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The Best Survival Games PS4 / PS5: Our 5 Favorites

Explore a world, collect, build, fight and stay alive. Many games contain exactly this game principle, which fascinates us so much. But there are many differences that make up the quality in the end.

Numerous survival games are available on the Playstation and challenge many Gamers day to day. We asked ourselves which of the many available titles are the best survival games on PS4 / PS5 we played so far.

We share your fascination for survival games and would like to make the search for a suitable title for you easier. Et voilà – here comes our top 5 ranking for you.


5. The Forest

In this survival horror simulator, the goal is to survive as long as possible in a creepy forest after a plane crash. The island you are on is populated by native cannibals, from which you must beware and build a safe shelter as soon as possible. You’ll explore caves together with friends or on your own, cut down trees, build a settlement and equip yourself with all the necessary resources to gear up against the tribe. There is also the option to enjoy the title at your leisure without monsters. In February 2023, the sequel “Sons Of The Forest” is scheduled to be released for PC and very likely later on PS4 / PS5.

In The Forest, you fight against native cannibals for bare survival, as you can see in this screenshot: The player can be seen in first-person perspective. In his left hand he holds a blue lighter, in his right hand, he holds a burning object. He is standing in the middle of a green forest flooded with daylight. In the background, we see two bizarre-looking cannibals that have discovered the player and are running toward him.
The Forest (Source: Endnight Games)

The Forest is available on PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, and PC and can be purchased for PS4 via this link.


4. DayZ

Old but gold. As one of the first survival games on PS4, DayZ has made a name for itself and corresponds to a classic zombie-defending game with a high degree of realism, which is also reflected in the pretty graphics. A virus has turned humanity into zombies. You must defend yourself, either alone or together with other survivors, against the numerous infected and fight for bare survival. How you stay alive is up to you: Search empty buildings for resources, fight your way through the wilderness, or rob other players. A huge open world is waiting for you to explore and conquer, including crafting and vehicles. DayZ is really hard but also extremely satisfying and exciting!

In this image, which is a screenshot from the game DayZ, a player armed with a Kalashnikov is walking straight down an abandoned street in daylight, where there are many destroyed cars. The player is shown in a slight bottom view from behind in the wide shot and on the right side of the image. The road runs from the foreground of the picture into the background. The dense forest is shown next to the road on both sides. The wrecked cars are seen staggered on the left side of the road, pointing in the direction of the viewer.
DayZ (Source: Bohemia Interactive)

The game is available on PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and PC and can be purchased for PS4 via this link.


3. 7 Days To Die

This survival game can be considered a much fancier Minecraft, but with gravity, so the blocks don’t float in the air. In addition, the title features a few RPG elements, such as abilities and experience points. In the game, you’ll traverse different biomes alone or with friends, which are designed very diversely, and you’ll encounter a wide variety of buildings and even small cities. But beware, there might be zombies hiding everywhere! Together with friends, you can build all sorts of things or equip existing buildings with numerous defense mechanisms to defend yourselves against the many roaming zombies, which become very active, especially at night.

Here we see a screenshot from the game 7 Days To Die, where two zombies are running towards the player, who is armed with a revolver in a desert area by daylight. The player is seen in first-person perspective and aims his gun at the opponent's head, which is directly in front of him. The environment resembles that of the Wild West. A road runs from left to right and several wooden buildings and a destroyed carriage can be seen. In the background, an orange mountain range stretches out, and above it the sky with clouds. This game is considered one of the best survival games for PS4 and PS5.
7 Days To Die (Source: The Fun Pimps)

The game is available on PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, PC, Linux and macOS and can be purchased for PS4 via this link.


2. ARK: Survival Evolved

This title is certainly one of the crazier sandbox games. Here you are transported to a solitary island without any tools or clothing. But lonely? Not really! Because on this piece of land, numerous dinosaurs might give you trouble. Play alone or with friends, learn many new technologies/skills and create futuristic equipment. Tame dinos to be able to ride or fly on them! The goal of the game is to complete many different boss battles in order to defeat the final enemy on the volcano. Breathtaking combat moments await you, an extensive skill system, and overall pure fun. A must for all Jurassic Park fans!

You can see the cover of the game ARK: Survival Evolved, which is currently very popular among survival games for PS4 and PS5. In the picture, we can see four different characters riding different tamed dinosaurs and fighting each other, in a slight under-view and in daylight. One of the four players is riding a giant T-Rex. Above the players, several pterosaurs are flying on the right side of the image. In the background, you can see the blue sky with clouds and a smoking volcano. In the foreground tufts of grass rise up and trees on the left and right are shown.
ARK: Survival Evolved (Source: Studio Wildcard)

The game is available on PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, PC, Linux, macOS, and Google Stadia and can be purchased for PS4 via this link.


1. Rust

This multiplayer survival hit is available for PS4 since 2020 and is also playable on the PS5. Fight your thirst, kill animals to satisfy your hunger, and build a shelter to survive against the cold. Join forces with other players and build a settlement together. But be careful; this game can also be very brutal! Players can also turn against you, steal your supplies or even kill you to get food or gear. A particularly challenging but also extremely rewarding survival game for PS4 and PS5.

In this picture, we can see the cover of the game Rust, which can be considered one of the best survival games for PS4 and PS5. The cover shows a game character in a red and yellow combat outfit including a full helmet in the lower half of the picture, holding a rifle in his hand and looking at the viewer. He stands in front of a black-and-white background, in which the landscape and parts of buildings can be seen. Above the figure is the logo and the title of the game "Rust" in gray capital letters.
Rust (Source: Facepunch Studios)

The game is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PC, Linux, and macOS
and can be purchased for PS4 via this link.


There are not only good survival games on PS4

We hope that our list is helpful in your search for the next adventure! Good luck with survival! In case other genres appeal to you more, feel free to check out our lists for the best city building games,  the best free RPG games, the best free FPS games, and games like It Takes Two.

Is an important title missing on this list? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.


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