What are the best survival crafting games for PC?

Survival games offer a unique experience with players start out with nothing but the basics and have to craft items and fend for themselves. Our friend, Ricky Mcneil is asking what are the best survival crafting games for PC so here are some choices to consider.

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    #1State of Decay 2

    State of Decay 2

    State of Decay 2 is an open world zombie survival game. You can build your community and invite up to three friends to explore a world with zombies. Establish a base and develop your characters to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.


    Xbox One


    Kevin Duncan
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "Sooo this is your zombie type of game except that you have other task other than killing zombies. The post-apocalyptic setting is made more exciting because you actually gotta look for food, water, and other supplies for the community..the challenging part is making those gathered resources enough for the whole community. Catch the drift!"
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    Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang and Markus Persson. Released in 2009, this game became the best-selling computer game with over 29 million copies sold worldwide. Available on various platforms.


    Windows, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS , Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4


    Alexander Henderson
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "Yet, the best survival crafting games for Windows PC I have ever downloaded. If you are looking for a violent survival game, this is not for you. But if you are looking for a fun and colorful game that will enhance your survival and craftsmanship, I am recommending this to you. Great defence-style game!"
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    Subnautica is a survival game set on an alien planet that is covered entirely by oceans. In this game, the players must go diving in order to find the resources they need. The game is in first person view and the player is the lone survivor of the Aurora spaceship.


    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Oculus Rift


    Harry Cox
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "I love games that are set in underwater because they are more graphically interesting to me. Anyway, in Subnautica, your inner engineer self is going to be channelled as you build your own submarine. Typical survival crafting game where you gather resources and all."


The first survival game ever made came out back in 1878? It was by developers, Pickering's Gaming Emporium and they called it, Where's My Pouch. In 1901, another developer tried their hand at survival games. It was Majesty's Entertaining Pursuits with the game, Well-Fed Alfred. The game was ill-received due to its persistent theme on cannibalism. EA bought the company and its team for other developmental purposes later on. The 1950s saw further British development with games such as Perchance Was That A Wolf? and Life Without Butter. It seemed like survival games were over save for an event that happened in 1998. Any company applying for a license to develop now had to produce one survival game. It did not matter what kind of survival game it was as long as developers made one within the three years.

One would argue that the rule was a tad bit archaic. If it wasn't for it though, then, we would not see the release of some amazing survival games throughout the years. From indie games like Terraria and Don't Starve. To AAA titles like DayZ and the State of Decay series. Multiplayer survival games have grown in popularity in recent years. Some of the most popular ones include Fortnite and Tom Clancy's The Division series. Survival games are here to stay and we have to thank that game law all those years ago.

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    #4ARK: 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


    Stephanie Hicks
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "Not really a fan of dinosaurs but my little brother is so whenever I play this, I show him that my character is riding a dinosaur. LOOL. Perhaps this is where your survival skill will be tested because every obstacle will be on your way--scarcity of food, dehydration, extreme weather, and many more. But, my go to crafting survival game of all time!"
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    #5The Long Dark

    The Long Dark
    The Long Dark is an open-world exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they walk through an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. 

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Daniel Gaytán
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "My biggest fear in real-life turned into game. Freaks me out to think that I am stranded in the wilderness of the forest...more of a man v. nature kind of survival game. Great!"
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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.



    Dennis Hudson
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "Again, another zombie survival game with the need of crafting and standing the challenges against another players. Pls avoid getting killed because you gotta be back to square one again. "
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    Terraria is a 2D action-adventure sandbox game with the objective of digging, exploring, fighting, and building. Developed and published by Re-Logic, this game is available to play on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, iOS, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire


    Emma Mendez
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "Gameplay is simple, gathering of resources is not that challenging, this is more of a chill and relaxed type of survival crafting game for Windows. It also runs on Mac so yeah, it is multiplatform. My advise is to play this game together with your friends. It is more fun!"
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    Unturned is a free-to-play survival game developed by Smartly Dressed Games. Released in 2017, gamers will have to survive a Zombie run society.  It can be played in several games including single-player and online multiplayer.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Brian Moore
    Written on February 12, 2019
    "Really one of the best survival crafting games because it is free to play. I don't have to spend a penny for this game. But it requires a deeper kind of thinking, crafting and survival skills. Graphics-wise, it is okay not stellar."


Best What are the best survival crafting games for PC
1State of Decay 2Games 2 Paid
2MinecraftGames 0 Paid
3SubnauticaGames 0 Paid
4ARK: Survival EvolvedGames 0 Free
5The Long DarkGames 0 Paid
6DayZGames 0 Paid
7TerrariaGames 0 Paid
8UnturnedGames 0 Free

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