5 Reasons Why It's Easy to Get Tired of Battle RoyaleJul 12, 2020 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate The battle royale genre is still keeping up the momentum and these kinds of games are continuing to pop up. However, it’s easy to get tired of these games and people are dropping it. Here’s why:
I’ve been struck by battle royale fatigue. Don’t get me wrong: I had fun with every minute I’ve spent playing Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Apex Legends.
Though every game tries to implement unique gameplay mechanics that set itself apart from others (and with good results), they’re all structurally the same. With that said, it’s surprising as to why people are slowly getting fatigued and are trying out different titles. For example, PUBG is experiencing a slow decline in its player-base.
So, what are the possible reasons why we’re seeing a steady decline in these games?
Long lulls in between action sequences
All battle royale games have the loop of dropping into the map, getting into a mad scramble for weapons, and gunfights if you’re on a “hot drop” with a lot of opposing players. Going for a “quiet drop” meanwhile, puts you in a position where you can loot peacefully but there’s really nothing to do except that.
After this initial stage, your next task is to either position yourself well on the map by getting into the safe zone early or to risk it and go for the supply and crate drops. Unless if you somehow keep getting into battles with other players, you’ll experience long lulls in the action. In turn, this makes the experience slow and boring.
Worse, there are some games wherein you may not even get into any sort of action. Imagine if all you did is loot in the initial stage, ran to the safe zone, and stayed alive for 15 minutes, and you were somehow sniped and struck by a well-placed headshot by a skilled player. So yes, all you did was loot and die.
Time-consuming gaming loop
There’s a reason why certain mobile games - particularly action-packed ones - get a lot of love is they provide fun and entertainment in bite-sized packages. For example, matches in a certain MOBA game may only last 10 minutes and the same can be said for some first-person shooters.
Even on mobile, certain battle royale games last an inordinate amount of time. Matches last up to 20-30 minutes and even more on some occasions. It’s extremely time-consuming and at times, all you do is sprint to the safe zone without actually getting into fights.
Cheaters on mobile and PC
Online cheaters, AKA the lowest-tier of the gaming community, are prevalent today on both mobile and PC. I’ve encountered several myself. On one occasion in PUBG Mobile, how in the world was I hit with shots from an SMG almost 200 meters away? It’s frustrating when you get to encounter them and they ruin the experience for everybody. There’s really no point in cheating in an online game unless if you’re a terrible person.
With that said, although developers are trying to address this by introducing anti-cheat software and by encouraging reporting and banning mechanics. This has quelled the deluge of cheaters, thereby improving the overall experience.
There’s no other way to say this: battle royale games deliver the same core experiences, making them repetitive. You drop in, you loot, you shoot, and try to survive until the end. This is similar across all titles which is why it’s quite easy to get tired of all of them. Sure, the gameplay loop may be quite exciting and adrenaline-inducing, but it’s something you’ll definitely get tired of after dozens of hours.
However, don’t let this get you down: developers have made their games unique in a lot of ways, setting it apart from others. For example, COD: Warzone introduced an outstanding revive system (The Gulag) while Fortnite’s building battles are as iconic as ever.
The odds are always stacked against you
People play to have fun and release stress and pent up energy. In battle royale, the odds are stacked against you and even if you’re one of the best players in the world, there’s always a huge possibility of defeat. And yes, losing is incredibly frustrating, especially if you’ve somehow made trivial mistake after having good loot. Worse, imagine if you died riding a motorcycle on PUBG and it somehow flipped and you ended up diving headfirst into the ground.
In any case, there are at least 100-150 players, each with varying skill levels. Being great at battle royale will definitely help you win, but there are just so many uncertain factors - that will try and make you lose - you’ll need to deal with.
Overall, it’s so easy to get tired of battle royale, but nevertheless, we can’t deny it’s a game-changing genre. BR games are extremely fun and exciting, but at the same time, repetitive and they all have a plethora of issues. With this considered, it’s quite easy to get tired of playing them. However, don’t let this get you down though: dive into them and start surviving!