There is always that one game that is to blame for a genre’s flash-in-the-pan success and for the survival game genre it’s Minecraft. Some of the earlier titles managed to garner a measure of Minecraft’s commercial success, while many others were, to be frank, uninspired cash grabs. Then there is The Forest, a 2014 release that is neither a commercial success or a craven means to capitalize off survival games popularity.
The Forest is one part game, one part tech demo, which showcases the limits of enemy artificial intelligence, which is, perhaps, the game’s primary draw. The enemies act distinctly human, something many games have tried, to varying degrees of success. The Forest, however, takes an honest stab at it, realizing that the key component of survival games are the elements that threaten your survival. The game’s emphasis on convincing a.i. only enhances the immersion which makes The Forest a standout in a genre slowly creeping toward peak saturation.
The following are games that also manage to stand out due to their similarities to The Forest.