12 Best Post-Apocalypse Open World Games to Play in 2022

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The human spirit commands us to wish that humanity rises from the ashes after everything has been corrupted. Whether with our own hands or with unexpected force, we think equally of how easily everything we’ve built can collapse, and how we can rebuild it again. What better way to experience it than having an open world? There is no right or wrong path – only easier and more difficult. Boy, can things get tricky when you’re left scrambling for resources because the things the apocalypse can’t kill. Here are Gameranx’s picks for the best post-apocalyptic open-world games to play in 2022.

#12 Death Light 2 Stay Human

  • Publisher: Techland
  • Developed by: Techland
  • Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox One, Series X | s
  • Released: 2022

As a little addition, we want to start our list with a newer version. The zombie plague that wiped out most of life on Earth? examines. Of the last cities that were surrounded by giant walls? examines. Loot, craft and upgrade weapons? examines. So, what makes Dying Light 2 Stay Human different? Parkour around the city to run loops around your enemies and freely explore to find loot, making precise decisions that can help one of the three factions in the cities – for better or worse. Just stay away from dark places or on rooftops at night, or risk going deep into zombie cells to find an antidote to stop you from turning into one of them.

#11 Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developed by: Guerrilla
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4
  • Release Date: 2017

One of the most colorful entries on our list, nature appears to have reclaimed most of the world after humanity faded and disappeared. While they leave behind robotic animals and dinosaurs, Aloy can bypass their programming and loot their metallic bodies to craft supplies. When dealing with both mechanical and human enemies, Aloy will slowly learn what happened to the human race.

#10 Horizon Zero Forbidden West

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developed by: Guerrilla
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Released: 2022

Aloy finds out what happened to the human race, but her adventure isn’t over yet. Storms, pests, and new machines destroy her home, so Aloy heads to the titular West to find out why. The tribes of these lands use machines to their advantage, forcing the player to rely more on traps, ambushes and cunning. On PlayStation 5, they can also enjoy haptic feedback, 3D spatial sound, improved lighting, performance mode, and more.

#9 Fallout 4

  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developed by: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Released: 2015

You can’t talk about post-apocalypse and you can’t talk about repercussions. Taking the classic RPG, using its elements in a 3D open world with action-packed combat, players witness the murder of their wives and the abduction of their son before being sent to sleep in the cold and awakening in the year 2287. Set in Boston and the former New England – or Commonwealth – players must fend off the animals. Mutant, insane bandits, the Institute and their mysterious quest to replace ordinary people with indistinguishable ones. Collect items, help or kill people in side quests, roll your stats, and show the wasteland what you can do!

#8 Mad Max

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developed by: Avalanche Studios
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux
  • Released: 2015

While this has been dismissed by many as an association with Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2015 game is its own beast, and has had a moderate pick-up as players bring it back. The game is somewhat related as Max faces the War of the Boys, led by Emertan’s son Joe. The gang steals Max’s car and leaves him to die, spelling their final demise. Upgrade your new car, along with different factions to eliminate the influence of the War Boys, get your hands dirty in Arkham-style free-flowing battle, race, choose when to use fuel for your car, or to blow things up.

#7 Biomutant

  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Developer: Experiment 101
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S.
  • Released: 2022

Another entry that should have been received more warmly, Biomutant explains that you don’t have to have post-apocalyptic mortals to tell a post-apocalyptic story. Since the Tree of Life dies from an epidemic, and the different tribes of the open world cannot work together, the fate of this new world is in your hands – or rather, the paws. Design your own mysterious little creature, almost every aspect of its structure can affect your gameplay. Heavier creatures can do more damage, while smaller creatures can jump higher and move faster. You can change his genetic code while playing, to unlock new abilities to defeat mutated enemies, or move around. Combined with your kung fu skills and crafts, prepare properly to deal with toxic and red hot areas, create vehicles, and decide if tribes should be united or destroyed.

#6 Death Stranding

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developed by: Kojima Productions
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Release date: 2019

Hideo Kojima came out rocking after he was allegedly fired from Konami, and while his storytelling style can be divisive, you definitely won’t find anything else like this on the list. The name Death Stranding was an event that devastated the United States with invisible creatures believed to come from the afterlife. If the “beach stuff” eats a live person, it creates explosions at the nuclear level, along with Timefall rains that quickly age what they touch. Not only has humanity been driven into scattered colonies, but all infrastructure has also been destroyed, leaving Bridges to deliver goods. Post-Apocalypse Delivery Man sounds like a concept you’d find from an indie game, but Kojima builds on it with multiple weird and wonderful ideas. Thieves trying to steal your cargo so they can deliver, are killed by BTs that permanently scare the scene, create temporary structures and supplies for other players online, and Director’s Pieces adds a racetrack, shooting range, and more weapons.

#5 days ago

Days gone by
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developed by: Bend Studio
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4
  • Release date: 2019

Still the game manager Poses and hopes for a sequelSee what fans loved about the original. After another viral outbreak ravages the world with zombies, biker Deacon Saint John is roaming Oregon, now looking for his wife. Along with hordes of zombies – which are rapidly evolving into various forms that maneuver over the terrain like a flood – Deacon will have to deal with the losing cultists. It handles in a way that only a biker can, and it’s a very far departure from some of the post-apocalyptic heroes. Create outposts, keep tuning your pig, upgrade it, and take on the world with pure American pelts.

#4 stray

stray cat with robot
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Developer: BlueTwelve Studio
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Release date: 2022

A stray cat falls into the depths of a walled city, occupied only by robots and giant mutant bacteria. It just starts with your claws, climbing, and solitary demeanor to take you through the somewhat open world. However, you can soon make quick friends with a B-12 drone to help protect you, solve puzzles, and translate for robotic residents. As you try to scramble to find the other cats, you may just find out what happened to the humans who used to live in the city. After you have finished petting the NPCs, knocking the little things from the edges.

#3 Subway Exit

  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Developer: 4A Games
  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Mac, Linux, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna
  • Release date: 2019

Another ancestor of post-apocalyptic video games, the Metro series is set in the Deep Tunnels under the Moscow metro system. Recurring protagonist Artyom is tired of the different factions’ failure to unite and work together, leading him to establish that there are survivors, and thus a means of survival, on the surface of a nuclear blast. To his surprise, he saw a lone train running over the ground. Lead Spartan Rangers through a frozen Russian sandbox, craft gear to eliminate human and mutated enemies, and make precise decisions that can affect the lives of all survivors of Russia.

#2 Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: 2021

Another entry that you may find surprising here, but important nonetheless. An average Japanese high school student falls into an alternate version of Tokyo – decimated by a war between angels, demons, and other monsters all vying for power in the absence of God. Soon after they merge with a form of the deity to become Nahobino – a great abomination. Soon after they are recruited to Bethel – an international group is desperate to stop the war between demons and angels that is seeping into the human world. The JRPG uses the Press Turn system, which means that the characters get another chance if they are weakened by the enemy. This can lead you to get trampled, or become a force of nature, with your own army of demons, angels, legends, monsters and gods overpowering your enemies. Hire more demons by negotiating with them in battle – or blackmailing them for money and rare items. Combine them together to make new demons, heirs and gain skills to make them, or you, capable of handling any situation.

#1 NieR: Automata

  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developed by: PlatinumGames
  • Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Release date: 2017

One of the absolute must-play games of the past decade, the intricate narrative woven across the NieR and Drakengard series has reached an exciting conclusion, although it is by no means a hindrance to entry. 11945 sees humanity being pushed to the moon, while their robots, or YoRHa, battle invading alien robots. This is as simple as the story seems. Break down an epic story with multiple paths from different character perspectives, use multiple weapons in fast-paced combat, and learn much more than just the fate of the human race. Glory to mankind!