The modern era of gaming introduced everyone to the battle royale genre, a competitive game mode in which players typically drop into a map and battle it out until one player or team remains. Ever since this genre of play was popularized, a plethora of different games have been released, each with its own take on the enticing gameplay loop of fighting to become the sole victor.
While some games have removed dropping into the map altogether, other entries have invented new objectives and abilities to spice up the typical battle royale gameplay structure. No matter which game is your favorite, here are some of the best battle royale games Steam offers.
8 Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
Taking place on the streets of Prague, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt allows you and your friends to play as different factions of vampires, using both your abilities and shooting skills to achieve victory and stay hidden from humanity. While Bloodhunt still upholds the typical battle royale standards, the implementation of supernatural powers allows you to engage in both ranged and melee combat.
Specifically, the game features multiple factions of players going head-to-head, all while they fight to survive against inquisitors attempting to exterminate vampires completely. Luckily, you can feed on unsuspecting humans to strengthen your character, unlocking abilities such as dashes and devastating melee attacks.
7 The Cycle: Frontier
Unlike other entries on this list, The Cycle: Frontier takes place on an alien planet named Fortuna III and combines both PVP and PVE elements to create a unique battle royale experience. Instead of dropping onto this planet and fighting to remain as the final team, you and your friends will fight various threats and players on the map to secure high-value loot.
After collecting the necessary objectives and items you need, your team must then safely make it to an extraction point and evacuate the planet to keep whatever you collected. While this newer take on the battle royale genre is certainly fun, the game lacks a compelling reason to actively collect this loot, making it feel like your efforts are mainly irrelevant.
6 Naraka: Bladepoint
Naraka: Bladepoint is a third-person battle royale with a focus on martial arts-inspired combat and offers multiple heroes to play as, each possessing distinctive abilities. Besides the third-person perspective, the game also features grappling hooks that you can pick up to traverse the map and quickly enter combat.
Instead of simply introducing characters with different abilities, each hero within the game has three different ultimates and three different abilities that you can select before entering into battle. This allows you to further customize your favorite characters to fill different roles within your team.
5 Hunt: Showdown
In Hunt: Showdown, you play as a bounty hunter tracking down specific monsters, all while other teams simultaneously compete to hunt down their targets. Similar to the PVE aspects in The Cycle: Frontier, you and your friends must fight against creatures in the wilds and enemy players to secure your specific bounty.
The bounty system in Hunt: Showdown has you and your team tracking the location of a world boss that you must kill before taking the remains to an extraction point. However, since there are only so many bosses on the map, multiple teams will compete to collect the same rewards and can even steal your bounty as you travel to extraction. By introducing this bounty system, Hunt: Showdown expertly introduces a compelling reason for players to clash over limited resources.
4 Fall Guys
Unlike the other shooters on this list, Fall Guys reinvented the genre by creating a battle royale filled with fun mini-games and incredibly cute characters. Instead of dropping into a map and fighting a bloody battle for the crown, in Fall Guys, you and your friends will enter a game show filled with various puzzles and obstacle courses.
To keep players interested, Fall Guys constantly updates their gameplay by creating new maps and courses for you and your friends to compete on. Furthermore, Fall Guys consistently releases premium skins that allow you to decorate and customize your Fall Guy in cute costumes and even sponsored content.
3 Call Of Duty: Warzone
A classic option for anyone that loves a battle royale, Call of Duty: Warzone allows you and your friends to drop into a massive battlefield with unique missions, guns, and vehicles. Although there are many different game modes, a typical game of Warzone features you and a team of up to three other players competing to be the final team standing. To stand out among other battle royales, Warzone introduced the Gulag, a place you are taken to after getting killed on the battlefield.
In the Gulag, you and one other random player must fight against another team of two players, with the victors getting the opportunity to respawn on the battlefield. Furthermore, Warzone has also introduced small missions that can be completed throughout the course of the match to gain advantages and money. While this may not be the most inventive battle royale on the market, the sheer scale of the Call Of Duty franchise makes this a worthy battle royale for anyone to enjoy.
2 PUBG: Battlegrounds
Yet another tried and true entry, PUBG: Battlegrounds, modernized the current standards found throughout any battle royale game, while also popularizing the genre as a whole. Released at the perfect moment, PUBG: Battlegrounds introduced gamers to a fully realized battle royale, complete with large gunfights, multiple drop points, and vehicles.
While all of these gameplay features may seem commonplace now, these additions revolutionized the genre and ensured that every battle royale game had to introduce similar features to even be recognized in the genre. PUBG: Battleground’s impact can still be felt throughout every battle royale match you play.
1 Apex Legends
Apex Legends has consistently proven itself as one of the best battle royales on the market. A typical match in Apex Legends features you, and two other teammates, dropping into a map to fight to be the final team remaining.
Apex Legends first gained fame by combining the hero shooter genre with the battle royale movement, allowing players to choose different characters with unique abilities. While Apex Legends provided only slight changes to the typical Battle Royale format, the incredibly rewarding gunplay, movement, and skills have kept this gaming juggernaut relevant.
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