the state or process that occurs when no more of something can be absorbed, combined with, or added.
to a very full extent, especially beyond the point regarded as necessary or desirable.
That about sums it up. Would you not agree?
Greetings Leaguelettes~ It is I!
What’s up with you? How’s the kids? Everything smell okay over there? Good, good…
So– allow me to take a bit of your time to ramble about something what’s been stewin’ in the ole braincase for a bit, ya?
A trend is rising friends . A trend the likes of which I have never seen before. I speak of course about that genre. The taboo topic of divisive devilry: the Battle Royale!
Let’s take a closer look at what all the hoot and/or holler is about, shall we?
But assume for a moment that you’ve no inclination as to what I’m talking about. Well, to sum it up– A game that adheres to the following formula can be considered; of the Battle Royale genre:
- An aerial incursion by a large playerbase into an every-man-for-himself esque death match set in the middle of nowhere. Usually an island. Oh and No respawning kiddies.
- Deploy a parachute and head straight for a buidling; cause your empty handed upon landing! Gather weapons/ammo and other materials to help you survive.
- Be the last one/team standing for glory. Or something…
And to be my friends, the only difference to be found amongst the shear tonnage of titles that offer this experience– is how the aforementioned is shoveled your way.
Allow me to example-ify you if I may:
PUB-G; or Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is the first example I’ll share with you. And I’ll be forthright– I’ve not played this one yet. And why not really? Many would claim (Though innacurately) that it was the first of its kind.
While I’ll agree that it certainly lead to the popularization of the genre, PUB-G appears on the surface to be little more than the “Gold” standard of its ilk. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but the $30.00 USD pricetag doesnt help it’s cause. I suppose I’ll give more credit where it’s due when I’ve gotten a chance to sink my teeth into it; but it would have been folly to not at least mention it given the topic.
On to where my experience actually resides–
Ahh yes– H1Z1. I’ve never quite been sure how to feel about this particular title. I remember it vaguely appearing in early access on steam and thought it was naught but another zombie survival game in the vein of 7 Days to Die–
But lo’ here we are, 2018 and H1Z1 has become a fully fledged clone of the Battle Royale breed! And boy howdy– the hackers. Forgive me friends– but no shotgun I’m aware of can snipe at 350+ meters…
With that out of the way, I have to say.. I really fucking love this game.. My current ranking is tier III platinum at an average of between 19th and 3rd place.
Average kills: 0
That’s right kiddies. I’m passive-mode Solid Snake over here. Not by design mind you, but for survival! I’ll admit, it feels good though when I manage to nab a kill off of that hacking scum every now and then~
Fortnite, I’d have to say is the most disappointing entry in my little list. And I say this due wholley in part of the massive shift in direction this game took.
As a participant in the closed alpha in 2014, I grew to love the original direction this game was headed. It served to be a glorified tower defense shooter with more bells and whistles than one could throw a stick at.
It featured upgrade-able classes, construction and hoards of comically ‘horrific’ abominations to mow down with your buddies.
Now– it’s little more than a direct PUBG ripoff with the addition of the Fortnite construction engine, and the subtraction of player customization.. Which for me is the proverbial nail in the coffin I’m afraid…
A Battle Royale style free knock off of the already free PUB-G Mobile. And I love it.
I’ve had quite a bit of fun with this title, gaming with my work buds. Built in voice support using your…well…phone– and fairly solid controls despite having to play on a touch-screen.
The idea of which; I’m sure not many of you relish in a 3rd/1st person shooter.
Beyond that, theres not much more to say about it. It’s a small download and fairly light on system resources making it perfect for a quick jaunt through the BattleRoyale world.
This– I truly love.
It’s everything about there is to love about the Battle Royale genre, with nothing there isn’t.
The addition of the VR interface allows for a very interesting immersion/depth that I find incredibly important for the longevity of the genre.
After leaping from the drop ship and landing– your usual goal of “Collect and survive” kicks in. The difference here being– any weapons and ammo found must be manually loaded– recievers cocked in real time.
In fact– upon my first voyage into the fray I found myself against a rogue who learned a bit later than I about this mechanic.
The distinct “click” of an unloaded firearm rang out behind me, and there was a schmuck with two hand guns trying to “Boondock Saints” me all over the upholstry of the living room we’d found ourselves in…
Another neat feature of this particular game?
In response to hearing the misfire– I was able to snag the gun straight from his hand, cock it and execute him with it thusly.
That my friends– is a joy money cannot buy…
I guess thats not true. I paid $14.99USD for it on Steam which in and of itself makes it a stones throw better than anything else paid for in the genre.
At any rate– I hope you enjoyed this overblown excursion into my thoughts on the matter.
What are yours? I’m interested in hearing other opinions~
Could this be the next big E-Sport? Or is everyone throwing their time and money away on a fly-by-night fad in the gaming galaxy?~
Let me know!
And while you’re at it, check out our YouTube channel. Got some new goodies going up there recently, and QUITE soon I’ll be doing a set of episodes on Standout VR which I’d earlier mentioned.