7 Days to Die is a popular survival horror video game that allows its players to live in the virtual world for 7 days and attempt to stand up against the zombie invasion. During the course of these 7 days, you are allowed to roam around the open world gathering resources and building your own shelter. This shelter needs to be upgraded over the course of time so that you are able to withstand the zombie invasion at the end of the 7th day. Now there are many more games out there that takes this concept and strives to build on it; so we decided to make a list of the best ones for quick access purposes. Here is the list of video games similar to 7 Days to Die that are our recommendations. You can play these games like 7 Days to Die on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Android, mac or even online.
6. State of Decay 2 (2018)
‘State of Decay 2’ is the direct sequel to the stealth based survival video game developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios in the year 2018 for Microsoft Windows PC and Xbox One platforms. It manages to build on the concepts of the original game and polishes the combat mechanics, which seemed a bit clunky to be honest. However, the premise of the game remains the same: survive with a team of friends in a world that’s being taken over by zombies. It retains focus on scavenging mechanics where you need to search and explore the wide open game world for resources and crafting components. You also need to be stealthier in your approach as the zombies seem more intelligent and are able to trace you out more effectively. This was again a complaint from gamers which has been improved upon.
Crafting items in the game also seem quite fluid with the user interface being enhanced from the previous version. It now feels a lot more intuitive and things can be done faster. Multiplayer aspects of the game are also on point. It becomes extremely fun to choose the different playable characters, all with their unique abilities and then join a group of goofy friends in order to shoot some zombies. At times, the game can get quite intense as you will find a horde of zombies on your tail simply because you deviated from the path and got detected by that one loner creep. We definitely recommend this game to you if you like survival games like ‘7 Days to Die’ due to the varied gameplay mechanics and the amount of customization options.
5. Mist Survival (2018)
‘Mist Survival’ is another popular zombie based survival game developed and published by Rati Wattanakornprasit in the year 2018. The game is entirely single player and no plans for a multiplayer support have been announced till date. It is still in the early access stage, so nothing can be said as of now. However, going by the recent press releases by the developers, it seems they plan to keep the game entirely a single player experience. This is based on their plans to improve the AI and introduce new types of enemies in the game instead of a multiplayer focused approach. However, we all know that games tend to become much more immersive when it is single player, so we are not judging. Also, going by the recent reviews on Steam, it seems like the game is generating a lot of positive response from fans. We have a lot of high hopes for the final release of this one and hence highly recommend players of games like ‘7 Days to Die’ to try it out and provide feedback.
Mist Survival is quite sandboxy in nature and places the player in the shoes of a survivor who has managed to evade the recent virus outbreak that’s wreaking havoc all over the world. At further notice, it becomes clear that you are immune to the virus and are not ‘turning’ like others around you. Now your main focus shifts to survival. You must traverse through the well detailed city looting each building and scavenging resources. Management of the said resources are also extremely important for survival and does take a few rounds of death to figure out the best items. All is well when the sun is up and shining, but when the mist pours in, everything changes. The infected come out in droves in search of any humans they might have missed. Can you escape the search?
4. Dead Island 2 (2019)
You know when you plan a vacation at the beach and you arrive to find the sun up high, the pristine blue waters shimmering back at you and the beach crowded with people with their kids only to notice on closer inspection that they are zombies? No? Well, you obviously haven’t been to Hanoi yet, so pack your bags, tuck in your zombie survival kit and load up an adventure of your lifetime! ‘Dead Island 2’ is an upcoming sequel to the popular survival horror action role playing game ‘Dead Island’ that promises to improve on the mechanics of the base game and also provide a varied gameplay experience for the user. A release date has not yet been confirmed by Sumo Digital, the developers of the game, but if rumors are to be believed, then we can expect the game at the end of 2019.
Unlike the first game which was set in Banoi, Dead Island 2 will spread across three American locations. San Francisco and Los Angeles are two locations that have been confirmed by the developers but we are yet to receive news on the third one. The rage and crafting mechanics make a comeback in the game in addition to newer mechanics that have been teased but not yet revealed. With the development cycle of the game going on a positive note, we have reasons to believe that this will be one of the best zombie survival games of the year. Still, we are being a bit cautious and not placing this game high up on the list. If it does manage to live up to its expectations, then we will definitely consider bumping it up a notch or two. Fans of ‘7 Days to Die’ will definitely find the game interesting and if you cannot wait for the release, why not try out the original title and get a feel for it?
3. Scum (2018)
‘Scum’ is an extremely realistic zombie survival game where you are required to escape and fight zombies in order to survive for the maximum amount of time possible. The game can get quite intense at times and requires quick thinking to escape from perilous situations. The premise of the game is that you have escaped from prison in a deserted island that has been hit by the zombie plague. Since everyone has left, you along with the other prisoners have managed to escape but find yourself in a world infested by zombies. To make things worse, the mechs in the surrounding area that are tasked with protecting the key locations on the map are still programmed to be hostile to prisoners. So in addition to fighting zombies, you need to save your character from the wrath of these mechanical monsters.
When you start the game, you only have a basic prisoner’s outfit but that can be quickly trimmed to make a backpack. Branches can be broken off trees and used as a primitive weapon until you find something more ‘handy’. The game really does focus a lot on hand to hand combat as guns are really hard to come by and you literally won’t find any for the first half hour of the game. This is assuming you have luck like others and are not some kind of survival god. The role playing aspects of the game are extremely in depth and realistic and once one opens the relative menu for the first time, it is easy to get overwhelmed. In addition to hydration, which is quite common in such games, you are also required to maintain every type of nutrition imaginable. This includes all types of vitamins, proteins and other essentials that you can think of. If you don’t manage to do so, your character passes out.
Most of the game revolves around you sneaking behind zombies and rummaging for loot in the game world. During the course of gameplay, you will come across several other players that are playing the game in real time. You are able to communicate with them directly using your microphone and depending on the conversation, you can choose to take them out. Once a player has been taken out, you can loot their bodies and then cut it up for meat. Yes, food can be so scarce in the game that you are sometimes forced into cannibalism! This is one game we highly recommend to fans of ‘7 Days to Die’, mainly because of the similarities in gameplay and in-depth role playing mechanics.
2. Don’t Starve (2013)
‘Don’t Starve’ is an extremely well made rogue-like zombie survival game developed by Klei Entertainment and published by 505 games in the year 2013 for Microsoft Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Linux, OS X, android and iOS devices. Phew! That was a mouthful! You can already tell that the game is extremely popular due to the sheer number of platforms it is available on. This makes it extremely accessible and also manages to stay relevant in the gaming community after so many years. It also happens to be one of the highest rated survival games of all time due to its rogue-like and innovative gameplay mechanics.
The main aim of the game is to survive in an open world infested by zombies using just your instincts and the resources available around you. The game places you in a small forest clearing with just a camp and a campfire. You need to get to work fast if you even want to stand a chance of surviving through the first night. The crafting mechanics for the game are so in-depth and the game world is generated in such a manner that it will make sure that no two games are the same. You need to scavenge materials from your immediate surrounding and start crafting basic items that are required for survival.
At night, the zombies are relentless and will start attacking. If you do not have the proper defences, death is almost unavoidable. Like most survival games, death is permanent and ends the session, save for a few rare items that grant you immortality. The idea is to survive for the longest time possible. Score is counted in the form of days and you earn twenty experience points for each day you manage to survive in the game. Due to the gameplay getting harder as each day passes, the question is not whether you manage to survive from the zombies but for how long? If you like playing games like ‘7 Days to Die’, you definitely should play through this one as there are various recurring mechanics and innovate gameplay options.
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1. The Forest (2018)
‘The Forest’ is one of my favourite survival horror video games and I cannot recommend it enough to people who like playing stuff like ‘7 Days to Die’. It is one of the most polished survival horror experiences that manage to captivate the player right from its first playthrough. It not only contains in-depth survival mechanics, but also a gripping moralistic crust around the covering.
You wake up after surviving a plane crash to find yourself in the middle of a forest. As you gather your bearings, you see your son being dragged off by cannibals. Now it’s up to you to scavenge through the area, explore the surroundings and uncover the secrets of the tribal race. At first glance, it might seem that the cannibals are performing a heinous act and should be put down at all costs, but then again give the notion another thought. They are simply carrying out the acts that come to the best of their thoughts. It is we who are disturbing the peace and the sanctity of their lands by crashing a plane and invading their sanctum. Yet, what needs to be done must be done. The choices are yours and yours alone. The survival and crafting mechanics are very similar to ‘7 Days to Die’ and at times, even more in-depth. We definitely recommend this game to people who like playing survival horror games.
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