As the Battle Royale movement in games continues to gain ground,for me, one in particular has grabbed my attention. Standing out as my go to royale game is H1Z1. While the game has been available on other formats, the launch on the PS4 has became a regular place for me when playing games.
While the cartoonish approach of Fortnite didn’t do much for me as a player, the grounded and tense presentation of H1Z1 instantly got my attention. The arenas are balanced well between realistic clusters of buildings, suburbs, and abandoned camp sites blend seamlessly with stretches of treacherous open ground providing a variety of strategies. Strategies that need to be fluid and changeable at a moments notice.
The ever encroaching fog wall and air drops keep the dynamic changing as the round winds up and intensifies. They can be used to your advantage, or, spell your doom. The fog pushes players closer and closer together ultimately leading to a frantic close quarters firefight. The supply drops provide better and better equipment such as weapons and armor, while leaving you open and exposed. It’s a gamble with definite payoff.
Weapons and supplies are seemingly plentiful, yet, everyone who needs them are also trying to kill you at first glance. There’s always that rush when you first drop in to the map to find weapons and items as soon as possible. There’s nothing worse than dropping in too far from anything and getting gunned down or run over completely unarmed.
Speaking of getting run over, the fully drivable vehicles are an extra layer of strategy and mobility. From 4 wheelers, to trucks, to cop cars with full working lights and sirens, vehicles are almost a necessity. Making a quick escape from a firefight, outrunning the fog, and running players caught out in the open will more than help you get closer to that coveted last man standing victory.
If you like co-op or squad gaming H1Z1 has you covered as well. Game modes two’s and five’s bring a team aspect to the winner take all format. With full voice chat in game, it’s a blast to link up with friends and take the fight to everyone in your way. Strategy and survival are seemingly easier when you can work with other players watching each other’s backs and sharing resources.
The graphics and sound are exactly what they need to be. Realistic and grounded, helping to sell the core of what this game is about. Headphones are recommended as you can hear footsteps, vehicles approaching, and guns reloading near you. Knowing where your enemy is or where they are going is important to survival.
At the entry level of free this game is a no brainer and should be a definite addition to your game library.