How is this not the most talked about game on the internet right now? It absolutely should be on your radar if you’re a fan of first person shooters. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds(PUBG) is an electrifying 100 person survival shooter. If you enjoy the sound of your heart racing in your ears, and the thrill of ambushing other players you are in for a treat. The hundred player death matches are quick to Match up and the pregame lobby is a fun place to test the games guns… After about a minute you’re in a cargo plane flying over the island. Think carefully about where you jump, and try to jump directly above your intended landing zone so you can dive straight down and beat other players to a gun. Then stay alive. Also, I’m not very good at the game, but I still find it incredibly fun. PUBG shatters expectations, and presents groundbreaking new ideas to the genre.
Atmosphere and Ambiance: 2.5/2.5
The abandoned isle is an amazing place to explore, made even more exciting by crackle of gunfire going off in the distance. Using sounds to track your opponents is a key-aspect of the game, you learn to pick up exactly where the noise is coming from on your compass fairly quick. Everything you do in the game makes a noise, and that noise often times will get you killed. The games graphics look nice and modern with good reflections and silhouettes designed to trip you up as you scan a ridge for a foe.
Combat, Guns, Weapon Upgrades: 2.4/2.5
The best thing about the game is the feeling of stumbling across the weapon you were looking for. With every gun starting off stock and parts lying around everywhere you have a lot of room to play around with different scopes, stocks, silencers, compensating devices etc. The long-range weaponry is fantastic, and being able to adjust your zeroing gives you greater control of your shots. Scavenging better helmets and vests so you can survive a little longer all adds to the frenzied pace of collect, cower, move in.
Exploration and Mechanics: 2.5/2.5
The environments are fun to move around in. Crouching and running through a field is incredibly slow, but has saved my life more than a few times. The vehicles all drive fantastically, even if they are still a bit buggy. The aiming is precise but punishing. The circle is an incredibly awesome mechanic that brings the pace of a 100 player survival death match(which if everyone just hid around could take HOURS) usually wraps up in about 30 minutes. I usually survive 15 of them. I still enjoy being bad, because the thrill of a kill is intoxicating, every player killed is satisfying experience and every match of PUBG is terrifying.
Stability, Network, Fun Factor: ****1.6/2.5
So the biggest problem with PUBG is the fact that it is still an early access title, and as such is still being actively developed as it’s played. That means the client crashes. Often. Sometimes buildings wont load. Sometimes your enemy will disappear and reappear. It can be frustrating, very frustrating. But a loss is a loss and if happened due to client error you’re strangely relieved… Your eagerness to find a level 3 vest will probably kill you if the client did not. I could see losing a Chicken Dinner( #1 player in the round is winner, and they get a chicken dinner) due to a client error as massively frustrating. But the fun factor carries the score here. Also, things could be very different by the time the game officially launches and could be incredibly stable. Don’t let a few bugs scare you away from this amazing indie title.
Review copy was provided by a website supporter who asked me to cover the game, not the publisher/developer Bluehole Studios.
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