The concept of battle royale is by no means a new one. But for whatever reason, 2019 was a major year for this genre that blends survival, exploration, and scavenging elements into the last man standing challenge. After the evolution of the battle royale concept, successful video games that work within the genre really only started to boom recently, giving players the opportunity to engage in satisfying MMOs where the aim is to outlast the competition. So today, we’re taking a look at some of them with our list of the top 10 battle royale games.
The Culling has often been compared to the Hunger Games; 16 players enter an arena, either on an island or in a prison, and they must interact with their environments to survive. This means navigating maps that include caves, bridges, explosive barrels, and poison gas, and tasks that require players to kill one another, obtain items from airdrops, travel certain distances, or complete a goal within the specific setting they are in. It’s immersive, and players can build up their characters through the in-game currency they earn by completing tasks. The game looked like it was on the rise in terms of popularity, but after an update in2017, the number of regular players dropped excessively, and continued on a steady decline, currently pulling in around 10,000 and under players a day as of this recording.
Fortnite has managed to garner a lot of controversies when it comes to how it compares to other battle royale games – specifically, PlayerUnknown’sBattlegrounds, whose developers have called out Fortnite as being a carbon copy of their game, but more cartoon-ey. It was created on the Unreal Engine, the same as Battlegrounds, but was released as a free-to-play game. Whether or not you agree, Fortnite has still managed to be one of the more popular battle royale games, at times seeing similar player counts as Battlegrounds, but incorporating its own aspects that make fans want to return to it again and again. This includes incorporating crafting and features a ton of fascinating new weaponry, which ultimately allows the player to get more creative with how they execute their wins.
If you’re looking for a challenge – or a good old blood bath – Last Man Standing might be the right pick for you. It’s a 100 player battle royale military sim. While it isn’t as well put together as some of the other games higher on this list and doesn’t feature any vehicles, its got that boots on the ground feel that leaves a lot of players coming back for more. You spawn in a random area when you start and must scavenge nearby buildings for weapons asap. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, it also has a free to play option that has managed to win over some players who don’t want to financially commit to a battle royale game, especially if they’re new to the genre.
Switching it up to a platform that you can play with on the go, Rules of Survival is for all of you who enjoy playing mobile games. Or, at least until the Battlegrounds mobile edition comes out, that is. Anyway. Rules of Survival is one of the standout mobile games when it comes to the battle royale genre, letting you face off on an island in which up to 120 players can partake. Critics have noted that it doesn’t do anything new or innovative with the genre, and it has quite a few bugs, but despite all of this, is still very entertaining to play.
Basically, Ark is a battle royale spin-off game of Ark Survival Evolved, and it’s the only one where you’ll find yourself threatened by dinosaurs. Although critics have called it buggy and called its user interface terrible, the game does offer a dose of epic in terms of creatures, beasts, and prehistoric reptiles that you can interact with, that in turn, makes your matches unforgettable.
This mod for Arma 3 is what eventually lead to the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, being the first dabble into the genre by PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene. Known as the Call of Duty of DayZ, the mod isn’t nearly as in-depth or well developed as Battlegrounds itself, but the mod’s focus pretty much makes up for that. It’s much more about being patient and pursuing your enemies in a very realistic way. Unlike most other battle royale games, you can only play this mode solo, making it all the more intense.
When Grand Theft Auto Online was released in 2014, it was a huge hit. They’ve been pumping out solid content and events over the past several years. So it should be no surprise that in August of 2017, Rockstar released an update that let players enter a battle royale mode. It made sense – in a world like GTA, people were already running around killing each other off in the other modes of the game. It was called Motor Wars, where players are placed in a kill box, an area that decreases according to time played. Up to four teams parachute into the box and must hunt down a “lethal assortment” of guns, explosives, and weaponized vehicles to work together and fight your opposing team.
Rust is the battle royale game where you’re butt naked. Literally. When you spawn at the edge of the map, you’re in nothing but your birthday suit. And you have a torch, a map, and a bandage. Critics have called this game fairly terrifying to play at times, due to it’s simplified barebones survival instincts; less strategy, more guttural, with an emphasis on just staying alive. For those wanting a more brutal and intense gameplay, Rust is definitely for you.
H1Z1 features multiple game modes, including the ability to face off in an arena in which up to 150 players can compete, and features the likes of crafting and scavenging to enhance your gameplay. As the match progresses, a toxic gas cloud begins to close in on you, which can cause you damage, but ultimately pushes you towards taking out your remaining opponents as soon as possible. It was created by a collaboration between PlayerUnknown and Daybreak Games, the game is a step up from Battlegrounds and focuses more on shooting than scavenging. In terms of mechanics, it’s also a simpler game than Battlegrounds, making it more accessible to a larger audience. It’s even got it’s own sport.
Perhaps one of the most popular battle royale games to date, and a game we’ve mentioned already multiple times on our list, PlayerUnknown’sBattlegrounds is the game that really set the genre on fire this past year. In a good way. Since it’s release, it’s been nominated for several different Game of the Year awards and is highly considered to be the battle royale game that has defined the genre, becoming an esport as well. The game made $11 million US within its first three days of its Windows early access release and has surpassed many other popular titles to become the most played game on Steam back in August of 2017. This game has the most insane fan base because of it’s fast pace, its accessibility to new players entering the genre, its smart design that expertly balances combat and more ‘solitary’ moments like sneaking and scavenging, and its overall player engagement, with one critic even comparing it to the Stanford Prison Experiment– a 1971 psychological experiment in which the effects of perceived power were studied by assigning volunteers the roles of prisoners and prison guards. There we have it, thank you all for reading out today’s blog and I hope you have a nice day!