Over the past few years, battle royale games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, PUBG, and Tetris 99 among many others have risen to the forefront of multiplayer gaming. What is it about these games that make them so popular? Having thought about this for years, I share my hot take on a potentially deep psychological reason what makes these games different from other multiplayer formats!
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The Boss Rush crew took a detour and played Codenames the last time we got together. This time, we’re back with the latest episode of the show! We cover our experiences with Apex Legends, Anthem, Tetris 99, God of War, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and more! Also, does Jon have what it takes to retain the Boss Rush championship belt by competing in a round of Video Game Pictionary?
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Part of my ambivalence towards the battle royale genre of games thus far is that I’m not particularly good at shooters. My aim has never been that sharp. In the case of Fortnite, I can’t wrap my head around the physical execution required to build walls and ramps at a competitive speed. Because of my inability to perform at a high level in those games, I felt like prey, just waiting for a hunter to gun me down. Regardless of how high I finish on the scoreboard, it almost always feels like a fraudulent result.
I may suck with a digital gun, but I can stack blocks with the best of them. Being able to leverage a lifetime of Tetris knowledge and skills in Tetris 99 has opened my mind to a new perspective on the genre.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the makers of the Titanfall series surprised the world with Apex Legends. No, this is not the next real entry in the Titanfall series. Instead, this is a standalone battle royale game in the vein of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
My initial reaction before playing the game was to groan at the notion of Respawn Entertainment putting the Titanfall series on hold to chase the trends. While this statement may be true, it doesn’t mean that Apex Legends can’t be a quality title in its own right. Based on my limited time with the game thus far, it may be too soon to brush this off as money grab.