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Battle Royale games are the hot ticket of 2017. Here are the ones you should be playing on Xbox One.

There's something extremely satisfying about being the last man standing from a pool of 100 players, and something immensely frustrating, yet rewarding, about the journey there. That's the battle royale game in a nutshell — and the hottest thing in video games right now.

PC players have many options to choose from, and this is from a genre that sprung up from a mod for an existing game. Battle royale games are making their mark now on the Xbox One, so let's get to the hunt!

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PUBG

PUGB has almost single-handedly been responsible for the huge rise in popularity of battle royale games. Its creator, Brendan Greene (or PlayerUnknown) started out making a battle royale mod for popular PC shooter Arma 3, and the rest is history. PUBG has set records on the PC for the most ever concurrent players on Steam and sold over 20 million copies while in early access.

It's now on the Xbox One in Game Preview and attracted over a million players in its first week. The hype for this game is unreal and it's pretty much the quintessential battle royale game.

100 players drop into a huge open world map and you have to loot weapons, gear and medical supplies to survive and be the last man standing and win that all-important chicken dinner. It's rough around the edges (its still in the early stages of the preview program), but it's the one you want to play. It's the one everyone wants to play. ($29.99)

First impressions of PUBG on Xbox One

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Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite is a game of two halves, and the battle royale portion of it has been broken off and is completely free to play. Developer Epic Games is monetizing through cosmetic pack in-game purchases, but if you don't want to spend, you don't have to.

It follows the traditional battle royale formula of dropping 100 players into a large map to loot, survive and emerge as the last man standing. It uses the same tech underneath as PUBG, but on the outside, it's quite different. What's important though is that it plays really well and it's a lot of fun.

Fortnite is somewhat cartoony in appearance, with a cutesy charm that doesn't necessarily fit with blowing someones head off. The unique aspect to Fortnite is that you can scavenge resources to build quite elaborate structures as you move around the map. Building can give you the edge in the later stages, for sure. (Free)

Fortnite Battle Royale first impressions

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GTA V: Motor Wars

GTA V

Delivered to GTA V Online as part of the recent Smuggler's Run update, Motor Wars is essentially Rockstar's first attempt at a Battle Royale mode in its games. And let's face it, the map in GTA V is so massive it's absolutely perfect for it.

You still drop in from the sky, and you still have an ever decreasing battlefield to command and take out your opponents. But there's a heavy focus on vehicular combat, hence the name.

Future Rockstar games will no doubt expand on the idea, but for now, it's a free update to one of the biggest, baddest games in recent years. You know it'll be good. ($59.99)

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The Culling

The Culling

If ever The Hunger Games were to become a video game it would probably end up as The Culling. It shrugs off the standard battle royale formula of huge maps and 100 players for a smaller, tighter experience with just 16 players at each time.

With the smaller map and pool, winning is a different process than other massive battle royale games. Long-range gun battles are few and far between, with close quarters combat instead being a focus as you hunt down your enemies.

The Culling is no longer in active development, which means no further new maps or features, but the servers will continue to run for the foreseeable future. It's an interesting take on battle royale, though. ($24.99)

The Culling review on Xbox One

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Minecraft

Minecraft

Wait. Seriously, wait! While you may not be a fan of the block building game, Minecraft actually has an unofficial Battle Royale/Hunger Games mode, which is a bag of fun.

It's a similar concept, in which a number of players are spawned in to find loot, gear up and take down enemies. Better yet, since this is Minecraft you're bound to find active servers with a large number of people online.

It's a simple, more basic form of battle royale, restricted by Minecraft's mechanics, but what map builders and modders have been able to achieve is impressive. You'll want to stick to recognized, larger servers like Mineplex to get the best, but go on in and have a blast. ($19.99)

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Coming soon: The Darwin Project

Though not actually yet available, The Darwin Project gets a special mention as it looks incredible — and is coming to both PC and as a console-exclusive for Xbox.

It generated a lot of buzz at E3 2017, and mixes traditional battle royale components like a large map and last-man standing combat with crafting elements from more traditional survival games.

The Darwin Project is due to launch in Spring 2018, and it's certainly one to keep your eye on.