A New Royal Contender: Paladins Realm Royale
The Battle Royale shooter subgenre is in a good but strange place right now. While Fortnite is currently the king of the proverbial hill, how long it will stand atop such a lofty vantage point is anyone’s guess. When you’re at the top, you’ve got a target on your back and everyone’s gunning for your position. There’s always going to be competition, after all, and the toughest competition has finally come!
Ladies and gents, say hello to Realm Royale—the first ever class-based Battle Royal shooter.
Similar But Not Really
From Hi-Rez Studios, the maker of MOBA-esque shooter Paladins comes Paladins Realm Royale. At first glance, it looks just like an anachronistic and gimmicky rip-off of Epic Studio’s uber-successful spinoff—Hey, even the art style looks the same, right? Wrong! They may be visually similar, but that is unintentional; it just so happened that Paladins, a much older game, has aesthetic similarities with Fortnite. If Realm Royale is going to be accused of mimicking Fortnite’s art direction, then let it also be said that Fortnite imitated World of Warcraft.
Anyway, enough of the skin-deep obsession – let’s scratch the surface and discover the world of difference Realm Royale has compared to its stiff competition. First and foremost would be its main selling point: classes.
Realm Royale has 5:
- Warrior: the tough frontliner whose passive ability is Health regeneration.
- Engineer: a balanced class of both offense and support, and can even put up healing totems.
- Assassin: is all about stealth and speed, making its passive of 10% bonus groundspeed fitting and helpful.
- Mage: who’s passive is bonus 30% potion efficacy is for those who prefer powerful well-cast magic over messy guns.
- Hunter: an expert at traps and terrain maneuvering; it’s passive, which grants him or her 10% swap speed and reload speed.
If you’ve been playing any game that involves classes, you probably already have a vague idea of what each class does, and you know what? You’re probably right.
Other Than Classes
Another feature that sets Realm Royale apart—other than its classes—would be Legendary Weapons. These are class-specific weapons that can only be obtained by having them forged by blacksmiths. To make one, you’ll have to disenchant unwanted gear you’ll find around the map to shards. Gather enough shards and go to the nearest forge, which can be found around the map. There, your shards can be turned into a Legendary Weapon, which will give you a class-specific weapon.
Also, unlike other Battle Royale shooters, this one is team-based. So if you’re lacking in skill, it’s still okay; you have an entire team to lean on. But of course, it’s important that you step up your game just the same. Lastly, Realm Royale has a unique and funny mechanic: players whose health drops to zero become a chicken. As such, they have limited movement and cannot use weapons, so it’s important that a player who becomes one survives until he or she becomes human again. Thankfully, you have your team to protect you. If not, you can only hope and pray that a miracle happens.
Other than that, it’s pretty much your familiar Battle Royale mechanics. Jump off the zeppelin (no helicopters here; go figure), land somewhere random on the map, loot chests to get weapons and abilities, take out the enemy team, and be ready for the map to get smaller and smaller and force players to come out into the open for a full-on shootfest.
Realm Royale is free-to-play, so all you need to install the game from Steam in order to get in on this new kind of Battle Royale shooter game. Currently, however, the game is in the early access stage, so don’t expect it to be a completely smooth experience. Nevertheless, it’s a promising entry into the subgenre and is therefore worth a try.
So, what do you think of Realm Royale? Are you going to give it a try? If you want a mix of the new and the tried-and-tested, then it’s definitely for you!
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