Much like movies and books, video games do an amazing job of transporting you to another place or time. Whether it’s a high fantasy city in The Witcher or a city of the future like in Fallout New Vegas. Video games can take you almost anywhere! One popular genre that has captured the hearts and minds of gamers for decades is the post-apocalyptic genre.

You may like it or not, but you have to admit – few genres do a better job in creating memorable worlds than the post-apocalyptic one. These worlds can be gritty and dark or filled with neon, but you’ll typically find that, among the doom and despair. Yet, the human spirit endures, and hope continues to peek through, even on the darkest nights.

Fallout 3 was a game that brought the famous post-apo series to 3D

From Vault 13 to New Vegas

Arguably the most-known post-apocalyptic game series of all time is that of the Fallout series. This game series has borrowed strongly from the classic “post-apo” Mad Max films and spread for decades. If you’ve ever spent time in the world of Fallout games, you’re probably familiar with a particular day. October 23, 2077, is better known as “The Day The Bombs Dropped”. In this fictional reality, this was the day that China and the US duked it out, and countless nuclear bombs were dropped all around the world.

This infamous day in video game history is the only one worth memorizing. Let’s take a moment to go over some of the most unique post-apocalyptic games and look back at what these adventures held.

Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition

We couldn’t have a list of amazing post-apocalyptic titles without including this masterpiece. Fallout 3 was the first game in the series that introduced a 3D open world to the RPG series. The game takes you to Washington, D.C. in the year 2227, 200 years after “the bombs dropped.” Here, you’ll get a chance to use many unique weapons and meet a diverse group of NPCs along the way.

Fallout New Vegas remains a landmark in terms of storytelling and world-building

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition

Another game from the post-apocalyptic series. It is famous both for its unique setting and for a considerable galley of mods, the latter being proof of gamers’ love for the title. In Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition you travel into the eponymous New Vegas, a city being torn apart by warring factions, where people without reputation mean nothing. Thanks to the vast array of weapons and some resourceful companions, you might try to bring order to the city. That is, of course, if simply surviving on its ruthless streets won’t be enough.

Wasteland Remastered

Now, let’s rewind the clock a bit from the world of Fallout, and talk about the game that inspired that iconic series – Wasteland. In this RPG strategy title (that uses tabletop roleplaying mechanics), you play as a soldier tasked with helping what remains of humanity. As with any great story, there’s more here than meets the eye and you’ll soon be battling killer robots controlled by an AI-gone-bad.

Mad Max is a game based on the cult series of films

Mad Max

The next game is an adaptation of the already mentioned post-apo film series. In Mad Max, you become the lone warrior in a savage world. Here armored cars are the main means of transportation and the fuel is worth more than gold. This third-person game is filled to the brim with action sequences and gives us a fascinating open world to explore. Yet, there is not much time to admire the views. To survive on The Wasteland, you must fight using brutal on-ground and vehicular against vicious gangs of bandits.

Metro 2033 Redux

The post-apocalyptic future can be scary, and Metro 2033 Redux is here to prove that. This first-person title – based on a book by the same name – requires both accurate shooting and solid stealth. Only thanks to them you can plan on emerging victorious against both human and mutant enemies. Like many titles of the genre, nuclear war has led you here. What makes this title unique is how those that remain have used train (metro) tunnels to set up livable areas.

The world shown in Chernobylite mesmerizes gamers with its melancholic beauty

Chernobylite

This haunting title is a bit of a different take on the post-apocalyptic genre but still manages to capture many of the same features that other games in the genre put on full display. Based on the real-life Chernobyl disaster, this first-person title blends creepy atmosphere, survival elements, open exploring, and crafting. It also features a non-linear story, allowing you to decide how the story unfolds.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

This combination of RPG and strategy takes the nuclear war aspect and flips it on its head. For example, it introduces mutated, humanoid ducks, pigs, and more into the equation. In fact, you’ll be playing some of these characters alongside their human counterparts. If you like isometric strategy games that make you think, this is absolutely one title worth checking out. Just be warned, this game takes no prisoners and you’ll need to use teamwork and strategy if you plan on coming out alive.

My Time at Portia shows us how we can rebuild the world even after a nuclear apocalypse

My Time at Portia

By far the most different title on our list. This indie game is actually full of bright, calming colors and highlights the human spirit, even in the face of overwhelming odds. Taking plenty of inspiration from games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley, you’re tasked with running a workshop, helping townsfolk, and building up the town. It’s a quaint resource-management title that is the perfect way to unwind after playing one of the more daunting games on this list.

There you have it, a list of amazing post-apocalyptic titles! Whether you are looking for a spooky first-person title, a brutal strategy game, or something that combines exploring with a great story, there’s something for everyone.

Do you want to more about RPG games and dark settings? Read our articles about fantasy role-playing games and the horror genre.