The Battle Royale genre is one that came out of nowhere if you haven’t been looking at the right place. After Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds took the world by storm and REALLY hammered it in that this was the new thing in the gaming industry right now way back in 2017 during its early access release. However, there were already stirrings on this genre from other titles as well, though they weren’t as blatant as games like PUBG during those days.
Now though? Battle Royale’s are THE thing on the gaming space, and there are quite a few new ones that follow on PUBG’s footsteps. Here are 20 of the better ones on not only PC, but also on other consoles as well.
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1. Apex Legends
Let’s start with the newest and the more obvious. Apex Legends is something that kinda snuck in with almost no promotional fluff during its release. The developers Respawn Entertainment only sponsored several streamers in order to promote the game and to show it to the world on the VERY DAY of its release. Safe to say, the gamble paid off. Apex Legends is now one of the most interesting and skill intensive Battle Royales to date.
You get to choose between 11 Legends, 5 of which are on paywall, and fight on the battlefield on teams of 3 in order to be crowned champions. Each Legend has a passive ability, an active ability, and an ultimate unique to them that they can use to change their immediate battlefield vicinity, or to grant various effects both beneficial and detrimental. You have to be tactical and surgical in order to fight and battle to the finish. And each moment may be your last, but you go at it again and again, for the thrill of it. Then again, that’s how it’s supposed to be done.
Apex Legends is available for free with IAP’s on PC, PS4, and Xbox 1.
2. Rules of Survival
After the rise of PUBG, there were quite a few knock offs that rose to follow it. One of the more successful ones is Rules of Survival. Hailing from Netease Games, RoS (as the Acronym) starts along the same vein as PUBG and indeed plays similarly to the hit Battle Royale. The one thing that set it apart though, is the fact that you can play it on mobile.
You heard it right, you can play ROS on Mobile and it’s pretty amazing. Sure the controls can get a bit wonky and aiming’s a right pain sometimes, but overall? The game brought the Battle Royale genre to the mobile market, and the rest, is history.
Currently they also expanded that the game is now available in Steam as well, which is another plus for the PC users.
Rules of Survival is available for free with IAP’s on PC and Mobile.
3. ARMA 3: PlayerUnknown’s Battle Royale Mod
Let’s take a little trip down memory lane shall we? Back when PUBG was still something of a brain child, PlayerUnknown was playing ARMA, and he LOVED it. So much so that he made mods for it. One of the mods combines the hyper realism of ARMA’s gunplay, with the tenseness and his love for the Battle Royale genre. You go in alone, with no one to help you against everyone else, and you need to survive. It was tense, it was exciting, and above all else VERY competitive. The mod was a little taste on what’s to come, and it was a VERY good taste.
ARMA 3: PlayerUnknown’s Battle Royale Mod is available for PC.
4. Fortnite Battle Royale
When Epic Games saw how successful PUBG got, they wanted a space in the free real estate that is Battle Royale, but don’t know how to do so. They DO have a plan though: use a game they’re already developing and add another mode into it. The result was Fortnite Battle Royale, it was supposed to be an alternate mode to Fortnite’s Save the World mode which was the original version of the game, but the explosion of popularity that the Battle Royale mode gave Fortnite was a welcome addition in Epic’s perspective.
Graphics wise, Fortnite is more cartoony compared to the more serious and military oriented PUBG, it’s staunchest competitor in the BR genre. The game also gives players the ability to destroy everything but the ground in order to create barriers and buildings of their own, giving a more strategic feel to the game for the slower players, though those very materials could also be used in exciting ‘build fights’ where players duke it out all while creating barriers and walkways in order to kill each other dead. Be careful not to fall down though, ‘cause fall damage IS a thing. Overall, Fortnite Battle Royale is a welcome addition to the BR Genre.
Fortnite Battle Royale is available for free with IAP’s on PC, Xbox, and PS4.
5. Ring of Elysium
Tencent followed after the rise of the BR genre with Ring of Elysium. Once a mobile game like Rules of Survival, they decided to move to PC in order to revamp the experience. Gameplay wise, it follows after the BR’s before it but adds better graphics and detrimental environment. That’s right, the environment in the game WILL kill you if you’re not careful. Couple that with extreme sports like BMX and snowboarding being implemented as well and you have some pretty sick ways of killing your opponents with. All in all, Ring of Elysium is a pretty cool BR to sink your teeth into if you have the time.
Ring of Elysium is available for free with IAP’s on PC and Mobile.
6. Civilization 6: Red Death
Now don’t get me wrong: a normal BR is usually between 100 players pitted against each other in a limited map, they fight for resources and weapons, and kill each other dead to achieve total victory. Well, the Civilization series takes that and added it to Civ 6 to REALLY spice up their gameplay.
Available as a free expansion to Civ 6 it pits 12 players into a map with a shrinking circle, the twist? You have to kill off the all the other player’s squadrons and civilians in order to be the civilization to be carted off into an orbiting space station. And while the game might be a bit sluggish at first, the map IS big after all and you might not see another player’s units until the circle shrinks enough, the urgency and danger WILL ramp up when you’re crammed in a small place with more than 4 opposing players. That’s when the gunfire will spray all over the place and nukes being fired left, right and center.
Overall, it’s a fun way to pass the time and a pretty cool expansion in the Civilization games. Here’s hoping we get a new innovation in other games as well.
Civilization 6 is available for $44 in Steam $60 in Console. The Red Death expansion pack is downloadable for free if you have a copy of Civilization 6.
7. GTA Online: Motor Wars
This one is a bit unique compared to some Battle Royales in this list. One of the reasons being the fact that you use VEHICLES to kill people here. Now you might be saying, that’s not a new feature, you can kill people with vehicles by ramming them. True enough, but can you kill them using weapons MOUNTED on said vehicles? Well, you can here. And couple that with the physics systems in GTA, you can expect some pretty wild stunts being made all while people are getting shot to pieces or blown to bits. Honestly? The just the premise alone makes the game a fun prospect for a group of friends who want to blow stuff to high heaven. And if that’s what you’re looking for in a Battle Royale, then the game’s for you.
GTA Online: Motor Wars is available by purchasing GTA V for $30 and is available for PC and Console.
8. H1Z1: King of the Kill
What happens if you combine a battle royale with zombies? Well, H1Z1’s King of the Kill mode is the answer. Combining the PVE elements of zombie killing with the PVP Battle Royale genre seems like a daunting proposition but H1Z1 managed to create a pretty accurate experience of what every man for himself would look like in a zombie apocalypse. One of the original BR’s to ever go live, King of the Kill is one of the more popular modes in H1Z1 and will probably stay that way for quite a long time to come.
H1Z1 is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox 1 for free with IAP’s.
9. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds
If parodies are what you’re looking for then Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is for you. The game might not take itself seriously in any capacity but it’s all in good fun and in good gameplay. Ragdoll physics are a thing here and you might just send your opponents AND yourself flying with a misplaced hand grenade, but all in all, a solid game, and a solid game experience for someone who wants to dip into the BR genre.
Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is available for $3.13 with IAP’s on PC.
10. Rust: Battle Royale
Now like some of the entries here, the Rust: Battle Royale is a bit of an unofficial add on to the game itself. But once you think about it, it makes a certain… twisted kind of sense. After all, Rust is about being dropped in the middle of nowhere in nothing but your birthday suit and trying to survive. Sometimes you whack some poor unlucky shmuck in the same server with a rock, other times you kill them with a primitive assault rifle. It was only a matter of time before someone would put two and two together and create a server dedicated to this kind of thinking in mind. But when it finally happened? Well… A bloodbath was understating the whole thing. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s VERY engaging. And you’re gonna be spending a whole lot of time in it if this is your thing.
Rust: Battle Royale is available in PC, PS4, and Xbox 1.
11. Minecraft: the Hunger Games
Minecraft’s been around for a VERY long time now and it has quite a storied history, and it has quite a lot of pioneering in the gaming sphere. Taking inspiration from Hunger Games, some enterprising players decided to create servers dedicated to a Battle Royale type of game. Minecraft’s gameplay lends quite a bit to the BR genre. Even though there isn’t any guns (Bows are one of the few ranged weapons in Minecraft) the melee weapons are gonna be your main killing weapons in this and your armor is gonna be one of the ways to mitigate the damage. Whether you craft or kill your way to victory, it’ll be up to you. After all, you have to get the odds in your favor.
Minecraft is available on PC, PS4, Xbox 1, and Nintendo Switch.
If you’re tired of the usual gunplay from other games like PUBG in this list then Spellbreak is a breath of fresh air. And while the game is still in it’s closed beta, it’s shaping up to be one of the most innovative and challenging BR’s to ever come out today.
Gameplay wise it’s like any BR in the list, but instead of guns you get spells, and you have a mana pool that those spells draw power from. Movement also gets a big emphasis here since you have to be able to dodge incoming spellfire from other mages as well, granting the game a frenetic and exciting pace. If you want a change of pace from the usual kinds of BR’s out there, then Spellbreak is the game to go.
Spellbreak is available for free with IAP’s on PC.
13. Dying Light: Bad Blood
Dying Light is an absolute BANGER of a game and is a cool addition to the games like PUBG genre. But never let it be said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The Bad Blood mode is a battle royale for only12 players. Boring? Well, not so much. Your objective there is to retrieve samples from infected hives scattered all over the map. And you have to contend with not only the players, but with the infected as well. Sounds like a real teeth clencher huh? Well combine that with some VERY nice melee weaponry and some sick parkour and you can really zip around. But yeah, Dying Light: Bad Blood is an awesome addition to a game released in 2015.
Dying Light: Bad Blood is available for free if you have a copy of Dying Light on PC PS4, and Xbox 1.
14. Fallout 76: Nuclear Winter
Now Fallout 76 is… somewhat of a pariah in the video game space right now, and for good reason. However, the new BR mode Nuclear Winter is actually pretty cool. You get the standard Fallout weaponry, combine that with the usual Battle Royale tropes, and add nukes. Yes. Nukes.
Nukes are a game changer in Nuclear Winter. It gives you the chance to deal massive damage to your enemies and to wipe out someone who’s giving you trouble. Like that guy with a full armor suit that’s on your ass with a laser minigun. Nukes give players quite the equalizer against the more resilient players, add that with some Fallout AI enemies and you have a game that you can enjoy with a few friends. So long as the game doesn’t bug out on you when you’re playing it.
Fallout 76 is available with IAP’s on PC, PS4, and Xbox 1.
15. The Culling
If you’re looking for a Hunger Games type of experience (which is almost all BR’s if we’re being honest but bear with us here for a moment), then The Culling MIGHT be what you’re looking for. 16 players go in, only one goes out. You go through a jungle filled with loot and other conventional and esoteric weaponry from guns to chainsaws. Combat is bloody and VERY satisfying with some clunky parts here and there, but overall the game can satisfy the games like PUBG craving that you got.
16. Black Ops 4 Blackout
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout is but a taste on the AAA battle royale. Made by Treyarch, it stitches together well known locations from Black Ops multiplayer maps across a gloriously polished area that really puts other games like PUBG to shame. This could easily be your brand new PUBG replacement if you want to, but with the yearly releases of COD games, that might not last for long. Still, the game is solid, and the gunplay is incredibly tight. Which makes for some fun plays.
Black Ops 4 Blackout is available with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC, PS4, and Xbox 1.
17. Realm Royale
Realm Royale looks like what would happen if you combine Fortnite and World of Warcraft into one game. Graphics wise, the game looks like Warcraft, with several of the characters and locations looking like copies from the beloved Blizzard series. Gameplay wise and UI wise, the game takes it’s cues from Fortnite. They also follow have a hero selection, with each character having abilities that can change the tide of battle. It’s a more cartoony take on Apex Legends basically. And if you’re into that, then the game will be a hit to you.
Realm Royale is one of the games like PUBG available for free with IAP’s on PC, Xbox 1, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
18. Tetris 99
Now somehow the creators of Tetris thought it would be a good idea to have you and 98 other players duke it out for Tetris supremacy. And although it could be a bit chaotic, and doesn’t have the weaponry, blood and gore that a typical Battle Royale has but it’s still very hectic since anyone from the 98 other opponents can target you and give you another unbreakable stack unless you attack as well. So you HAVE to stack, and stack well. So get out there, and get to stacking!
Surviv.io is a browser based BR that’s surprisingly fun even with the minimal graphics. You start at a random location and you have to destroy things in order to get weapons and ammo, but after that? It’s killing time. It’s a race to 1st place and everyone is your enemy. All in all, the game is an enjoyable experience alone or with a group of friends.
Suviv.io is available for free in browsers.
20. Ark: Survival of the Fittest
If you want to play games like PUBG with dinosaurs, then Ark: Survival of the Fittest is for you. It plays like the Rust and Minecraft BR’s but with the addition of dinosaurs. And who doesn’t love dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the standalone game can be a bit on the buggy side so that’s a minus but if you can get past that then the game offers quite a bit in terms of replayability.
Ark: Survival of the Fittest is available with Ark: Survival Evolved on PC, PS4, and Xbox.
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