PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – A Groundbreaking Battle Royale Adventure

Currently, this game is still in Early Access, but it’s already a groundbreaking battle royale-style shooter game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is actually taking a lot of mechanics from its predecessors, such as H1Z1 and DayZ. The good thing is that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds only took the mechanics that made those games so exciting and leaving or perfecting the negative and dull parts. The result of that process is an incredibly exciting, competitive shooter game that gives emphasize equally on action and combat tactics. Perhaps one of the greatest things about this game is that even though the game always starts the same way, the players can always experience a fresh new adventure every time.

The Gameplay

Every round, up to 100 players can join in, and it doesn’t take long for the game to get you in the action. The action itself takes place in a 8×8 km island, where the players will be dropped off from a plane. This very first part of the game already tests the players’ sharpness in combat strategy, because they would have to decide when to jump off the plane.

Jumping off early from the plane will get you a head start in the competition, but it also means that you will be quite far from the center of the island where most of the actions usually take place. Jumping off late from the plane usually will put you away from the rest of the players, giving you time to breathe before joining the battle. While jumping off right in the center of the island (the city area) usually will put you in action not long after touching the ground.

You will quickly feel the tension the moment you jump as you will see a bunch of other players in the air, and as soon as you hit the ground the tension will escalate quickly. The players will soon scramble for weapons and gears, then it won’t take long for the killing to begin. You may have to struggle to get a good weapon, but fortunately for items like healing stuff, vests, helmets and other protective gears, backpacks, also melee weapons are in good supply.

However, a good gun is not always a guarantee for your safety, because in this game, good weapon and gear are just half of the battle, the other half is strategy. To fuel the adventure in PlayerUnknown’s Battleground it’s very common for a player that only has a pistol to take down a bunch of players who carry SCAR-L assault rifles or other deadlier weapons.

As the battle moves forward and players kill each other, the game arena is getting smaller with a force-field that keeps on shrinking bringing the remaining of the players to get closer together, increasing the chance for them to meet and fight until only one of them is left standing. If you finally become the last person standing, it’s just the greatest feeling a gamer could feel. But if you’re not so lucky you can still observe your surviving friends by activating the spectate mode.

The force-field itself is a deadly thing for players, forcing them to stay away from it through the entire game. Combined with occasional airstrikes during the game, it’s adding the sense of purpose and tactical options for players. The shrinking force-field and airstrikes are usually marked with red highlight on the mini map. That said, some players prefer to move towards the center as soon as possible to avoid getting in contact with the deadly force-field as it’s shrinking, some others choose to move carefully along the borders to ambush the stragglers as they’re frantically running into unprotected area when avoiding the force-field, there are also players who prefer to just hide in a building letting the other players kill each other until there’s no other options but to move, then there are also aggressive players that are just going for the kill right from the start.

No matter what kind of combat strategy you prefer to use, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be just as fun and thrilling to play.

The Smoothness

Since PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still in Early Access, it’s no surprising that there are a few problems with the game. Some problems that often occur are pieces of loot that can’t be picked up and weird collisions that can get you stuck in doorways for a moment. But fortunately, there is no bug that badly affects the gameplay.

However, some players did report frequent crashes, which hopefully can be resolved before the game is fully launched. Aside from the crashing problems experienced by some gamers, overall, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is relatively very smooth to play considering it’s still in Early Access. If you compare it with other early access games you will know that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is relatively much better than the rest in terms of game smoothness.

Some features that can be added to improve the whole gaming experience include new maps, custom servers, as well as a separate practice range that allows players to feel different weapons before they actually use it in battle. Additional maps are actually already promised by the developer of the game. The current 8×8 km island is actually a well-balanced and overall an awesome map for a battle royale style shooter game, but a change of scenery is always great to keep everything fresh.

Custom servers including mod support also have been promised by the developer, which will allow some game varieties like first person only games that will get rid of third-person camera function, which can add more challenge to the game. It can also add things like night games, custom maps, as well as different weather modes.

Verdict

This game is definitely going to be among the top in its genre of adventure when it’s finally fully released. It has taken the best parts of some of the top survival-based action games like DayZ, H1Z1 and others, making it a really exciting and competitive survival shooter game that relies a lot on combat tactics. Hopefully things will just getting better until the launching day.

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