PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a high tension, last-man-standing shooter game that is currently in early access development, but has already earned over $11 million dollars and sold over a million copies.
Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene began the games life as a mod called Battle Royale for the Arma series of hardcore infantry combat simulators. PlayerUnknown also helped bring to life H1Z1: King of the Kill, another extremely popular survival shooter.
After selecting your game mode, you will find yourself in a lobby with up to 100 other players. You will soon be fighting to the death against all of them either solo, as a duo or a squad of four.
The game begins in a plane flying over a remote island in a random direction, you must choose a landing place and race to loot the area for weapons, vehicles and other supplies that you will need to survive.
Within minutes you will likely have to move across the map as you are shepherded into a shrinking play zone by an electromagnetic field that gets stronger and does more damage to you while in it towards the end.
This is one of the more infuriating ways to die in Battlegrounds as you’re usually running for your life towards the safe zone when it happens. I for one am quite prone to dying just a second before I would have made it to safety.
Only one player/team can be left standing. Fight other players to the death in a variety of environments from forests and fields to towns and military outposts.
In my personal experience the game is very tense, especially in those final circles. I have made it into the top 10 on several occasions, mostly by landing as far away from everyone else as I can and hiding from them as often as I can for the rest of the game, or as some players call it, “playing a pacifist round,” and “camping”
It is also not uncommon to make through almost an entire game without encountering a single other player.
I’m not the bravest player when it comes to engaging in combat against my enemy players, as you can see from the screenshots below, 3rd place with zero kills in both a duo round and solo. I do believe that duos are the more enjoyable way to play, having a teammate to watch your back and help boost your confidence as a player.
“There’s no hell like 3rd.” – Hallbringer
I’ve played several rounds of duos, most of which proved to be a struggle, matching with random players from OC, (And sometimes NA as its the default and its easy to forget to change your server before each round,) a lot of whom didn’t have mics or just didn’t say anything until it really suited them, eg. when they needed reviving and not when I was whipping around trying to figure out where we were getting shot at from or trying to pick places to go. Interacting with your teammates is key for duo and squad game modes.
That being said I have also had several very enjoyable rounds of duos game play, matching with some awesome teammates who were more that keen to well, be a teammate. We had some hilarious discussions and some great games.
It is with those teammates and those teammates only that I have made it into the top 10 under the duos category.
All up this is an excellent game for early access development, receiving weekly patches and monthly updates based on community feedback and has a lot of promise for the future.
I highly recommend Battlegrounds to players of all genres
“From when I first started making the Battle Royale game-mode in ARMA 2, I have always wanted to make a good game.
With Bluehole, and their philosophy of creating “well made” games,
I am confident that together we can create a great game.”
This review is based off of Early Access – 2.2.18