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The 40 best Minecraft custom maps. And there is a neat jazz soundtrack. From your top-down perspective you call in rescue helicopters, direct sniper teams, and make monstrous sacrifices to achieve your goal. Released August 1, Link: Rust is still experimenting with its formula—having recently removed XP and leveling , and we're curious to see where it goes next.

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Close communication is necessary to survive the hordes and solo play is practically an impossibility. As you topple undead, you will earn currency to unlock new areas and more explosive shotguns.

All the while you look for artifacts, decipher clues, and occasionally morph into a tentacular beast with access to dimensions humankind is not privy to. And there is a neat jazz soundtrack. One of the best co-op games and zombie games on PC — that is not Left 4 Dead 2 — Killing Floor 2 is a chaotic, frantic rush as you blow out undead brains to rambunctious heavy metal.

Zombies of all shapes and sizes come at you thick and fast, making Killing Floor 2 an excellent pick-up-and-play co-op title. But as you devote more time to indulging in a spot of zombie bashing, Killing Floor 2 becomes a zombie game with an engrossing tactical element: It is not an especially pretty or polished game, but Dead Island remains one of the best zombie games on PC.

Any narrative interest begins and ends here, but — after you have waded through a dull first hour — this little Oceanian island opens up to reveal a world of impressive scale. Still, a large world is meaningless if the zombies are not fun to mutilate. Thankfully, combat and RPG-lite progression are engaging enough to keep you going: Definitive Edition, some bugs are still buried away, left over from the original release.

That said, Dead Island is one of the most addictive zombie games around. Techland built on the runaway — shuffle-away? And to begin with they appear to be cut from the same cloth, offering directed busywork for the first hour.

Then Dying Light takes that cloth, stuffs it into a bottle, sets it on fire, and hurls it from a great height into a pack of undead. Like its survivors in a post-outbreak world, Dying Light is a scavenger. Its map icons and diversions are ripped from the Ubisoft formula. But the clambering informs every other aspect of the game, turning this into an explorative, emergent adventure. For best results, ignore the more repetitive missions and take to the rooftops of Harran, built with vertical meandering in mind.

They may have been working with borrowed parts, but Techland put together one of the best zombie games in Dying Light. It has been eight years, but Left 4 Dead 2 always looked economical in the way Valve shooters are. That means that unlike many zombie games, it has aged well — despite the lack of any fancy, physically-based rendering or global illumination. It is a zombie game that certainly has not been bettered, even when compared to differently-themed siblings Vermintide and the two Payday games.

Arguably, Left 4 Dead lost some of the exquisite balance of its tiny armoury by expanding it for the sequel — filling the world with impromptu melee weapons and special ammo types. But it is an argument soon drowned beneath the racket of the chainsaw or the insistence of the combat shotgun.

While some post-apocalyptic scenarios default to a familiar version of zombie-dom we have long been desensitised to, Left 4 Dead 2 presents a world in which normality is all too recent. Though cities have emptied out after waves of evacuations, humanity feels close enough to touch thanks to the messages scrawled on the walls of safe houses.

There is a unique warmth here, too: A conversation system tied to a timer, inspired by social anxiety. A sense of interpersonal warmth framed by overarching gloom, like a campfire on a cold night.

There is a tendency to disarm you with humour and half an hour of respite before swiping cruelly at the characters you have come to care about in a way that only the best adventure games on PC can. It is something we would like to see from more of zombie games: The Walking Dead is not really about the walkers. They are merely the backdrop for a series of stories about human nature.

The key characters here are capable of both great kindnesses and unforgivable evils in the name of protecting their own. The only reassurance is found at the end of each episode, when you get to see what percentage of fellow players made the same terrible compromises as you. In some zombie fiction the horde are not mindless, not exactly, but guided in their pursuit for brains by one bigger brain.

Here, you are the hivemind, directing the pandemic from behind your keyboard. You are offered a sidelong view of the black-and-white action and given ways to influence it, guiding your unthinking chargers over the booby traps they would otherwise fall blindly into. Pesky humans will pick away at your numbers with buzzsaws, shotguns, and repurposed snow trucks — but you can bolster the ranks with a few would-be survivors.

The colourless world of this zombie game is just waiting to be covered in bright red blood. Atom Zombie Smasheris one of very few zombie games going for the big picture. From your top-down perspective you call in rescue helicopters, direct sniper teams, and make monstrous sacrifices to achieve your goal.

Your goal for most maps is simple: You tell your helicopters where to land, place your marine teams, and set up explosives. Atmospheric survival in a Canadian post-apocalypse. Released August 1, Link: With a focus on atmosphere and environmental survival, The Long Dark stands out in an increasingly crowded genre.

You play as a bush pilot stranded in the frozen wilderness after a mysterious global calamity. There are no zombies, no mutants, and no other players: Survival gets serious in The Long Dark. Survival, crafting, and building—underwater.

Released January 23, Link: Explore an alien, underwater world while piloting your hand-crafted submarine through mysterious submerged landscapes. From beautiful coral reefs to deep-sea caves and trenches, you'll gather resources and sustenance, build habitats and a fleet of subs, and craft new tech to help you survive the depths. It's hard not to compare it to Minecraft, yet developer Unknown Worlds has put their own unique stamp on the survival genre. Early impressions of Minecraft under the sea.

Keep a handful of 3D-printed colonists alive in a dangerous and expanding underground colony Status: The best games are those that are easy to learn and difficult to master. Oxygen Not Included fits that bill: While it's adorable, the colony-builder is also deep and complex as it simulates its harsh subterranean environment.

You'll need to manage your colonists hunger, happiness, cleanliness, and naturally their clean and breathable oxygen as they dig out caverns, gather resources, build machinery, and try to turn a harsh environment into a comfortable underground home. Oxygen Not Included is a deep and complex sim that's also easy to jump into. Survival, crafting, and building—with dinosaurs. Released August 29, Link: Dropped nearly nude on an expansive map filled with dinosaurs, you'll have to contend with extreme heat and cold, starvation and dehydration, and fellow humans though you can play solo as well.

Craft weapons and gear, build a base, tame and ride dinosaurs, and join with or battle other players. Why Ark's best mount is a damn frog. Survive a cartoon wilderness filled with beasts and monsters. Released April 13, Link: With charming artwork yet punishing gameplay, Don't Starve is an addictive challenge and one of the best survival experiences out there and in a rare turn of events, one of the few games here to graduate from Early Access.

The crafting is complex and satisfying as you attempt to survive busy days and deadly nights. Fight and eat animals, practice both science and magic, and keep an eye on your mental health so you don't go insane. The standalone expansion Don't Starve Together even lets you play with pals. Shipwrecked is a breath of fresh Nope, that's a hurricane. Real-time strategy roguelike in which you explore creepy abandoned spaceships using drones.

Released May 18, Link: Duskers may not feel entirely like a survival game, given that it's a real-time strategy roguelike about steering a fleet of drones through spooky derelict spaceships. But the reason you're exploring is to scavenge parts, collect fuel, and repair and upgrade your drones so you can continue traveling through space in hopes of finding safety and an answer to the unexplained event that seems to have left the universe uninhabited by humans, at least.

Its a tense and nail-biting experience as you must keep moving through increasingly dangerous situations in hopes of gathering enough resources to survive. Released November, Link: The Division's second expansion provided not just new content for players but a new way to play. Trapped in a deadly blizzard, players begin each round stricken with a disease, are armed with only a pistol and low-level gear, and must travel to The Dark Zone to locate a cure and an extraction point.

Meanwhile, they must survive the terrible cold, roving gangs of NPC enemies, and a couple dozen other players who are in the same predicament. The Division's new Survival mod is surprisingly good.

Online zombie survival in the Eastern European countryside. Yes, many players have grown weary of waiting for the multiplayer zombie survival game to leave Early Access, and DayZ's roots in military sim ArmA make it a bit intimidating for newcomers.

Still, the survival elements of DayZ are strong, with complex nutrition, hydration, and health systems that go beyond merely eating, drinking, and bandaging wounds.

Scavenge a sprawling and decaying persistent open world, engage in tense interactions with other players, customize weapons and craft gear, and try not to die: Tense and spooky multiplayer survival, with mutants. It's easy to relegate it to the crowd of DayZ-like games that have popped up over the past few years, but Miscreated has begun to stand out as a stable and enjoyable multiplayer game—and built in Cryengine, it looks amazing as well.

Beginning with just a flashlight and a change of clothing, arm and equip yourself by exploring decaying neighborhoods and military bases. AI mutants and wildlife pose a threat, but the biggest threat will come from your fellow survivors. Early Access survival game Miscreated is shaping up nicely. Released July 22, Link: From visiting distant galaxies in your customized starship to building a home and farming crops, Starbound satisfies as both a sprawling survival adventure and a cozy pastime.

The 2D pixelated sandbox is a joy to explore, and along the way you'll meet friendly alien NPCs and battle surprisingly tough bosses. There's a story-based campaign and side-quests, but no real feeling of pressure to complete them except at your leisure. You can also play with friends on dedicated servers or simply by inviting them into your game via Steam.

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