The 5 best non-Fortnite battle royale games

It’s difficult to break away from Fortnite’s influence. Everyone and their grandmother seem to play Epic Games’ legendary battle royale game, and it’s become such a pop culture melting pot that it’s one of the only places you can regularly see Thanos pot shots at Boba fat power. But the vibrant colors and extensive intellectual property library aren’t for everyone. If you’re one of those people trying to resist Fortnite’s siren call, check out one of these contenders instead.

Apex Legends

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Respawn’s squad-based battle royale/hero shooter hybrid was an instant hit after its surprise launch in 2019. Coming from the same studio that brought us the Titanfall series, Apex Legends is set in the same world but without all the parkour and climbing of the main titles. That’s not to say it’s weak in the movement department, though – the eponymous legends dash through each level with a surprising amount of panache, which supports the solid shooting mechanics admirably. Team up in groups of three and take on 19 other teams with a total of 60 players simultaneously in this battle for supremacy.

Call of Duty: Warzone

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It was inevitable that Call of Duty, the king of shooters, would eventually show up for the battle royale party. Luckily, Warzone proved to be a hit with gamers. With a plethora of different game modes, the option to play solo or team up in teams of two, three, or four, and some – admittedly a bit bumpy – integrations with recent releases like Black Ops 4 and Vanguard, Warzone showed that the folks at Call of duty still know what they are doing. Even though Warzone got its last major update, the upcoming Warzone 2.0 will likely scratch the same itch.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

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A game like no other, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout combines the competitive nature of a battle royale with the utter mayhem of shows like Takeshi’s Castle. Guide your little bean through a series of obstacle courses ranging from relatively simple races to complex balancing acts as you try to keep your footing on a moving platform while cannons fire at you. Fall Guys also offers a lot in the cosmetics department, with regular crossovers with franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog and Destiny. The game is free to play, but there’s plenty of real money to spend on the store, including a paid version of the now-ubiquitous Battle Pass. So if you’re missing Fortnite’s brightly colored microtransactions, be sure to check out Fall Guys.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is arguably where it all began. From humble beginnings as an Early Access title plagued by bugs and amusing glitches, PUBG grew into a force to be reckoned with and ignited the flames of battle royale fever. It has been continuously updated since its first release in 2017 and is now available on almost every platform. So there’s no excuse not to try. It’s arguably been eclipsed by the likes of Fortnite, but PUBG stands out for its more realistic approach to the battle royale genre, forgoing a casserole of pop culture references in favor of more straightforward tactical gameplay.


Spellbreaker Mage

Visually, Spellbreak bears a little more resemblance to Fortnite than the other entries on this list, but it has a lot of character that is all its own. As a renegade battle mage, the goal of each game is to outlast your opponents by hurling spells and finding innovative magic combinations to use. Each magical element – Ice, Fire, Lightning, Stone, Wind, and Poison – has its own class and playstyle, but the real strategy and fun comes from combining magic, sometimes with explosive results. Imagine fiery tornadoes and electrified poisonous clouds. However, time is running out to play this one, so hurry – after Blizzard’s purchase of developer Proletariat, the studio announced it would shut down Spellbreak’s servers in early 2023. The 5 best non-Fortnite battle royale games

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