A witch’s brew of old and new.
These days, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when the ‘battle royale’ genre didn’t exist. Fortnite has proven itself to be the poster child, of course, but there are other shooter alternatives like Call of Duty: Warzone or Apex Legends. If you want something a little goofier, you can try for some crowns in Fall Guys. There’s a battle royale version of Super Mario Bros. on the way. There’s a battle royale version of Tetris. To say that the genre has become saturated is quite the understatement, then, which makes it that much more difficult for a newcomer to stand out.
Enter Spellbreak, an enjoyable new battle royale which ultimately feels like it’s releasing about two or three years too late. Fortnite’s influence on Spellbreak is visible everywhere – there’s even an ever-encroaching killer storm for goodness’ sake – but the main way in which Spellbreak notably splits from its inspiration is in the distinctly fluid form of magical combat. Instead of guns and pickaxes, your characters here fight each other by hurling fireballs and boulders at each other in the desperate struggle for glory. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but the fascinating mechanics explored by the different classes in Spellbreak make for matches that are thrilling, varied, and – most importantly – fun.
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