Hello Everyone! Here is our official review of the game that’s taken the PC and Xbox community by STORM, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Check it out!
If you follow gaming even a little bit, then chances are you’ve probably heard about this little ol’ game called PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, or PUBG for short. PUBG is the game that spawned the craze of Battle Royale style shooters that has taken over in the last few months. If you haven’t heard of PUBG (somehow?) you may have heard of Fortnite’s free-to-play Battle Royale mode that released at the end of 2017. This game took the same basic formula as PUBG and applied it to the more cartoonish vibe of Fortnite while also adding in a crafting element as an integral part of the gameplay. Fortnite and all the other iterations of “Drop X amount of players on a map, let them find loot, last man standing wins” style games can thank PUBG for the initial excitement around the genre.
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground was initially released on PC as a game mode mod to the popular games Arma 3 and H1Z1. Both of these games were popular survival shooters that required collecting resources and battling others players. PUBG made the PVP aspect of these games into the main focus by removing some of the more convoluted aspects of the games. Crafting and other human survival needs were stripped out in favor of forcing players to fight it out till only one player (or team) is left standing. PUBG accomplished this by using an ever shrinking “Storm” which closes in throughout the game, forcing players closer to each other causing some heart-pounding moments of tension and incredible shoot-outs. This game released for Xbox 1 late last year, and is still currently in Game Preview, but even in its unfinished state, PUBG has recently passed 4-Million players on Xbox, an impressive feat for any game!
Now onto the Review:
*THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE XBOX VERSION OF PUBG*
- Touchdown (6 Points)
- This is a tough category to rate for PUBG. Being a game that is designed solely around online play, there is no way to really “play-through” the game. However this game never feels like a struggle and you can very easily get lost playing for hours at a time. Add in a couple of friends and you can easily lose a whole day in this game without thinking twice.
- Touchdown + XP (7 Points)
- Your average game of PUBG is going to last anywhere from 5-25 minutes, depending on a plethora of factors. A fair amount of games might end with you being killed not long after parachuting in, especially if you aim for some high-loot areas. On the other hand, if you do make it into the Top-10 or even manage to get that much sought after chicken dinner, the game will usually take no more than 30 minutes at their longest.
- Touchdown + Conversion (8 Points)
- For better or for worse, PUBG gets going immediately, and since this category is based on how quickly you can fire this game up and start enjoying it I had to give it this high score. You start the game up and are parachuting down within a matter of minutes. Now this is great once you’ve gotten used to the game and know what you’re trying to do, but the lack of tutorials and hints outside of basic button prompts can make this game a little tricky for new players to pick up.
- Safety (2 Points)
- The core gameplay is where this game is currently struggling, at least on the Xbox. Being as it’s still in the game preview program, a lot of these bugs are to be expected, but they are still a major issue within the game. Some of the biggest struggles on the Xbox version of the game right now are pop in and rubber banding. The pop-in is especially bad at the start of the game, but usually gets better as the match progresses. Rubber-banding seems to be caused by stress on the servers, something that will hopefully be resolved if/when Xbox gets a full 1.0 release.
- Touchdown (6 Points)
- I gave PUBG a touchdown for toughness because I believe that this game is incredibly challenging to win, but very rarely is it too difficult to enjoy. While victories will come few and far between in this game, I’ve never felt like the toughness was a direct cause of the game, but more-so caused by my opponents out-playing me on the battleground.
- Field Goal (3 Points)
- PUBG can be picked up for $30 in the game preview program on Xbox. While this isn’t an awful price, it can sometimes feel a little high for an unfinished game, with one map and some severe optimization issues. You will definitely get your money’s worth out of this game, it just may take a bit longer than you’d like for a game at less than retail prices.
- Touchdown + XP (7 Points)
- This game can easily occupy your need for a quick round while trying to kill time, or a marathon play session with your squad when you have the day off. This game will let you get lost in playing round after round chasing that chicken dinner just as easily as you can switch off the Xbox mid-round and leaving since you’ll never have to worry about losing progress. I can easily see this being one of the next games I end up sinking 100s of hours into without ever realizing how much I’ve played.
39 Points – Above Average
PUBG is certainly above average in my books. For a game-preview game with some noticeable game-play issues, this game really finds a way to hook you in with a really excellent game play loop and a fun basic premise. Drop on an island with 99 other players, figure out who’s the best. All in all, everyone’s just chasing that chicken dinner!