Best Dystopian Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,335 Dystopian games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Dystopian game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. Half-Life 2

1998. HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.

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Half-Life 2 holds the #1 spot for "best Dystopian game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 192,156 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 187,571 positive reviews and 4,585 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/16/2004
Franchise Half-Life
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 220

2. Dishonored

Dishonored is an immersive first-person action game that casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. With Dishonored’s flexible combat system, creatively eliminate your targets as you combine the supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal.

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Dishonored has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 78,471 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 76,621 positive reviews and 1,850 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 10/11/2012
Franchise Arkane Studios
Developer Arkane Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Steam App Id 205100

3. Stray

Lost, alone and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten cybercity and find their way home.

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Stray has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 138,802 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 135,047 positive reviews and 3,755 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.79 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.79
Release Date 7/19/2022
Franchise Annapurna Interactive
Developer BlueTwelve Studio
Publisher Annapurna Interactive
Steam App Id 1332010

4. Papers, Please

Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint. An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.

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Papers, Please has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 68,299 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 66,404 positive reviews and 1,895 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/8/2013
Developer Lucas Pope
Publisher 3909
Steam App Id 239030

5. VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a booze em' up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.

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VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 34,004 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 33,156 positive reviews and 848 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 6/21/2016
Franchise Ysbryd Games
Developer Sukeban Games
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Steam App Id 447530

6. SANABI

SANABI is an exhilarating stylish dystopian action-platformer. Play as a legendary retired veteran and use your signature prosthetic arm to jump over cliffs and skyscrapers, zip through bullets and traps and defeat powerful enemies.

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SANABI has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,991 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,371 positive reviews and 620 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.24 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play SANABI on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $11.24
Release Date 11/8/2023
Franchise NEOWIZ
Developer WONDER POTION
Publisher NEOWIZ
Steam App Id 1562700

7. Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure. As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions.

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 39,678 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 38,515 positive reviews and 1,163 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $7.99
Release Date 10/10/2007
Franchise Half-Life
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 420

8. Half-Life 2: VR Mod

Half Life 2: VR Mod is a fan-made project, which adds full Virtual Reality support to the original 2004 PC gaming classic by Valve Software. Are you ready to become the Freeman?

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Half-Life 2: VR Mod has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,756 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,638 positive reviews and 118 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Half-Life 2: VR Mod on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 9/16/2022
Developer Source VR Mod Team
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Steam App Id 658920

9. Cruelty Squad

An immersive power fantasy simulator with tactical stealth elements set in a sewage infused garbage world

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Cruelty Squad has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,088 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,559 positive reviews and 529 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Cruelty Squad on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 6/16/2021
Developer Consumer Softproducts
Publisher Consumer Softproducts
Steam App Id 1388770

10. SIGNALIS

A classic survival horror experience set in a dystopian future where humanity has uncovered a dark secret. Unravel a cosmic mystery, escape terrifying creatures, and scavenge an off-world government facility as Elster, a technician Replika searching for her lost dreams.

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SIGNALIS has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Dystopian games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,628 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,072 positive reviews and 556 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/27/2022
Franchise Humble Games
Developer rose-engine
Publishers
Steam App Id 1262350

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). SIGNALIS on Steam. Steam Store.

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