You may have heard about PUBG, the biggest battle royale game on the market right now. You may also have a ton of questions, such as “who is PlayerUnknown?” and “who is shooting at me?” Fear not, because we will lay down everything you need to know about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in this post.
How To Play PUBG | The Battle Royale Experience
1. What is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)?
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer FPS/TPS battle royal game developed by PUBG Corporation. The game was based on mods made by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene for the games Arma 2 and DayZ. He took inspiration from the classic Japanese novel/film Battle Royale.
The main premise of the game is this: 100 people are dropped into a big map by parachute. Upon landing, players must then enter buildings and pick up loot – guns, armor, backpacks, ammo – and use these tools to overcome 99 other players to win. The phrase “winner winner chicken dinner” will greet players who win a match, which is a nod to the same expression Greene used in previous battle royale games. The game is often unforgiving and incredibly punishing, which makes getting that chicken dinner all the more rewarding.
The game revolutionized the battle royale game genre, with many iterations (and copycats) popping up everywhere. Many games have also started releasing battle royale modes. Such is the popularity of the battle royale genre PUBG pioneered.
2. Who Should I Play PUBG With?
Playing PUBG can be done in three ways – Solo, Duo, or Squad.
Solo pits you against 99 other players in a battle royale. In this mode, anything that moves is your enemy, and everyone is out to get you. This is perhaps the most exhilarating game mode to play and will really test your limits. Duo, on the other hand, effectively halves the opposition. You and a buddy will be fighting against 50 other duos, with the last duo standing declared as the winner. This adds a layer of cooperation and strategy to the game. We highly recommend that you try duos first during your first few games.
Finally, the squad game mode puts you and three other players in one team. You will then be going against 25 other teams in a fight to the death. This is by far the most fun and exciting game mode in PUBG. If you don’t know anyone who can play with you, the game will pair you up with random players that you can jump into the fray with.
3. What PUBG Settings Should I Use?
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a great game, but it is far from optimized. Even though it’s already out of early access, a lot of graphical problems still pop out every now and then. So unless you have a monster PC setup, it’s best to use the lowest settings possible. A game this intense and competitive requires as many frames per second as possible. But don’t worry, we fiddled with the settings so you don’t have to. Check out this list and apply it to your PUBG settings if you’re not confident that your PC can handle the game:
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4. When Should I Make A Move?
This game is about three things – strategy, shooting, and timing. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what moves you should make, and when. Typically, you start off by grabbing as much loot as you can find. Don’t try to engage enemies during the first 10 minutes unless you absolutely have to. You may only do so if you’ve looted enough. You’ll know you’re ready when you find a helmet, armor, backpack, and a buttload of guns in your inventory.
You should also take note of your position on the map when making a move. If you are deep inside the circle, it’s wise to wait it out for a bit instead of looking for a gunfight. The maps in PUBG are huge and allow for so many opportunities for ambush. If you’re outside the circle and you see the blue closing in, it’s definitely time to make a move. Try and push as much as you can towards the safe circle and hunker down when you get there. Keep an eye out for enemy ambushes as they will come.
If you luck out enough to get to the endgame, making a move is a matter of patience and outplaying the enemy. For example, if you’re just one person against a full squad, the odds are stacked against you. You must find a way to let the group split up to hunt for you and ambush them one-by-one. It’s hard, but that’s what PUBG is: a hard, nailbiting, and intense game. When you should make a move will be entirely up to your knowledge.
5. Where Should I Drop?
This question stumps so many new players. Each of the three maps is littered with possible drop spots, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Choosing where to drop is entirely dependent on your playstyle. Do you play to win or do you play to get as many kills as possible? For the latter, we recommend dropping at areas with the highest traffic. Here are some of our recommendations for each map:
- Erangel: school or Military Base
- Miramar: Hacienda del Patron, Pecado Casino, and Prison
- Sanhok: pretty much everywhere is a good source of loot.
If you are more of the former, then try and choose a spot that’s out of the way of the main areas. These are outlying houses and villages that are left unnamed on the map. This is what players call a “slow start.” Landing in these areas put you at a disadvantage as you don’t have access to the best loot. However, it does put you out of harm’s way for at least the first half of the game, and more often than not gives you access to vehicles.
6. Why Is PUBG So Hard?
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. PUBG is not a regular shooter, not in the slightest. Bullet dynamics, for example, are as realistic as they can be here. There are bullet drops, delays, and attachments play a huge role in how they work. This makes the game really challenging for those used to shooters where bullets go exactly where you point your mouse at. The gunplay takes a bit of getting used to, and it will take a lot of practice indeed.
Another thing that makes PUBG hard is how intense it can be. You never know where the enemy might come from. The lack of a directional arrow pointing towards where you’re being shot from is also a factor many players consider hard to get used to. You have to really rely on what you hear to determine where the bullets are coming from. As such, we highly recommend that you use really good headphones instead of your speakers to play PUBG.
Getting used to these mechanics takes time. There aren’t really many games that can replicate the PUBG experience.
7. How Do I Get Better At The Game?
When you think about it, PUBG is more than a casual game. It’s a pretty hardcore shooter that only the patient and determined will be able to truly master. Watch how other players do it and pick up tips from them. A couple of good content creators you can watch are Shroud and DrDisrespect, perhaps the two most followed PUBG players right now. These guys are gods in the game, and picking up tips from them will definitely help your game.
Otherwise, the only way to get better at PUBG is to put the hours in and play the game. It is a hard game. It’s as unforgiving as you’d imagine it to be, but it’s a very rewarding game that is really, really fun. Don’t be disheartened when you get killed after successfully looting a dropped crate. Take every death as a lesson learned for next time. Whenever you die, just take a breath and go back to the lobby for one more try. It’s the journey that matters in this game!
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a breakout game that has become a worldwide phenomenon. It’s a hard game to get into, but millions of players can’t be wrong: it’s still really fun. If this is your first time playing PUBG, good luck! Be sure to bring a ton of patience and nerves along for the ride. Hope you get that chicken dinner soon!
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