Over three years after launching in Early Access, Subnautica is finally available in a finished state. But if you haven’t been paying attention over the course of those years, you might be what makes this sandbox survival game different from all the others, and why it’s continuing to burn up the Steam charts even now. In short, it’s a combination of beautiful oceanic sights and deep sea terror that creates experiences all its own, but it doesn’t stop there. Let’s break down what makes Subnautica tick.
When the weight of modern life is crushing down on you, why wouldn’t you want to take it back to basics? Survival games are all about getting yourself fed, building a storeroom, and filling it with more food—or running into somebody else’s house and stealing their stuff. You’ve gotta appreciate the simplicity of it all. Whether you’re a hunting and gathering newbie or 1,000 hours deep and looking for a new game, we’re here to tell you all about the top survival games so you can find your next addiction.