You thought you saw it all. They thought we crossed the battle royale horizon and kissed the sun. The race of Apex Legends, Fortnite, Warzone and PUBG won that it was all over. Then comes Super People, a Korean BR from developer Wonder People, with the sound of a goofy cartoon claxon and completely out of breath. Super People is an amalgamation of every battle royale you have ever known, and it borders on brilliance.
Take the movement and shooting from PUBG, merge it with the nonsense of H1Z1, add the eerie resemblance of Black Ops Blackout, tape up some Warzone weapons and running animations, stick some Apex skills on the characters, add Fortnite -Add cosmetic options and you will get something similar to the chaos that Super People is. The strange creature that emerges from this mechanic theft actually looks pretty good, if I may put it that way.
I played several Super People games in closed beta after hearing about the game online from those typical sensational YouTube videos – “Is This The NEXT Big Battle Royale?” to which the answer is almost always a resounding no. I wish I could say otherwise about Super People, but the age of battle royale is really fading and its life force is being stifled by the Big Four. There’s no place for a new BR, not even one as silly and strangely polished as Super People. However, there’s a chance it could dethrone one of the oldies.
I’m talking about PUBG. The chunky grandpa of the BRs. For a long time you often find the cheeky game sitting in a corner and mumbling about the good old days. Despite trembling hands and questionable opinions, well over 100,000 people still sit down and listen to what PUBG has to say. The game will even become free to play in 2022. There is one thing the old gentleman can still do better than his rivals. PUBG is a classic. A veteran. His movement and weapon play are unlike anything else, even as they are slowly showing their age. Super People takes all of these pieces and puts them together in a new way.
You can teleport behind enemies and shoot them in the back, or run at 30 mph and jump from roof to roof. There is a huge bunny hopping jeep. The weapons are varied and make little sense, the game eschews realism so you can wage an Ak-47 and an M1 Garand in the same fight. The crafting system is simple and easy to use. You never have problems with equipment, the craft mats are everywhere and the loot table is generous. The ring changes based on how many players there are in the game, which means you won’t spend 15 minutes looking for people to shoot. His art style is crisp, the game runs smoothly, and the shooting feels sharp. There’s a lot that Super People does right, and for large parts of the gameplay loop, it feels like I’m playing PUBG, which isn’t a bad thing. Super People is fresh, even if I’ve seen it all before.
Ring Of Elysium is the only other battle royale I can remember that gives me a similar “fresh” feel while at the same time conforming to the formula everyone knows so well. Elysium has been largely forgotten, but that’s exactly what happens to BRs. They arrive. They are played by YouTubers and Twitch streamers. They wither. Triple-A budgets keep the biggest BRs filled with content, so it’s hard for these smaller games to withstand that pressure.
Super people could do just enough to get noticed. Despite its popularity, PUBG is on its way out and many people in the community are openly referring to SP as the new PUBG. The game is similar enough that experienced players can immerse themselves directly in the gameplay while having fun with the unique power-ups, skills and bunny hopping vehicles. There will be challenges – the game has a number of playable classes and I spent most of the day skipping players in the superjeep and shooting them out the window. Finding balance in all this chaos is not an easy task, but while we all wait and see what happens, I’ll be enjoying the excitement of a new game. If you like BRs, so should you.
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