The Brilliance of Tetris 99

With the astronomical popularity of battle royale games, it was only a manner of time before all of the big publishers threw in their variant to stake their claim. So far, BR can be found on every major gaming platform – but there was always one publisher that was missing: Nintendo. And now, they’ve shown up with their very own BR variant of… Tetris? Announced as a free-to-play title offered to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, Tetris 99 is perhaps one of the most refreshing, challenging, and downright insane versions of Tetris ever offered to the public. The premise is simple, […]

Can Apex Legends Become The New Battle Royale Genre Leader?

Apex Legends is the latest in a long line of titles attempting to jump on the battle royale bandwagon. From AAA releases like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 to obviously derivative clones like Fortcraft. Success has varied but nobody has really come close to seizing the crown from Fortnite. Some purist fans of trend-setter PUBG might disagree but the genre belongs to Epic’s free-to-play juggernaut. That is until now at least, as Apex Legends has built some serious headwind after a phenomenal launch period. There’s a new kid in town and it may finally be the next step in […]

Counter Strike Global Offensive: The Comeback

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive went free-to-play and had an official Battle Royale mode added to the game last month. Long-time fans of the franchise were initially both confused and highly sceptical, but new numbers show that the game was played by over 20 million people in December alone, which is the all-time record. What does this new direction mean for the classic shooter? What is the thought process behind it from Valve’s side? Danger Zone There is no shortage of Battle Royale games. As we head into 2019, the genre is still as hot as ever, but few expected Counter-Strike to […]

Can Games Developers Successfully Chase Trends?

Treyarch released their latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise with Black Ops 4 this month. With the series in decline, the Black Ops team have opted to jump on the latest trends with a battle royale mode. Chasing hugely successful pioneers Player Unknowns Battlegrounds and Fortnite. Treyarch are so confident in the mode they have redubbed ‘Blackout’ that the latest instalment in the first to offer no single player campaign. Call of Duty has an established fan base that they hope will help them succeed where so many others have failed. With games requiring such long development schedules, […]

Can Call of Duty Win The Battle Royale War?

When PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launched, it was a smash hit. It felt like everyone in the gaming community and their next of kin were prepping to drop into Erangel. It was a little rough around the edges, but the future was bright and full of promises – until that future finally arrived. To say that PUBG Corp. and Bluehole Studios have mismanaged the operations of their once-dominant battle-royale would be as massive of an understatement as your teammates’ claims that “this will be the round”. PUBG has not only taken severe hits from competitors such as Fortnite, but the game has […]

How Long Will the Battle Royale Fad Continue?

Get out your pitchforks folks, because here come a whole heap of controversial views regarding the burgeoning genre of battle royale games. Yes, since the overwhelming success of games like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite it seems that every developer from Activision to Electronic Arts are frantically working to hop on the bandwagon to rake in some of that sweet battle royale moolah – but is that what this whole surge is, a bandwagon? There’s a lot to be said about the battle royale genre. The clever changes to the team deathmatch formula have given rise to some of […]

What Do Gamers Make Of Sony’s Fortnite Cross-Platform Policy?

Boasting millions of concurrent players and even a Twitch stream with Drake, Fortnite is a game that has connected a huge and varied audience. Yet PS4 players are still missing out on the full experience. It’s been a big week for Fortnite, marking one year since its initial release by surpassing $1billion in revenue. First teased by Epic in 2011, the game now feels like an overnight success story seven years in the making. The ever-evolving title has become the new titan of the Battle Royale genre and a symbol of the possibilities of free-to-play and cross-platform gaming. It has […]

Battle Royale: The King of the Gaming Hill

Trends come and go, but Battle Royale is big enough to stick around for a while – especially with Call of Duty on board. Battle Royale is arguably the hottest trend in gaming right now. The game type was popularised by DayZ, H1Z1, WarZ, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite, which has made millions of players enchanted. Now, the industry-leading and long-standing shooter franchise Call of Duty is confirmed to jump on the bandwagon in Black Ops 4 and Battlefield is rumoured to do the same. The premise of Battle Royale is a fight to the death, most commonly between 100 […]