Have you ever wondered how long you'd survive in the wilderness with absolutely nothing?

Survival games are games that require the player to stay alive as long as possible in an often hostile environment. Managing everything from food, habitation and crafting essential tools — staying alive isn't just a song by the BeeGees. The night is dark and full of terrors, so huddle by the light with us as we take a look at the best survival games currently on the Xbox One.

ARK: Survival Evolved - Game Preview

  • Developer: Studio Wildcard
  • Released: Currently in Game Preview
  • Genre: Prehistoric adventure

There is always some kind of aggressor in most survival games, something you have to protect yourself from. Giant, carnivorous dinosaurs notwithstanding, Ark: Survival Evolved will pit you against prehistoric terrors and your own kind. If you're not already suffering from hunger, or broken bones, perhaps a pervasive and persistent disease will hamper your efforts? By the way, the only way you can cure that disease is going to the icy North-most part of the island and fight some incredibly strong and hostile animals. Good luck with that.

Survive with friends — make or join clans who can help you build bases to work from, shared clan XP helps you level up faster so you have access to better items. Or go it alone, forsake the safety of numbers and set out to discover the mysteries of the island by yourself.

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Don't Starve: Giant Edition

  • Developer: Klei Entertainment
  • Released: 08/02/2016
  • Genre: Action & Adventure

If a Tim Burton-esque hand-drawn art style and slowing losing your sanity are high up your 'Things You Like' list, then Don't Starve has a treat for you. Unlock a variety of characters with their own unique skills to explore and survive the encroaching night. Will you fall foul to Zombie Pigmen at the full moon's midnight, or would you rather take your chances with a giant Deerclops? Build Doo-dads and Whatsits, sport the most spiffing mustache and stay alive gnawing on petals. Who thought going insane would be so... dark?

The Shipwrecked DLC offers further content in monsters, items to craft, places to go and things to stave off hunger with, all on a deserted island. Have you ever eaten rock slime? It's really good this time of year. The challenges ramp up the longer you survive, perhaps by the end you'll be begging for madness. The game is available as a bundle with DLC or both items can be bought individually through the Xbox store.

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The Flame in the Flood

  • Developer: The Molasses Flood
  • Released: 02/24/2016
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, rogue-lite

Travelling by foot or by raft, you and your dog embark together on a perilous journey through a post-society American wilderness. Procedurally generated terrains hold precious resources to be found in order to make food, craft tools and create medicines. A beautifully sorrowful hand-drawn art style and originally composed soundtrack compliment this incredible story wonderfully.

Scout and her companion dog Aesop are on a mission to find out why everyone has gone from the flooded lands, but the gentle river can turn to rapids in moments — drowning is a very real threat. Thought provoking and heart warming, The Fire in the Flood will test your survival skills and patience, but it's a trip worth taking.

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How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition

  • Developer: Eko Software
  • Released: 10/29/2014
  • Genre: Action & Adventure

Seven small archipelago islands, a mental survival guide and more zombies than you could shake a chainsaw at. You'll have to craft tools and find shelter as you try to ward off hordes of zombies and rabid animals. Choose from a wide range of blunt weapons to protect yourself with, and keep your basic human needs in check or suffer a penalty.

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Subnautica - Game Preview

  • Developer: Unknown Worlds and Grip Games
  • Released: Currently in Game Preview
  • Genre: Action & Adventure

Splash-landed on an oceanic world, Subnautica is one of only a few games that will give you the ability to make reasonably high-grade tools from the very start. The only problem is retrieving the resources in order to make those tools. Jacques Cousteau you're not, and exploring the vast oceanic alien world will be mightily difficult without crafting the things to get you there without dying. Build and power sub-aquatic habitats or gaze out of your glass walls as a Sea Leviathan swims by killing everything in sight. Maybe though, you'll create the most powerful submersible and find out what the dickens is at the bottom of this darned ocean? What secrets lie below in these alien yet familiar depths?

Still currently part of the Xbox Preview Program, updates are being added all the time to flesh out the experience, by adding in the story characteristics and goals. Subnautica is still a work in progress, but you'll certainly feel reeled into this alien world, hook, line and sinker.

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Minecraft: Xbox One Edition

  • Developer: Mojang / 4J Studios
  • Released: 09/05/2014
  • Genre: Action & Adventure

Minecraft may look like a poorly made building game with no character but you're wrong! Punch wood, make tools and get into a safe place before dark, because when the sun goes down the hostile monsters appear. Create a farm to feed you, build yourself a hideout so no monsters can reach you, or plumb the very bowels of the earth for rare materials for crafting better weapons and armor. With the addition of PVP arenas and (hopefully sometime soon for Xbox One) Realms there is suddenly a lot more to do in Minecraft than ever before.

Constantly updated with new features and items to craft, the sky isn't your limit — only your imagination. Import saves from your Xbox 360 game, download textures and character skins to customize your experience fully. Want your world to look like it's all made of candy while frolicking as Doctor Who? Now you can.

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Fallout 4 - Survival Mode

  • Developer: Bethesda
  • Released: 11/10/2015
  • Genre: RPG

Including this may be a bit of a cheat, but Fallout 4's Survival Mode kicks up the game's difficulty. The introduction of illnesses necessitates the use of antibiotics, and there's no longer a fast travel option, and healing in beds for less than 7 hours doesn't heal HP. This is truly the most brutal survival experience. Healing items have less effect and may even make you sick. Ammunition has weight, and the carry weight for you and your companions has been reduced. With all this and more, the odds are highly stacked against you.

Winner of more than fifty Game of the Year Awards, Fallout 4 is Bethesda's most ambitious game yet. Also supporting free mods, you can tailor your experience just the way you want it. Nuclear war has destroyed the world, it's time to rebuild and the fate of the Wastelands is in your hands.

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We Happy Few - Game Preview

  • Developer: Compulsion Games
  • Released: Currently in Game Preview
  • Genre: Action & Adventure

Ever wondered why everyone back in 1960's England was all about being groovy and mellow and just a bit too cheerful? If We Happy Few is anything to go by, in this pseudo-alternate reality it's because they were all taking mind-altering drugs. Blinded to the grimness of reality, society has settled into a well-meaning and relatively content denial, until a small group decided to stop taking their tablets. Blend in with the citizens of a retrofuturistic London, where not taking happy pills is cause for alarm.

As the newest addition to the Games Preview roster there are still certainly kinks to be worked out, but We Happy Few will hopefully continue to shape and deliver an already very compelling world and theme.

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Have your say

Survival games certainly have their own corner of the market, and especially thrive on PC. What are your favorites? Are there any we missed you think should be on the list, or are there any you'd like to see on Xbox One? Take to the comments and let us know your favorite survival games!