Want another battle royale game? If so, Netease has you covered. The Chinese giant’s Knives Out has been immensely popular on mobile — Netease claims it has over 200 million players — and now it’s available as a free download for PC.

I tried one match and found it to be … well, “inspired” by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is putting it nicely, though it does have some nice features. Snowy terrain, an easy-to-use inventory system, and a chairlift (that I couldn’t figure out how to use and might not be accessible) are a few of the game’s more interesting bits.

The downsides: The UI is still very much meant for mobile and graphics quality was lacking, as was interaction. I saw exactly one person during my match, and he seemed to be disconnected, since he was running in place. The kill feed seemed well-populated, though, almost entirely with Chinese names. Oh, and I won, somehow. Without as much as firing a shot.

As free-to-play battle royale games on PC go, Knives Out is more than a few notches below Fortnite Battle Royale and H1Z1, in my opinion — especially now that Fortnite’s on mobile and apparently out-earned Knives Out by a factor of 25 to 1 in its first four days. But if you want to give it a try, you can download it from the official site. As for me, I think I’ll retire undefeated.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


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