The 24 Best Post-Apocalyptic Games

Productions on the post-apocalypse started to appear more and more in many areas, especially with the increasing popularity of the zombie theme. Like The Long Dark, Wasteland, The Division and S.T.A.L.K.E.R., there are plenty of popular game series about the post-apocalypse in the game world.

If you like this theme and playing games, we can say that you are very lucky. Because there are many games that can make you feel like you are in that world with their successful atmospheres as well as carefully prepared detailed universes on this theme. Here are the best post-apocalyptic games you can play to step into destroyed worlds. 

The Best Post-Apocalyptic Games

Here are the best post-apocalyptic games you can give a try. 

Fallout 4

Release date: November 10, 2015

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Fallout series, which is one of the first names that come to mind when we say post-apocalyptic and role-playing, can be a very good choice for players who love the feeling of open world and exploration. If you like playing old games, you can start with Fallout: New Vegas, one of the legends of the game world, and if you are looking for a more up-to-date production, you can look at Fallout 4. Players looking for a more online experience can check out Fallout 76.

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Dying Light 2

Release date: February 4, 2022

Developer: Techland

Dying Light, which has managed to distinguish itself from other zombie-themed games with its unique parkour mechanics and an open world consisting of a huge parkour area, is more assertive than ever with its second game released this year. In this world where the virus has won, will you be able to survive in the City, one of the last settlements of humanity?

The Last of Us

Release date: June 14, 2013

Developer: Naughty Dog

The Last of Us, one of the most important game series of PlayStation, draws attention with its very strong and emotional story, although it is a game with a zombie theme. Exclusive to PlayStation, The Last of Us is one of the successful productions that every player who loves the post-apocalyptic theme should experience.

DOOM Eternal

Release date: March 20, 2020

Developer: id Software

DOOM Eternal, which comes to mind when it comes to high action dose, brutality, great music and fast pace, will be one of the best choices for players who love first-person shooters. In the production, which is about a universe where the armies of hell have invaded the world, you will play as the ‘Slayer’ and will be the nightmare of these enemies.

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The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series

Release date: October 29, 2020

Developer: Telltale Games, Skybound Games

The Walking Dead Telltale games, one of the most popular works of Telltale Games, are presented in a collected and renewed form under the name The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series. This series, which is a kind of production that we call an interactive story, also includes an adventure that will take more than 50 hours, shaped according to the choices you make. Promising one of the adventures that every player must give a chance with its challenging choices and unforgettable story, the production is one of the most popular productions of the game world.

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NieR: Automata

Release date: March 17, 2017

Developer: Platinum Games, Square Enix

Imagine a world where humans are exiled by the machines and send a force of Android soldiers as a last hope to reclaim Earth. That’s exactly how NieR:Automata is about such an Earth. NieR, where we will experience the fierce battle of androids and machines; ‘Hack and Slash’ stands out with its structure, music and story.

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Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: February 18, 2022

Developer: Guerrilla Games

Hosting one of the most interesting universes of the game world, Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West are about a time when machines rule the world and humanity returns to tribal life. Although Horizon Forbidden West is exclusive to PlayStation consoles, it is worth noting that Horizon Zero Dawn, the first game in the series, is also available on PC.

Death Stranding Director’s Cut

Release date: November 8, 2019


Death Stranding, the game of famous game producer Hideo Kojima, set in post-apocalyptic America, hosts a very interesting universe. Well, who wouldn’t want to be a courier in this interesting universe? In Death Stranding, where we play as Sam Porter Bridges, we go on long journeys and deliver important packages in this world full of aliens and dangers. With a very successful story, well-written characters, a nice atmosphere and an unusual concept, Death Stranding definitely deserves a chance.

Gears 5

Release date: September 10, 2019

Developer: The Coalition

The Gears of War series is a perfect production for players who love the “TPS” genre, which we call a third-person shooter. The series, which is about an occupied universe, also has successfully designed characters and a gripping story. Although not all games in the series are on PC (the old games were only released on Xbox), the renewed version of the first game and games 4 and 5 are also available on the PC side.

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Metro Exodus

Release date: February 14, 2019

Developer: 4A Games

If you want a story, atmosphere and a little bit of horror, the Metro series is for you. This world, where the world is plunged into a gigantic disaster and the survivors continue their lives in underground subways, is full of cruelty and sadness. Metro Exodus, a game with a first-person perspective, is also a very ambitious game in terms of atmosphere. How about giving this adventure a chance?


Release Date: July 19, 2022

Developer: BlueTwelve Studio

The most important issue that post-apocalyptic games should reflect on is to make us feel that the world has changed. Although Stray lags behind two giant productions such as Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarök with his debut last year, it deserves to be included in our list of the best post-apocalyptic games.

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Release Date: December 11, 2013

Developer: Graydon Hoare

Like many of the games on our list, Rust is an open world game. The only difference is that it’s multiplayer. The chaos of the world you fall into is completely complemented by the efforts of other players. That’s why you should be careful when setting up your base. Or they explode.

Days Gone

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Developer: Bend Studio

Days Gone is about a zombie epidemic. The game, in which we play Deacon St. John, a bounty hunter before the epidemic, has a loyal fan base. Despite the pressure on Sony for a new game – even autographs were collected – it remains unknown whether it will turn into a series.

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The Division

Release Date: March 8, 2016

Developer: Massive Entertainment

The Division is a game we play in what’s left of New York after an artificial virus, the Green Poison, spirals out of control and brings civilization to its knees. It’s a complete Tom Clancy game with its mechanics, but the post-apocalyptic New York imagery doesn’t draw the players in either.

Mad Max

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Developer: Avalanche Studios Group

Mad Max, which we know mostly from the movies, is not really related to the movies. The game, in which a different story is told from the movie, is welcomed by the players because of its mechanics and well-crafted open world. Although it gets repetitive after a point, it is undeniable that it is a good production.

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Release Date: January 2, 1988

Developer: inXile entertainment

The wasteland series is one of the best post-apocalyptic games. Lead your group trying to survive in arid lands with turn-based combat mechanics and character development. Witness the development of your characters while managing.

Resident Evil

Release Date: March 22, 1996

Developer: Capcom

Resident Evil is a series that is also famous for its movies. Although the original is a game series, the fan base of the game, which was brought to the big screen with the acting of Milla Jovovich, is quite large. After a disaster scenario, try to survive the epidemic disaster that the world has fallen into as a result of the dangerous experiments of the Umbrella Company.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Developer: Guerrilla Games

Horizon Zero Dawn has been making a name for itself with its originality since the day it was released. As players, we are trying to figure out that the game, which hides itself and reveals its story later, is a post-apocalyptic production. The second game of the production, which has become a series, was released last year.


Release Date: March 20, 2007

Developer: GSC Game World

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a survival game known to everyone. We are trying to survive in an area contaminated by the accident at S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which focuses on the nuclear explosion in Russia. The game is a great survival game, especially with its atmosphere, careful use of resources, and tense structure. You can also offer yourself a more challenging survival experience by downloading the mod called GAMMA.

The Long Dark

Release Date: September 22, 2014

Developer: Hinterland Studio

Are you looking for a post-apocalyptic survival game with a powerful and frightening atmosphere, where you warm up and fill your stomach while fighting a freezing winter? The Long Dark is exactly what you’re looking for. This production, which includes a piece of man’s struggle with nature and which has been going on for centuries, is a production that even those who are not very interested in the genre should play.

State of Decay 2

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Developer: Undead Labs

State of Decay 2 is a post-apocalyptic survival game that you can play with friends or alone. In State of Decay 2, set in a future where zombies have taken over the world, you manage a campus where the first steps of civilization are taken. You will decide how the campus will grow, and what kind of people will live, and you will take the ropes of the settlement in your hands.


Release Date: March 20, 2013

Developer: Lo-Fi Games

Kenshi is one of the most complex, detailed, immersive, challenging, and yet most enjoyable survival games on the market. The production, which has one of the largest maps the game world has ever seen, never restricts you and manages to surprise you with everything it does. In Kenshi you can write your own adventure and play the game completely by your own rules.


Release Date: October 16, 2019

Developer: The Farm 51

Just like S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Chernobylite is a survival game after a nuclear explosion. Chernobylite also includes mechanics such as building a base, controlling supporting characters, and role-playing, and the story of the game is shaped according to the decisions you make. If you’re looking for a well-story, center-building, resource-managed survival game, Chernobylite is one of the best post-apocalyptic games you should look into.

This War Of Mine

Release Date: November 14, 2014

Developer: 11 Bit Studios

This War Of Mine, one of the most loved and quality names in the independent game world, tells the story of people whose lives were destroyed and shattered after the war. The production, in which you loot materials to survive and kill other people unintentionally, also offers you a real post-war life experience with its atmosphere.

We have come to the end of our list of the best post-apocalyptic games. Although there are so many options to consider, it is not possible to add every post-apocalyptic game to the list. We look forward to your suggestions in the comments.

Written by Jordan Bevan


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