The Best Battle Royale Games in 2019
Battle royale are multiplayer, unpredictable and violent games where a player has only one goal: to fight everyone else and to be the last one to survive. Sounds challenging! Well, that’s one of the reasons why battle royale is a massively popular genre which is surely here to stay. Fortnite, Apex Legends and PUBG are established blockbusters, but there are more battle royale games that have appeared meanwhile. Here are the best games of the genre we’re gladly playing, as well as the upcoming battle royale games or game modes you should watch out for.
For everyone looking for comic book, poppy visuals with massive massacres, Fortnite Battle Royale is undoubtedly their cup of tea. This battle royale provides an arcadey and bright experience, contrary to the gritty vibe of PUBG. With each new season, the developer (Epic Games) seems to be absolutely decisive to continuously outdo itself, making the game more interesting, exciting and, well, simply better. Obviously, game-changing, surprising experiments aren’t going to stop anytime soon. Moreover, Fortnite is an ideal game for players who like to get creative, since they are enabled to build houses, traps, ramps, walls for cover etc. V-bucks are an in-game currency players gain by completing missions or daily quests, but it’s possible to puchase them from the store, or, as some websites promise, there’s a way to obtain free V bucks too.
Respawn’s battle royale game with dystopian charm combines the last-man-standing principle with a hero squad shooter. As expected from Respawn, its take on battle royale features an astonishing pace. Its characters are beautifully quirky and diverse, the weapons are finely-tuned, gunfights are very intense. In addition, it’s free to play. For all those reasons, Apex Legends became an instant hit, reaching over 25 million players in its first week. The game has also been praised for its accessibility options for hard of hearing players, because Apex Legends game offers both text-to-speech and speech-to-text communication options.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (shortly PUBG) is the basic battle royal formula done right. Constant updates, new maps, tactical play and intense firefights make this game unbelievably addictive. PlayerUnknow is the pseudonym of the creator of the game, Brendan Green, known for Arma Battle Royale mod. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is perfect for battle royale fans who like games that control and feel realistically.
Ring of Elysium
By combining dynamic, deadly weather like volcanic eruptions or blizzards with extreme sports such as snowboarding or BMX, Tencent Games’ take on battle royale genre puts a twist on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Since Ring of Elysium is very similar to PUBG, yet free to play, we highly recommend it for players looking to try out the genre.
This browser-based battle royale is fast, free and fun. Even though it is cartoony, Surviv.io can be rather intense and addictive. Since it is such a quick BR game running in Flash, anyone can try Surviv.io out (even at work).
Battlefield 5 Firestorm
Firestorm is a battle royale mode supporting 64 players, featuring Battlefield’s signature highly destructible environment with matches taking place on the largest map in BF history. It’s frantic and fun and although it sometimes requires a little waiting for a full match, it’s totally worth it.
Black Ops 4 Blackout
Call of Duty has always been among the best first-person-shooters available. In spite of the fact that it’s a bit pricey, we have to admit that the gun mechanics and gameplay are quite astonishing. Black Ops 4 needed to get its own BR mode – Blackout. Like any other CoD game, Blackout is fun, slick and fast, with a map recreating numerous locations from earlier CoD games.
Scavanger Studio has developed its battle royale version clearly inspired by contemporary BR games, the 1987 movie Running Man and the Hunger Games novels. Darwin Project is not about randomly running into other players, but about tracking them down by following footprints in the snow. It shows that a well-developed BR game doesn’t have to be all about scale. There are no guns, only 10 players and a map is rather tiny, but still Darwin Project can be intense and rewarding. The combat, movement and gameplay in general feel extraordinary smooth, and Darwin Project’s graphics look astonishing. This take on battle royale genre is not for everyone, as a matter of fact, it’s terribly underrated. Yet, if you’re a fan of the genre, you should at least give it a try. Darwin Project is a way more personal, frankly, skill-based and fast-paced than any of its battle royale competitors.
The list doesn’t end here
There’s even more popular, well-developed and exciting battle royale games on the market. Dying Light: Bad Blood, Realm Royale, H1Z1, Unturned: Arena Mode, Rules of Survival, Fear the Wolves, Last Tide, Maelstrom and SpellBreak are also worth mentioning and playing. The battle royale genre is obviously not dead, but still rocking.