The battle royale gaming genre has taken off thanks to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite Battle Royale, both juggernauts in the PC gaming world (and now found on a growing number of platforms). The suspense, action, and strategy required on PC increase to an entirely new level inside of VR, and there are a few options popping up that deliver the battle-royale experience in your head-mounted display. Here are the best available now, whether for Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), Oculus Rift, or HTC Vive.
Stand Out: VR Battle Royale
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If you already know what PUBG looks like, it's hard not to call this a clone upon first sight. It has a similar airdrop, a similar gear mechanic (in which you find everything littered throughout the world), and an ever-shrinking play area that forces all 30 players into a tight circle to battle it out until only one person remains.
It has its fair share of bugs and hasn't yet moved out of Steam's Early Access program, but Stand Out: VR Battle Royale (about $25) is one of the best ways to experience multiplayer gun battles in WMR, Rift, and Vive.
Bullets and More VR
What was already an established first-person shooter (FPS) with great VR mechanics, Bullets And More VR (about $15) has had battle royale added to its game modes in the wake of the genre's rising popularity. You and 11 other players drop onto a map and battle it out to be the last alive ... as is the tradition.
If you'd like an FPS with a whole lot more options than just the battle royale game mode — and with arguably better weapon mechanics — give this one a try. It's available for WMR, Rift, and Vive.
For the future: Pavlov VR
The standard Pavlov VR (about $10) game can best be likened to Counter-Strike, offering up some fast-paced search and destroy action on HTC Vive (and, thanks to SteamVR integration, WMR). It has a good variety of guns, a friendly community, and it's receiving updates that should eventually move it out of Steam's Early Access program.
The developer, in a Steam blog post, mentioned that official Oculus support and a battle royale mode are on the way, and should arrive sometime in 2018. It's certainly worth playing now for any fans of the FPS genre, and as long as updates continue, we'll hopefully be able to airdop into an arena in the near future.
Which battle royale games are you enjoying in VR? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out these other links for battle royale fun.
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