The best battle royale games on PC

Whether you’re after a free PUBG clone or an inventive new twist on the formula, there’s a battle royale game out there for everyone - here we’ve got the best of this burgeoning genre.

Apex Legends

Combining the dystopian charm of Titanfall’s mech-ravaged world with the intense firefights that make PUBG so gripping, it’s no surprise that Apex Legends’ player count soared beyond 25 million players in its first week.

Respawn Entertainment’s innovative ping system and revive mechanic make this the friendliest battle royale around. No mic? No problem. And if your friends get wiped early on you’ll have plenty of chances to act the hero and revive them both.

Blackout

Call of Duty’s take on the battle royale genre doesn’t do much to set itself apart from the competition, but its blistering pace and polish make it fresh and engaging.

Everything you’d expect from a battle royale is present, but sped up to eliminate any unnecessary pauses in the action.

PUBG

There’s a reason PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds regularly boasts 500,000 concurrent players on Steam: it’s the core battle royale premise done right.

PUBG feels and controls realistically, resulting in reactive gameplay that never grows old and with plenty of scope for tactical play. Sure, it’s a little rough around the edges, but few things beat a well-earned chicken dinner.

Battlefield V Firestorm

Besides the 64-player match limit, Battlefield V’s Firestorm mode will be familiar to battle royale veterans. But it’s the peerless beauty and sound design the series is known for that helps it stand out.

Guns, ammo, and armour litter the World War 2-themed map of Halvoy, which is ten times the size of the game’s biggest arena. Battlefield’s excellent destructible environments provide a tactical wrinkle, too.

Fortnite

The game that catapulted battle royale into the mainstream, Fortnite ditches all the gritty realism of PUBG in favour of colourful, poppy visuals and simple shooting mechanics.

However, lurking beneath that welcoming exterior is a building system so powerful that a skilled player can easily take on several opponents at once.

Darwin Project

Darwin Project is clearly inspired by The Hunger Games with traps and melee combat, forbidden map zones, and even a player-controlled Show Director who can trigger buffs and arena-wide effects.

If you’re playing as the Show Director you can quiz certain players using voice chat and reward or punish them based on their answer.

Dying Light: Bad Blood

Blending together PvE and PvP elements, Bad Blood has 12 players battle it out with rudimentary weapons to collect blood samples and escape the map.

Oh, and there are zombies. Lots of them. A fluid and intuitive parkour system lends combat a creative edge that’ll hook you in after your first aerial takedown.

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds

What started development as an April Fool’s Day joke turned into a surprisingly inventive take on the battle royale genre.

TABG’s best asset is its exaggerated physics, which send your character flopping up staircases and tumbling over obstacles, not to mention the recoil from high-calibre weapons, which punts you backwards with every shot.

H1Z1

If PUBG involves too much hiding around in bushes and strategic play for your liking, then the faster pace of H1Z1 might be more to your taste.

There’s no need to agonise over which attachments to equip here: just drop in, grab a gun, and start eliminating.

Minecraft Survival Games

This player-created game mode was among the first battle royale games, and owes much more to The Hunger Games than the cult classic Japanese novel.

While it doesn’t boast much in terms of mechanics, the creative freedom of Minecraft means there are hundreds of styles and rules to experience based on which server you play on.