Top five end of the world games

"Fallout 3." (HO)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

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According to prophecies, theories and a bad disaster movie starring John Cusack, the world is going to face some sort of major cataclysm on Friday. Maybe there will be earthquakes and volcanoes, maybe dust and ash, maybe an alien invasion or zombie apocalypse.

To which we have just four words: lock and load, baby.

In our ongoing look this week at apocalyptic entertainment, today we've rounded up five video games set after some sort of doomsday catastrophe. And since video games are an excellent way to learn real-world skills (right?) we figure playing these digital diversions will impart valuable talents that will be useful for survivors of the apocalypse. If not, they'll at least keep you occupied until it's game over for planet Earth.

Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC; 2008)

 

 

Possibly the most famous and beloved post-apocalyptic game series of all, Fallout imagines a retro-flavoured future in which mankind has emerged from underground vaults following a devastating nuclear war. Super mutants, giant cockroaches and homicidal robots abound in this tongue-in-cheek yet oddly gripping story of one man searching for his father.

Valuable skills to be learned: Radiation tolerance, bottle cap trading.

I Am Alive (Xbox, PS3, PC; 2011)

 

 

There's nary a mutant to be found in Ubisoft's grim tale of a man trying to return to his family after the world is torn apart by a disaster known only as the Event, triggering earthquakes that have levelled most cities. Enemies in the game are desperate, black-hearted survivors who will kill a man for the food in his pockets and the bullets in his gun.

Valuable skills to be learned: Archery, intimidation.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Xbox 360, PS3; 2010)

 

 

The end of the world doesn't always have to be painted in greys and browns, as demonstrated in this colourful action-adventure game starring the voice talents of Andy "Gollum" Serkis. Set 150 in the future after a global war, the story follows an odd duo who must explore ruined cities and find out who is enslaving the world's dwindling population.

Valuable skills to be learned: Acrobatics, roboticide.

RAGE (Xbox 360, PS3, PC; 2011)

 

 

One of the most graphically slick video games of the last few years, RAGE takes place a century after an asteroid has slammed into Earth, wiping out most of humankind. Those who've survived have banded together into Mad Max-flavoured pockets of humanity or -- like the game's protagonist -- have just emerged from suspended animation in an underground bunker.

Valuable skills to be learned: Dune buggy driving, boomerang hurling.

Metro 2033 (Xbox 360, PC)

 

 

After nuclear war devastates Moscow, survivors gather in underground communities centered around subway stations. As one such post-apocalyptic permanent commuter, players must travel through super-creepy subway tunnels, venture to the highly radioactive surface world and unravel the mystery of their weirdly supernatural visions.

Valuable skills to be learned: Ammunition scavenging, gas mask maintenance.


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