Five Fascinating Alternatives to "Sons of The Forest": Embrace the Wild

  • Rebecca Hickey
  • Aug 20, 2023
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Five Fascinating Alternatives to "Sons of The Forest": Embrace the Wild

"Endnight Games, the developers of 'The Forest', have yet to release its highly anticipated sequel, 'Sons of The Forest'. However, there exist other brilliant alternatives to satiate the fandom's thirst for survival horror games. From the desolate landscapes of Chernobyl to treacherous alien planets, we’ve handpicked our top five alternative games that encapsulate the essence of 'Sons of The Forest'.

1. Rust by Facepunch Studios

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'Rust' was developed by Gary Newman, the man behind the popular 'Garry's Mod'. The multiplayer survival game encourages players to band together to survive the brutal wilderness and, at the same time, fend off other aggressive players.

Gameplay, Story, and Setting

In the game of 'Rust', your sole responsibility is to survive. As a player, you'll find yourself waking up on a mysterious post-apocalyptic island, armed with only a rock and a torch for protection. Your objective is to hunt for resources and build a shelter to survive the harsh environment and aggressive animals. Furthermore, it features both Player versus Player (PvP) and Player versus Environment (PvE) elements, requiring you to defend against hostile human-controlled characters and adapt to the constantly changing environment. While 'Rust' doesn't feature a storyline like 'Sons of The Forest', its massive multiplayer gameplay and open-world environment is sure to captivate fans of survival games.

2. Green Hell by Creepy Jar

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'Green Hell' is a survival game that presents players with the daunting task of surviving in one of the most treacherous settings, the unforgiving Amazon rainforest.

Gameplay, Story, and Setting

In 'Green Hell', you will be playing the role of an individual left alone in the Amazon forest with no recollection of how you got there. Your only guide is a radio that connects you to a distant person, who is your only link to the outside world and your only hope of surviving this ordeal. The game tests your psychological resilience as you grapple with the many aspects of survival, including physical health, hunger, and even sanity itself.

3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl by GSC Game World

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'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl' presents players with a unique blend of survival and first-person shooter gameplay set against the backdrop of the Chernobyl disaster.

Gameplay, Story, and Setting

Set in an alternate reality where a second explosion at Chernobyl created a Zone filled with mutated creatures and strange anomalies, 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl' offers a tense, atmospheric experience. As a S.T.A.L.K.E.R., your role is to explore this dangerous world, taking on missions, hunting for artifacts, and fighting off deadly creatures and rival S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s. With its atmosphere of dread and uncertainty, it perfectly encapsulates the fear and tension loved by players of 'Sons of The Forest'.

4. The Long Dark by Hinterland Studio

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'The Long Dark' is a survival game that strips away all the fantastical elements and pits players against the harsh realities of the Canadian wilderness.

Gameplay, Story, and Setting

'The Long Dark' is as much a meditation on solitude and survival as it is a video game. You play as a crashed bush pilot who must navigate the freezing wilderness and try to stay alive. This involves scavenging supplies, keeping an eye on your vital signs, and, most importantly, trying to stay warm. 'The Long Dark' features a rich, episodic story mode, 'Wintermute', which offers deep narrative and plenty of memorable characters. For fans of 'Sons of The Forest', its immersive survival mechanic and compelling story are bound to satisfy them.

5. Subnautica by Unknown Worlds Entertainment

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'Subnautica' offers a unique twist on the survival genre by setting it under the sea on an alien planet.

Gameplay, Story, and Setting

'Subnautica' challenges players to survive in an underwater world filled with colorful biomes and exotic alien sea life. As a survivor of a shipwreck, you must explore the depths of this ocean planet to gather resources and, ultimately, find a way off the planet. Additionally, the game features an intriguing story that gradually unravels as you explore. If you're a fan of 'Sons of The Forest', then 'Subnautica’s exhilarating underwater exploration and fresh take on survival mechanisms will hook you.

Bottom Line

Though we all anticipate the day 'Sons of The Forest' will finally be released, these alternatives are capable of satisfying your craving for the wilderness-based survival horror in the meantime. Play at your risk and step into some of the most challenging scenarios video games can offer.

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