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Battlelands is your next Battle Royale shooter

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Battlelands is your next Battle Royale shooter

Get ready for a fun take on a very popular game genre. Battlelands borrows many elements but it executes so in style.

I’ve been searching for another game to play between my intense PUBGM game sessions and stumbled across this gem recently. Battlelands is a battle royale shooter that lends many theme elements from Fortnite and PUBGM but combines it with a top-down view and fun characters in 32-player battles.

Each game lasts around 5 minutes if you take the win and the idea is pretty simple; pick a game mode (Solo, Duo, or Squads) and press start. You’ll be instantly placed in a lobby and you’ll need to select a landing spot before one is assigned to you. There are no long waiting times for a plane or bus to fly over, the action starts as you drop in a parachute over your chosen landing spot. You then need to find weapons and ammo as quickly as possible.

The game is currently on Season 12 and if you are a sucker for cool in-game items like I am, you’ll love what Battlelands has on offer.

Each player can only carry one weapon and the game uses an auto-pickup system as you hover over items. There are also no backpacks to carry loot or medical supplies, instead, you need to find med packs and ammo when you need them. Considering the fast-paced action that Battlelands aim to achieve this game mechanic is a fresh take on an old concept.

The game also features special event games that change for limit periods. Check out the Game Mode section for updates on these events.

Before you enter a lobby you can however add a special unlockable item that you’ll need to buy if you’d like the advantage. These include Bandages, energy drinks, and special items like traps. I did not find these to impact the balance of the game, to be honest as there is so much loot around on the map. They can be fun upgrades if you are willing to spend the cash, the bush outfit is rather fun to play with.

There is only one playable map but it consists of various themed areas. Of course, there is the dreaded shrinking zone that keeps players moving constantly.

Aiming and shooting did take some getting used to for me but my dexterity is constantly improving. To shoot your enemy you drag your right gamepad in the direction of the player and it will automatically start to shoot. Various weapons differ in shooting rate, distance, and hit rate.

The control settings are basic and there is not much to customise. You can select left or right-handed orientation and you can set your joysticks to a locked or follow position. The latter will allow the joystick to follow your finger when you drag it, giving you more space to drag your finger to aim and shoot. I set my move joystick to Locked while my aim joystick is set to Follow.

Battlelands is a great new addition to the battle royale game genre and its fast-paced games make for really fun game sessions.

There are currently four regional servers to game on; Europe, US West, Asia, and Australia. For South Africans, the ping to Europe will hover around 180ms but your experience may vary.

While the game is free-to-play the developers make money by selling various in-game items. Most notably are character skins and Special Items as mentioned earlier. There are also various other things to spend your money on, including boxes that essentially are loot boxes that will generate random items for you.

As with most other battle royal games, this one has a Battle Pass feature that works much the same as those on other games. Buying the pass will unlock various seasonal items as you progress. The game is currently on Season 12 and if you are a sucker for cool in-game items like I am, you’ll love what Battlelands has on offer. Please just spend your money cautiously, remember these are just virtual items. The game will try very had to make you spend money and this is not something that is unique to this game.

I love supporting game developers whose games I enjoy so I did spend some money to unlock a cool PUBG looking character.

With really great cartoon-style graphics and hilarious sound effects, Battlelands is a great new addition to the battle royale game genre and its fast-paced games make for really fun game sessions. — © 2020 MBLGMR

This game gets the MBLGMR thumbs up recommendation.
You’ll find Battlelands on the Google Play Store and the App Store.

Regardt

Creative by day, gamer by night. Regardt is the head gamer at MBLGMR.com. He is a veteran tech journalist of almost 20 years in the tech and gaming space and lives on coffee and craft beer.

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