The Daily Grind: What would get you to try out a battle royale title?

    
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Stop boring everybody.

Battle royale games are both the newest flash-in-the-pan and one of the oldest genres out there; it’s not exactly a new idea to put a bunch of people in a contained space and tell them to duke it out, and the concept has fueled many a multiplayer deathmatch mode over the years. The genre moves quite a bit beyond that in both the number of players involved and the sheer scope of the ever-shrinking battlefield, but you can definitely draw the comparisons just the same.

Of course, plenty of players have already been enjoying titles like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but a lot of other players consider these games to be entirely unpalatable and not even worth giving a shot. So today, much like when it comes to open PvP, the question is what would entice you to play one of these games. What would give you a reason to overcome any innate biases and give a battle royale a shot? Or, if you already have, what pushed you over the edge?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Rodrigo Dias Costa

I do try them from time to time. They just need to do something different from the others, don’t even need to be really so much different. It just need to pick enough of my attention, as any other game must.

Problem is, I’ll try most games I put my hands on, but seldom few will entice me enough to keep playing. I’ve tried lots of them, Fortnite, PUBG, Apex, Planetside Arena, and many others, but except for PUBG (I’ve kept playing to sell the items on Steam and almost made my money back, not worth it) none made me play for more than a couple hours.

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Knowing that after I play it for 5 minutes they will shut it down for good.

Vaeris
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Vaeris

Being paid a lump sum 6 figure payment, tax free.

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Nate Woodard

A fantasy version of Rust that has been tried and failed.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

Nothing?

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3dom

Ring of Elysium has nice character creator + third-person view. So it has become the only BR game I’ve played for more than 30 minutes. In fact I play it on/off for 6+ months already.

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Bruno Brito

A gun to my forehead.

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Chris

I did try two of them: Fortnite and Apex.

I absolutely loathed the gameplay of Fortnite across the board. I liked the feel of the controls and gunplay in Apex, but it became quickly apparent that I am completely unsuited to the “battle royale” game style — whether on a team or solo.

After the latter experience, I knew enough to never bother with another BR game again. I look forward to when the fad dies down so other games stop having development retasked to shoehorning in BR modes.

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

A working skill based matchmaking system.

I don’t care much for PVP in most video games, but I actually do enjoy and occasional match in a battle royale. However, the lack of skill based matchmaking thus far has kept me out of Fortnite for months: I’m not good at games in general, and it gets tiresome when the damn Eiffel Tower appears the moment you rush towards some kid who plays the game 27 hours a day.

The announced changes to Fortnite matchmaking have me excited to get back into a few matches, but I’ll be waiting until there’s a clearer idea of how wide or thin the skill gap will still be/become.

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Hurbster

Can’t think of a single thing.