23 Games Like DayZ

Games Like DayZ Our collection of games like DayZ offers other zombie survival games that will leave you alone and struggling to survive.

DayZ started its life as a modification for ARMA 2 and focuses on providing a realistic survival experience where players have to worry about both the infected (zombies) and other players. Eventually the games popularity led to a standalone game edition.

The game takes place in a huge world which includes a variety of landscapes that each present their own challenges for the player. A key component of the gameplay is your battle against both zombies and other players with permanent death requiring players to start again if they are killed. In this unique game other players are just as deadly as zombies with opportunistic players always looking to take you out for your supplies.

DayZ places its emphasis on realism with players having to scavenge anything and everything they can find in the game world. This realism extends to combat with players often better off avoiding large scale zombie conflicts rather than looking for a fight.

The games like DayZ here offer similar zombie MMO experiences with a few single player games thrown in. While some have a heavy focus on survival like DayZ others games on this list take a less realistic approach to a zombie outbreak.
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Life is Feudal: Your Own

Step into a massive medieval world in Life is Feudal: Your Own that blends combat, crafting, building, sandbox, realistic directional combat and many other mechanics to create an adventure set far into the past. Alternatively explore the much larger world in Life is Feudal: MMO, the MMO variant of the title with different f...[Read More]

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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 players taking control of their...[Read More]

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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 spawn with nothing (other tha...[Read More]

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8.7 User Avg (68 votes)
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Contagion

Contagion offers co-operative and PvP game modes set within a number of zombie filled environments. With a decent number of maps and game modes Contagion offers enough zombie gameplay to get your teeth sunk in, leaving you infected and constantly coming back for more gameplay. Contagion offers 3 different game modes which a...[Read More]

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8.6 User Avg (9 votes)
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Dead Island

In Dead Island you’ll have to explore an open world environment and try to prevent being eaten by using whatever weapons you can find around the place. Dead Island is a great role playing experience for fans of survival horror and is available on Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Dead Island features a fictional island ...[Read More]

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8.5 User Avg (10 votes)

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Stranded 2

Stranded 2 is a free to play 3D game that challenges you to survive by yourself on an island. Building on the original game by offering improved graphics, larger islands, additional items and better randomisation you’ll get plenty of more hours of Stranded gameplay. Allowing players to play either through the story mode tha...[Read More]

FreePC
8.5 User Avg (17 votes)
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Don’t Starve

Don’t Starve is a single player survival game that has many unique features and a dark art direction that makes it a stand out open world survival experience. The game was released in April 2013 by Klei Entertainment. The aim in Don’t Starve is simple, survive for as long as possible in the harsh, eerie and unforgiving game...[Read More]

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8.5 User Avg (73 votes)
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Fallen Earth

Fallen Earth is set in a post-apocalyptic game world and offers it to players with a free to play MMO experience. The game is a mixture of FPS and role playing features making it akin to the later games in the Fallout series. The game is centred around the Grand Canyon area which is now a wasteland after a series of events ...[Read More]

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8.5 User Avg (13 votes)
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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 Mac. The game features little i...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (10 votes)
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Infestation: The New Z

Infestation: The New Z offers another iteration of The War Z and Infestation: Survivor Stories with a free to play open world shooter made for PvP play across various game modes. Ignoring the rocky history that this franchise has had with countless development issues and decisions that have been less than well received by t...[Read More]

FreePC
8.3 User Avg (13 votes)
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Unturned

Focusing on zombie survival the free to play multiplayer game known as Unturned spent 3 years in Early Access before its final release on the Steam platform in July 2017. Since release the game has not only proved popular in its core gameplay but also the Arena mode which is similar to battle royale titles such as PUBG. Reg...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (8 votes)
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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. Just like the original game pl...[Read More]

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8.1 User Avg (15 votes)
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Dead Island: Riptide

Dead Island: Riptide is the second game in the Dead Island series and continues on from your previous adventure but takes place on a whole new island. The game launched in 2013 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, delivering a very similar experience to the first game. The events in Dead Island: Riptide occur right after those of the ...[Read More]

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8.1 User Avg (12 votes)
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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 zombies with weapons created f...[Read More]

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8.1 User Avg (64 votes)
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Starting the battle royale craze in 2017 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) quickly commanded an audience of millions and gave birth to a wider genre that would dominate the gaming industry for years to come. Subsequent to its success on Xbox One and Windows the game was released on the PlayStation 4 and on mobile d...[Read More]

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8 User Avg (10 votes)
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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’t be chased by zombies, mutan...[Read More]

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7.9 User Avg (8 votes)
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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 millions of registered accounts. A...[Read More]

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7.8 User Avg (26 votes)
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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 new protagonist into the game (C...[Read More]

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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. This city is overrun with infesta...[Read More]

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7.8 User Avg (18 votes)
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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’ll find that Dead Rising 3 take...[Read More]

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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead (L4D) is a zombie survival experience that focuses on co-operative gameplay against a varied and randomised zombie infection. Left 4 Dead separates itself from similar co-operative shooters by promising a different experience each time you load up a game map thanks to the AI director that alters aspects of the m...[Read More]

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7.5 User Avg (8 votes)
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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 of zombies. In the game you’ll ...[Read More]

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ZombiU

ZombiU (Zombi on non Wii U platforms) 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 th...[Read More]

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