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Relive the End of the World: The Top Games of the Apocalyptic Genre



You’re staring at that old clock on the wall, your heartbeat mirroring the dying seconds till midnight. The clocks strikes 12 and you leap towards your window, expecting to see a world in ruin. A world scorched in flames as hordes of the undead tear through the streets. But instead you’re left with the dry taste of Champagne in your mouth, a mushy text to your girlfriend and the realisation that you’re going to be eating left over canned foods for a very, very long time.

Months, maybe years of preparation lead to this moment and now it’s gone without so much as a firework. What will you do now?

Fallout 3

Fallout 3

Fallout 3 downloads must have been through the roof on the 21st December. This game stands as an icon of the post-apocalyptic genre. It begins in an asylum, Vault 101, a survival shelter designed to protect its inhabitants from nuclear fallout. The protagonist must venture out into a world plagued by mutants, bandits and a stricken civilisation to find his father.

Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game and the third major instalment in the Fallout series. The game takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear apocalypse that devastated the game's world in a future where international conflicts between the USA and China culminated in a Sino-American war in 2077.

The Walking Dead: Video Game

The Walking Dead: Video Game

The Walking Dead is an episodic point-and-click adventure video game based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series. Developed by Telltale Games, the game consists of five episodes, released between April and November 2012.

The game takes place in the same fictional setting as the comic, with events occurring during the same chronological period shortly after the onset of a zombie apocalypse in the state of Georgia. Most of the characters are new creations for the game, cantering on convicted killer Lee Everett who helps to rescue and care for the young girl Clementine as they work with other survivors to make their way to safety.

The franchise was met with outstanding reviews and its success prompted the development of an upcoming first-person shooter entitled The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. It serves as a great way to pass the time and will satisfy the needs of all zombie lovers and fans of the television or graphical series.

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is a first-person shooter video game with survival horror and stealth elements, based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and released in March 2010.

The pinnacle of the brutality of life after the apocalypse, Metro 2033 offers players sanctum within the underground of Moscow but no place is ever truly safe. Factions wage war over valuable resources, ammunition is a rare and an essential commodity. Locations reflect the dark atmosphere of real metro tunnels with added horror elements. Strange phenomena and deadly creatures lurk in the shadows but even more lethal is the toxic ridden surface of the outside world.

Good news is the sequel – Metro: Last Light – releases this year

I Am Alive

I Am Alive

Fans of the 2009 post-apocalyptic drama film, The Road, based on the award winning novel of the same name will find that it bares stark resemblance to harsh world of I Am Alive. The extremities of everyday life in a dying world, strife with violence, are perfectly embodied within the player’s journey and most accurately represent life after the fall of civilisation.

I Am Alive is a survival horror video game developed and published by Ubisoft. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting and focuses on facing the permanent insecurity of a dystopian, decaying and hazardous world; and humanity's darkest inclinations towards brutality and materialism.

The game has an emphasis on climbing and exploration. The player will scale wrecked buildings and navigate hazardous areas. Game play also involves collecting hidden resources and supplies scattered throughout the city: water, food, batteries, gas, medicine, cigarettes, tools, climbing gear, weapons and ammunition. Anything that the player can salvage from the destroyed city can be used to keep the main characters strong and healthy, or prove helpful in his quest by allowing him to rescue survivors.




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