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Fortnite and PUBG Mobile - 4 more PC shooters we want on our phones


PUBG and Fortnite's arrival on mobile has completely upended our expectations.

Here are two remarkably faithful, uncompromised (especially in Fortnite's case) takes on the two biggest online shooters of the moment. Prior to this, you had to splash out on a dedicated console or an expensive PC to experience these games.

Fornite mobile vs PUBG Mobile - which is best?

All of which got us to thinking what else was possible. If we can play the hottest online shooter on console and PC right here on our mobile phones, what about some of the other contenders?

Overwatch



Prior to the explosion in popularity of the Battle Royale genre with PUBG and Fortnite, the so-called hero shooter was the flavour of the month.

The most popular of these games was - and continues to be - Overwatch from RPG giant Blizzard. This is a brash, highly strategic team-based shooter with a broad selection of colourful characters to choose from, each with their own unique abilities.

Prior to PUBG and Fortnite arriving on mobile we weren't seriously thinking that a mobile version of Overwatch was possible. Indeed, we meekly accepted Blizzard's assertion that a Switch version (a handheld console that's built on mobile technology, don't forget) wasn't possible.

Now? Now we ruddy well want a mobile version of Overwatch, thank you very much. No excuses.

Rainbow Six Siege



Fortnite and PUBG tend to hoover up all the mainstream headlines, but there's another online shooter that's doing phenomenally well among the hardcore crowd right now.

Rainbow Six Siege had a pretty underwhelming start when it launched at the end of 2015, but a bunch of brilliant updates and thoughtful additions have turned it into a sleeper hit.

This is a brilliantly tactical shooter that involves scoping out and storming buildings in small squads. This small scale and narrow focus leads us to think it could technically work a treat on mobile, though proper co-ordination and communication could be an issue.

Doom



This one's a total no-brainer to us. Doom is a straight-forward, uncomplicated, decidedly old-school FPS that has impressed on every platform it's landed on.

We've seen such retro run-and-gun experiences work well on mobile before (Neon Shadow springs to mind), so we know that the move over to touchscreen controls needn't be a total barrier to entry.

In terms of the technical challenge, well, a very creditable version of Doom recently appeared on Nintendo's Switch. As we've already mentioned, the Switch is built on mobile technology - and not the very latest mobile technology either.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus



Just like Doom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a recent reboot of a classic id Software FPS. Also like Doom, it's a pretty straight-forward, old-fashioned single-player-focused FPS.

Another similarity with Doom (last one I promise) is that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is getting a Switch conversion. That means we know it can run on modern mobile technology.

Come on MachineGames and Bethesda. Bring it to mobile.


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Jon Mundy 5 April 2018

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