PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a strategic mix of survival and shooter skill

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a strategic mix of survival and shooter skill

It's not just about twitch reflexes, you will also need to coordinate with your team and pick your battles

Looking for a first-person shooter that’s a good mix of personal skill and team coordination? Try PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, an exhilarating ride that can be described in a single phrase: survival of the fittest.

With up to 100 online players in a game, you begin by parachuting onto a virtual island, either by yourself or in a team of up to four. You then attempt to scavenge for useful items and weapons, while strategically thinking about where to roam, who to send where, and a balance between offence and defence.

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The aim of the game is to simply kill everyone else, while they are also trying to kill you. Think Hunger Games but on a much larger scale. How long each game lasts is undefined, but to keep each game from turning into a never-ending (and boring) game of hide-and-seek, the "safe-zone" that you can survive in gradually shrinks, forcing more firefights between players to determine a winner.

Despite the game starting the same way every time, the endless gear customisation and decision of which key chokeholds on the map to fight for make each new game feel like an adventure.

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Things to keep in mind:

  • Do a bit of research before entering the game. Watch other people play, customise your controls, and prepare a game plan. Jumping straight in can be confusing if you're not familiar with the map layout or game objective. Be ready, because once you're killed, there's no second chance!
  • Games can start slow. One big facet of the game is looting - searching around for weapons, ammunition, clothing, and so on. As item spawns are randomised, some places will provide more loot than others. This may make the game appear dull at first, but once the action starts, it won't stop.

Edited by Jamie Lam


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