The post-apocalyptic video-game genre has really become an over-saturated market these days, mostly littered with DayZ clones, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. knockoffs, and The Last of Us wannabes. Since about 2012, this genre has been plagued with dead-beat alpha games created by developers who don’t keep promises and line their pockets with failed project after failed project. Just look at Infestation: The New Z. The original DayZ clone that first launched under the title the WarZ, and then Infestation: Survivor Stories. These are the types of games that come from shoddy developers who don’t really give a damn about improving the genre, obviously. However, there are a few fresh ideas hitting the market that seem really cool. In this list, we’ll be looking at some of the more promising post-apocalyptic titles.
The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series of games have a notoriously good reputation. Most recently, with Siege being a hugely popular game. Not a ton is known about this title, other than that it will feature the same operators from previous Rainbow Six games, allow for 3-player gameplay, and of course, you’ll be battling zombies. Some people expect it to have similar gameplay to the Outbreak game mode in Siege, which seemed cool. Hopefully Ubisoft Montreal will have a few extra tricks up its sleeve to make Quarantine stand out from Siege’s Outbreak mode, but with the reputation behind Rainbow Six, I expect a good game either way.
For fans of Zombie Games, State of Decay is a big series. Explore a zombie-infested America as your own survivor character, armed to the teeth with deadly weapons and tools. Classic State of Decay. This series has always offered content to gamers who prefer a single-player experience, while still offering multiplayer options. State of Decay 3 sets itself apart from the previous two games, as it’s rumored to be more multiplayer focused, with a host of different modes that will give you both your PVE and PVP fix. As seen in the trailer, Undead Labs plans to include zombified animals in State of Decay 3, which means you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled, even if you’re in the middle of nowhere.
3: Atomic Heart
This game is giving me some Half-Life vibes. There’s not a ton of information about Atomic Heart, but from the looks of it, you’re in for something pretty special. The focus seems to be on a linear single-player storyline in which you follow Special Agent P-3 in a post-apocalyptic Soviet Union. Based on what gameplay there is, the combat looks fluid, and the AI has some terrifyingly good pathfinding mechanisms. It seems like there may be some kind of multiplayer mode in the game upon release, but information about that has been kept under wraps. All in all, I look forward to the action that this title definitely has to offer.
I don’t know what it is with Russia and the post-apocalyptic genre, but they have something really good going. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is without a doubt one of the most influential video games in the post-apocalyptic genre, and is still talked about today. This is because S.T.A.L.K.E.R. managed to create something totally unique to the gaming world, largely thanks to Russian novels such as Roadside Picnic. The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 developers boast that this game will have a “living,” world, meaning that the NPCs will be doing their own thing, regardless of if you’re involved with them. So, while you’re out in the world capturing anomalies and killing monsters, don’t be surprised if you come back home and the NPCs are up to their own shenanigans, like plotting how to murder you. If you’re looking for a multiplayer experience, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 isn’t your game, because just like previous games, single-player is the focus. There won’t be multiplayer, but with such an immersive world, you won’t need it.
Biomutant offers a super unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre. In this single-player experience, you take on the role of a mutant animal who knows Kung-Fu and has access to a variety of fully customizable melee and ranged weapons. Explore a massive world plagued by monsters and disease, and depending on how you want to play, you can either work to save the world or destroy it. With that in mind, the story won’t be linear, much like other post-apocalyptic single-player games of the genre such as Fallout. The decisions you make will change the fate of the world. Perhaps an even more interesting feature is the mutations system. As you level up, your character will not only begin to look different, but will learn new abilities such as telekinesis or the ability to fly, depending on what mutations you go with. Paired together, deciding the fate of the world, and with a variety of playstyles at your disposal, this game is setting itself up to have an insane level of replay value. Want to save the world as a gun-wielding maniac? This game has you covered. Or maybe you want Kung-Fu Panda to take a dark turn and destroy the Tree-Of-Life with a mech. Whatever you decide, this game has a ton of potential.
These are without a doubt the coolest post-apocalyptic games I look forward to playing in 2021, but like always, I want to hear what you have to say. Comment below on which post-apocalyptic games you’re going to be playing in 2021!