty well. Look at PUBG and Overwatch, the list goes on. In Hunt: Showdown, you are a bounty hunter who kills disturbing looking creatures either alone or in a group. The game doesn’t disappoint players who want to play against others online either, as the game will allow players to fight against other players as well. The game will feature a wide variety of monsters for the player to hunt and the objectives and maps will be randomly generated. Hunt: Showdown has been given no official release date, not even whether it will be released in 2018, but it was given a closed beta, so it will be happening at some point.


With the developers of This War of Mine behind the helm, it’s no surprise this game is bleak but beautiful. Frostpunk is a game that immerses the player into a world where they must thrive in a city, no different than Simcity, but darker and more intricate. Building houses, power sources and more, as well as making decisions such as banning child labor will be in the game. Frostpunk will likely come out by the end of March 2018.


Described as a “prison riot survival game” Scum is an online multiplayer game that puts the player in an open world against a number of other players. The game is far from linear as your character has four attributes that affect how the game will play out in your favor: dexterity, strength, constitution, and intelligence. Scum is set to release sometime in the first quarter of this year.

Escape from Tarkov

Let’s talk about a game that can actually – if done right – compete with other shooters. Naturally, first-person shooters are extremely common in the gaming industry. But, making a game well with that method isn’t quite as common, sure Call of Duty can do it well, but they mass produce games left and right, people buy them, and why fix what isn’t broken? The game is set in a fictional region of Russia called Norvinsk. Escape from Tarkov was a game that was announced to be released in 2016, but, obviously, it was pushed back and is slated for a 2018 release instead. Ot’s anyone’s guess for its release date, but it is planned to be 2018.


We’ve gone through games that have been steampunk-ish, grotesque, space-adventures, and remakes, but what about neolithic games? No? Well, that’s what WiLD is. Taking place in the Neolithic era, the player is thrown into a randomly generated world to explore. You do have the capability to control animals via mysterious powers; Bigger animals can aid in combat with the player and their tribe, while smaller animals can be used to spy on other people. WiLD will be released sometime in 2018.


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The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us was a substantial success, in fact, Naughty Dog won awards for both their regular version and their remaster, that being said, they also never gave us any doubt that there would be another game, though, some may not think it would need one, but, I’m sure as soon as you pick that copy of The Last of Us Part 2, you will probably change your tune. To those who haven’t played The Last of Us, the game centered around two characters, Joel, a hardened man, who was around when the outbreak started, and Ellie, a teenage girl who for one reason or another is immune to the virus that turns people into fungal monstrosities.After the release of the last DLC for The Last of Us, it made people really want to know more about Ellie as the DLC had the player take control of her. The game will satiate that desire with the main playable protagonist of the game being Ellie, although it’s not clear whether Joel will be playable or not. There is no release date announced by Sony themselves, but the composer of the game’s music claims it’ll be released sometime in 2019. Take it as you will, you can believe it or not, but 2019 seems like a reasonable window for The Last of Us Part 2.

Metal Gear Survive

The Metal Gear series is one of those franchises that if you were a Konami fan, you couldn’t get away from. Created by the gaming legend; Hideo Kojima, the Metal Gear franchise has gone through a lot of love from its fanbase, but now that Kojima has left the Konami this is the first game, the return – if you will – of the Metal Gear franchise. It almost feels weird seeing a Metal Gear game without Kojima’s name somewhere in the production credits. Metal Gear Survive is a completely different thing from the Metal Gear games we all know and love. Not only is there a constant need of online-connection, but, of course, there are microtransactions, which has grown into quite the buzzword as of late. But that being said, it is exciting to see how this game will do given it is an open-world game and a Metal Gear game after all. The game takes place in an alternate reality full of zombie like-crystalline-monsters that makes the player have to be careful who to fight.


If it isn’t abundantly clear; open-world games have become much more popular. DAYS GONE is a survival-horror game. You play as Deacon as he lives the dangerous life by living on the road and in wilderness encampments. DAYS GONE takes place two years after a pandemic occurs, which left most of humanity either dead or turned into zombie-like creatures known as “Freakers”. The game has a day-night cycle that affects the gameplay drastically, for example, while the Freakers are slow and weak during the day, they will be fast and strong at night. DAYS GONE has no announced release date yet.

State of Decay 2

Zombies, zombies, zombies, this list is full of zombies! Oh well, they make for great survival games. State of Decay 2 is the follow up to the Xbox 360 title State of Decay, released back in 2013. The game is a third-person game about surviving in a zombie apocalypse by gathering supplies such as food, water, building materials, medicine, and weapons. Unlike the first game, you will also be able to let your friends join in the fun with co-op play, or if you’re feeling like having a real zombie movie experience, just team up with random strangers you know little to nothing about. Naturally, not all is good in the zombie apocalypse ridden world in the sequel, the player now has to worry about “blood plague” zombies, which can infect a playable character and turn them into a zombie, if not treated before the timer runs out. State of Decay 2 will be released sometime in Spring, 2018.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is the third game in the long running Metro series by 4A games. For the first time ever, the game will be set in an open level setting but with a twist. Instead of following the general open world route, the developers have divided each area in the form of sandbox and these areas are going to be huge with a bigger scope of exploration. Expect tight gameplay mechanics, plenty of scares, and much more in this most awaited game of 2018.

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