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Best Survival Games On PS Plus | Games Rants

Sony revamped PlayStation Plus in 2022, making the service a viable candidate as an instant games library for anyone willing to invest in a monthly subscription. Basically, Sony combined PS Plus with PS Now, an arguably wise decision since the latter had struggled to fully overcome its initial underwhelming reputation. Now, players can subscribe to three tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium. While the former category mainly provides online support and a handful of free titles per month, the latter tiers have hundreds of games from across PlayStation’s history.


Unsurprisingly, PS Plus Extra and Premium have most genres covered in some form or another. Their libraries have plenty of open-world, horror, Metroidvania, action, and first-person shooter games, including both AAA and indie releases. While not as plentiful as most of those categories, survival games are also presented on PS Plus; in fact, the service has some of the genre’s greatest titles.

If a game has a physical version, an Amazon link will be provided in case someone prefers to buy a copy.

HowLongtoBeat was used as a source for each game’s average length.


Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles bow attack monster

Platform

PS4

Release Date

May 8, 2018

Developer

Funcom

Other Genres

Action-Adventure

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

36 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Conan Exiles somewhat stumbled out of the gate when it debuted in 2018, but Funcom’s survival game is nowadays well-established as a prominent minor player in the online scene. Obviously, it is never going to reach Overwatch 2 or Fortnite levels of exposure, and nor should it try to appeal to such a wide and casual audience. Conan Exiles stands out because it is fairly challenging and mature, even going as far as to incorporate a few mechanics and ideas that have attracted criticism over the years.

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In terms of survival mechanics, Conan Exiles has many of the genre’s fundamentals, including resource and meter management, deep crafting, and combat. Although primarily designed with community and online play in mind, Funcom’s title does contain a story in an attempt to satisfy people looking for something closer to a single-player campaign.

Dysmantle

Dysmantle Survival Game

Platform

PS5, PS4

Release Date

November 06, 2020

Developer

10tons

Other Genres

RPG, Open-World

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

33 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Dysmantle lives up to its name. 10tons’ open-world RPG is set during a zombie apocalypse, resulting in a fittingly lonely and dangerous world. While by no means terrible, the game’s setting and story are fairly run-of-the-mill, even if they both feature a couple of unique touches that help distinguish them from their many peers. However, what really sets Dysmantle apart is its destruction, gathering, and crafting mechanics, which all combine to create a deeply satisfying gameplay loop that expands nicely and naturally over the course of a few dozen hours.

Basically, Dysmantle encourages players to break their surroundings to collect resources to craft things like food and tools. As a survivor’s arsenal expands, so do their destructive capabilities, allowing them to tear apart aspects of the world that previously held strong. This system works really well and encourages experimentation, even if Dysmantle‘s selection of weapons is not especially vast. Visually, the title utilizes an isometric camera angle akin to something like Diablo 3, and that comparison also extends to its colorful presentation.

Stranded Deep

Tora-Tora map mod for Stranded Deep

Platform

PS4

Release Date

April 21, 2020

Developer

Beam Team

Other Genres

First-Person Adventure

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

16 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Is there a setup that screams “survival” more than a plane crash in the middle of a vast ocean? Stranded Deep is, in many ways, a prototypical survival game, albeit one that does the fundamentals so well that it succeeds in setting itself apart from the genre’s many other offerings. After their emergency landing, players find themselves stuck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with only a lifeboat and some supplies to their name, and they will instantly have to make an important decision as they pick which of the islands generated for that playthrough they should visit first. Once there, they will have to start working toward satisfying a few survival staples: food, tools, and shelter.

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While not devoid of accessibility options, Stranded Deep is arguably at its best with permadeath enabled. The game can be punishingly difficult since even seemingly small mistakes can send players spiraling toward an early grave, and while having to restart can be frustrating for newcomers who are still coming to grips with the mechanics, permadeath heightens the tension so much that it transforms Stranded Deep into a different beast. Still, if someone opts against this option, they will still be left with a well-done game that has style and substance.

Far Cry Primal (Survivor Mode)

player and mammoths attacking enemies

Platform

PS4

Release Date

February 23, 2016

Developer

Ubisoft Montreal

Other Genres

Open-World

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

15 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Amazon Listing Page

Far Cry Primal

Except for perhaps Far Cry 2, none of Ubisoft’s main entries truly qualify as survival games, even though they drop players in inhospitable worlds filled with armies of people who want them dead. However, Primal is not a typical Far Cry experience, and that goes beyond just its 10,000 BC setting. Obviously, this shift removes modern weaponry and vehicles, limiting players to things like a bow and arrow and ridable beasts. These changes lend themselves to a survival twist, even if they are surface-level since Primal otherwise retains many of the typical mechanics associated with the main entries. The game also does not overemphasize its story, preferring to encourage players to explore the world as they steadily try to establish their tribe as the region’s dominant one.

Primal‘s standard mode might be able to scratch a player’s survival itch, but they can also just try Survivor Mode if they want a significant challenge. Released as a free update, this mode introduces things like permadeath for both the player and their animal companions, removes the minimap, introduces a stamina bar, limits resources, and makes predators more dangerous and unpredictable. This mode turns Far Cry Primal into one of the best survival games on PS Plus, although anyone who is just looking for a prehistoric open-world romp should just stick to the vanilla version.

How To Survive 2

how to survive 2 game

Platform

PS4

Release Date

October 29, 2015

Developer

EKO Software

Other Genres

Third-Person Action-Adventure

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

30 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

How to Survive 2 is a pure survival experience, in the sense that the only goal is to exist within a zombie apocalypse. There is no chopper waiting on top of a building or a complex narrative that ponders if humans are the real monsters. Whether solo or with a few friends, players will spend their time exploring the map in search of resources, crafting items, and fortifying their base of operations to withstand the undead hordes.

As basic as all this might sound, How to Survive 2 succeeds since it is built on a strong gameplay loop that is tailor-made for co-op. The game utilizes a mission system that transports players into self-contained areas, a change from its predecessor’s open-world structure. In theory, this alteration does not seem ideal for a survival game, but How to Survive 2 uses it to cut the fat and provide a stronger overall package.

Unturned

Unturned game zombies

Platform

PS4

Release Date

July 07, 2014

Developer

Nelson Sexton

Other Genres

Sandbox

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

50 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Unturned has enjoyed a surprisingly long shelf life, with the game still averaging a player count of over 20,000 on Steam. While not necessarily bringing a lot of innovation to the zombie sandbox genre, Unturned‘s appeal lies in the freedom its gameplay provides. After spawning into a map, players have to fend for themselves, which means managing their food supply, finding and upgrading weapons, and avoiding radiation.

Now, Unturned is at its best on PC due to its robust modding scene. However, the PS4 version is more than decent, especially for solo play sessions. While dated in some ways, Unturned is still one of the best survival games on PS Plus Extra.

Frostpunk: Console Edition

Frostpunk Screenshot

Platform

PS4

Release Date

October 11, 2019

Developer

11 bit studios

Other Genres

City-Building

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

11 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Amazon Listing Page

Frostpunk: Console Edition

In most survival games on PS Plus Extra, players only have to protect themselves. However, Frostpunk goes a hundred steps further by putting players in charge of an entire group and, before long, a city. Set in a grueling winter, The Captain has to manage productivity and morale while making tough decisions such as which buildings should be kept closest to the steam engine and, by extension, the heat.

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Frostpunk is unforgiving, particularly during its opening few hours. Mistakes will be made and as things start to circle the drain, players will have to decide what lengths they are willing to go to in order to survive.

Fallout: New Vegas (Hardcore Mode)

Image from Fallout: New Vegas showing the Courier in front of the titular Strip.

Platform

PS3

Release Date

October 19, 2010

Developer

Obsidian Entertainment

Other Genres

Open-World RPG

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

30 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

No

Amazon Listing Page

Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition

On normal difficulty, Fallout: New Vegas is a story-driven action RPG with almost no survival elements except for the typical challenges found in most sandbox projects. However, Obsidian included a Hardcore mode that pushes the gameplay toward the survival genre, even incorporating mechanics like Dehydration and Starvation that are absent in a standard run. Meter monitoring is one of the central components of survival games, and Hardcore brings this element to Fallout: New Vegas.

This option also changes the way a few items work; for instance, Stimpaks heal the Courier over a short period rather than instantly. While Hardcore does not impact the story, the mode greatly alters the flow of gameplay as players are given a lot more to think about than just outlasting enemies. Prepping becomes crucial to surviving the Wasteland.

Fallout 4 (Survival Mode)

fallout 4 art showing the protagonist with a dog in the wasteland

Platform

PS4

Release Date

November 10, 2015

Developer

Bethesda Game Studios

Other Genres

Open-World RPG

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

30 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Amazon Listing Page

Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition

Fallout 4‘s Survival mode comes across as an expansion of New Vegas‘s Hardcore, albeit with even harsher alterations to the standard game. Along with introducing things like Hunger, Exhaustion, and Fatigue, Survival disables Fast Travel, weighted ammo, and restrictions on things such as workshop inventory.

Considering vanilla Fallout 4 is not particularly challenging, Survival is a significantly different experience from the base game. If someone has only ever played the standard mode of Fallout 4, they should give this option a try as it turns Bethesda’s title into one of the best survival games on PS Plus.

Terraria

Terraria, Meteorite ore

Platform

PS4

Release Date

November 11, 2014

Developer

Re-Logic

Other Genres

Adventure Sandbox

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

100 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

Amazon Listing Page

Terraria

In truth, Terraria is a bit of a stretch to describe as a survival title; however, as PlayStation classifies the game as such, it deserves a mention. Regardless of genre, Terraria is among the best games on PS Plus Extra, and the sandbox project has so much content and depth that it is likely to hit the mark with most people.

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In terms of actual survival mechanics, Terraria tasks players with building shelter and weapons, so the game is not completely devoid of genre staples. After a few hours, the campaign’s main focus starts to revolve around exploration, resource gathering, and boss fights, all of which are engaging.

Fade To Silence

fade to silence game

Platform

PS4

Release Date

December 14, 2017

Developer

Black Forest Games

Other Genres

Open-World

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

36 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

In 2019, Fade to Silence came and went, making very little of an impression on the gaming landscape as it garnered a collective shrug from critics. Although rough around the edges and far from the best PS Plus survival game, Black Forest’s project merits a mention just in case a subscriber has exhausted most of the genre’s obvious representatives on Sony’s service. Simply put, there are not many survival games that do not also come with a side of horror, and for all its flaws, Fade to Silence does at least provide a reasonably prototypical experience for its genre.

As Ash, players explore a decently sized open-world while at the mercy of an aggressive weather system. Naturally, Ash needs to constantly monitor his vitals to ensure that he does not starve or freeze to death. To make matters a bit more interesting, the map is home to some rather creative monsters. Fade to Silence has a real-time combat system that is slightly more robust than some other survival games, although it is a bit clunky.

Surviving Mars

City building domes on Mars

Platform

PS4

Release Date

March 15, 2018

Developer

Haemimont Games, Abstraction Games

Other Genres

City-Building

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

20 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

PS Plus Extra’s best city-builder survival game is Frostpunk, but Surviving Mars is a respectable entry in the niche genre in its own right. As the title suggests, the game puts players in charge of establishing a colony on the Red Planet. Naturally, such a hostile environment comes with its share of dangers, and mistakes will be made that lead to disastrous conclusions. Surviving Mars has a couple of modes that tweak the difficulty; for instance, Creative emphasizes the city-building aspect, making it a great pick for anyone who is not really looking for a survival game.

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Conversely, Survival Mode is the direct opposite, although it does not ramp up the difficulty to absurd levels either. Basically, players are left to make their own decisions (and missteps) as they try to keep their colonists alive, which means monitoring standard survival genre resources like oxygen and food. Someone’s first few runs are likely to result in failure, but they should be treated as educational experiences that will eventually allow a colony to survive and maybe even thrive.

Tokyo Jungle

animals in tokyo jungle

Platform

PS3

Release Date

September 25, 2012

Developer

Crispy’s!

Other Genres

Action

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

18 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

No

Tokyo Jungle is odd. The game was difficult to decipher when it dropped in 2012, and time has done little to change that. While rough around the edges, Tokyo Jungle is still a fairly impressive project, particularly if someone goes into the game with little to no expectations. It is quirky, sporadically dark, and bizarrely charming. With humanity nothing but a memory, the titular city has transformed into a literal urban jungle, which means animals of all sorts roam the streets.

Alongside a story mode that runs through a few of the playable animals, Tokyo Jungle also has a survival option that allows players to pick a beast and try to make a living. Over the course of years, the animal will hunt as they seek to survive the dangers brought on by the city’s other inhabitants along with things like the weather.

Escape Dead Island

escape dead island cliff attacking zombie

Platform

PS3

Release Date

November 18, 2014

Developer

Fatshark

Other Genres

Adventure

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

6 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

No

Escape Dead Island is the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z of the zombie franchise. Along with being stark departures from the mainline entries, both games are seen as the black sheep of their respective licenses. While these titles largely deserve their negative reputations, unlike Yaiba, Escape Dead Island has a few things in its favor that make it almost recommendable.

A linear third-person survival adventure game, Escape Dead Island chronicles Cliff’s descent into madness, and this journey is by far the package’s strongest element. The main Dead Island games do not lean all that heavily into survival territory since they generally try to empower players, but the same does not really apply to the spin-off. Cliff is in a genuine battle for his survival.

The Long Dark

Will in The Long Dark

Platform

PS4

Release Date

August 1, 2017

Developer

Hinterland Studio

Other Genres

First-Person Open-World

Approximate Game Length (Main Story)

22 Hours

Available With PS Plus Extra

Yes

The world’s electronics have gone offline, leaving players to survive in the freezing Canadian wilderness. The Long Dark has two modes: Survival and Wintermute. While the gameplay loop is largely consistent between the two, the latter follows a story that is split into episodes. The plot is nothing to write home about, but it provides a sense of structure for players who prefer some direction.

Survival mode is The Long Dark‘s bread and butter, and it is fantastic. After spawning in one of the map’s many regions, players have to try and survive for as long as possible. Wildlife and frostbite are just a few things that can lead to a quick death.

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