What are the best open-world multiplayer survival games on Steam?

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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 a cross-platform multiplayer game mode.


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


    Sandra Carter
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "I love to play multiplayer survival games and I frequently use Steam. 7 Days to Die isn't a great game at all, in my opinion. First of all, it's expensive to play. Second, it has a LOT of bugs in it. It's difficult to play the game without it crashing. Third, and most of all, it's just plain boring. It's not scary and it takes too long to reach a decent level. I definitely don't recommend this game."
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    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. 


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Austin Lucas
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "This really was a surprise. It was a little slow at first but quickly turned into a game where every time you play it is an intriguing adventure. You pretty pick your destiny any you explore the cosmos and planets. This is one of Steams hidden gems."
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    Rust is a survival game created by Facepunch Studios. Inspired by games like Minecraft, and other wilderness survival games. Rust aims to create a hostile environment in which emergent gameplay can flourish.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Cheryl Sandoval
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "so minecraft meets fallout? could be cool. the crappy graphics don't bother me. i'm used to games being glitchy, so that's not a deal breaker. it's just not fun. i'm starting to think if a game doesn't have a single person missions, it's not worth playing."


Did you know that the popular, open-world survival game DayZ is actually a standalone successor of a mod for the tactical shooter ARMA 2? The mod’s rise in popularity followed by the development of its standalone game paved the way for the survival genre that many gamers enjoy. Other games of the same genre pit players in an open world where they have to battle not only aggressive enemies, but also unforgiving game factors that’ll force them to venture out into dangerous situations to avoid succumbing to hunger, weariness, and sickness. Set in a hostile environment where they usually start out with little to no resources, players have to gather resources and materials, craft tools and weapons, and construct sturdy shelters to avoid the hostile elements like rain and heat.

That being said, some gamers prefer to brave these dangers with their friends by their side, thus making surviving a tad bit easier. With plenty of survival games to try out from that offers cooperative gameplay, players have a wide range of choices in experiencing new features, as different survival games offer varying themes. From post-apocalyptic settings to worlds set during the prehistoric era, the everyday gamer’s possibilities are endless.

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    #4Don't Starve

    Don't Starve

    Don't Starve is a survival game developed by Klei Entertainment. It is full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. You'll need to gather resources, craft items, structures and, of course, don't starve. 


    PlayStation4, Xbox One, Linux, Windows, Mac, eBay


    Janice Wong
    Written on June 28, 2018
    "This offers a really unique play style and concept as well as a more realistic way of surviving. It shows a good plot and a good reason to actually keep on playing the game!"
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    #5Dying Light

    Dying Light

    Dying Light is an FPS, action survival horror game set in an infected city cut off from the outside world. The game was developed by Techland and published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. 


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


    Andrew Ortega
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Dying Light is a great open world survival horror game. The parkour moves add to the excitement and add a needed change to the zombie genre. Lots of fun and a large world to explore."
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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.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux


    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "Trying to find a good game for my brother, I started looking for a open-world multiplayer survival game. I started looking on Steam and came across "Don’t Starve Together". My brother and I both love it! There is so much to do and it's a lot of fun doing it. I fully recommend this to anybody a fan of this genre."
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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.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS


    Daniel Hall
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "ARK does just about everything a game needs. Perfect graphics, soundtrack, performance, and gameplay. I can't stop playing it. It's a grind at times but perfectly acceptable. I enjoyed wondering around the open-world environment and exploring. The multiplayer aspect of it makes it even better since I have to fight off real players. I would suggest y'all buy this sooner rather than later. I love it!"
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    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.



    Jose Kim
    Written on July 5, 2017
    "My friends and I in need of something to do with our time, I decided to check out open-world multiplayer survival games on Steam. We ended up trying out DayZ and it is a ton of fun! The only downside is that the servers are sometimes really slow. Other than that, this game is a ton of fun."
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    #9H1Z1: 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.



    Susan Knight
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "I grabbed H1Z1 a few days ago because I thought it looked promising for an early access game. It had a lot to offer already and I was pretty happy with grabbing it. I look forward to seeing how it'll improve as it finishes development."
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    #10UnReal World

    UnReal World

    UnReal World is an MMORPG 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.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Maricela Palma
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "Super realistic imagery pullsed me right in. I love how I felt like I was there and could command my player to such a high degree. The play is endless as you move through the fields."
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    In Shelter you'll take the role of a mother badger trying to protect her little cubs. You will need to find food for them, escape from birds of prey, run from the fires and get safe from all the different perils and menaces you can find in the wilderness being a family of little animals. 

    Windows, Mac


    Agustina López
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "I was looking for a game that I could play by myself or with my kids! They get bored easily so I was glad to find a game that held their attention. Shelter has very positive reviews on Steam for a reason! The story-line is compelling and involving. It really illustrates what survival is. I was pleased to find the solution to my problem by finding this game! A great survival game for all ages is hard to find!"
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    #12Metal 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. 


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Joan Knight
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This was not my favorite game. I really didn't enjoy it much."


Best What are the best open-world multiplayer survival games on Steam
17 Days to DieGames 11 Paid
2StarboundGames 10 Paid
3RustGames 9 Paid
4Don't StarveGames 8 Paid
5Dying LightGames 8 Paid
6Don't Starve TogetherGames 6 Paid
7ARK: Survival EvolvedGames 5 Free
8DayZGames 4 Paid
9H1Z1: Just SurviveGames 3 Paid
10UnReal WorldGames 0 Paid

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