Defining Gaming in 2018: PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG)

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Hello readers, I am back from my short hiatus. Get ready for much more content flow!

Listen, if you haven’t already played PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG) then you are OUT OF THE LOOP for 2018 gaming. Check out the trailer below!

The latest stats on the game go something like this according to SteamSpy:

-27.4 million owners

-20 million active players per week

-Average Playtime is 177 minutes

-Sold over 3 million copies of the game upon release on the Xbox One console

There have also been 7 World Records given to the game’s creators since early access in March 2017!

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1. Fastest time to sell 1 million units for a Steam Early Access game

2. Fastest Steam Early Access game to gross $100 million

3. First videogame to reach 2 million concurrent players on Steam

4. Most actively played game on Steam

5. Most concurrent players for a Steam Early Access game

6. Most concurrent players on Steam for a non-Valve videogame

7. First non-Valve videogame to be the most played game on Steam

I look at these numbers and think “Holy crap. Those are game-changing numbers. Congratulations on the smart move Microsoft.”

PUBG is similar to games like H1Z1 or DayZ in terms of gameplay and goals, but lack the existence of zombies in the game. This, to me, is a good thing considering the zombie-shooter industry has been so over-saturated for so many years. On the Xbox version of the game, it does struggle to keep the graphics operational and the FR at 30fps or higher as of January of 2018, but updates to improve gameplay are sure to come, as promise by PUBG Corp. The two things that make this game considerably different is that there is NO offline campaign/single player features to speak of, as well as the extremely massive multiplayer. The multiplayer games feature a whopping 100 players on an island spanning approximately 7 to 7.5 kilometers of playable area. By the way, there are SOON TO BE UPDATES for MORE MAPS!

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You start out a typical PUBG match in a “green room” of sorts, where all players can see eachother, are invincible, and have access to all weapons. I found this really helpful when I was a new player so I didn’t have to scrounge for all the best weapons in-game just to not be familiar with how to use it and miss every shot. It gave me the opporunity to see how these guns react, how the sights are, how grenades can we used, etc., but its also just fun to punch other people mindlessly while waiting for the game to load.

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Then, after a few minutes, you appear a few thousand feet above the map inside of a plane where you must choose the location you are going to drop into via parachute. This part of the game can improve or lower your chances of winning, because when you land you are not safe to just wait out the game until nobody can find you and thus winning the game. The developers designed a system where you have player restriction zones, which appears as a circle on the map that all players must go to unless they want to rapidly lose health. Take that, trolling douches.

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Upon landing, you must immediately begin to raid homes and buildings for guns, health, ammo, and protection to put into your inventory system that would be oh-so familiar to you if you ever played any open-world zombie survival games. This is where the real fun begins! You must fight to stay alive against other players while staying within the restriction zone until 99 of all 100 people have been eliminated. Kind of like hunger games. Last one standing wins! Now go get em, Katniss.

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Here’s some gameplay footage to get you pumped!

 

https://pubg.gamepedia.com/

https://www.steamspy.com/

https://www.venturebeat.com

~ K I L L E R – M I L L E R ~

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