What are the best Xbox One survival games?

Collecting resources and choosing the correct weapons for battle, while surviving the environment can be exhilarating. Be it a zombie apocalypse or just some elements of nature, here is a list of Xbox One survival games to play.

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    #1Conan Exiles

    Conan Exiles
    Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game developed and published by Funcom for Windows, PlayStation, and Xbox One. Play singleplayer and build your own kingdom or dive into multiplayer where you can cooperate or compete with other players.

    Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Nancy Bowman
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This game is very interesting! A survival game set back in Barbarian times. The graphics are AMAZING, they didn't skimp on this game! This game is action packed and will keep you guessing as to what happens next!"
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    #2The 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


    Sara Garcia
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "The solution was just copied and pasted into the section. They could have included many more details on the types of gameplay that will be eminent in the game, for example post-apocalypse zombies. On the other hand this game does fit under some of the best xbox one survival games."
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    #3Don'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


    Jerry Ward
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Adventure,science and magic bring some excitement in me an this Don't starve game brought lots of fun to me.Trying to survive when there is danger made me enjoy so much.I love the challenges in this game that you cannot realize when time is passing."


Did you know that ARK: Survival Evolved is one of the most popular survival games available for Xbox? ARK: Survival Evolved puts players in the shoes of a survivor stranded on a desert island. Although the main goal is to forage and craft supplies and shelter, the islands main hazards are its native dinosaurs. Alongside other prehistoric species, the player will have to navigate not only hostile NPCs, but other player-controlled humans as well. Although the game's development began on 2014 and the official released came 3 years later, an early access title came out during 2015. By August 2016, the early access had already roughly 1.5 million sales solely on the Xbox One platform.

ARK: Survival Evolved also scored a 72/100 rating on PC Gamer, as well as a 7.7/10 review on IGN. Despite all other Xbox One survival games available in stores today, ARK has cemented its position as one of the best open world survival games on the market today. In spite of its popularity, steps to ensure its success has been taken by the game developers. One of these steps is to release its early access title on the 2nd of June, 2015, a few weeks before the release of Jurassic World. According to Jesse Rapczak, the game's director, this was intentionally done to feed into the "dinosaur fever" that came with the film.

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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


    Ajay Kapur
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "Subnautica is the best survival game for Xbox One!!! The game is addictive yet mysterious plus the sound and graphics are perfect!"
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    #57 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


    Yolanda Escobar
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I like 7 Days to Die because it draws out the creativity in the user. I agree that 7 Days to Die is the best Xbox One survival game. I like this game for any gamer out there."
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    #6Dying 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


    Ralph Riley
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "I've always been a fan of survival games and I can say that Dying Light has one of the best most dangerous open world on Xbox "
  4. 10

    #7The Solus Project

    The Solus Project
    The Solus Project is a survival-adventure game set in an advanced environment in which you control an astronaut that must save mankind. Your spaceship crashes on the Gliese 6143-C planet, and you must survive controlling factors such as hunger, thirst, weather conditions while exploring the world.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Alan Sheng
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "Cool first-person survival game with a unique game environment. You'll defintely fall in love with its storyline and visuals "
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    #8This War of Mine

    This War of Mine
    This War of Mine is a survival game developed by 11-bit studios. This simulation game is where you have to manage the shelter, resources, and survivors through scavenging and crafting.

    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Christine Rios
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "Awesome Xbox one survival game 💪 Playing felt like you were actually experiencing it because of the intuitive gameplay"
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    #9State 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


    Phillip Phillips
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "State of Decay: YOSE is probably the best horror and survival game on Xbox one! The story is not so movie deep but it's a fun game to play 👍 Killing zombies and controlling characters in this game is quite enjoying "
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    #10Dying Light: The Following

    Dying Light: The Following

    Dying Light: The Following is an open world first-person action survival game developed by Techland. It's a game player must traverse a zombie-filled city, collecting supplies for crafting tons of weapons to slay the zombies.


    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, Linux

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    Jeffrey Ruiz
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Stemming from the original game, the makers of Dying like came out with a DLC that adds on to the original story. The content is just as good as the base game, and it's an even bigger treat if you've never played Dying Light before. The game is guaranteed to give any player hours of survival enjoyment."
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    #11Metro Exodus

    Metro Exodus

    Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game by 4A Games which is the third of the Metro game series that is based on novels by Dmitry Glukhovsky. It picks up at the end of the previous two games and is set to be released in February 2019.


    Amazon, Xbox One, Gamefly

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    Richard Robertson
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "I am excited for this game. I can't wait until it is released. I really enjoyed the first two games of the series so I'm sure this one will be great too!"
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    #12Far Cry Primal

    Far Cry Primal
    Far Cry Primal is an action-adventure first person shooter created by Ubisoft that sees the player in a world of stone age men and beasts. The gameplay consists of the player using first person combat with melee weapons in order to advance in the game by becoming the leader of a tribe.

    Windows, Xbox One


    Linda Crawford
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "This is a thrilling survival game but there's a lot more to it 😉 the story especially the culture of each tribe is really interesting "
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    #13Resident Evil 5

    Resident Evil 5
    Resident Evil 5, also known as Biohazard 5, is a video-game developed by Capcom which features a third-person shooter perspective. This game is available to play on PlayStation, Xbox, and MS PC.

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Alan Obrien
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Resident Evil is one of the best survival games for Xbox One. Like the previous games Resident Evil is a survival horror game and is similar to the old games but adds some new complexity and interesting game dynamics."
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    #14Don'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


    Philip Jacobs
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Don't Starve Together is a wonderfully inventive survival game. Unfortunately for Xbox One owners, it's not available on that platform."
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    #15The Flame in the Flood

    The Flame in the Flood
    The Flame in the Flood is a game that mixes survivalism and roguelike ingredients in a wilderness environment. A girl and her dog must scrounge for resources, craft tools and heal wounds while exploring the world.


    Xbox One, Mac, Windows


    Brian Larson
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I don’t usually play exploration games, but a friend recommended it. It was well worth it. Started the game. Lasted about 3 days before getting stabbed in the leg by a boar. The injury wasn’t merciful enough to kill me outright; I was able to struggle through a few more days, getting weaker, sicker and hungrier as I wasn’t able to forage resources effectively. Eventually I starved to death on a shore bank and my corpse was eaten by ants. 10/10, haunting, compelling, challenging, interesting. This game is basically a roguelike, comparable to a low-tech FTL more focused on its two main characters. It’s a lot of fun, and I really enjoy the art aesthetic and soundtrack as well. Game is a bit short but the replay value is there; I murder and eat every boar I run into on subsequent runs. You don’t want a 12-hour roguelike anyway, since you can lose from a bad die-roll halfway through. Also, not all the upgrades are useful, and there need to be more difficulty settings; some mods would be good here too. "
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    #16Metal 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


    Alan Nguyen
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Metal Gear Survive is not worthy of the Metal Gear name, it just doesn't have enough going for it to be on the same level as the other Metal Gear games. Its clunky, repetitive, and boring, at least its free. When the best thing about a game is the character editor, well that should say it all."
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    #17The Culling

    The Culling

    The Culling is a battle royale game in which you muts survive to a battle between 16 contestants while the fighting is broadcasted on television. 


    Windows, Xbox One


    Agustina Ávalos
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Studies show that 89% of players gain lifelong friendships with the other contestants. I am so excited to have each of you join us I cannot wait to get to know you all. Then see you murder each other."
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    Fortnite is a free online action building game developed and published by Epic Games in 2017. It can be played on almost all known gaming platforms and has separate software packages with different game modes that share the same gameplay.


    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, iOS, Nintendo Switch


    Bryan Hanson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "So Fortnite has been all over gaming news lately, so I finally had to take a look. I can now see why it has gotten so much press. It takes a bit from various other game types, but ultimately it is a survival game that you can play almost any way you see fit, and it does what it does well. Very much appeals to me, and, apparently, all the kids these days."


Best What are the best Xbox One survival games
1Conan ExilesGames 14 Paid
2The Long DarkGames 13 Paid
3Don't StarveGames 13 Paid
4SubnauticaGames 13 Paid
57 Days to DieGames 12 Paid
6Dying LightGames 11 Paid
7The Solus ProjectGames 10 Paid
8This War of MineGames 10 Paid
9State of Decay: YOSEGames 9 Paid
10Dying Light: The FollowingGames 9 Paid

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