Many people thought that the battle royale genre was a fad and expecting the hype and popularity to quickly die down as interest fell. It turns out that years later the market would be full of dozens of challengers and pretenders that rode the wave or pushed the boundaries of what a battle royale could be.
Xbox One was one of the first consoles to truly embrace the genre with its exclusive deal to bring PUBG to its platform. In 2019 there are tons of choices and many of them are free. Let's look at and rank the 10 best battle royale games on Xbox One.
10 Paladins: Battlegrounds
One of the least interesting and uninspired takes on battle royale is the Battlegrounds mode that was added to Paladins. Paladins is a hero-shooter that was heavily inspired by Overwatch and has seen very little success in comparison to the developer Hi-Rez Studios' other title, Smite.
Paladins: Battlegrounds is never really brought up in the conversation of best ongoing battle royale games simply because the people playing Paladins saw it as a last minute scratch for relevance, and everyone else doesn't even know it exists.
9 Black Ops 4: Blackout
The moment the battle royale genre caught on like wildfire many people wondered how long it would take the large AAA developers to latch on and give their take on it. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was the first entry in the mega-successful Call of Duty franchise that tried its hand at battle royale with its Blackout mode.
Fans and critics alike were surprised it was included in the $60 purchase instead of it releasing as a standalone thing. Activision doesn't seem to happy with it as they've seen the player base drop off significantly since launch.
8 Dying Light: Bad Blood
Dying Light: Bad Blood is one of the more unique battle royale-inspired game modes that mixes the popular genre into the already existing worth in a fun and inventive way. In Bad Blood 12 players are dropped into an area and are forced to try and survive.
They're not only looking out for the other players around them also looking to make it out alive, but will be challenged as the undead surround them from all sides. It mixes player vs. player and player vs. zombie in a fast-paced action-packed survival experience.
7 Battlefield V: Firestorm
Imagine announcing a new AAA game and saying it will have a battle royale mode and not releasing that mode until more than half a year later. That's exactly what happened with Dice and their battle royale mode for Battlefield V, Firestorm.
By the time the game mode released, much of Battlefield V's player base had grown unexcited or simply moved on to other games. It was so bad in fact that Dice removed specific playlists for Firestorm due to a lack of players in the given queue. It's an authentic Battlefield experience that just doesn't have the soldiers necessary.
6 The Darwin Project
The Darwin Project is a battle royale game that trades in the high number of players for a stronger emphasis on survival. Along the way, you're fighting nature and the elements as much as you are the other players. This adds another layer to the popular survival multiplayer genre known as battle royale.
It's able to carve out its own tiny niche in the market for players looking for something a little more unique with less of an emphasis on aggressive gun-skill based competition. The name is also pretty fitting for the battle royale genre as well.
5 GTAV Online: Motor Wars
Despite the pressure from their massive audience of players, Motor Wars in Grand Theft Auto V is the closest Rockstar will get to putting a battle royale in their game. Despite having way fewer players, the mode does have some features authentic to the battle royale experience.
Players drop down into Los Santos with nothing but a pistol and a go-getter attitude. It still ends when there's one team standing, but focuses more on teams than it does on individuals. It also trades in a pool of 100 players for a solid four teams of two.
4 Minecraft: Battle Mode
Minecraft's Battle mode sets players in a Hunger Games-inspired scenario where players must find items, eliminate players, and try to be the last one standing. It's the most family-friendly battle royale game out there which will likely be the best choice for parents looking to let their kids in on the craze.
Since the Xbox One is a closed platform there aren't as many mod opportunities that Minecraft's PC version has access to. That being said, the Battle mode is still a solid battle royale experience for those with an affinity for the block-based phenomenon.
3 Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds may not be the most polished or prettiest game on Xbox One, but it's still one of its most entertaining. Even with the likes of Fortnite and Apex Legends vying for the attention of battle royale junkies, PUBG manages to still retain a healthy amount of players.
Out of the big three, it's the only one that gives players the option of playing in either first or third-person and allows you to change perspective at will. The first-person perspective is more inviting for a number of Xbox fans who grew up with Call of Duty and Halo.
In terms of viewership and player base, Fortnite is still the king of the battle royale genre. Like most popular things Fortnite receives a lot of unwarranted hate simply because so many people love and enjoy the game. Is the cartoon-inspired art style or third-person shooting for everyone?
No, but it doesn't mean it's a success and sustained relevance isn't something to behold. The big question is how much longer will it be a cultural staple as its core fan base ages up and possibly moves over to more mature titles?
1 Apex Legends
The reason Apex Legends comes in at #1 above Fortnite is that it feels more authentic to what Xbox players expect in a shooter and has much more polish than Player Unknown's Battlegrounds.
Respawn Entertainment has been a very underrated developer despite releasing two great Titanfall games, with the latter having one of the best first-person shooter campaigns of the last decade. Their battle royale title Apex Legends displayed their greatness to a broader audience and showed inclusion, gameplay, and balance mean a lot to them.