What are the best survival games that are open world base building horror single players for PC?

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    #1The Forest

    The Forest

    The Forest is a terrifying first-person survival horror simulator in which you can be a lone survivor of a passenger jet crash. You will have to survive in a forest full of dangerous cannibals. It also features a co-op mode.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Francisco del Ángel
    Written on September 21, 2018
    "Pretty addicting if you ask me, the intriguing story plus the amazing game mechanics will add this game to my personal list of "unfinished games due to sidequesting". NGL, I feel sorry for the character's son, being stuck in that underground lab while his dad goes and deforests the entire island LMAO"
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    #27 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


    Justin Porter
    Written on September 21, 2018
    "I love how this game plays like Minecraft, but more surreal and believable due to its rather-realistic physics, character stats, and crafting methods. I also love the varieties of enemies in this game, as well as the dangers that nighttime brings."
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    Darkwood is an unforgiving survival horror RPG with adventure and roguelike elements that has a procedurally generated, open world. Your senses will be deceived by surreal terrors, no answer will be easy to get, but somewhere in the woods lies the truth of what has happened in this godforsaken place.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Pamela Scott
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "This game was so scary!! Great for horror lovers who want to play alone on their PC. Definitely play at night for an extra level of scare."


Open world games are forms of video games where a player or a group of players can explore a virtual world without running into invisible walls like in linear games. These open world games have boundaries but are often displayed as unsurpassable forms of land or water.


Did you know that Resident Evil, the 1996 game that streamlined the survival horror genre, was heavily influenced by the themes and gameplay of the 1992 PC game, Alone in the Dark? In 1992, French gaming company Infogrames released Alone in the Dark, an action horror game for MS-DOS. The game was set in the 1920s and the character is in a mansion in Louisiana, and the player must guide the character out of the dark and haunted mansion by slaying ghosts and monsters. Players can choose between Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood as their character, who wakes up in the attic of the mansion and must find the way out, all the while battling slave zombies and giant bipedal rat monsters. Players can look for weapons to help in battle, but some monsters can be defeated with fists. The game was met with positive reception, with gaming magazine AllGame giving it 3.5 stars out of 5, while EGM scored it 8/10. Famitsu gave it 33/40 in their review and Next Generation rated it with 4 stars out of 5. It won three awards in the 1993 European Computer Trade SHow: Best Graphics, Most Original Game, and BEst French Game of the Year. 

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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


    Martha Murray
    Written on June 7, 2017
    "I really liked the graphics of Don't Starve. Although everybody compares them to Tim Burton movies, they reminded me more of Edward Gorey. Basically, you're in a world where lots of normally cute things, like bunnies, are trying to kill you, and you have to kill them first in order to get anything to eat. The developers are constantly adding new parts of the world and new things for you to fight, so you'll never get bored - more likely just exhausted. "
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    #5Project Zomboid

    Project Zomboid
    Project Zomboid is a 3D top-down/isometric sandbox survival zombie game that you can play in single or multiplayer mode. You'll have to loot, build, craft, fight, farm and fish in a struggle to survive.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Emma Olson
    Written on September 21, 2018
    "I've played this game back in high school, hoping and waiting for the day when they finally finish this and now that it's here, I'm glad that it's still as good as it was years ago. Sure, the beta stage still isn't done, but it will be soon and it'll be rad!! The pixelized/8-bit graphics really gives me a dose of nostalgia :D"
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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.



    Hemant Nair
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "DayZ is a gritty, authentic, open-world survival horror hybrid-MMO game, in which players follow a single goal: to survive in the harsh post-apocalyptic landscape as long as they can. Players can experience powerful events and emotions arising from the ever-evolving emergent gameplay. There are no superficial tips, waypoints, built in tutorials or help given to players. Every decision matters, there are no save games, no extra lives, every mistake can be lethal. If you fail, you lose everything and you need to play again from the beginning with nothing but your wits, and your two hands. Fight the hostile environment, where every other player can be friend or foe and nothing can be taken for granted. "
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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


    Susan Ray
    Written on September 21, 2018
    "Always the #1 choice for kids and manchildren when it comes to survival. The online lobbies are pretty cool too, if you enjoy loud children screaming every time you beat them in a game lmao. Overall, this game is pretty good, and I love how the devs still whip out updates even after so many years, making it one of the best and timeless masterpieces out there."
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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


    Deborah Kelley
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "This is not a great hit for me. I definitely think it meets the criteria as a survival game with a horror element. However, it is not a single player game. I would have to team up with other survivors in order to play, and while I might be interested in checking it out, I definitely wouldn't categorize it as "single player.""
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    #9The Fifth Day

    The Fifth Day
    The Fifth Day is a first-person post-apocalyptic survival game. Mankind is extinct, and only the machines it created are left. You are one of them and have to figure out a way survive in this hostile world left behind by man.

    Windows, Mac


    Shirley Robertson
    Written on May 31, 2017
    "Very technical in ways, one of my favorite survival games for that reason. I like the way the game forces you to learn programming and serious tactical play for the sake of play, in that way it's a lot slower and more methodical than others in the genre. You learn piece by piece and slowly, grinding out vital knowledge over time."
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    #10State of Decay: YOSE

    State of Decay: YOSE
    State of Decay: YOSE is the ultimate third-person action zombie horror survival-fantasy game. Explore an open world full of dangers and opportunities, and do whatever it takes to live another day.

    Windows, Xbox One


    Lauren Rogers
    Written on April 5, 2017
    "Video games - what would we do without them? Gotta love survival games that are open world base building horror single players for PC, and State of Decay: YOSE is in my top five favorites these days. The graphics are awesome, and the zombies/infected just look amazing. Very realistic! Get your game on with this one on Steam, and make sure to set aside lots of hours because you won't be able to pull yourself away."
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    #11State 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


    Lisa Silva
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Oh, wow. Check the graphics! It looks like the developers of this game put some effort into offering a really scary experience. And it is for single players, too. You can get scared all by yourself. Although this game is for XBox One, it also runs on a PC. The $60 price tag is worth it. This game is a keeper. "
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    #12UnReal 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


    Eugene Allen
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "I was on my PC looking for a survival game that had some horror elements and came across UnReal World. This game is not the most graphically pleasing game, but the elements it adds with real world survival scenarios are super cool and really fun and exciting. I loved this game and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for suspense and excitement!"
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    Grave is a surrealist virtual reality horror game developed by Broken Window Studios where light is your only tool for survival. With intuitive motion controls, it presents a unique opportunity to experience your worst nightmare.




    Keith Henderson
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "Unfortunately I don't have a VR headset yet. So this solution is not good for me. "
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    #1410 Years Later

    10 Years Later
    10 Years Later is an open-world survival based horror single-player adventure game set in a world where the government has rolled out an injection to stem violence and quell human emotions. All was going well until the vaccine's side effects started to appear...



    Eugene Brown
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "10 Years Later would seem to be a good survival game concept--if the actually finished it. Very buggy, little support, and there seem to be no updates for it any longer. Not even worth looking at."
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    #15How to Survive 2

    How to Survive 2
    In How to Survive 2, several years have passed since the original How to Survive events on Los Riscos archipelago. Now the local infection has turned into a worldwide pandemic. Groups of people or lone wolves try to survive one more day among the infected. Build a base and become a skilled survivalist.



    Raymond Jenkins
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "Needing a game that's a single player open world horror survival with base building. I started searching on Steam hoping I would find a game that meets my needs. I did up finding "How to Survive 2", and it is great! It was exactly what I was looking for. This game has so much to do and it's very fun doing it. This is shaping up to be one of my favorite games of all time!"
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    #16Penumbra: Black Plague Gold Edition

    Penumbra: Black Plague Gold Edition
    Penumbra: Black Plague is an episodic survival horror game where you'll be Phillip, a man surrounded by enemies and assaulted by terror. You'll have to find clues and solve vexing puzzles while combating the gnawing psychological terrors that assail your mind.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Huang Shi
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "It’s an okay solution. The game looks like more of story based survival horror game, which fits that part of the criteria well, but it doesn’t look open world. It looks like you have to follow a set destination to go through the game like in a story. Other than that, it looks like a solid recommendation for a horror survival game. I don’t have any experience with it, but the overall ratings look appealing and would be a decent solution for this problem."
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    #17Fallout 4

    Fallout 4
    Fallout 4 is a role-playing video game created by Bethesda Game Studios. It was released in 2015 and is the fifth in the game series. In the game, the player needs to find his missing son in the monster-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Diane Soto
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "This hits on two of the three elements of my request. It is a survival game and single player. However, I would not call it a horror game. Nuclear disaster may be horrible to most people, but this game seems to be more about rebuilding once the main horror is over."
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    #18Fallout 3

    Fallout 3
    Fallout 3 is the third installment of the classic RPG. The game is developed by Bethesda Game Studios and changes the gameplay from the turned base isometric system to an open world with 3D graphics and a real-time combat system.

    Windows, Xbox 360


    Saanvi Yadav
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "Try Fallout 3. It's got an open world game with horror elements and it has a lot of creative elements. The combat system is in real time. It's a good RPG game for people who play 1P."
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    DinoSystem is a 2D ecosystem and survival simulation that allows players to manage the ecology of an evolving island or survive in it as a human, dealing with realistic survival mechanics and a deep character progression system.



    Ralph Bates
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "So I was feeling adventurous but I don't like going outside so I wanted to find the best survival games that are open world base building horror single players for PC. After some research I ended up with DinoSytem and I can honestly say its a great game, its a 2D ecosystem and survival simulation, it quenched my thirst for adventure. "
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    #20Dying 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


    Jennifer Wheeler
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This game was fun to play, and the world full of zombies felt as realistic as that situation could. The only downside for me was that I am scared too easily to play a game like this without having all the lights on. Of all the zombie related things in the media - movies, tv shows, games - that have come out lately, this is a a good addition."
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    #21Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead

    Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead
    Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, or CDDA, is an open source survival horror roguelike video game.The game is freely downloadable on the game's website and the source code is also freely available on the project's GitHub repository.

    Windows, Mac


    Charlotte Ding
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "As a huge gamer, my favorite genre of games are survival games which is why I decided to download Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead. I was hoping that this horror and survival game would pack all the punches that I look for in a game but sadly it failed to do so. The only reason I would recommend this game to anyone is because it is free, that is all it has going for it. Take my advice and just spend a few dollars and get something great!"


Best What are the best survival games that are open world base building horror single players for PC
1The ForestGames 45 Paid
27 Days to DieGames 44 Paid
3DarkwoodGames 37 Paid
4Don't StarveGames 35 Paid
5Project ZomboidGames 35 Paid
6DayZGames 28 Paid
7MinecraftGames 27 Paid
8UnturnedGames 26 Free
9The Fifth DayGames 24 Paid
10State of Decay: YOSEGames 24 Paid

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