PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Review

Before losing the spotlight in the battle royale genre, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the most popular battle royale game out there. Despite losing most of its players when the hit game Fortnite was released, Pubg is still thriving in 2019. Is it worth buying still? Let’s find out.

If you have never seen how a battle royale works, you start in a gigantic airplane before sky diving down onto the island. The aim of the game is to be the last man or woman standing. You must think tactically about where to land and what gear to take. One wrong move will send you back to the lobby. As time passes, the Zone gets smaller forcing players to also get closer to each other. Trust me, you do not want to be in that red zone.

Currently, in PUBG, there are four maps you can play on. Although the maps don’t look even nearly as good as some of the other Battle Royale maps such as Apex’s map, the maps aren’t bad. I love how you have a variety in PUBG. In other battle royales, you are forced to play on one map, which can get boring and repetitive even if it is being changed every few updates. This is one of my favorite things about PUBG. I really wish other battle royales would take a similar approach and introduce multiple maps.

A few months back when I first started playing PUBG, I immediately noticed my favorite part of the game, which was how god damn nerve-racking it is. Hearing all these static noises and gunshots in the distance really puts you on the edge of your seat. I love tension!

One thing I am not a fan of is the fact you can only carry two weapons at a time alongside a sidearm and grenades. I love having multiple weapons. In my opinion, the more the better! However, many battle royales such as Apex and Realm Royale adapt this strategy so I guess I can’t complain. Just personal preference.

The vehicles are also a nice addition to the game. One of the things I hate most about the Battle Royale genres is how slow some of the games are. I like having transportation, something PUBG and Fortnite do very well. If I want some action all I must do is find a vehicle and drive towards the gunshots

During PUBGS early days many complained about the poor optimization in PUBG. However, over the past few months on PC, I’ve noticed that my frame rates have become higher and in general, the game seems to be more polished. It seems it just took some time to get the optimization perfect. However, many of my friends have been talking about a recent problem that has been exposed about PUBG. The fire rate is limited with the lower the amount of FPS you have. If you have a low-end PC, PUBG might be a pass for you. The performance was also a massive issue when PUBG launched on the Xbox One because of lag and stuttering. I downloaded PUBG on my Xbox One and in seven games I didn’t notice any lag or stuttering. That leads me to believe they either fixed the problem or I just got lucky.

One thing that I feel is holding PUBG back is the price. It took my friend months of convincing to convince me to fork up the 30 euros to play the game. If PUBG had of been free-to-play I would have downloaded it months ago. If you check steam charts, the game has been losing players at a rapid rate over the past 5 months. Would PUBG being free-to-play stop the decline in numbers? However, PUBG mobile is free-to-play. You can try it on your phone before downloading it on your PC or console.

In conclusion, I don’t think PUBG is the best option out there. The gameplay can sometimes feel chunky, the weapons aren’t the best, the maps aren’t detailed enough, and it is sort of costly. I personally recommend Apex Legends over PUBG as it has a better feel and it is free. In my personal experience, I would rate PUBG 4 out of 10. However, just because I don’t enjoy the game right now doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. If you have some spare money lying around, buy it and try it out.

Developer: Tencent Games

Price: $30/€30

Platforms: PS4Xbox OneSteam

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