Post-apocalyptic Games

Post-apocalyptic video games are part of a subgenre of science fiction, fantasy, and horror media that spans multiple categories of game from role-playing games and first-person shooters to survival horror and simulations.

The best way to think about post-apocalyptic video games is as a descriptor of the setting of the video game and less than the particular subgenre of a title given that a post-apocalyptic video game can literally be any type of game, including even puzzle games.

These games tend to feature a narrative that focuses on the aftermath of a cataclysmic event which can be anything from a population-decimating plague to nuclear war and the ever-popular zombie outbreak or the always reliable asteroid colliding into Earth. Typically the environments are bleak and depressing with civilization scattered to nonexistent.

A particularly strong theme in the Fallout series of role-playing games, post-apocalyptic video games often pit different factions of survivors against one another, each motivated by their own aims, some of which are rational while others are inscrutable to our sensibilities. Post-apocalyptic video games most of the time warp or distort the culture of the pre-disaster civilization, often leading to familiar yet vastly different organizations. Classic examples of this include the doomsday cult that thinks they called it right to the military holdouts on a base in the hinterlands.

A universal theme found in all post-apocalyptic video games is that civilization is a precious, fragile construct that is only held together by delicate threads that are easily sundered when necessity calls for it.

Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 is a turn-based, CRPG from the developers over at inXile Entertainment, the same team behind The Bard’s Tale and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge but does have the producer of the classic ...

Mist Survival

Mist Survival

Mist Survival is a downloadable single-player survival sandbox, available on PC since the 15th August 2018, and launched as an Early Access title. The game was developed by Rati Wattanakornprasit, ...

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter is a downloadable management simulation game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and Behaviour Interactive. The game was released on 14th June 2015 and was published by Bethesda ...

Fallout 3

Fallout 3

Is Fallout 3 (a downloadable action RPG from 2008)  worth your time? You bet. Originally brought to life by Interplay back in 1997 for the PC, the Fallout series of games has always prided itself on ...

Fear The Wolves

Fear The Wolves

Here comes Fear the Wolves, another downloadable battle royale title. In what is becoming the dominant new genre of the past year, battle royale games show no sign of slowing down in their campaign ...

Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid is an open world, post-apocalyptic survival game developed by The Indie Stone Studios. It was first released on Nov. 8 of 2013 and remains in early access as of now with consistent ...

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, the upcoming Fallout 76 online multiplayer first-person shooter role-playing game set in the Fallout universe looks set to ...

Earthfall

Earthfall

Earthfall is a cooperative FPS game on PC and was originally released on the 13th July 2018. The game was developed by Holospark, a team known typically for their VR titles, but have finally jumped ...