Wednesday, 10 May 2017 20:32

REVIEW: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Steam Early Access)

Written by Simon Hayward
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When first dropping into PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, literally and figuratively, you have this overwhelming urgency to grab the closes weapon and shoot hot lead into your enemies.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (nicknamed PUBGS for short), is a 1st/3rd person game that places you in a kill or be killed Battle Royal scenario. Made by Lead designer Brendan Greene, better known as PlayerUnknown, who had previously created the ARMA 2 mod DayZ: Battle Royale and was brought on as a consultant to develop H1Z1: King of the Kill. With his latest creation coming as a beautiful mix between the realistic simulation of ARMA 3 and the arcade-like action focus of H1Z1.

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Jumping in you'll have the option to go solo, duo or squad (1-4 players), play with friends or with the choice of auto matchmaking. Each match consists of 100 players that are out for your blood, Bbut playing with friends is always fun for a full experience.

The game does have a tendency to crash before you even start a match but I hope they fix this issue as it become increasingly annoying asking your friends to head back to the lobby to start all over again. At least you don’t have to wait long before starting a new match as servers seem to fill up fairly quickly.

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The servers available are pretty standard including the usual suspects such as North America, Europe, South and central America, Asia and Oceania (AU/NZ). Even though the Oceania server was only added a week after it was released on steam, having everyone hearing, China no.1, constantly being screamed as you start every match for the first week until those Oceania server came online.

I do have to commend Playerunknown for fixing the error swiftly and getting those Oceania Servers online. You'll also have the option to choose custom matches, but I do recommend to wait till more options come available before trying them out.

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When starting the game, you begin parachuting onto an island with nothing but your wits and what you find when you land. The map itself is a huge area to explore with bunkers, a military base, towns, old ruins and even a nuclear power plant, so getting use to the current map will take a while. But realistically you will be too busy trying to loot in all those areas to survive.

Before starting a match you can customize your player in a assortment of cloths, including cloths you can collect from the steam market place or by gaining points in game to unlock crates that give you random cloths to wear. Your look can also be customised when first starting but you will have to collect a considerable amout of ingame points to change your look, so be carful on what you want your player to look like. Points in the game aren't really an important part of the gameplay as such but you do get more points depending on how many kills, damage and how long you last in a match.

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During the match you can collect a large variety of gear to help you on your blood lust journey, from assault rifles like the AK or the Scar, through to the pistols, MSGs, crowbars and even a frying pan. That last one can save your ass literally! You can even add attachments to many of the weapons such as scopes, extended magazines, silencers and hand grips. Even random drops happen in game via parachuted boxes with rare weapons and gear to help players that take the chance to collect them. Gear is also given a level rating to determine protection and inventory, starting at level 1 through to level 3 being the best.

Getting around this huge map is one of the little joys you can have with a assortment of vehicles, such as the UAZ, off road buggy and even a speed boat. They also just added a motorbike with a sidecar in the latest patch. Having your friends hanging out the side of a sedan, firing full auto at your enemies is a sight to behold.

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Be carful though because every few minutes, the playable "safe" area of the map begins to shrink down towards a random location, with any players caught outside the safe area, receive damage over time in game, the players see this as a shimmering blue wall that gets smaller and smaller over time. Forcing yourself and others into more confined areas and increases the chance of encounters with the surviving players. During the course of the match, random areas of the map are bombed, posing a threat to anyone that remain in that area. In both cases, players are warned a few minutes before these events, giving them time to relocate to safety. On average, a full round takes no more than 30 minutes. Which is great for those that don’t have that much time to game.

To sum up Playerunknown Battlegrounds I do have immense love for this game but still reminded its still in its beta release and has a long way to go till it reaches its final from. Out of all the constant releases of beta's and alpha's it nice to see a game that’s going in the right direction.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, Steam
  • Genre: FPS, Multiplayer, Early Access