PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds 

PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds aka PUBG is a Battle Royale (BR) game that attempted to capitalize on the rising popularity of the genre. There are a few reasons why this isn’t the frontrunner of BR games and we will cover some of this but seeing as the game still runs strong and offers a lot of insight and core values of the genre.

 

We will also talk about some of the great things this game has to offer, starting with the obvious, gameplay. Bare in mind that the ownership of PUBG has been handed around once or twice and there is some controversy surrounding the game, in no way do I intend to discredit the game and it’s proprietors, developers, or any previously affiliated or currently affiliated parts.

What is PUBG?

How do you play PUBG? 

As a lovechild of the Arma 3 mod DayZ and H1Z1, the game plays really well and with recent efforts in development a lot more people find a lot more enjoyment from the game. The game modes are vast for a BR game, with solos, duos, and 4 man squads on a variety of maps and the option to play in either First Person or Third Person point of view. 

The most popular and original game mode is the Third Person Squad mode. While a lot of people find the ability to abuse the third person camera to see enemies you otherwise wouldn’t be able to, that is an advantage all players have. 

To that point, First Person point of view has often made a large amount of people sick, Motion sickness and headaches being the most common. Third person offers those people a lot less stress in that field and is even the gamemode for people who don’t want to be tracked around a corner by someone inside of a house. Admittedly the game plays differently depending on what point of view you play on and even on what map you end up playing on. That comes down to just the decision making and overall sense of safety you have though. 

The gunplay doesn’t change that much and though you can find different weapons on different maps they are overall the same things you can find and use. The gameplay is pretty immersive, but that seems to come with the genre more than anything. Bein constantly in need to be aware of what your choices could lead to is a damning thing. The gunplay feels fair and changes depending on the weapon you’re using which increases the skill ceiling, something that BR games struggle with doing while keeping competitiveness high as well. 

PUBG was released in the middle of the BR genres surge in popularity, which wasn’t capitalized on properly when its all said and done. 

Does PUBG have a pro scene? 

One of the thing PUBG was able to capitalize on was the Pro scene and mobile implementation. Today’s more popular BR games can take away a lot of what PUBG offers in its Pro Leagues. The Mobile implementation was the first of its kind and was a huge success as the popularity of Mobile Games is also on the rise. Cross platform begs the question  if Mobile should be a part of that but that's a discussion for a different time.

The best part about PUBG is watching the pro players, they have some of the most intense moments in all of BR games and set the stage for the Points a Round set up that Fortnite and Apex Legends use today. As it is a little too unfair to use one game as the basis for skill, with RNG being such a major factor in the genre as a whole, multiple rounds offer the most fair evaluation of skill. 

PUBG was the first to implement this ideology and the others have followed suite so if you want to experience the beginning of the more successful BR games, PUBG is all you need. The pro scene was more of a Best of the best for content creators and aspiring pros from other games competing on Twitch and sometimes they didn’t even have dedicated servers for the tournament so players wouldn’t even be in the same lobby during a game. 

The games average player count is dropping since the beginning of September 2019, but there are still an average of 314,300 players. This can be appealing or frightening for newcomers to the game. 

On one hand, dedicating to a game that is on the decline can mean wasting money, but as far as competition goes, it will always be fierce and offer a big learning curve, making our mastery of the game feel even more impressive as there are few others who have. 

Take the time to decide whether or not PUBG is something worth investing your time and money into, it is a great game that offers a lot to the more technical gamer and can be a fun game to play with friends. 

Where do I go from here? 

Make sure to check out our other guides and if you want to play PUBG and exceed at it to take a look at our other PUBG guides. Just be aware of the possibility that the game may not have much more gas in the tank in the coming years. The pro scene can be exciting to watch and holds a lot of history for the Battle Royale genre. It was and is a stepping stone in the popularity around Fortnite and Apex Legends. That being said, it can also be a great way to improve our ability in other BR games. A lot of the skills are transferable between games, and we can make good use of the older BR games to practice the newer ones. 

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