Survival mode

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This article is about the game mode. For the genres, see Survival game and Survival horror.

Survival mode is a video game mode in which the player must continue playing for as long as possible in an uninterrupted session while the game presents them with increasingly difficult waves of challenges.[1] A variant of the mode requires that the player last for a certain finite amount of time, after which victory is achieved and the mode ends.[2] The mode is particularly common among tower defense games, where the player must improve the defenses of a specific location in order to repel enemy forces for as long as possible.[3] Survival mode has been compared to the gameplay of classic arcade games, where players face off against increasingly stronger waves of enemies.[4] This mode was intended to give the game a definite and sometimes sudden ending, so that other players could then play the arcade game as well.

Popular games that have a survival mode include zombie games such as those in the Left 4 Dead series,[5] games in the Call of Duty series following Call of Duty: World at War,[6] tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies,[7] and Gears of War 2.[1] Also, sandbox games such as Minecraft take advantage of this gamemode by having players survive the night time from different varieties of monsters such as skeletons, zombies and Creepers.


  1. ^ a b Glasser, Aj (2008-10-15). "Gears of War 2 – Horde Mode Is The Way To Go". Kotaku. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  2. ^ Rodgers, Scott (2010). Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design. John Wiley and Sons. p. 383. 
  3. ^ Walker, John (2009-05-05). "The Plants Vs. Zombies Review". Rock Paper Shotgun. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  4. ^ Osborne, Joe (2011-10-11). "Empires & Allies Survival Mode: Everything you need to know". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  5. ^ Kuchera, Ben (2009-04-22). "First impressions of Left 4 Dead's survival mode". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  6. ^ McElroy, Griffin (2008-10-25). "Call of Duty: World at War co-op mode pits players against Nazi zombies". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-11-18. >Keyes, Rob. "Survival Multiplayer Adding The Nether". Game Rant. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  7. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (2011-01-18). "Plants vs. Zombies DS Review". IGN. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 

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