Here we go again, another list about a genre I don’t like. We’ve all seen the Battle Royale genre grow over the past few years. With it, we’ve seen A LOT of developers jump on the bandwagon. But much like every genre, from Tactical to Metroidvania, there are a few games that do something different. From cool mechanics to great gameplay, there are some that are just too good to ignore. So here are 5 Battle Royale games that I think are worth your time, even if you hate those genres.
These are in no particular order, and if you think I missed one, feel free to comment below and let me know!
First up, we have a colorful and chaotic game that starts this list strong.
fall guys has up to 60 players competing and working together through a host of bizarre and unique obstacle courses and challenges. From mad races with swinging hammers to stealing chicken eggs, it’s a perfect mix of fun, silliness and pandemonium.
Instead of the usual guns and explosions, Mediatonic focused on making the game just fun. It has equal parts frenzied mayhem and goofy physics that make dashing and diving both chaotic and enjoyable. The minigames are varied, giving you a ton of variety as you progress through the rounds, all with different vibes and goals. There’s great customization for your little bean guys with tons of cosmetics to choose from and unlock. And he does it all with a lighthearted, comedic flair that makes it nearly impossible to get angry. Half the fun is in the goofy failures you make along the way!
It’s a light, fun, and pleasantly frustrating game, and it easily earns its place on this list.
Next, we have a magic-infused gem that will easily cast a spell on you (get it?).
spell break is a Battle Royale with a magic twist. Using a variety of spells and element types, you’ll fend off enemies using different combinations of spells and abilities. You will be able to experiment and create your style of play in a dynamic and fresh approach to the genre.
spell break is one of my personal favorites and has arguably one of the most enjoyable and rewarding gameplay in all of Battle Royale. The emphasis on experimentation is what makes the game so rewarding. With a massive amount of different spells, runes, abilities, and gear to find, you can create builds that blend into completely unique gameplay experiences. Whether it’s electrifying toxic clouds, turning rocks into meteors, or controlling the weather, there’s a ton of variety here that makes for intense and rewarding matches. With great customization, interesting lore, and a host of other modes to keep things fresh, spell break is full of content that only gets bigger with every update
If you fancy a more action and magic-based genre, you can’t go wrong with this enchanting entry (seriously, I’ll stop now).
Soviet jumping game
This entry offers a neat little mix of old and new.
Posted by GameGrumps YouTube Channel, Soviet jumping game takes the classic gameplay and pixel art style of 2D side-scrollers and mixes it with the Battle Royale genre to create a game that’s both nostalgic and modern. As you fight and platform, you’ll collect power-ups and coins and fend off other “comrades” and claim victory.
This unique blend of gameplay is what makes Soviet jumping game unique, and even though it’s a relatively simple take on the genre, it’s that simplicity that works in its favor. Platforming in weird and creative areas feels fluid and puts more emphasis on player skill than you might expect. Unique abilities such as hive grenades and drivable mini-tanks provide interesting gameplay. It has this chaotic yet enjoyable energy, which makes rushing to avoid and chase players rewarding and fun, without feeling frustrating or unfair. Plus, like most other Battle Royales, you get some cool cosmetics to customize your comrade (including a few Grumps-inspired skins).
Those craving a bit of nostalgia should look no further than this indie gem. It’s funny, quirky and original. It looks like a win to me.
This entry is, in a way, a more “traditional” Battle Royale. But he has a lot of quirks that help him feel unique.
Elysee Ring is a Battle Royale shooter, focused on traversal, survival, and an incredibly detailed and immersive world. Using an array of gear and abilities, players have a ton of choice to defeat other players and navigate an ever-changing map as they battle to reach their getaway helicopter and claim a sweet victory.
On the surface, Elysee Ring seems pretty derivative, but once you’ve experienced what it has to offer, it’s clear it does more than enough to stand on its own two feet. Tactical gear such as medguns, scout drones, and vehicle mod kits all give players different ways to engage their enemies. Traversal plays a big role in gameplay. Equipment like grappling hooks, gliders, vehicles, ice climbing gear to help players traverse the huge world. The maps are huge and diverse, brought to life with detailed lighting, weather conditions, and graphics to create an incredibly immersive world. Together, these elements form a dynamic Battle Royale that combines a survival game and a shooter into something both familiar and new in one package.
Those who want an interesting and dynamic world, cool gear, and a bit of shooter goodness will find it here.
For this entry, it’s all about the combat, and boy, is it stellar combat.
Naraka: Bladepoint is a combat-focused Battle Royale, with players using a variety of different heroes to pull off epic combos with agile movement, brutal combat, and skill-based gameplay.
Naraka more like a fighting or action RPG game. It’s this fact alone that helps make it such a standout in the genre. With a focus on intense skill-based combat, every fight feels like an epic battle. As for the heroes, each feels distinct. With their own playstyles, weapons, and abilities, it offers a ton of choice and variety for players. Add in gorgeous art style, extra settings and game modes, it just adds up to a great package. Arguably one of the most rewarding fights in a Battle Royale to date.
Anyone who loves intense, skill-based, epic gameplay will find it hard not to give this game a try.
Do you think I missed any? Are there any other games of the genre that you should be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!