The post-apocalyptic genre of video games is a unique one; it’s always interesting to view how human NPCs react and how the world has completely changed around us. Gaming has become way more important these days, and post-apocalyptic games have become highly popular. Here’s a list of the ten best post-apocalyptic games that blow everything else out of the water!
10. Wasteland 3
Wasteland 3 is one of the most unique action RPG games to come out of recent times. It combines a desolate, cold post-apocalyptic world, a dark and brooding narrative, a whacky cast of characters with a whole lot of roleplaying! The game offers you an infinite amount of choice in going about your play through, with a seemingly never ending amount of gameplay variety. Your characters can be anything you want, from the nicest guy in the world to a raging maniac. It’s all in your hands!
9. Mad Max
Mad Max is one of the most important things to ever happen to the post-apocalyptic genre of entertainment. Ever since mad Max was created by George Miller back in the eighties, the character has remained a furiously important one. Avalanche studios’ Mad Max game brings all of that action right back! The game revolves around its fantastic car fights, but it also bandages a fantastic story together, alongside a really unique beat em up style combat system that never lets on. Make no mistake though, the harsh world of Mad Max is not easy to survive in, so keep your seat belts on when you dive right in!
8. Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn features a post-apocalyptic restart. It’s set in a world so far deep in the future that the humans from our time are called ancient ones. The story is set in a world, thousands of years after a robot uprising destroys nearly the entirety of the world. Machines now roam the wilds in the Action RPG, and you as Aloy must uncover the secrets of this world while surviving the treacherous landscape. The game’s action relies a lot around crafting, choosing your targets carefully and using the right tools to take them out. It also has one of the best stories in gaming to date, what can you expect from an official Sony exclusive game that eventually made it to PC?
7. Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl
Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl is a hard game. It’s set in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, after the nuclear reactor disaster. There’s a weird aura that surrounds the world there, with anomalies and mutants thriving in the world. As a Stalker, your job is to roam within the zone, collecting whatever treasures you could find and whatever secrets you could unveil. STALKER is all about survival, so be careful when you step into this game because it’s cold, unforgiving and absolutely brutal world will always set you up for failure.
6. Telltale Walking Dead
Telltale were a company that everyone looked up to, they had a knack for creating stories. While they did go under due to a plethora of different reasons, they did leave behind Telltale’s The Walking Dead. The story of Clementine in a post-apocalyptic world, where her only chance of survival is to keep pushing forward, keeps finding a reason worth living for. Guide Clementine as she goes from a naive child, to a full blown killer and a straight up survivor in this cinematic, episodic, post-apocalyptic thriller game!
5. Fallout New Vegas
Fallout New Vegas, Obsidian’s crown jewel, a game they still regret never getting to follow up with. Bethesda Softwork and Obsidian Entertainment’s Fallout franchise is one of the most well-known series in the world. Fallout New Vegas is by far the best entry to this series. Set in a post-apocalyptic New Vegas, hundreds of years after a nuclear winter. Fallout New Vegas throws you into a world that is rebuilding itself from the ashes of the old one. However in doing so, it gives you 100% freedom in doing whatever it is you want! You can be a good guy, bad guy, evil guy or just a mad man. It’s all up to you!
4. Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium is one of the smartest games ever created, from its gorgeous yet terrifying setting of a world led by authoritative powers that be, to its sharp dialogue writing, and it’s incredibly realized characters. This is a straight up roleplaying game that gives you complete freedom in the most literal sense. Your choices are your own, and they can lead to any number of consequences. You won’t expect some of them, the rest you might see coming, yet all in all this will be a game that will change your view of what video games are capable of.
3. Metro Exodus
4A Games’ Metro series has been the most revolutionary thing in gaming, yet nothing else they’ve done has quite reached the peak that Metro Exodus has. Gone are the dark tunnels of the metro, and welcome to the open lands of the Russian country sides. Travel across Russia with your compatriot Spartans in this post-apocalyptic world, where its beauty lies in every moment you make it work and survive. Yet don’t forget the horrors that await you, whether in the dark of night, or in the tunnels of the metro and the eyes of a fellow human. There will always be something that will send a chill down your spine in this semi-open world, action RPG first person shooter and survival horror game.
2. The Last of Us
The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2 are post-apocalyptic games that revolve entirely around their intricately written characters and their stories. This world is an unforgiving, brutal wasteland where each action comes with an equal or opposite reaction. This is what all the players should expect from not just the story, but the stealth action gameplay in The Last of Us. I won’t spoil anything, but the morally grey characters and the outside the box thinking, combined with Naughty Dog’s master class game design and animation makes this a contender for the greatest game ever made.
1. Death Stranding
Hideo Kojima is an innovator, and innovate he will even when everything is against him. Yes, Death Stranding is a walking simulator, yes there is little to no killing anyone in this game and yes this game features Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo Del Toro, Nicolas Winding Refn, Margaret Qualley and Lea Seydoux. Death Stranding throws us into a post-apocalyptic America, where the only chance we have of survival is when we’re all united against the common threat of stagnancy. Play as Sam Porter Bridges, as you walk the country and rebuild the world around you. Dive into this beautiful post-apocalyptic rock opera as you unveil the never ending story beats, characters and just the absolute weirdness of Hideo Kojima’s mind. Death Stranding is as mysterious as it is breathtaking, and once you start playing it, it’s hard to put it down.