If the trailers for the upcoming Fallout 76 and RAGE 2 have got you hyped to jump back into their respective wastelands, rest assured there’s plenty of other post-apocalyptic adventures out there for you to play through in the meantime.
Here are our picks for the best post-apocalyptic games to play after you’re done with the Fallout games.
Loosely-based on the film franchise of the same name, Avalanche’s Mad Max is a gritty-open world game that sets Max loose in a vividly-realised version of the post-apocalyptic hellscape featured in films like Mad Max: Fury Road.
If you can get past the decidedly-mediocre voice acting and forgettable main narrative, you’ll find a solid combination of post-apocalyptic playground and vicious vehicular combat here.
Mad Max is available on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
At a glance, Fractured Lands looks like PUBG meets Mad Max: Fury Road.
Like the former, it's a Battle Royale-inspired multiplayer first-person shooter where players fight to be the last-man standing. Like the latter, it's set in a dusty and rusty post-apocalyptic landscape where fierce vehicular combat is the order of the day.
Fractured Lands is currently available on PC via Steam's Early Access programme.
I Am Alive
I Am Alive was an experimental survival action game developed and released by Ubisoft in 2012. Originally pitched as a full-sized AAA-release, the game ended up being down-scoped to a more intimate affair.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world one year after following a massive disaster known simply as "The Event”, the game sees you take control of unnamed protagonist struggling to survive in a world where everyone is out for themselves, resources are limited and lives cheap.
As opposed to something like Fallout, the way that I Am Alive handled violence tended to be less video-gamey and often more-punishing.
The game actively encouraged smarter and more-stealth focused tactics like sneaking up on enemies or tricking unarmed enemies into surrendering with an empty gun over the usual run-and-gun approach.
There’s no monsters or zombies or mutants here - just people looking out for their own.
I Am Alive is available on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Developed by ID Software, RAGE was a game that impressed critics on its technical merit but left many unsatisfied when it came to the actual game and story. A hybrid of Mad Max and Fallout, RAGE is set in a post-apocalyptic near future where an asteroid strike wiped out civilization as we know it.
You take control of a soldier, placed into cryogenic hibernation to survive the catastrophe, who wakes up to find himself on the run from a group called The Authority.
As a concept (and a showpiece for the Id Tech 5 engine), RAGE is compelling in a number of ways but unfortunately, as a game, it writes a lot of cheques is isn’t equipped to cash.
Still, with RAGE 2 on the horizon, it’s definitely worth revisiting if you’re in the mood for more post-apocalyptic mayhem.
RAGE is available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Torment: Tides of Numenera
A spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera is a very different sort of post-apocalyptic adventure but definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the storytelling and quest design in the original Fallout games.
Set in Monte Cook Games’ Numenera universe, you wake up falling from orbit into a place called The Ninth World. A mix of fantasy, science and post-apocalyptic fiction, Tides of Numenera tasks you with navigating you through a morally-challenging and rich-realised setting you’ve probably never even considered an option when it comes to these sorts of games.
It’s much more of a classic isometric CRPG than a lot of the other games on this list. However, that being said, it’s also a particularly accessible one - not to mention one of the best in recent memory.
Torment: Tides of Numenera is available on PC, Mac, Linux, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
A long-overdue sequel to the 1998 game that many credit as the inspiration for the original Fallout, development costs for Wasteland 2 were raised on Kickstarter in 2012.
Originally, the team behind the project - inXile Entertainment - aimed to raise $1 million in funding via the the crowdsourcing platform. By the time the campaign had wrapped, they walked away with approximately triple that.
Using that money, the team put together an ambitious follow-up to the original Wasteland, a turn-based isometric RPG set in an alternate history timeline, where a nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Union left the world scarred and ruined. Set a century after this conflict, players took control of Arizona-based survivalists called the Desert Rangers
Wasteland 2 is as much a western as it is science fiction. The world is gritty and filled with countless organizations and factions, each with their own agenda. As a ranger, you’re tasked with not just ensuring the continued survival of your own community but also maintaining the tenuous ceasefire between these groups.
Wasteland 2 is available on PC, Mac, Linux, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.