Rahul is a video game addict who can't get enough of Battle Royales. You can find him skulking around in PUBG or Fornite.
What Games Are Like PUBG?
PUBG is the game that propelled attention towards Battle Royale games. It was built on the foundation of H1Z1 and took the streaming and gaming scene by storm. PUBG is similar to most military-style shooters—but it is different at its core—as it appeals to those who are hungry for more realistic and competitive gameplay. Tactical planning to take control of a situation with finesse took precedence over mindless and aggressive "run ‘n’ gunning."
In this article, we take a look at games like PUBG, sharing and perhaps mimicking the game structure while adding new quality features that make these games worth a shot when "Chicken Dinners" fall just a smidge short in the adrenaline department.
Games Similar to PUBG
- Call of Duty: Blackout
- Ring of Elysium
- Totally Accurate Battlegrounds
- Cuisine Royale
- H1Z1: King of The Hill
- Islands of Nyne
- Fractured Lands
- Minecraft: Hunger Games
- Apex Legends
- Call of Duty: Warzone
- PUBG Mobile
1. Call of Duty: Blackout
Activision-Blizzard made a massive impact on the gaming industry with this one. Back in early 2018, this game was released with no Campaign mode, which turned several people away from the franchise for good (myself included).
The staple package of zombies, multiplayer, and the traditional Campaign mode was the norm, and the lack of a BR mode seemed to drive a nail straight into sales figure predictions, or so it would seem. Though some games in the series are sub-par, at least they had a little bit of everything.
Blackout was a surprising hit, with major streamers like former CS: GO pros, Shroud and DrDisRespect, picking the game over PUBG (yes, that happened). This was accredited to a mixture of quality features that made the game so fun, and it eventually became a mainstay for people who disliked the cold shoulder of Bluehole and PUBG.
The game doesn’t just have the BR mode. There are also those traditional game modes we all know and (used to) love, too.
2. Ring of Elysium
Have you ever heard of RoE? If not, it won't cost you an arm and a leg to buy. What makes this game unique is that RoE tackles Battle Royale differently, very differently. For starters, you can select your spawn point and know where others are dropping to even out that playing field, and eliminate the most challenging aspects of BR games—map rotations. This makes it much easier to pick the game up to sink some hours in.
I can go on about the mobility aspect and how the game has classes that spawn with their own set of weapons and gear, but I’ll let you, the player, dive into this game and see everything for yourself.
3. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds (TABG)
This game puts a huge smile on my face every time I think about it! Contrary to popular belief, Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is not a parody of PUBG. TABG was a planned sequel to the niche yet successful predecessor, aptly named “Totally Accurate Battle Simulator," as it was aimed to mock the seriousness and tension surrounding the Battle Royale genre.
This list features games similar in genre, game mechanics, notoriety (positive or negatively) amongst gaming enthusiasts, or simply a fun game to play. TABG checks almost all of these boxes and is well supported by the devs. Sure, I can recommend games that have story campaigns as their primary selling point with ease, but multiplayer games are a whole different beast. A game with a dwindling player base may deserve some attention but ultimately fails to work in your region, thus making the game (regardless of being F2P) a waste of your time and money. [Rant ends here]
TL;DR: This game deserves a good few hours from your life. You will not regret buying it, even if BR games feel like malarkey with their goofy art style and ragdoll physics. This game will be a joy to pick up at any time of the day.
It’s about enough build-up to address the elephant in the room, right? Yes, I do think so.
Fortnite is undoubtedly one of the most popular games on the planet as of now, surpassing over one billion USD in revenue for Epic Games, the creators of this massive phenomenon. So why is this on the list? (I’d like you to refer back to the rant at this point for a more fleshed-out argument) This is a good game and has a steep learning curve. This game is a great representation of what a Battle Royale game should be—taking the most important mechanics and making sure that the game stays fresh, despite the limitations of the genre. Give it a shot and don’t forget to have fun with it. This game is one of the most intuitive takes on Battle Royale yet.
5. Cuisine Royale
Speaking of parodies, this here is a title published by the makers of a popular MMO shooter “enlisted” as a playable April Fools’ joke. To the amusement of players and devs alike, the reception was extremely positive.
Soon enough the devs teamed up with Gaijin Softworks to publish this as an early access standalone joke; I mean, the game. Inspired by elements such as the hilarious frying pan from PUBG, Cuisine chose to build upon this concept. Featuring guns, vehicles, and locations from the WWII era; the combatants in this game wear armor, or rather utensils to protect their shins from being filleted by a high-speed bullet. (Cue “where is the lamb sauce?” meme.)
All in all, if you’re in for some serious comedy. This deserves a go. Everyone loves some form of goofy comedy, right?
6. H1Z1: King of the Kill
This is one of the forefathers of the BR genre. H1Z1: King of the Kill was probably the peak of the BR scene ages before Brandon Greene started working on PUBG. Although now nobody mentions a thing, a majority of bells and whistles such as a shrinking safe zone with vehicles became a staple to the genre all thanks to H1Z1.
The reason that this game doesn't rank better is that almost 92% (or even more) of the player base has abandoned the game altogether due to the lack of communication from the devs and some bad choices they’ve made. It was an awesome game at the time and the remnants of it still exist on Steam (for free, too), if you’re feeling froggy and want to give this a shot.
7. Islands of Nyne
“Welcome to the dome, player” is not something you’d hear quite often while jumping into a match anymore. Islands of Nyne, made by a team of rookies in game design, started off with some pretty good “steam." Some early access footage of the same showed a lot of potential and people were genuinely hyped for the release of this game.
The game mechanics included some frequently requested features in the PUBG community like the auto equipping of attachments when you loot someone or switching them without opening your inventory. The pacing of this game was incredibly fast as it featured about half the size of a standard BR lobby of a hundred players.
It had almost a perfect recipe for being the next big thing in BR but it didn’t quite hit the right note with a lot of people, especially the streamers who were sponsored to play the game on launch date. The insanely long queue times even with a small player base for each map was an instant turnoff for the majority of viewers and streamers alike. Couple that with day-one-bugs that the entire team was scrambling to fix in a hurry made it seem like a DoA product.
But the worst was yet to come—the team made some frequent updates despite their size and staff issue, and after about a month of those releases, they turned their backs on their own creation. The game soon showed signs of being slowly killed. There were fiascos where streamers were reportedly banned for criticizing the game in their official discord server. One thing led to another and now all you can find on steam is a pay-to-play game with about as many bugs as release day and nobody to lend you an ear.
The game, however, looks promising. Hopefully, everything will be sorted out in time.
8. Fractured Lands
Like YouTuber “Aculite” stated in his video, Fractured Lands is best described as a Mad Max Battle Royale game.
Similar in vein to RoE, Fractured lands has its own spin of “spawn points” on the map. Once you pick your spawn and deck out your car (yes, you literally start a death race, but with a storm chasing you . . . ) with all the bells and whistles. And, it’s pretty much the same cookie-cutter combat from that point on.
The game, with a combination of poor optimization, dated graphics, and lack of communication from the dev team (do I see a pattern here?) is what made the game sub-par at its best. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, to be honest, but you can still pick this up on Steam if you’re willing to part with a couple of bucks!
9. Minecraft: Hunger Games
What better way to close out the list than with Minecraft- Hunger Games? Battle Royale and all its popularity probably wouldn’t exist without the geniuses who created this in the first place. Minecraft: Hunger Games was inspired by the book series, The Hunger Games.
Players gather around a pile of chests and wait for the timer to count down the commencement of the match, once it goes off, players rush to their chests, grab whatever they find, and defend themselves until the last-man-standing emerges from the bloodbath of pixels. If you have any interest in Minecraft and the history of Battle Royale, do yourself a favor and give this game a shot. It is fun, and it will continue to be fun as long as the community keeps it alive.
10. Apex Legends
Don't be discouraged by its free-to-play tag. Usually, I tend to avoid most of the FPS offerings from giant publishers like EA or Activision as they happen to be cash grabs more often than not. This game was published by EA and developed by Respawn Apex Legends. However, is an FPS shooter with no intrusive microtransactions.
It runs and plays smoother than its contemporaries, which is quite indispensable for these types of games where the split-second decision matters. I ran in on my old, rusty laptop, just to check out if it still runs without any hiccups. All I had to do was turn the graphical settings down a few notches and I was good to go.
Before you jump into the live servers, finish the tutorial to get introduced to its basic and advanced mechanics. It's short and to the point. Even if you've played the Titanfall series—the universe Apex Legends takes place in—you need to learn its basic mechanics, as the two belong to different genres.
11. Call of Duty: Warzone
Warzone is what you need if you're tired of micromanaging in other battle royale games. Published by Activision, Warzone is far from a fresh take on this tried and tested genre. Instead, this first-person shooter simplifies the approach, making it more accessible and enjoyable to those who don't necessarily want a near realistic experience.
For starters, the first thing you'll notice is the lack of an inventory system. Everything you'll find on the map comes with pre-set attachments. Trading the subtleties for some casual fun, Warzone still remains an authentic experience.
It's not all downgrades, however. Call of Duty: Warzone accommodates 150 players every match, as opposed to the usual 100 in other battle royale games like PUBG. Not only that, but the maps featured here are also bigger in comparison to others. The lack of depth is more than made up by its excellent combat mechanics and well-crafted maps. The audio as of writing this piece, however, is still kind of messed up. More often than not, you won't hear the enemy approaching you, which can be quite a vexing experience, especially if you own a pricey headphone just to gain some advantage in these types of games.
12. PUBG Mobile
If you're looking for an option to play something like PUBG on your handheld device, there is nothing better than PUBG Mobile.
If you're coming hot on the heels of playing mainstream shooters on your PC or consoles, getting used to a totally new control scheme will take a lot of time. To be candid, I'm still not used to the touch screen controls. Not only does the aiming feels slow, it just doesn't feel as authentic, especially when you're used to playing AAA battle royales.
Despite all its drawbacks, PUBG Mobile is still one of the very few enjoyable shooters you have on mobiles. It's perfect for when you're out and just want to have a quick session.
With countless battle royale games popping left and right, it's entirely possible that I have missed out on a few good games like PUBG. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment down below.
Nilam on April 17, 2020:
scarfall on January 22, 2020:
You forgot to mention "ScarFall - The Royale Combat" its the best battle royale game like pubg, and its offline too.