Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG, is quite a new addition to the online arena shooter scene, and, despite it being in the Early Access, it has already achieved quite a following of its own. Once created as a mod to ARMA 3, PUBG became (kinda like DOTA once did) its own game. Now let’s take a look at what has made it so popular.
All PUBG matches start out the same way – you get dropped onto a big island along with a number of other players to battle it out Battle Royale-style (or Hunger Games, if you are into that). Despite that simple premise, it makes you stop and think about where to land and what to do after said landing. That is, until you find your winning strategy (which may turn out not that winning, there is always luck).
Speaking of strategies, there are quite a few that you can use, so you can choose playstyle according to your preferences. It starts out with your jump: if you jump first, it will give you more time to prepare and maybe to ambush your competition, but it also might put you on the outskirts of the island. And that leads with some problems with a moving wall of death. Yes, there is a moving wall of death that narrows the battlefield after certain time periods. You probably want to avoid that. On the other hand, if you jump later and right into the center, that will bring you right into the fray. It is more dangerous but also more rewarding, since you can loot some gear from killed players. That is, if you manage to kill them.
Impressions and problems
All in all, game is both thrilling and frustrating, as all your carefully crafted strategies can turn to ash because somebody nicked that rifle you so coveted, or you were ambushed, or you got ran over by car, or any other thing. And though I am personally not a fan of such frustrating gameplay, it does keep you on your toes all the time. It is frustrating, but in the right way.
Of course, PUBG is still Early Access, (though it is close to 1.0 version, which is in testing as of the moment this review had been written) so it does have a few problems and glitches. There are unlootable loot pieces, performance issues, especially when there are many players still alive (though it gives you more reasons to kill them as soon as possible). Thankfully, I’ve never encountered game-breaking bugs, so it is tolerable. Overall, it is nice game, even though it is not my usual cup of coffee, I’ve still enjoyed it.