Have you been on Twitch or Facebook lately? If so, you may have noticed a game growing in visibility and popularity. It’s Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, often abbreviated to PUBG. What is it? Why is everyone talking about it? Should you be talking about it too? Well, it’s a full shooter from Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene, who made the Arma 3 Battle Royal mode and was a consultant on H1Z1, that pits people against one another. People are talking about it because it is good. Yes, you should be too.
To help get you up to speed, here are five reasons why Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is good and you should be playing.
It’s easy to learn how to play.
Have you played Arma 2, Arma 3, DayZ, or H1Z1? You probably already know how to play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds then. But even if you haven’t, it’s one of those games that is super easy to pick up and understand. This is a last man standing game where everyone is tossed onto a rather small map. As time goes by in a round, which usually doesn’t last too long, the play area gradually diminishes. Your goal is to run into some buildings to get guns and other equipment while also trying to shoot other players and stay alive. The last person standing wins. It’s simple, but good players are constantly developing new strategies.
Most shooters have one viewpoint and stick with it. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has two. You can switch between first- and third-person perspectives. This means you need to know which is best for any situation and be ready to go between the two. Or, people looking for a challenge can force themselves to rely on a single point of view. In fact, the next update will add servers that are locked into the first-person perspective for people who want that.
I’m not going to try and say that something is good just because it happens to be popular. But with Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, that is a perk. This is a multiplayer game where you rely on groups of other people to make things interesting. It being popular means you won’t want for opponents. That’s always a good thing. It also means you might be able to easily get a group together, should you try and form some temporary alliances in rounds.
It’s frequently updated.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t one of those games were you see new updates once every month or so. There have been weekly updates to the game. In each one, detailed patch notes and explanations are offered by Playerunknown himself. There’s very little uncertainty here. The developer is fantastic about promptly responding to issues and implementing improvements. And between those weekly patch updates, we’ll sometimes see Early Access Roadmap Updates that offer updated expectations.
This ties into that whole “frequent updates” thing we just went over. Unlike many Early Access games, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds works. If you die, there’s a 99% chance it was your own fault. There aren’t these glitches that cause you to die because of influences outside of your control. This also ties into its expected Q4 2017 release window. We have here a game that could very well launch on time. It’s a solid experience, so much so that even the Xbox One version could be out before 2017 ends. It’s one of those rare situations where even though it is an Early Access game, you don’t feel like you’re taking a big risk by playing it now.
What do you love about Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and why would you recommend it? Let us know in the comments!