Comprehensive List of Free Battle Royale Games Like PUBG
2017 showed a significant rise in the popularity of the battle royale game genre of video games. Firstly on the PC but as 2018 starts the Xbox and Playstation are getting their own releases of this genre.
It only takes a quick glance at the current player count on steam (see table below) to realise that Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) has stormed to the top of the chart and stayed there. This has encouraged a large amount of success for battle royale games, building on the success of H1Z1.
This being said; many are reluctant to spend so much on a game freshly out of beta, so what other alternatives are there for free?
This guide shows a list of free games like PUBG in the battle royale / arena style. My recommendation is to check out Fortnite or Last Man Standing as these are the best developed games within the free to play battle royale genre.
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1. Unturned Arena Mode
Unturned is a classic free to play game available on Steam. It originally featured a Minecraft style zombie survival game. With the rise of free games like PUBG it has been adapted to suit the battle royale market.
Unturned arena features less than the usual 100 players, pitting 64 players against each other.
It has a simple, blocky graphical display taken straight from the classic version. If you are a fan of minecraft, then this game will definitely interest you. That being said, this game is very niche as Minecraft has its own version of battle royale, so perhaps check that out first.
- Easy to pick up
- Clean graphics
- Very simple compared to its rivals
- Less than 100 players per match
- Like minecraft, but not
2. Fortnite: Battle Royale
Fortnite is arguable the biggest rival to PUBG currently. This game existed before as a PvE base building game, but has been adapted to the new battle royale market. This means that the mechanics and playability of the game are well polished and well optimised.
Fortnite is essentially the original Fortnite game (developed and published by Epic Games) mashed with the battle royal formula so the base building still exists but is generally less important than the original game. It features the same battle royale theme, players are placed on an island and must loot and kill each other to win. The game features a standard zone that gets smaller over time and forces players to fight to survive.
The graphics are more "cartoony" but this does give the game a more arcade feeling to it. This may appeal to some and put others of, it is really a matter of opinion.
One point that really should not be understated is the graphical intensity of this game, or rather lack of graphic intensity. PUBG (at least in beta) was famously unoptimised and required at least a mid gaming computer to stand a chance of running it. Fortnite has a huge advantage in the most computers will be able to run this game.
- Easy to learn
- Includes base building
- Destructible environment
- Runs on lower specification computers
- Less realistic than other games
- Base building might not be for everyone
3. Prison Royale
Prison Royale is a game developed by Roblox in the tradional style of a Roblox game. It features 34 "prisoners" who have escaped and are fighting to survive in an ever decreasing zone.
This game is in the Minecraft style and will definitely be down to personal taste whether you will gel with the mechanics and style of the game. Give this one a go if you like the Roblox / Minecraft game play, but if realism if you thing then move on to the next one.
- Easy to pick up
- Smaller map
- Graphics might not be to your liking
- Mechanics and controls might not be what you like
4. Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing is a free battle royale game very much like PUBG with realistic based graphics and mechanics. It was developed and published by Free Reign Entertainment and is available for free on the Steam store.
It has many similarities to PUBG and H1Z1, the game features 100 players who randomly spawn and must loot and fight until there is a single winner left at the end.
The game features supply crates (much like PUBG) which drop the best weapons. These crates quickly become a firefight for players vying for the best gear.
This game features a "fortnite style" mechanic in that you can drop barriers to help you in fights. This mostly prolongs the chaotic firefights and creates some very interesting battles between players.
Overall this game is often describes are a great alternative to PUBG if you don't want to pay out.
- Lots of open spaces means good sniping battles
- Developer is keen to enhance the competitive and esports side
- Extremely big map and no vehicles, can involve a lot of walking
- Recoil can be hard to get used to
- Too many med kits prolong fight unnecessarily
5. 5 Minutes To Kill
This game offers something quite unique from the others on this list.
5 Minutes to kill is a top down survival shooter that can be played in your browser. It is much less intense than most battle royale games and lots of fun.
You can jump into a game quickly and easily and pick it up very quickly. It features 24 players on a small map, weapons and ammo can be found in buildings and you must try to kill all other players.
It features a standard circle that gets smaller throughout the game to push players into fire fights and each game lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.
This is great for a quick battle royale game without a large amount of commitment.
- Quick and easy to play
- Easy to learn
- Short game times
- Plays in browser
- Very simple
- Not likely to hold your attention for long
If you have made it through this list and are still not satisfied, fear not! There are more games that you can consider.
These games don't have their own section as they are generally smaller, less established or not in full release yet; feel free to check them out.
The classic game, Minecraft also features servers dedicated to battle royale games. Great if you love Minecraft and you won't need to learn a new game!
No Exit is in early access and is available on GameJolt if you want to check it out.
CaribBros Battlegrounds is another battle royale themed game based around Roblox. It is extremely similar to PUBG (possibly a little too close!) so check it out if you love the Roblox style.
In summary, if you are after a free battle royale game you should probably check out Fortnite or Last Man Standing. These two are the highest recommended games and the most polished out of this list. If you are after something a bit more simple then definitely check out Prison Royale by Roblox.
So that does it for the list of free to play battle royale games like PUBG. It is a very exciting time for battle royale games and it will certainly be interesting to see how they develop.
In my personal opinion, Player Unknowns Battlegrounds is the most complete game in its genre with the largest player base. It has the most potential to develop into a competitive esport and is setting the pace for all games in this niche. If you want to full experience and can afford it, I would recommend going for this rather than the free to play battle royale games.
© 2018 Kristian Howe