PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a high tension shooter 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 life of ‘PUBG’ as a mod called Battle Royale for the Arma series of infantry combat simulators. PlayerUnknown also helped bring H1Z1: King of the Kill to the tables, another extremely popular game of this genre.
After selecting your game mode, you will find yourself thrown into 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 up to four.
The game begins in a plane flying over an island in a random direction, you must choose a landing place and quickly 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 corralled into a shrinking play zone by a sparkling blue circle of death 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. You will fight other players to the death in a variety of environments from forests and fields to towns and military outposts.
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 makes you bolder and promotes and more enjoyable, energetic game.
“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 than 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