Call of Duty: Warzone burst onto the battle royale scene in March of 2020, and quickly accrued over 30 million players less than a month later. Talk about hitting the ground running. With myriad loadouts, several seasons and umpteen themed events under its gun belt already, things have only gotten bigger and bigger for the free-to-play shooter spin-off, and they hardly look like slowing down any time soon. Infinity Ward’s war-torn FPS slant on the ever-popular genre lets up to 150 players duke it out on the battlefield per match, all the while supporting crossplay between console and PC. Better still, it’s integrated with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which makes it one of the best looking, most polished and most finely-tuned battle royale games out there today.
We’ve already given you 7 reasons why Astro’s Playroom should be the first thing you play on PS5 – one of which is the fact it comes pre-loaded and ready to go on Sony’s latest console. That’s especially pertinent given the purview of this list, and while it may present itself as a fancy tech demo, rest assured, Team ASOBI’s 3D platformer is so much more than meets the eye. For starters, it takes players on an Easter egg-packed tour of PlayStation’s history, a journey which visits the actual components of the hardware – Cooling Springs represents the console’s fan system, for example, while Memory Meadow nods to its 16GB GDDR6 of RAM – all the while showing off the DualSense features of the control pad with aplomb. In doing all of that, expect a wonderfully-designed, gorgeous-looking platformer that’s completely free-of-charge.
Building upon the sound battle royale foundations laid by PUBG Battlegrounds (back when it was known simply as PUBG) in 2017, Fortnite Battle Royale – a spin-off itself of Fortnite Save the World – added a splash of on-the-fly construction to the 100-player, last-person-standing formula to great effect. Instantly accessible but with real long-term depth, Fortnite has since taken the world by storm with its series of themed season and real-world crossovers – not least a remarkable, in-game live performance from American rapper Travis Scott – wherein players can expect a different experience every time they parachute into the game’s open-world island map. Cosmetics are now available to buy by the bucketload, but there is still plenty of fun to be had with Epic Games’ battle royale juggernaut without spending a jot.