Rust is one of the most popular video games in the world, and for very good reason. The survival game which was initially released in 2013 had its full version come out five years later and is still a powerhouse on PC and consoles. Rust lets players build bases and join forces to help their chances of survival in a world where pretty much everything wants to take you out.
Because of the success of Rust, there have been many similar games that are based on survival and being part of a team. If you’ve been enjoying Rust for years and want to give some other games a try, these five will certainly whet your whistle while also giving you a teensy break from the world of Rust.
DayZ is an online multiplayer game released for the PC in 2018 and for consoles in 2019. It takes place in the fictional town of Chernarus, based in Russia. Where most of the world has been ravaged by a virus that turns them violent and infected, players must use the few essentials they start with to survive while searching for more supplies and are left to kill off the infected. The other players in the game can team up with you, do their own thing, or work against you by killing your player.
The Forest is a survival game developed by Endnight Games, released in 2018 for PC and PlayStation 4. Your character, Eric LeBlanc, is lost in a densely forested area after the plane he and his son were traveling in crashed. He must search for his son Timmy in the heavily wooded area, where he discovers a tribe of cannibalistic mutants that live beneath the surface and in surrounding caves. Throughout the game, you’ll remain unsure if the tribe is hostile towards you, or not. There are supplies spread throughout the forest that you can gather, along with the ability to craft tools with said items.
Valheim is a survival game developed by Iron Gate Studio, released in 2021 for PC and set to be released for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S in 2023. In Valheim you play as a Viking in an open-world environment where you must craft, build, forage, mine, and fight enemies to survive. You have a variety of locations to choose from when creating your worlds, such as meadows, mountains, the Black Forest, swamps, oceans, and the Mistlands, to name a few. Valheim also features multiplayer capabilities where you can play with up to ten players.
ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved is an open-world survival game focused on action and adventure, developed by Studio Wildcard and released in 2017. In the game, you’re challenged to survive the treacherous landscape known as the Ark. The Ark is a world inhabited by nearly 200 creatures like dinosaurs, mythical creatures, robots, and other players as well. It’s your job to train the creatures while focusing on your survival by building a camp, and monitoring their stamina, thirst, hunger, and overall health. There’s also the threat of other players in the game who can decide to be nefarious, or team up with players. The creatures can be ridden and obey your commands after being tamed.
7 Days to Die
Developed by The Fun Pimps, 7 Days to Die is an open-world survival horror game available for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You play as a survivor of the nuclear devastation of the Third World War in a small, fictional town in Arizona. While focusing on gathering supplies and surviving, you must fight off infected humans that have turned into zombies. Although a fun game for those who enjoy games like Rust and those on our list, the developers ceased any plans for adding to the game series.