With the constant sense of danger looming over your head in the open world, Survival Games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. That said, this genre of gaming has been booming and has been seen topping Steam Charts. However, finding the right Survival game which is compatible and has good performance with the Steam Deck is quite hard.
So, if you are a fan of making your way through a world with danger at every corner, dive into our article as we explore the 11 best survival games on the Steam Deck.
The first title on our list is Valheim, a unique blend of survival, exploration and Norse-Mythology. Starting your journey at the center of Valheim, you will build your own bases and strong points across the world.
The more you deviate from the center, the harder it gets. As you move from place to place, you collect resources, build bases and make equipment. With the game’s co-op feature, you can enjoy the survival experience with friends as well.
2. Sons Of The Forest
Next up, we have Sons of the Forest, a survival horror game where you navigate through a dense forest filled with dangerous creatures. To protect yourself from these dangerous creatures, you must find resources and build weapons and shelter.
Throughout the game, you have to find clues through notes and hidden items, which will unravel the game’s story. Plus, with its co-op mode, you can invite up to 8 friends to help you on your quest to conquer the game. All in all, if you enjoy exploring, crafting, and combat, this game is perfect for you.
3. The Forest
The Forest is a horror-survival game set on an island where you must survive against hostile mutants while exploring the island to uncover the story behind your airplane crash and the mutant presence.
You must manage your resources, craft weapons, and build shelters to protect yourself from the harsh environment and dangerous mutants while you progress through the story. The game even features a co-op system where you can have up to 8 friends accompany you through your adventures in the dangerous world of The Forest.
4. No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is an exploration-survival game in which you take on the role of a space explorer unraveling secrets or simply exploiting resources from other planets. In the vast open world, you must manage your spacecraft’s fuel and upgrade its equipment to survive.
Throughout the game, you will face hostile enemies with whom you have the option to fight or negotiate. The game also features a multiplayer mode, where you can explore the universe with a friend. These features make No Man’s Sky a must-play in the survival game genre.
5. Dying Light
Dying Light is a first-person survival horror game set in an open-world environment that has been overrun by a virus that turns people into zombie-like creatures called the infected. You play as Kyle Crane, an undercover agent sent to infiltrate the quarantine zone to locate a stolen file containing sensitive information.
As you explore the city, you can find weapons or craft some for yourself to help you stand a chance against the many hordes of enemies. With its parkour system, you can easily evade zombies and have fun while doing it. Dying Light is challenging and engaging, which will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Subnautica is a survival adventure game where players must navigate through an alien ocean planet to survive. The story starts with you being stranded in a life pod on the planet’s surface after an airplane crash.
You must manage their oxygen, food, and water levels, as well as avoid dangerous predators and environmental hazards. Through exploration of the planet, you find new resources to craft equipment with, as well as find clues about the planet’s history, as well as the reason for the crash landing.
7. State Of Decay
Another survival-horror game on our list, State of Decay, is about a zombie apocalypse where you must manage a community of survivors in order to stay alive. Although the zombie apocalypse trope has been quite overused, State of Decay features community management, in which you have to recruit and manage a group of survivors, each with their own skills and personalities, and work to build up your base of operations.
With the game focusing on base-building and managing your community, it brings a unique experience to the zombie apocalypse genre.
8. ARK: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved is a survival game set on an island inhabited by prehistoric creatures, where you must survive against the elements, other players, and the island’s dangerous wildlife. It places emphasis on survival mechanics as you have to manage your character’s hunger, thirst, and overall health, as well as their exposure to the elements.
Players can explore the world on foot or on the backs of tamed creatures, which can be trained to help with combat and transportation. The game also allows for local co-op, so you and your friend can team up and form tribes to take on the island’s challenges together.
9. Don’t Starve Together
With its terrifying art style in 2-D, along with the absurd monsters that roam around, Don’t Starve Together satisfies its genre as survival horror. Different from normal survivor games, Don’t Starve Together is a multiplayer game in which players must work together to gather resources, build shelter, and fend off hostile creatures in order to survive.
The game can be played with up to six players, and each player takes on the role of a different character with unique abilities and weaknesses. Don’t Starve Together offers a challenging and engaging survival experience, and its procedurally generated world ensures that players will always have something new to discover.
Rust is a renowned survival game in which you are stranded on an island and have to survive by collecting resources, building shelters, and defending yourself against other players and various hazards. Rust places a specific emphasis on player interaction and conflict. You can form alliances with others and work together, or you can choose to attack and raid each other’s bases in order to steal resources to gain an advantage.
Being a survival game it features a survival mechanic in which you have to gather food, water, and clothing in order to stay alive. This beloved game offers a unique blend of survival mechanics, PvP combat, and crafting which makes it a must-try for gamers around the world.
11. Alien: Isolation
Another survival-horror game on our list, Alien: Isolation, is based on the original Alien Movie and is set in the Alien universe. You play as Amanda Ripley as you try to uncover the reason behind your mother’s disappearance. The game requires you to be stealthy to avoid the Aliens and other enemies while completing objectives and finding resources to stay alive.
With Alien adapting to your moves and behavior, the game gets more intense and unpredictable. Focusing more on sneaking and stealth, Alien: Isolation gives a unique experience in the survival-horror game category.
With a plethora of survival games available on Steam Deck, picking out the cream of the lot can often be difficult. However, without our list of the best survival games, you can pick anyone from our article and have a guaranteed enjoyable experience. Let us know which survival game you like the most!
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