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Games like Fortnite: what is the best battle royale game?

Games Like Fortnite The Best Battle Royale Games

What are the best battle royale games on PC? Be it Fortnite or PUBG, these are the genre’s best offerings, covering the biggest Steam games and best free games.

The origins of the battle royale genre are manifold, but the gameplay is largely the same: lots of players go in, only one leaves. Battle royale is a violent, unpredictable, and frenzied multiplayer mode where the only goal is to endure until you’re the sole survivor.

You can win by hiding in bushes and waiting for the herd to thin out, or scavenge a weapon and start reducing the numbers yourself. With the explosion of both Fortnite and PUBG, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are only two battle royales out there, but there are now numerous other contenders to challenge the big two. 

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Whether you're after a free PUBG clone or an inventive new twist on the formula, there is a battle royale game out there for everyone. So, to help you broaden your horizons, we’ve assembled this handy guide to the best battle royale games on PC.

Here are the best battle royale games:

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

The Best Battle Royale Games PUBG

There’s a reason PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds regularly boasts 500,000 concurrent players and has sold in excess of six million copies: it’s the basic battle royale premise done right. With frequent new PUBG updates, the chart-conquering sensation is replete with features and is addictive beyond belief.

PlayerUnknown isn’t just a cool-sounding title either, it’s the pseudonym of Brendan Greene: the creator of PUBG, and the man responsible for the incredibly popular Arma 3 Battle Royale mod. That experience shows in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which forgoes complications like crafting and a complex melee fighting system, and instead focuses on razor-sharp firefights, tactical play, and scavenging.

More so than any other battle royale game on this list, PUBG feels and controls realistically, resulting in reactive gameplay that never grows old. Opening PUBG crates for new outfits can be worryingly addictive, and technically, the game is a little rough around the edges, but nothing tastes quite as satisfying as bagging that end-game chicken dinner after outlasting 99 other players. 

Fortnite Battle Royale

Want some poppy, comic book visuals with your 100-man massacres? Fortnite Battle Royale takes the perfectly poised match structure of PUBG and ditches all the gritty realism for colours and soft edges. It's no wonder Fortnite player numbers continue to swell: this is the current king of battle royales. 

As its Fortnite, you’ll also be able to harvest resources and build structures like houses to camp in, walls for cover, traps to deal damage, and ramps to help you climb up mountains. This is a battle royale game for those who like to get creative.

That changes the rhythm of the game considerably, increasing the emphasis on resource-gathering throughout the match so that you’ve got plenty of materials to build cover and fortify as the player count dwindles. Being able to build also means a lot of scope for unconventional tactics. Pinned down behind a tree? Pull out your pickaxe, gather a few logs, and build yourself a wall that will give you a bit more protection. Need a sneaky way of getting to an opponent? Try building a series of ramps to flank them from an unexpected angle.

The Fortnite vs. PUBG debate isn't going to be settled any time soon, so just be grateful we have two spectacular survival shooters to revel in. 

Last Man Standing

The Best Battle Royale Games Last Man Standing

If you just want to dip your toes into battle royale without spending any money, you could do a lot worse than Last Man Standing, a free-to-play battle royale game with a surprising amount of depth and gameplay features.

The setup fits the battle royale formula to the letter: 100 players spawn in, forage for guns and gear, and kill until there’s only one person left. What Last Man Standing lacks in vehicles, it more than makes up for in weapons and attachments, even giving PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds a run for its money where loadout options are concerned. Its gunplay is nowhere near as polished, however.

If you’re struggling to convince three mates to invest in a battle royale game, Last Man Standing is solid, and won't cost you a penny, making it one of the best free PC games around. 

H1Z1: King of the Kill

Before Brendan Greene helmed his own battle royale game, he was drafted in to help Daybreak Games perfect H1Z1: King of the Kill after the original H1Z1 was cancelled and split into two separate projects. Compared to PUBG, H1Z1: King of the Kill is a much lighter and more accessible battle royale - there are fewer weapons, no attachments, and you don’t get to choose where you parachute in from. That last point is particularly important as it means you’re always dropping into the map with several other players, leading to a manic scramble for guns and gear, and a hefty amount of bloodshed in the match’s opening few seconds.

H1Z1’s gunplay is more akin to that of an arcade shooter than the military sim-influenced heft of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ weapons. Shooting feels basic, but there’s still plenty of nuance to landing shots and engaging targets at range that you can only learn through hours of trial and error. The fact that you get nearly 200 potential targets to hone your shooting skills on certainly helps.

If PUBG involves a little too much hiding around in bushes and strategic play for your liking, then the faster pace on display here might be more to your taste. And if you find yourself struggling, our H1Z1: King of the Kill guide should improve your odds of survival.

The Culling

The Best Battle Royale Games The Culling

Leaning much more on the televised, dystopian future flavour of battle royale popularised by The Hunger Games, The Culling is a first-person, melee-focused twist on the genre. The combat is basic but brutal, and the setting is a gamified jungle, complete with a stadium, giant floating scoreboard, and The Culling branding everywhere you look.

Much like in The Hunger Games, you won’t find much in the way of firearms in The Culling, and what assault rifles and SMGs you do come across will come with scarce few rounds. The emphasis here is on crafting rudimentary weapons, traps, and finding rarer treats like chainsaws and dynamite. There are also far fewer enemies to stab, chop, and beat your way through in order to get the win - only 16 contestants fight it out in this battle royale game. 

The melee-focused gameplay and smaller player count makes The Culling the ideal battle royale game for The Hunger Games fans or, thanks to its excellent Duos mode, two friends.

Unturned: Arena Mode

The Best Battle Royale Games Unturned

One of the most surprising things about the free-to-play Unturned is that it boasts some particularly polished and realistic gunplay. Where that really shines is in Arena Mode, an official game mode that borrows the core mechanics of PUBG, cuts the player count to 16, and takes place on one of four small maps.

Don’t let Unturned: Arena Mode fool you with its blocky art style - it is a hardcore shooter deep down, and that shows in its breadth of weapons and attachments. The fact that there are four distinct maps to fight through also adds an extra level of skill, as different tactics and map knowledge come into play. If you’re after a less gritty battle royale game, but still crave the high skill cap and realistic gunplay, then seek out Unturned: Arena Mode. It may not quite be one of the best zombie games on PC, but shooting Unturned's cutesy undead hordes is still a blast. And it's free, which is always welcome.

Minecraft Survival Games

The Best Battle Royale Games Minecraft Survival Games

Owing to the total freedom afforded to players by Minecraft, particularly on PC, it was only a matter of time before somebody made a version of The Hunger Games in Mojang’s family-oriented sandbox. That creative freedom means there are hundreds upon hundreds of maps, arena styles, weapon and armour setups, and rules to keep the experience varied depending on which Minecraft server you decide to play on.

Rather than players spawning or dropping into the map at random points, and unlike some of the best Minecraft maps in its parent game, most Minecraft Survival servers pay tribute to the blockbuster franchise by spawning players in a circle around a huge cache of weapons - when the timer hits zero it’s anyone’s game. Rush to the weapons and risk dying in the immediate fray, or hope to scavenge one from a corpse later on? Minecraft Survival Games is a solid battle royale experience, and the sheer number of custom variants ensures every niche is served.

That’s the lot. The best battle royale games on PC that are like Fortnite... um, including Fortnite. If you're impatiently waiting for Minecraft 2's release date to be announced, or need to kill some time while the best upcoming PC games of 2018 finish baking, you really should fire up the brutal battle royales above. Granted, Fortnite and PUBG may have conquered the world. But that doesn't mean the likes of The Culling and Unturned: Arena Mode don't deserve a little lovin'.  

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The DJ Avatar
6 Months ago

I think you should get rid of "Games like PUBG" because PUBG isn't the first Battle Royal game genre to actually exist.

2 Avatar
4 Months ago

it's not the first but it's the best and definitely brought out the genre and gave the idea to other people to start making them

The DJ Avatar
3 Months ago

5 of them on this list were made before PUBG. I get what you are saying, but I feel like just because a game did it better than other people, doesn't mean they should be on the top of the genre.

King Asmodeus Avatar
3 Months ago

It's the same as basketball, Jordan, Curry, Lebron, etc. But I do agree, there were some before.

The DJ Avatar
2 Months ago

thank you for changing the title. fits well

apro Avatar
2 Months ago

how you guys download it

NobleSaucer224 Avatar
2 Months ago

this is fortnite all over again but with some overwatch graphics