Lets face it, like the FPS before it, battle royales are the hottest genre in gaming at the moment, with high profile studios scrambling to release their own versions. Several of these being some of the most popular games on the market, and often the most watched online. Even though this genre may be brand new to many, it is a genre that has been around a quite a few years now, and some of these games are still played today!
So let’s discuss our picks for the top 5 best BR games in 2021 and why.
5. PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG)
PUBG was created by Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene, and was one of the most popular games of all time, enjoying massive success since it was created in 2017. Considered the most influential BR, it essentially established the genre framework that many would go on to copy.
However, the industry has moved on and bigger and more advanced battle royales have arrived on the scene, but this doesn’t mean PUBG is dead. The game still has its fans, and many still enjoying playing it to this day, be it from pure nostalgia, or the classic, slower paced and more meticulous gameplay PUBG provides.
4. Falls Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Possibly an unexpected entry for this list, Falls Guys is an exceptional game embracing the fun in its gameplay and style. Taking obvious inspiration from Wipeout and Takeshi’s Castle, Falls Guys makes 60 players go head to head in mass minigames, all while dressed up in various wacky outfits.
This unique take on the BR genre was a massive success, and since release Mediatonic has expanded on the game and kept it fun, consistent and very entertaining. Players love its fun and chaotic gameplay, especially with friends. Fall Guys is a delightful BR experience in 2021.
3. Fortnite: Battle Royale
A game that needs absolutely no introduction, Fortnite’s battle royale mode is considered the King of all BR’s, Fortnite solidified the battle pass system’s popularity and paved the way for crossplay and cross progression. It has crossed boundaries previously though to be impossible beforehand, such as massive virtual in game concerts of huge performers, such as Travis Scott, Marshmello, and just recently Ariana Grande. These aspects aren’t the only thing that sets it apart from the rest, because Fortnite’s storytelling is exceptional. Areas are added and removed to service the story in its seasons and have kept the fans engaged with it.
In 2021 however, the game isn’t the powerhouse it once was, which could be attributed to some questionable gameplay decisions, or even just the passing of time, as even some of the game’s biggest fans eventually move onto other things. As a whole, Fortnite is still an exceptional game, with a strong fanbase and player count that continue to enjoy playing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
2. Call of Duty: Warzone
When a genre has a boom in popularity like battle royale did, it is no surprise that the heavy hitting AAA companies would attempt one themselves. This is where Warzone comes in, and thankfully for fans this wasn’t a blatant cash grab to be abandoned shortly after. Warzone is an amazing experience, building on its predecessor Blackout in order to provide a fast paced, action packed experience where Call of Duty lovers can rack up kills, fight for a win and make lasting memories.
The main reason for Warzone’s success is the brand new aspects it brought to the BR scene. Unlike other battle royales, Warzone provides a second chance with the gulag, a 1 v 1 fight where the winner can return to the fight. Personal loadouts are also introduced, allowing players to use custom built guns with their own setups and perks. It is also no secret that Call of Duty has some of the best, fun, and most satisfying gameplay in the FPS genre, and it flows perfectly with the BR style.
While it may have its problems, such as the lack of anti-cheat, Warzone has proven itself as an amazing BR experience.
1. Apex Legends
The surprise release of Apex Legends introduced a BR that is completely unparalleled by any other game in the genre. Apex Legends is built on legacy of Titanfall, and brought with it frenetic gameplay and new, innovative features. Introducing hero based mechanics in a BR was an entirely fresh take, allowing for new gameplay mechanics, and for organized trios to combine abilities for fantastic plays. It also brought in the ability to return teammates to the fight after they die, something both Warzone and Fortnite implemented after the release of Apex. The storytelling is also phenomenal, with great storylines each season and interesting, charismatic heroes introduced regularly, 16 being available as of this article.
All in all, it is no surprise that Apex is as popular as it is. Though it also doesn’t hurt that main rival Warzone’s developer/publisher Activision Blizzard is wrapped up in major scandal and trials in the middle of a game breaking cheat spree among its shadier players while Apex Legends is constantly being improved and built upon.
Well, that’s our list. Do you agree with our picks, or do you have a favorite that you feel we overlooked? Let us know in the comments, and please give us a follow and share on social media.