23 Games Like Dead Island

Games Like Dead Island Games Finder’s compilation of games like Dead Island features other survival RPGs that mix action, zombies and open worlds together.

The Dead Island franchise was born in 2011 with an action role playing game that combined randomised loot, melee based combat, skill trees, open environments and zombies into a single game. Challenging players to survive on an island now over run with a virus outbreak the game was the start of a popular franchise.

Weapons in the series are randomly generated giving the game a loot hunt style approach and encouraging more exploration of the ravaged island. While much of the early game focuses on melee weapons guns soon become your staple weapon against the infected. In addition to finding the perfect weapon players can design their own character through the varied skill tree options and even team up with friends to capitalise on the different character strengths.

The games like Dead Island on this page feature similar themes from zombies to open environments and randomised loot. In these video games you’ll get to team up with friends, engage in melee combat, customise your character and more.



Games Like Dead Island

dead-frontier

Dead Frontier

Dead Frontier is one of the few zombie based games that you can access in your browser and for free. The game has been around since 2008 and lets players explore a post-apocalyptic environment while struggling to survive. The uniqueness of the game has attracted a large audience and boasts mill... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(26 votes)
the-division

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division takes third person shooting into the online realm, taking place in a near future New York City in the aftermath of a pandemic you’ll play as an agent seeking to rebuild by battling criminal activity. After a smallpox pandemic takes over New York City after ... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(4 votes)
fallout-4

Fallout 4

The bombs have dropped and Fallout 4 is climbing out of the rubble, explore a devastated Boston landscape in the year 2287 over two centuries after the world was taken to the edge by nuclear war. With the fifth major game in the Fallout franchise players will finally get to see the day that the... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(19 votes)
dying-light

Dying Light

Parkour across a massive city while also slashing zombies to pieces in Dying Light a game with plenty of open world and RPG elements. The game is available on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Centred around agent Kyle Crane whose objective is to infiltrate the quarantine zone of Harran. Thi... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(17 votes)
rust

Rust

Rust is a survival game that comes from the same brains that brought you Garry’s Mod. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of games and genres you’ll find plenty of depth to explore while struggling to survive. The game is best described as a mixture of Minecraft and DayZ. In Rust players will... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(67 votes)
far-cry-4

Far Cry 4

Action and adventure hit new heights in Far Cry 4, a game that sticks to the open world shooter mechanics developed from previous additions in the franchise pretty closely. While new mechanics are few and far between in Far Cry 4 it’s a solid experience set in one of the more unique settings of... Read More »

User Score
7.2
(37 votes)
killing-floor

Killing Floor

Killing Floor is a co-operative game that puts a team of players against zombie like enemies in a series of waves. While the game is best enjoyed with close friends players can also tackle the game solo or join a server with other players in the community. The game is available on both PC and M... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(10 votes)
far-cry-3

Far Cry 3

If you like open world games but also like plenty of shooter action you’ll love what Far Cry 3 brings to the table. The game is the third in the series and mixes a number of different genres together which proved a successful formula with gamers and critics. Far Cry 3 uses a first person perspe... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(40 votes)
torchlight-2

Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2 is a Diablo inspired action role playing game developed by Runic Games. The game was released for digital download in September 2012 with a playable demo also available so you can easily try before you buy. The game is packed full of fun and unique features with plenty of innovatio... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(33 votes)
dead-rising-3

Dead Rising 3

If you want more over the top zombie killing you’ve probably been waiting for the release of Dead Rising 3 which takes the game series to all new levels of awesomeness. The game was released in mid-2013 as launch title for the Xbox One platform. If you’ve been following the series closely you’l... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(19 votes)
destiny

Destiny

Destiny might just be the most ambitious game yet combining elements from several genres into one and coating it in an extremely impressive science fiction setting. This setting looks breathtaking on both new generation and old ensuring all gamers can get a taste of the eye candy that Destiny o... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(15 votes)
state-of-decay

State of Decay

State of Decay combines the open world genre with a zombie outbreak to create one of the largest and most impressive games in the genre to date. The game started out as a title on the Xbox Marketplace and eventually made its way to Windows. The game plays out in an open world environment with p... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(41 votes)
nether

Nether

Nether changes up the survival genre that has recently become popular with games like Rust and DayZ gaining a large number of followers. Combining PvE and PvP gameplay together as you explore, craft, trade and kill you’ll be hooked on Nether whether you choose to adventure alone or with other p... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(11 votes)
sir-you-are-being-hunted

Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is one of the more unique games to be released in recent years offering a free roaming sandbox adventure focused on stealth gameplay. As the name might suggest players spend their time in the game being hunted in a procedurally generated game world. In the game you won... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(8 votes)
fallout-3

Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is an action RPG that has players exploring a massive wasteland in a post-apocalyptic game world. The game was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and released in 2008 for multiple platforms. There are a total of 5 pieces of downloadable content available for Fallout 3 that each adds n... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(37 votes)
dead-rising-2

Dead Rising 2

Dead Rising is back with more zombie killing goodness, in Dead Rising 2 players can expect a similar open world horror experience to the original with endless hordes of zombies just waiting to be dealt with. Dead Rising 2 takes place half a decade after the first Dead Rising and introduces a ne... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(10 votes)
far-cry-2

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 belongs to the open world genre and released back in 2008. The game has very few ties to the original Far Cry and is an entirely new experience for players to enjoy. In the game players will have the opportunity to explore a number of African inspired landscapes that are locked in a c... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(12 votes)
dead-rising

Dead Rising

Dead Rising combines horror and open world environments to create a fun and unique survival experience for players. The game was released in 2006 and is only available on the Xbox 360 platform. In Dead Rising players take on the role of Frank West in a shopping mall that is simply packed full o... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(12 votes)
castleminer-z

CastleMiner Z

CastleMiner Z is a sequel to the popular Xbox Live Indie Game of CastleMiner. While CastleMiner was a creatively focused experience the sequel pushes the game into survival orientated gameplay. In CastleMiner Z you will explore a vast block based game world and attempt to protect yourself from ... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(63 votes)
fallout-new-vegas

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas offers an action role playing game that is packed full of content with a large open world filled with enemies, NPCs and countless side quests. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2010. Since it’s original release Fallout: New Vegas has since... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(21 votes)
left-4-dead-2

Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 continues the co-operative zombie adventure with all new characters, locations, enemies and weapons to change up the popular gameplay introduced in the original Left 4 Dead. The popular AI director also makes a return with plenty of tweaks to ensure players are always challenged. ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(10 votes)
left-4-dead

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead (L4D) is a zombie survival experience that focuses on co-operative gameplay. The game promises that each time you play with your friends you’ll be greeted with a unique experience thanks to the AI director. L4D takes place across a number of maps that follow the struggles of 4 survi... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(8 votes)
zombiu

ZombiU

ZombiU brings the zombie genre onto Nintendo’s platform with an amazing and horrifying experience that shows off some unique mechanics and potential of the Wii U. ZombiU takes place in London with a focus on the underground which creates an amazingly dark atmosphere as you adventure through the... Read More »

User Score
6.7
(9 votes)