Ring of Ely­sium mix­ing up the Bat­tle Royale for­mula

The Argus - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE del­uge of new Bat­tle Royale games last year was, in a fun way, al­most a Bat­tle Royale in it­self - a self-ref­er­en­tial tor­rent of new games that fought to ride con­sumer’s breath­less en­thuasi­asm for the new sta­tus-quo of shooter games.

Some fell early in the game - Rad­i­cal Heights im­me­di­ately springs to mind - while other ti­tles that ini­tially floun­dered around a bit even­tu­ally found their feet.

Of course, the top spots are still oc­cu­pied by the likes of Fort­nite, PUBG and the newer Call of Duty: Black­out, but new chal­lengers are cer­tainly be­gin­ning to snap at the heels of the afore­men­tioned be­he­moths.

Upon its de­but, Ring of Ely­sium was met with rather tepid fan­fare from gamers and crit­ics alike. In the past few months, de­vel­op­ers Ten­cent have done an ad­mirable job in pol­ish­ing the game and adding plenty of con­tent, bring­ing it up to an in­cred­i­bly com­plete stan­dard de­spite its now-ubiq­ui­tous “Early Ac­cess” caveat.

Ring of Ely­sium mixes up the Bat­tle Royale for­mula by plonk­ing a “smaller” group of just 60 play­ers in a snow-themed map.

Where things get re­ally wild is the tra­ver­sal op­tions avail­able to the play­ers.

Ski lifts, snow­boards, hang glid­ers and moun­tain-climb­ing gear go a long way to­wards af­ford­ing the player many cre­ative ways to avoid or de­stroy en­emy play­ers us­ing the en­vi­ron­ment to their ad­van­tage.

Pos­si­bly the big­gest de­vi­a­tion from the now well-trod­den Bat­tle Royale recipe is how the endgame is dealt with.

In Ring of Ely­sium, the ob­jec­tive is for the play­ers to reach an evac­u­a­tion zone marked on the map.

In this zone a he­li­copter with just four seats awaits to safely evac­u­ate the vic­to­ri­ous play­ers from the en­roach­ing bliz­zard.

This novel con­cept breaths vigor and mad­ness into the clos­ing mo­ments of ev­ery game, as play­ers scram­ble to reach the lad­der.

Noise, chaos, panic and fly­ing lead all con­trib­ute to­wards manic and vis­ceral bat­tles that will sink their claws into you and make you yearn yet more rounds of this blis­ter­ingly-paced Bat­tle Royale.

Ring of Ely­sium is deep for a Bat­tle Royale. With a stag­ger­ing wealth of fea­tures and a highly pol­ished game­play ex­pe­ri­ence, its easy to rec­om­mend this game as a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to PUBG et. al.

Ring of Ely­sium is deep for a Bat­tle Royale, with a stag­ger­ing wealth of fea­tures and a highly pol­ished game­play ex­pe­ri­ence.

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