The challenge is non-existent, its most famous mechanics are gone (but reintroduced in DLC), and there’s a general lack of attention to detail and care with the whole game feeling rushed. However, if you just want to lay the smackdown on an absolutely wild amount of zombies at once all while wearing a silly hat (and nothing else), Dead Rising 4 is probably the purest bit of undead mayhem on this list.
Available for a relative pittance, you shouldn’t overlook the original game, it casting you onto a desert island with only the undead and a strangely specific survival book for company. You will go from a simple bow and a bit of wood all the way up to flamethrowers over time, crafting yourself some safe spaces and trying to repel the ever more dangerous hordes.
Featuring a vibrant open world and a whole load of melee combat, Dead Island doesn’t unfortunately offer much revolution and is also brought down by some ugly technical issues, though its low price means that you can’t go wrong if you want to bloody a baseball bat for a few hours. It was a great shame when House marque, probably the biggest name who supported the subgenre for many years, announced that they would be leaving the twin stick shooter market behind to focus on more popular genres.
Featuring an absolute screen full of zombies at any time, who can also come out of nowhere, and a steep difficulty curve, Dead Nation can be played by yourself or with friends. Battle for Neighborville’s weird, staggered launch from a peculiarly short early access period meant that it felt like it didn’t get as many headlines as it should have.
That’s a great pity, as Battle for Neighborville is the Plants vs. Zombies franchise’s best and most expansive entry to date that’s overflowing with content and an absolutely irresistible cutesy aesthetic to boot. You once again take control of either of the eponymous warring factions, this time with the twist of an open world and an impressive twenty different characters to play as.
You still have the option to play as either Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield, and the game still takes place in the iconic, zombie -infested burg of Raccoon City. Most zombie games make plenty of effort to establish the dilapidated world you would otherwise inhabit as the result of a full scale, disastrous apocalypse.
That means consuming food and water, avoiding illness, and engaging in simple building techniques to fortify your home base. Heed of warning, though; once the titular seven in-game days are reached, the zombie hordes will descend upon your mortal body en masse.
Developer Sony Bend worked on Days Gone for over four years, which shows how much care and detail was placed into the game's environment and graphics polish. Created using the full power of the Unreal Engine 4, this PS4 -exclusive title puts you in the shoes of U.S. Army veteran Deacon St. John as he traverses the post-apocalyptic landscape as a bounty hunter for hire.
In battling the zombie hordes, hilariously called “Breakers,” Days Gone introduces a variety of unique elements as a direct result of its high production value. Throw in the ability to craft unique weapons in order to combat the dead, plus the game’s intuitive day and night cycle (which unleashes more powerful, albeit conquerable zombies as the sun goes down), and Dying Light makes for one of the most distinct zombie games currently on the PlayStation 4.
Simultaneously, you'll also build up experience points for perks involving your class type, including faster reloading and stronger healing. It isn’t too repetitive, but it is addicting; Killing Floor 2 has 14 different zombie types who vary in size, speed and lethality, with four difficulty settings and 19 different maps.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a scary zombie game that builds on the unnerving feeling of just turning a simple corner or opening a door. The most horrific PS4zombie game on the list changes up traditional Resident Evil gameplay by putting you in a first-person mode as you explore a derelict plantation inhabited by an undead mutant cannibal family.
You’ll walk down a decrepit stairway and into a dim cavern hole in the ground where a long blue many pale hand reaches out to grab the only lantern in sight. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard emphasizes exploration and horror as players solve various puzzles and fight off hard-on-the-eyes grotesque looking enemies with handguns, shotguns, flamethrowers and other weapons with limited ammo.
If you’re feeling extra brave, the game is compatible with the PlayStation VR headset that amplifies the fear in an immersive nightmare that’ll make you double-check your locks at night. The Evil Within 2 is a third-person, survival horror game (with an optional first-person mode) that details the life of a depressed former police detective who discovers his daughter is still alive and must undergo, against his will, an experiment where he enters a virtual world with a machine called STEM.
The subconsciousness of those in the STEM system creates the reality of the main game, a suspenseful horrific nightmare realm full of undead beings and mutated monsters who’ll gurgle and growl with rage upon your presence. Players can relax or challenge themselves with three difficulty modes, using unique weaponry such as trip wires, hiding and ambushing enemies, crafting items and even upgrading their attributes (like health and athleticism) with the game’s RPG-like level up system.
Resident Evil 4 focuses on more frantic and intense combat sequences than its survival horror predecessors by putting multiple enemies on screen and being able to fend all of them off instead of individually. Gamers get to play as Leon S. Kennedy (a fan favorite who first showed up in Resident Evil 2) who investigates the kidnapping of the President’s daughter by a mysterious cult set in a rural area of Spain that's full of violent villagers infected with a virus.
The beloved Mercenaries Mode allows players to choose their own characters with specific weapons and fend off hordes of enemies while racing against a clock. Whether your special snake is flying around in the wind, or you’re a cartoon that looks like it crawled out of a Tim Burton pitch meeting, survival games are a lot more eclectic than people give them credit for.
Sure, there was a period where basically everyone wanted to be the next Day, but if you look a little closer on this list of the bestPS4survivalgames, you’ll notice that each game is different to the next. When most survival games make their way to console, they’re not exactly what you would call shining bastions of technical ingenuity, the likes of Day and 7 Days To Die examples of that.
Here, then, are some survival games you can find on PS4 that managed to successfully make the trip over from PC while allowing you to go swimming with the fishes, wear a horse mask while you kill zombies, and customize your “private place”. A survival game perhaps best known for its willies than anything else it brings to the table, Exiles is a light bit of fun adapted from the Conan universe, though it does ultimately just feel like it’s using the name for clout.
Base building is present and is widely regarded as some of the best of its kind, as is the customary bank for most survival experiences on console. The monsters are eclectic and the world worth exploring, but Conan Exiles is overall a safe and just about solid survival experience.
Fun com has supported the game fairly well over the years and with a large expansion having released in 2020, it’s a good time jump in. Base building is available, and while it’s tempting to drop this out of the list altogether for its horrendous UI that looks like it was made on Microsoft Paint, the simple pleasures available in ARK cannot be denied.
Technically speaking, Stranded Deep isn’t the best looking survival sim on PlayStation 4, but it’s certainly one of the most rewarding. An irreverent narrative and a cast of characters charm enough to keep you invested, as well as the basics of staying hydrated and fed enough to intrigue most survival fanatics.
With it being available on the ultra cheap, collecting all the pages in a survival manual is a fun distraction that is at its best with some friends in tow via co-op. The aforementioned horse mask game, Death Road To Canada is very silly in its nature, though with a dark twist here and there.
Don’t let the game’s cutesy pixel art put you off, though: it’s called a Death Road for a reason. The game constantly asks the difficult questions of you and no matter how hard you try, war will always claim some victims who don’t deserve it.
Water traversal in video games is never the friend of anyone, so it was surprising to see Subnautica do it so damn well that we couldn’t help but dive in whenever we could. You can even build yourself a little base under the water, painfully claiming back pieces of normality as you uncover the mysteries of this planet.
There’s a tonne of depth to Subnautica (pun absolutely intended) and with no need to sleep or eat, it’s one of the more approachable survival games on PS4. The Long Dark is a mature experience set in the harsh climes of Vancouver, Columbia where the biggest enemy is the environment itself.
Those looking for action a minute need not apply; The Long Dark is all about appreciating the somber nature of solitude and scrimping along to simply stay alive. While the wolves and bears might be threats to fear, Mother Nature herself is the big bad in this gripping survival game.
It will pull you in and have you worrying about the correct balance of condensed milk and beef jerky in your inventory without you even realizing.” While The Forest falls into some familiar survival trappings, there’s so much more beneath the surface (quite literally) of this ingenious, enterprising life invader.
The caverns underneath the map turn The Forest into a straight horror game, as well as the co-op offering a great bonding exercise for you and your friends as you build chairs out of teeth and bones. “If you’re yet to try the game on PC, its PS4 version is a surprisingly sleek and arguably just as rewarding time-sinker that won’t even make you feel bad for being a terrible parent.
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Functionally, though, the Cordyceps-infected monsters which hound Joel and Ellie through the ruins of America are identical to our snarling, shambling cousins. The Last Of Us is great because, like all good horror fiction, its monsters are a catalyst for characters to grow, change and interact with each other in different (and heartstring-tugging) ways.
Resident Evil wasn’t the first survival horror game, but it codified the genre way back in 1996 for the original PlayStation. The remake, originally released for Nintendo’s Gamete, adds shinier graphics and new enemies to run away from screaming loudly, as well as revamping some puzzle mechanics.
It’s a top-down twin-stick shooter reminiscent of Smash TV, crammed to the gills with power-ups, weaponry and inventive ways to dispatch your gurgling undead enemies. Dying and dead things dominate this list, but Deadlight’s lively mix of cinematic platformer-style shenanigans, comic book-esque storytelling and inventive puzzles all go together to offset its slightly generic premise.
Nonetheless, it’s got some truly tense moments as players search the ruins of London at the behest of none-more-Northern-English survival maestro the Prepper. Black Ops III’s Zombies mode was the first in the Call of Duty series to offer an XP progression bar, with which players could unlock temporary bonuses, aesthetic augmentations for weapons and more.
Gameplay-wise, it’s the same mixture of frenzied base defense and good of’ fashioned zombie killing’ the Call of Duty franchise has been bringing since World at War. Though a few sequels have since elaborated on some elements of the original formula, Dead Rising’s mixture of Pokémon Snap -style photography mechanics and zombie horde murder has never been better than in Frank West’s first outing.
Organ Trail is a grisly zombie take on that classic edutainment title, and it apes the mechanics of its granddaddy rather admirably. Organ Trail began life as a free Flash game; if you’re after flashy (ahem) visuals or AAA-style storytelling, you’re out of luck.