Top Post Apocalyptic Video Games

The post-apocalyptic games in this list cover a wide range of genre and settings, including present day/near future, distant future, alternative history and many more. A related theme or sub-theme of post-apocalyptic setting is a zombie apocalypse, more great games from this setting can be found on this list of Top Zombie Apocalypse Games.

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Release Date: Oct 28, 2009

Genre: Action Role Playing Game
Game Modes: Single player
Game Series: Fallout
Fallout 3 picks up the story from Fallout 2. Set just 36 years after the events of Fallout 2, players take on the role of a survivor from Vault 101. After the unfortunate disappearance of the protagonist's father, he sets out from the Vault in hopes of finding him. The Fallout 3 setting takes place in Capital City, which is the ruins of Washington DC. The game features a lot of new features such as V.A.T.S, Companions, Detailed ability/attribute trees and much more. The game also does an excellent job of staying true to the story rich game play that was found in the first two Fallout games. There are five different DLC packs released for Fallout 3, which makes the total amount of game play available rather staggering. The DLC Packs include "Operation: Anchorage", "The Pitt", "Broken Steel", "Point Lookout", and "Mothership Zeta".
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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 Screenshot
Fallout 4 Screenshot. © Bethesda Softworks

Release Date: Nov 10, 2015
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Genre: Action Role Playing Game
Theme: Post-Apocalyptic
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player

The latest chapter in the Fallout series of post apocalyptic video games is also one of the best. In it players will once again take on the role of a Vault survivor as they venture out into an unknown wasteland. This time the game is set in the New England/Boston area of what was the former United States.

The game's expansive world is a true open game world where players have the freedom to do many side quests and based building in addition to the over arching story based missions. The game is polished with fantastic graphics and visuals coupled with intuitive game mechanics that has helped make the series so popular.

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Wasteland
Wasteland. © EA

Release Date: 1988

Genre: RPG
Game Modes: Single player
Game Series: Wasteland

Wasteland is set in the desert of Nevada in the year 2087, nearly 90 years after the United States of America has been destroyed by a nuclear war. Players control a party of four soldiers, remnants of the United States Army, known as Desert Rangers. The Desert Rangers are tasked with examining a number of disturbances in the surrounding areas. Players move the party to various cities and locations on the wide area map, which expand when entered, allowing the player to search, converse with nonplayer characters(NPCs), and take part in combat. The game has become a benchmark for the post-apocalyptic theme setting and has a story that holds up more than 25 years since its release.

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Metro Last Light

Metro Last Light
Metro Last Light. © Deep Silver

Release Date: May 14, 2013

Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Metro

Metro Last Light is the follow up to Metro 2033, set one year after the events of that game. The single-player storyline puts players in the role of Artyom a survivor turned Ranger as they battle against rival factions for control of Metro. While it didn't hit as high marks as BioShock Infinite, its great storyline, graphics, and intuitive/action-packed gameplay help make Metro one of the top shooters and overall games of 2013.

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Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2
Wasteland 2. © InXile Entertainment

Release Date: Sep 19, 2014

Genre: Action RPG
Game Modes: Single player
Game Series: Wasteland

Wasteland 2, The sequel fans waited over 25 years fo,r did not disappoint and finds itself as my Game of the Year winner for 2014. The post-apocalyptic sequel that was a runaway Kickstarter success was released in September 2014 and has been also been a commercial success. Set some fifteen years after the original Wasteland, players control a part of new Desert Ranger recruits who are assigned to find out who or what is behind the murder of longtime Desert Ranger named Ace. Like its predecessor, Wasteland 2 contains dozens of different skills characters can focus on, coupled with the open world and ​open-ended story, the game has a good amount of replayability.
 

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl. © THQ

Release Date: Mar 20, 2007

Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl is set in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine. After a fictional second explosion at Chernobyl, the land surrounding the nuclear plant has become a wasteland known as the Zone, where mutant creatures and humans roam and the laws of nature no longer apply.

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Rage

Rage
Rage. © Bethesda Softworks

Release Date: Oct 4, 2011

Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
RAGE is a first-person shooter set in the near future in which mankind has been forced to seek refuge in underground Arks created after the discovery of a massive asteroid bound for Earth. After the dust from the asteroid settles, humans begin to emerge from these arks to find a strange, hostile world and begin to form settlements. Players in RAGE will take on the role of a lone survivor of his Ark, who wakes up alone and with no memory.