Battle Royale games have gone from a niche to the mainstream in the past year, from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds breaking concurrent player records on Steam to Fortnite achieving the title for most viewed stream on Twitch. There’s just something about landing on an island with other players and killing each other that resonates well with gamers (but we won’t read into that!).
But while PUBG and Fortnite are the two popular options at the moment, there are a variety of Battle Royale games available in 2018 that offer a unique twist on the standard BR formula. Here’s where we list the best Battle Royale games available in 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, PC and even iOS and Android.
We can’t talk about Battle Royale games without giving a mention to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG as it’s better known. If you haven’t heard of PUBG, where have you been? The game launched in early 2017 and soared to previously unseen heights of popularity, becoming the game with the most concurrent players ever on Steam.
In terms of the Battle Royale formula, it’s pretty standard: you parachute onto an island with 99 other players, you scavenge for weapons and the last person standing wins. Where PUBG differs from other BR games is the attachments system; gamers can customise weapons with attachments found across the map to help get an edge in the PvP arena.
Fortnite Battle Royale
If the ultra-realism of PUBG is a little much for you, then chances are that you’ve played, or at least heard of, Fortnite. Developed by Epic Games, Fortnite has two game modes; Save The World, a co-op campaign, and Battle Royale. While you have to pay to access the former while in Early Access, the latter is free – and that’s what has helped it become popular.
It’s not just the lack of a price tag that makes Fortnite attractive; compared to the nitty gritty of PUBG, Fortnite provides something bright and arcade with a simpler, colour-coded weapons system and an intuitive building system that can really change the dynamic of the game, especially in those crucial 1v1 moments. Epic Games constantly introduce crazy game modes and whacky weapons too, which keeps things interesting.
Darwin Project is one of the newer entries to the market, and is currently free-to-play as part of Steam’s Early Access program. Don’t let the Early Access status put you off though; like other BR developers, Scavengers Studio is constantly adding new modes and content to the game. And besides, it’s a completely unique take on the genre that should provide hours of entertainment.
Why? The Darwin Project is designed to look like a TV show – a game streamer’s dream. You’re dropped into a small map with nine other players, and like in other BR games, you have to kill each other. What makes this different, though, is that you’ll have a Show Director watching over you at all times. Controlled by an online player, the Director can help or hinder players at their own will. From destroying entire sections with nuclear explosions to giving a weak player a boost of health, it helps keep things entertaining – for the viewer, anyway!
It’s available to play on PC via Steam Early Access right now.
Like the fleet of .io browser-based games that rose to new heights of popularity in 2017, Surviv.io is a browser-based top-down Battle Royale game. While it may look a little bit basic on the surface, it’s actually quite fun.
There’s no hanging around with Surviv.io; as soon as you click play, you’re instantly in a match with other online players. Each player is represented by circles, with a range of weaponry and useful items strewn across the map. The matches are much shorter than the likes of PUBG and Fortnite, but it provides a nice, quick BR fix with fast-paced gameplay and lots of items to choose from.
Want to play? Just head over to the Surviv.io website.
Radical Heights is another free-to-play Battle Royale game, though this one is a little rough around the edges; even the developers are calling it “X-TREME early access”. In layman’s terms, you’ll probably encounter bugs and glitches when playing. That doesn’t make Radical Heights any less interesting though.
It’s a unique spin on the BR genre; it’s zone-based, rather than circle-based, which provides a nicer experience for players as they tend not to get caught in the last-minute rush to the safe zone like in Fortnite and PUBG. You’ll also encounter game show-esque elements, like a platform that you can stand on to win items (it also plays loud music so those around you know what you’re doing!).
Oh, and you collect money from the people that you kill. This cash stays with you beyond the match, allowing you to purchase cosmetic upgrades or use them at an ATM in-game to get early access to weapons.
The bad news is that developers Boss Key Productions has since closed down, and while the Radical Heights servers will remain active for some time, there won't be much in the way of bug fixes or new content.
If you still want to give it a go, take a look at Radical Heights on Steam.