Welcome to Caffeine Gaming’s daily dose of gaming news! The other day I looked at my friends list on Xbox and noticed 90% of my friends were playing either PUBG or Fortnite: Battle Royale and I thought to myself: Where has this craze come from? So I decided to look into it and compile a list of all the current Battle Royale games and, off course, give my opinion in case any readers decide to jump on the Battle Royale train!
Battle Royale actually started life out as a novel in 1999 by a Japanese writer which was later adapted into a film. The model has its origins in gaming, as mods that were developed for Minecraft and ARMA 2 by the community, after The Hunger Games was released a mod was made for Minecraft to play as a character taking part in the Hunger Games, this became massively popular on YouTube thanks to people streaming it and this has led to game companies developing their own standalone BR games.
Personally I had never even heard of Battle Royale until Player Unknown released his version of the game known as Battlegrounds. Battle Royale games are now massively popular, especially for streamers, Twitch and Mixer are full of people streaming Fortnite or PUBG.
So lets take a look at the choices for BR games right now and see which one you fancy giving a go!
Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG)
I think its only fair to start with the game that has popularised it all. Battlegrounds is considered to be the defining game of the genre which is one hell of an achievement considering it has spent most its life so far as an early access game, it has only just been given a full release. This was the game that started life as a mod for Arma 2 developed by Brandon Greene (PlayerUnknown) and eventually was developed into a standalone game by Bluehole.
PUBG is considered to be the serious, heart-wrenching version of a Battle Royale game and I can say from personal experience it is certainly that. 100 Players are joined into a lobby, packed into a plane which flies over an island that you’re suppose to jump out and land on. Once landed you have to search pretty much everything nearby to find some decent loot and fight to be the last player alive. There is a circle named the ‘Safe Zone’ you need to be in to stay alive, this circle shrinks every few minutes to force players to come together and fight it out.
If you are thinking about playing a battle royale game PUBG is the ultimate experience you should be trying! You can play it on either PC through Steam/Windows 10 or Xbox.
Moving on we come across probably the only other game that could rival PUBG for the Battle Royale title. Fortnite is developed by Epic Games, the Battle Royale variant is actually free to play making it the go to game for people wanting to sample this genre of gaming. It follows the exact same premise as PUBG (much to Blueholes annoyance) but adds in Fortnite’s fantastic crafting system adding a nice edge to the game. As you can see below the game is meant to look more laid back and less ‘intense’ with its comic book style but that’s not to say it is not as fun. Without a doubt Fortnite is a fantastic game to play alone or with friends. It is playable on PC, Xbox and PlayStation which, as well as being free to play, makes it the perfect game for people wanting to sample the BR genre.
It wouldn’t be right to make a list like this without mentioning H1Z1 as it was the game that influenced Player Unknown to adapt his mod into Battlegrounds. It is seen as many as the original standalone battle royale game and was the first game to have the format PUBG utilises. Currently it is only playable on Early Access for Windows, which could be the reason for it not becoming as popular as PUBG.
Rust is known for being a difficult survival game as it is, though only in Alpha it has brought many hours of fun to streamers and it was only a matter of time before it revieved a BR mode considering the dog eat dog nature of it. This version plays pretty much the same as Battlegrounds but more brutal. Definitely worth a try if you’re on Steam.
This game is perfect for players wanting to have a go at a free alternative to PUBG that gives the basic, gritty battle royale experience. Whilst it does not have any vehicles it has the weapon and attachments possible for them to rival even PUBG. Its gun-play is not as polished though. All players spawn into the game, loot for guns and gear and fight to only 1 is left. This is a great game to convince your mates to give BR a go.
Rockstar released a game mode version of Battle Royale in August 2017, to be fair the weaponized vehicles really seem to give it the edge as a mode and allow it to stand out. It sets up 4 teams fighting for the last team standing. The mode is fun to play but doesn’t come close to the experience standalone games like Fortnite and PUBG give. Still at least they is finally a adversary mode worth playing on GTA Online.
Hi-Rez Studios, the makers of the mighty SMITE, have developed a BR mode for Paladins called: Battlegrounds. They say the name is meant to be a recall to the PVP battlegrounds of early MMO’s but personally I don’t believe that. Paladins is a very fun game on its own though and the BR mode, like Fortnite, adds a little something different by using champions and heroes each with unique weapons and abilities. Plus its also free to play.
Yes that’s right, Call Of Duty have added a BR version. Unfortunately it is only on COD Online which is made by Tencent and only released in China so its highly unlikely you can play it, however it uses pretty old game engines and tech so you’re not missing much at all. It rightly deserves a place on this list though as it means the mighty FPS (whether you like it or not) is looking into BR and that is very interesting.
I am absolutely certain they will be many many more additions to the BR genre as it grows in the industry, they are so many versions of the game in China it has generate a new genre called ‘Chicken-Eating Game’. That is impressive. PUBG and Fortnite are clearly leading the way for now, PUBG being the older sensible brother and Fortnite being the fun, full of it little brother.
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Ill see you on the Battlefield!