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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Review

PUBG LOGO      Despite its early release, Bluehole’s Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has been an amazing experience to behold. What sets this game apart from others is the fact that it is a battle royal style game. There aren’t many games of the like on the market right now, except DayZ or H1Z1, which have been popular in the past, but have been declining due to lack of content and lack of players. Battlegrounds captures the essence of those games,  such as the amount of confusion you feel when you are getting shot at form three different angles, or when you are the last one alive, the pride and excitement you feel.  All of this has succeeded in pulling me into the game and spending hours on end playing solos or jamming it out with a couple of friends.

       Despite its early release, Bluehole’s Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has been an amazing experience to behold. What sets this game apart from others is the fact that it is a battle royal style game. There aren’t many games of the like on the market right now, except DayZ or H1Z1, which have been popular in the past, but have been declining due to lack of content and lack of players. Battlegrounds captures the essence of those games,  such as the amount of confusion you feel when you are getting shot at form three different angles, or when you are the last one alive, the pride and excitement you feel.  All of this has succeeded in pulling me into the game and spending hours on end playing solos or jamming it out with a couple of friends. 

   The player starts off on a small island with about 100 people talking noisily on the voice chat. After the server fills up, a timer counts a minute down and once that time runs out, you are teleported onto a cargo plane. You and the rest of the lobby are given the choice of when to jump out of the plane and land somewhere to hopefully find something to defend yourself. The fictional Island is named Erangel, which was controlled by the Soviets. The reason the Island is currently abandoned is because the Soviets were testing biological experiments on the islands local population. Before the main revolt from the inhabitants, the army put up electrical force fields to keep the people penned in, making the inhabitants even angrier, thus leading to a revolt on the biological facilities.  Which lead to the abandonment on the 8x8 km island.  

     Once you have chosen where to land, the carnage begins. Since this game is a battle royale, that means every player for themselves, and the last person or team standing is victorious. If you plan on winning you have to drop at good sized compounds, and try to seclude yourself from players for the first 10 minutes. But sometimes you want to boost your kill-death ratio. You can drop high traffic areas such as Military base or School. There you can get amazing loot but at the risk of being shot in the back by a player camping in a closet. You are given five minutes to scavenge for items, those crucial five minutes are usually define if you will have a chance. After looting you look on the mini map on the bottom of your screen, which shows you where you are on the map. A white circle appears and that is the safe zone. Your main priority is to get to the safe zone before the blue force field closes in. That blue force field does damage to you, and depending on how many players are left alive, that determines how much damage per second the blue zone does to your character. But on your way to the safe zone you might run into a another player, at which point you can try to avoid them or engage and possibly die trying. 

      In order to survive you need to have a strategy, you could be quiet and reserved and get into top ten but have mediocre loot, or play aggressive and possibly rise to the top and leave the island victorious.

     What makes this game so special and makes you keep coming back for more is the fact that there has never been a battle royal game of this caliber. Sure, this game has its flaws, like getting stuck in rocks or bikes exploding, but those are just bugs which can be fixed and improved upon. Still, seeing what Bluehole has done in these last few months to transform a buggy mess into a well-polished game means that the future is bright for Bluehole. A blast with friends, PUBG has three different modes. On your own, solos pit 100 people against each other. 50 teams of two, or squads of 3-4 people populate the island. Communication and teamwork ensures that everyone has a chance at a Chicken Dinner.
EDIT: Now a few months after PUBG has fully released, a new imitator has appeared on the market. With Battlegrounds $30 on Xbox and PC, and optimized for the latter (more powerful) gaming device, it can be easy to understand why Fortnite Battle Royale, Epic Games' new free to play battle royale that is playable on consoles, has started to gain a foothold in the gaming market. The one problem? Fortnite Battle Royale is almost a direct clone of PUBG. With simpler gameplay that appeals to younger audiences and more cartoon-like graphics, the two are not identical, but most aspects of the game are direct knockoffs. Also, PUBG released its full version and another map in December of 2017, the same month it reached 20 million players and 3 million concurrent users on Steam, the most ever.*

Both games mentioned can be bought here:

PUBG: https://store.steampowered.com/app/578080/PLAYERUNKNOWNS_BATTLEGROUNDS/

Fortnite: https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/buy-now/battle-royale

*As of January 23, 2018

By Riaz Jamal & Isaac Ostrow

 

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