We’ve all wondered how we would survive in a life or death situation with nothing but your nards to the wind for company. Scraping by with what little resources you can muster before eventually going on to become the hyper-violent equivalent of Robinson Crusoe. That’s exactly what the best survival games do, to make you feel like the ruler of your own cultivated kingdom.

While they were once in vogue in a big way, much like battle royale games are today, the demand for survival games isn’t quite what it used to be, but those who love them really love them.

There’s a belief that a lot of them follow a similar blueprint, faults and all. Many survival games launch in Early Access and refuse to leave for the longest time; a couple of entries on this list are certainly guilty of that.

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