Battle royale is the video game genre that has swept this generation by storm.
Whether you are a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds devotee, a Fortnite fan or couldn’t care less, you will have heard about this gaming sensation.
For those who have been living under the rockiest of rocks, battle royale is a game mode that essentially plays out like The Hunger Games (or, surprisingly enough, Battle Royale, if you have had a chance to watch that insane Japanese romp). You get dropped into a wasteland of sorts, armed with nothing but your wits. From there you must scavenge for equipment against the clock, avoiding or overcoming others while you do so. Eventually you will have to journey into smaller and smaller areas trying to avoid the impending tightening of the map. You only win if you (or your team) are the only one left standing.
Since the explosion of the genre, we have seen an ever-increasing attempt from developers to try and create the next big sensation, or to shoehorn a battle royale mode into existing gaming franchises. Some have worked, some have failed miserably. But still, I am sure certain games would benefit from this most exciting of game modes. Here are five games that need a battle royale mode.
Resident Evil 2
I am obsessed with Resident Evil 2. My favourite game remade beautifully in such wonderfully terrifying graphics and modern style. There isn’t an online mode, and I am grateful for that – no one wants a terrible online-only experience. However, if Capcom did want to entice us all back in with DLC, I would happily take a battle royale mode.
A few years ago there was a naff game called Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. While it turned out to be a bit of a dud, the plot promised to be fairly exciting. You were placed in the midst of the fall of Raccoon City as a covert Umbrella operative, on a cover-up mission to destroy any evidence of the nefarious deeds your company has been up to. You had to battle other operatives while evading zombie hordes and other monstrosities.
Modernised to today’s standards, this would work brilliantly as the premise to a battle royale game mode. Getting dropped into Raccoon City and having to survive as hordes of undead shamble in would make the perfect backdrop. Not only would you have to survive the terrifying creatures that plague the recently re-rendered city, but you’d also have to fight off other Umbrella operatives, all clambering to be the only person who can be rescued.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Make no bones about it, Red Dead Redemption 2 is begging for a battle royale mode. The massively open wild west with old hunting rifles, thunderous horses and as many hats as you could dream of; who could ask for anything more than that in a 100 to 1 death match?
Imagine carefully traversing the valleys and deserts of the wild west with only your steed by your side, evading any fool that wants to see you dead. All the while, you’re encroaching on the centre of some hick town, ready for a showdown in the street between you and the last punk still standing. It literally would be a case of “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us”.
Worms (and its numerous sequels) is a game of simple ideas and outrageous silliness. Who doesn’t want to blow up someone using a sheep? This crazy blend of basic mechanics and out-of-this-world weapons makes it perfect for a battle royale.
You could already argue Worms has battle royale elements in way that it raises the water levels to wipe out any remaining worms who’ve dilly-dallied at the bottom of the map. But why not go the whole hog and make it official with a Worms game getting the full Fortnite experience?
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Life in the dark ages wasn’t easy. If you weren’t dying of the plague, you were being beaten to death by some over-imposing duke. But you could get to use a sword and wear a full suit of armour, so swings and roundabouts I say.
In Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, you get to charge at your enemies and live the life of a knight in a real life middle-age siege. And while the game has similar game modes to battle royale – King of the Hill, for instance – there is something very medieval at having only one life and being unceremoniously killed off by a stray arrow. Bring on the chivalry tournaments that are bloodier than any that have come before them.
One of the biggest elements of battle royale is sneaking, getting your hands on some good loot and avoiding enemy detection. I say screw that: give me some giant mechs running full pelt at each other trying to do the most damage as quickly as they can.
I am imagining a Titanfall battle royale mode to be the equivalent of a destruction derby on crack cocaine: more mental than the heaviest death metal, yet more satisfying than a hot bubble bath.