The gaming market is chock full of battle royale-style games, and it’s getting worse with each passing day. It’s not that there are too many of them for this particular genre, it’s just there are too many bad ones out there. The game that started it all is H1Z1, which was first released back in 2016. The hype behind H1Z1 is easy to see, the game had a lot going on for it, and it apparently still does.
What began as a zombie survival game with H1Z1: King of the Kill, later on split into two titles with H1Z1: Just Survive. While the former retained its battle royale formula, the latter stuck with the zombie survival schtick. The development of the console was put on the backburner and it seemed that the full release of the iconic game would never see the light of day. Since the H1Z1: Battle Royale Open Beta has been available on PS4 since May it’s time to take a closer look at H1Z1.
H1Z1: Battle Royale Gameplay
For those who are not familiar with the genre, battle royale pits 100 players against each other on one massive map. The players drop in find a zone and scourge for supplies. With the ‘safe zone’ on the map growing smaller as the players progress, each of the combatants are forced to fight to the death until only one survives. The game can also be played in duos, where players are able to pair up with other players or play in pairs of five. This makes it easier for those who do not know the other players to play as a team. The game is not as easy as it sounds, as the players do not get to choose where they drop, which is again what makes the game fun to play.
Unlike other games, it is entirely possible for a player to succeed without finding any high-quality gear or weapons. That’s because the game is as much about survival as it is about combat, which means it’s perfectly normal to hide and wait till the other players take each other out rather than join the gunfight.