What are the best multiplayer survival games?

Survival games are great ways to test out how well you deal with pressure and what better way to enjoy these games than to play it with a friend to help you out. Here are some of the multiplayer survival games to try out as asked by Xavier Lajoie.

asked by Xavier Lajoie
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    #17 Days to Die

    7 Days to Die

    7 Days to Die is an open-world survival zombie horror first-person shooter video game developed and published by The Fun Pimps Entertainment LLC. This also features cross-platform multiplayer gameplay.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux, GameStop

    $24.99

    Anthony Wade
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This game is amazing. I was looking for a new PC game to play with my cousin who lives 4 hours away and ultimately decided to try this out. Great graphics , functionals controls and loads of fun."
  2. 21

    #2Dying Light

    Dying Light

    Dying Light is a first-person action survival horror shooting game set in an infected city cut off from the outside world. The game was developed by Techland and supports multiplayer gameplay.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation4, Linux, Xbox One, GOG

    $39.99

    Ashley Curtis
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "It's a great creepy horror type of a survival game. If you don't like zombie apocalypse survival game, it's not for you. I think the graphics were great, the ambiance was very creepy and scary, which I loved."
  3. 19

    #3Day R

    Day R

    Day R is a survival story-driven and text-based game that happens in a post-apocalyptic USSR in the 80s. You will need to find out if your family are still alive and discover the secrets behind the apocalypse.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Bobby Tucker
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The tagline is kinda bland like a lot of 80's movies so first impressions aren't great.The game excels in multiple fields to make It like most video games an easy way for the male brain to be creative and experience another persons creation 4.5/5 for it."

DID YOU KNOW?

Any game developer applying for a license needs to produce a survival game within the next 3 years? This rule originated back in 1998 and developers had to abide by it. This might seem a little heavy-handed but the survival games didn't start out great either. The first survival game originated from across the pond. It was a British release titled Where's My Pouch back in 1878. It was soon met with controversy and scandal due to its themes of cannibalism. Survival games have had a rough time in the industry. Either it did too much that put players off or did too little to keep them interested. There were notable ones during the 1990s but none ever achieved commercial success.

The first modern survival game called Stranded released back in 2003. It tasked players to survive when they get shipwrecked on a dangerous island. It wasn't perfect but it offered players a world that they can explore. Hunting and gathering for resources as well as crafting items are a big part of the experience. Later games improved upon this while also providing a captivating plot and story. Another notable addition is the ability to play with other people. Despite the sense of dread, we find ourselves coming back for more. Multiplayer survival games gave a way to share the experience with other players. That makes for an interesting game if you think about it.

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    #4Unkilled

    Unkilled

    Unkilled is a free multiplayer zombie survival game by MADFINGER Games. Based in New York City, players pick 5 different characters and try to fight the walking dead. It supports gameplay with various gamepad controllers.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Roger Howard
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I play Unkilled: Multiplayer Zombie Survival all the time on my phone and it's probably the best multiplayer survival game there is. As with most games in this category, microtransactions are necessary (or at least, highly recommended) in order to make it deeper, but Unkilled is better than most in this regard. Besides that, I love the graphics and weapon options!"
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    #5UnReal World

    UnReal World

    UnReal World is a multiplayer survival and simulation game for Windows and Mac. It features an espionage type of survival in the forests as well as a strategic set of decision making for a well competitive game.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $10.99

    Amy Ferguson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This game has been really fun to play because it has very beautiful environments and scenery and interesting characters. It also has a great story and many different ways to play so you can play it many times over and it's very different."
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    #6Don't Starve Together

    Don't Starve Together
    Don't Starve Together is a multiplayer game that was designed for various gaming console platforms. It features co-op mode wherein you can play with your friends in this world where you cannot go hungry.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux

    $14.99

    Larry Lawrence
    Written on July 26, 2019
    "This is quite a challenging game as anything can literally kill you. I had a lot of fun with its single-player campaign and I will enjoy playing this new one with a friend. A great co-op survival game that you should definitely check out."
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    #7ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Survival Evolved is an open world action-adventure survival game set on an island full of dinosaurs and primitive creatures. You can create tribes with other players and even start faction wars. It was published by Studio Wildcard.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS

    Free

    Jonathan Butler
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I love multiplayer games of the survival genre, and "ARK: Survival Evolved" it's a really good one! You are in an island full of dinosaurs and primitive creatures, and you have to create tribes to make faction wars against the other players. Very nice one, I suggest it to all the lovers of this genre!"
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    #8DayZ

    DayZ
    DayZ is an open-world survival game developed by Bohemia Interactive. Players fight to survive or cooperate with other players within the fictional post-Soviet Republic of Chernarus. It was released on December 17, 2013, by Bohemia Interactive.
    Games

    Windows

    $44.99

    Tiffany Jimenez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I wanted the best multiplayer survival games that are out there. I found DayZ, a gritty open world survival horror mmo game. It only has one goal, to stay alive as long as you can."
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    #9Metal Gear Survive

    Metal Gear Survive

    Metal Gear Survive is a survival action-adventure game and a spin-off from the main Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain story that takes place in a strange alternative universe. The game's developed and published by Konami Digital Entertainment. 

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Helen Cui
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I think this is a great game if you're a fan of Metal Gear Solid series. It's violent, so I don't recommend it to underage people. The graphics are great, and the game play is smooth. I lag a bit sometimes and I know it's not an internet issue on my end, so that's the only bad part about this game."
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    #10H1Z1: Just Survive

    H1Z1: Just Survive
    H1Z1: Just Survive is a multiplayer online survival zombie game. You'll have to be cutthroat, resourceful, and alert to protect yourself from zombies, beasts, and the deadliest threat of all your fellow humans.

    * NO LONGER AVAILABLE *

    Games

    Timothy Brooks
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Just Survive is a post-apocalyptic survival game that immerses you in a world where humanity is fighting to take back control from the zombie hordes. Scavenge for supplies, craft items, and build Strongholds to protect against dangers, both living and undead, that lurk around every corner."
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    #11Starbound

    Starbound

    Starbound is a multiplayer sandbox action-adventure video game which is set in a two-dimensional universe. This features story-based missions, and players must explore to obtain new weapons and visit towns. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.99

    Hansika Saxena
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I have always been interested in survival games but this one takes the cake. Star bound Provides many great ways to journey across space and leave you speechless as you explore many realms of the universe"
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    #12Zombie Anarchy

    Zombie Anarchy
    Zombie Anarchy is a free survival game for Android in which you will have to look for other people that are still alive and try to survive together. Apocalypse has come, and now everything is up to you.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Xiang Wu
    Written on July 26, 2019
    "I get that the game is free but the ads can be a bit much and just pops out of nowhere sometimes. Still, it's a nice casual game that provides a decent pastime."

Summary

Best What are the best multiplayer survival games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
17 Days to DieGames 29 Paid
2Dying LightGames 21 Paid
3Day RGames 19 Free
4UnkilledGames 18 Free
5UnReal WorldGames 17 Paid
6Don't Starve TogetherGames 13 Paid
7ARK: Survival EvolvedGames 12 Free
8DayZGames 12 Paid
9Metal Gear SurviveGames 12 Paid
10H1Z1: Just SurviveGames 11 Paid
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