Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."
What Games Are Similar to Fortnite?
If you perchance missed the memo, Fortnite is the biggest grossing game in human history, surpassing World of Warcraft (WoW) in just under a year.
If you’re reading this, you might be interested in some games similar to Fortnite. Maybe you just want to go against the grain and find your footing in games similar in taste, but radically different in their core execution of the genre. Here is my compilation of games like Fortnite.
Top 12 Games Similar to Fortnite
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Ring of Elysium
- Hunt: Showdown
- Islands of Nyne
- Totally Accurate Battlegrounds
- Cuisine Royale
- Escape From Tarkov
- Dying Light: Bad Blood
- Call of Duty: Warzone
- Hyper Scape
Read more juicy details below!
PUBG needs no introduction. It is undoubtedly the vanguard game of the era. It’s a first/third-person perspective BR (Battle Royale) shooter that drops you on an island of your choice (Erangel, being my favorite). Unlike its most prominent competitor, Fortnite, the game has its feet planted firmly on the ground.
PUBG is developed by Brandon Greene, the mod expert who found out about the Battle Royale genre via the old Minecraft: Hunger Games mod. This was one of the first implementations that started the very propulsion BR games would receive later in its lifetime.
Greene started off by making simple Arma III and Day Z mods, which were later noticed by Bluehole, a Korean game developer. When Brandon received an offer from the company, he took a flight to South Korea, and the rest, as they say, is history.
There are several weapons to choose from and upgrade with appropriate attachments. And you're all set to head off for the meaty prize—the chicken dinner!
It’s available on PC and Xbox. If you don’t want to shell out any money, you should try PUBG Mobile. Go on, give it a try, and get some chicken dinners while you’re at it!
2. Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4
Activision Blizzard, the name behind several popular household franchises like the CoD and Diablo series, has jumped on the BR hype train with Black Ops 4.
Their take on battle royale looks generic on the surface, but it’s surprisingly deep, especially when you take some time to learn the ropes. Crisp movement paired with slick gunplay shine through.
The complaints regarding extreme TTK (Time To Kill) are disheartening, but the feedback from the community is constantly being materialized into a more stable and fun game.
Is it worth shelling out 60 bucks just for BR? It all boils down to how deep are you willing to dive into this game. You're not only paying for the Blackout mode, but the classic TDM and Zombie mode come bundled with the package (although I’m still sore about the omission of the campaign). Buy it for hundreds of hours of potential playtime.
However, If you’re in for a few hours of casual gameplay, they’ve got you covered on that front as well. Those looking for some similar games to Fortnite shouldn't miss out on this underrated BR shooter.
3. Ring of Elysium
Developed by Tencent technologies, the creators of PUBG Mobile, RoE is a refreshing spin on the BR genre. The game features a rough terrain hit by a blizzard, forcing the authorities to evacuate the majority of the area. However, a group of tourists was left behind. They have to keep moving into the safe zone to avoid freezing to death and wait for rescue choppers to arrive.
Before you’re dropped into the map, you can choose where you spawn and view where other players are dropping as well. This game features three classes, each equipped with unique weapons and gears, such as the climbing pick or the ski for mobility purposes. Choose one of the three classes and get straight to it!
Sure, the mechanics are far from perfect, but once you pick it up, it will grow on you. Don’t pay attention to the negative reviews on Steam. Give it a shot, and judge it yourself.
4. Hunt: Showdown
Hunt: Showdown was initially prototyped as the spiritual successor to Darksiders II, a critically acclaimed hack-n-slash game released in 2012. Developer Crytek, however, ditched that idea in favor of Hunt: Showdown, an always-online PvE game with some BR-esque elements mixed into it.
The primary objective is to banish a “boss” whilst surviving the zombie attacks and other players. Once the banishing is complete, you have to reach the extraction point without being turned into mincemeat.
Your task is to find out clues and pinpoint the location of the boss. Meanwhile, the safe zone keeps shrinking, making the game progressively harder to survive in. All in all, Hunt: Showdown is an underrated game that deserves your attention.
This is one of those games that propelled the BR genre to what it is now. H1Z1- King Of The Hill was probably at the peak of BR scene before the advent of PUBG. Features such as shrinking areas and random safe zones are common in every BR game today, but not a lot of people know that it all started with H1Z1.
It remained popular for quite some time before games like Fortnite and PUBG came along. Unfortunately, this game is still not as polished as one would like. It's been a very slow uphill journey, but the devs are listening to the community. Hopefully, these minor nuisances will be ironed out soon.
H1Z1 is available for download via Steam. Give it a shot to find out of it's your cup of tea.
Update (24-08-21) - What a disappointing run this game has had over the last few years! After a promising start, H1Z1 was primed to become one of the most popular shooters of its kind, but they squandered the opportunity. There are better options available now.
6. Islands of Nyne
Developed by Define Human Studios, Islands of Nyne is a relatively new addition to the BR hype train. The game missed the mark on some key gameplay elements at launch. For starters, it’s a mishmash of a variety of terrain that often feels out of place. On top of that, it’s a very demanding game. If you have a low-end rig, it’s going to lag a lot. It doesn‘t run smooth, even on high-end PCs.
Couple that with a small player base and long queue times, and you’ve got a buggy game not a lot of people are playing. Why is it on the list even? Well, that’s because it has several features that even veterans like PUBG took an eternity to incorporate. These innovative additions have garnered a lot of attention.
The sci-fi setting works as a perfect canvas for the developers’ brand of creative and fast-paced action to seep through. Drop in, pick up the gears, and survive for as long as you can!
7. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds
As per the official description, Totally Accurate Background is a last-weirdo-standing BR game. It was developed as a parody game to counter some of the serious aspects of PUBG. What started off as an April Fool’s joke has evolved into so much more in a short span of time.
The instant you spawn onto the map, you’ll realize that the game doesn’t take itself seriously. The hilarious ragdoll physics and gunplay are nothing to scoff at, as this is one of the better-executed parodies I’ve seen in a while.
Sometimes you need to shake off that funk from losing several matches of, say Fortnite, and you want to chill for a bit. This is perfect for those times. I’ve done it, and I will keep coming back to it as long as I have an interest in the BR genre.
8. Cuisine Royale
From the makers of MMO shooter Enlisted, Cuisine Royale launched as an early access joke, which caught attention from quite a lot of fans of Enlisted.
The game is all-out kitchen warfare! You protect yourself with kitchenware as armor and find food items for heals in case you take damage. Now let the image of a grown man in boxers with military-grade weaponry, donning their best work, marching forth to ladle their enemies to death with some lamb sauce, sink in.
Do you need any more reason to give it a shot? Check out their Steam page for more information!
9. Escape From Tarkov
Developed and published by Battlestate Games, a small Russian studio, Escape From Tarkov is a hardcore MMO that will test your skills on all levels.
This game is PvPvE, which means that you’ll encounter bots as well as other players like you. You can choose to team up with others, but Escape From Tarkov is at its best when you’re a lone wolf.
It’s a demanding game with a steep learning curve. Think Dark Souls with guns. But once you get used to the HUD, movement, and gunplay, it’s a blast!
Since this game is still in closed beta, it still has a long way to go. It’s an ambitious project with a broad vision. Having played for a few hours, I can tell you that it’s going to give other contemporary shooters a run for their money.
At the time of writing, there is still no news of an open beta. If you want to try it out, head over to their website and pre-order the game, which instantly guarantees access to the ongoing closed beta.
10. Dying Light: Bad Blood
Dying Light: Bad Blood is a spin-off entry into the Dying Light franchise. It pits you against 12 other players on a relatively small zombie-infested map. If players don’t get you, zombies will.
Since the map is smaller than other BR games, the fights are quick and intense. More often than not, you’ll be fighting close-range battles. Ranged weapons are hard to find, but melee weapons are plenty.
Those who like variety in gameplay will be a little disappointed as there isn't a lot available right now. However, Techland, the studio behind this game, has promised that they will keep adding new content.
Since it’s still in early access, you have a chance to be one of the early contributors and help shape the game to your liking. Founder’s edition unlocks instant access to the game along with some exclusive perks not available to regular players.
Update (24-08-21)- Not in early access anymore. Also, it's a mediocre experience. I'd suggest skipping this entry altogether. There are better options available.
11. Call of Duty: Warzone
Published by Activision, Warzone uses a lot of assets from Call of Duty games, and the game is all the better for it. Despite its fair share of issues, COD games are renowned for offering smooth gameplay, thanks to a dated but flawless engine. The result is a surprisingly seamless experience that runs well on almost all the configurations (based upon the videos I've checked out on YouTube).
Unlike in other Battle Royale games where you're pitted against 100 players, Warzone ups the ante a little bit, facilitating 150 players at the same time. While that doesn't feel like much, the gameplay sessions get quite extensive as a result. Not only that, but the maps are bigger in comparison to other battle royales as well. So expect a lot of movement without much action, at least for the first few minutes of the game.
Once the map starts shrinking, you'll start encountering other players quite often. It's essential to have a map sense in order to be successful, or you'll just be a source of endless entertainment for campers. Even if you die, you'll get another chance to get back in the game. Win the one-on-one fight in Gulag and you're once again dumped into the map, all patched up and ready to kill. This free-to-play shooter doesn't require any investment, except for your time. So, jump in and see how you like it.
12. Hyper Scape
With this recently release free-to-play shooter, the French developer and publisher had finally decided to cash in on the battle royale genre. Unfortunately, the game doesn't live up to whatever little promises Ubisoft made at their 2020 online conference.
But we all know the tremendous dedication and determination Ubisoft teams have. They've proven times and again that it's possible to turn a live-service game's fortune around. Despite the shaky launch of some of its games (Siege, For Honor, The Division), they still enjoy quite a huge playerbase. Rainbow Six Siege, for instance, continues to be popular among the gaming community, despite being half a decade old.
Here is hoping that they treat this promising game with the same regard. There is no denying that Hyper Scape could be a potential hit in the future. Right now, its mind is messy and clunky. You're still bound to have a lot of fun with it as this new spin on the battle royale genre is a breath of fresh air.
Update (24-08-21) - As of the time of writing, Hyper Scape has lost most of its player base. While there is a glimmer of hope for its resurgence, it's looking highly unlikely, thanks to cut-throat competition. With games like Fortnite and Apex Legends soaking up most of the battle royale playerbase, this unfortunate fate was always in the cards. Here is hoping for a miracle.
Did I Miss Anything?
Did I miss out on any good games like Fortnite? Let me know in the comments section.
Rahul Pandey (author) from Delhi, India on December 15, 2018:
Pretty much the same. Every time I go online, the kill: death ratio keeps getting worse.
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on December 13, 2018:
I really liked Dying Light and didn't realize there was a spin-off! I'll have to check it out. I usually don't like playing online because they're way better than me and I end up frustrated.