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What Makes Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds So Special?

Is the battle royale genre king a worthy heir to the throne?

One of the most surprising and unexpected games to dominate 2017 has to be that of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. The every-man-for-himself battle royale shooter picked up some serious momentum on Steam and has since made its jump to consoles, but has Battlegrounds’ lengthy development process led to a polished product?

Well, not really, but it seems like international publications are still loving the game’s charm, unique twist on multiplayer, and on-going community support. While many haven’t given a definitive score due to the game’s constantly-changing nature, here’s what they have to say so far:

Game Informer – 9.5/10

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds brings the battle royale genre to a smashing mainstream success, packed with memorable moments and action-packed adventures. Solo or with friends, you’re in for an intense ride that’s different every single time.”

Metro UK – 7/10

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the best multiplayer experiences of the generation, and as technically flawed as this Xbox One version currently is that fact still shines through. Perfectly streamlined concept ensures an infinite range of possibilities. Huge map, plenty of different weapons, and great pacing. A technical nightmare, with terrible graphics and animation, and an awful interface. Poorly optimised controls and low frame rate, plus frequent network issues.”

 

Polygon – 10/10

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the refinement of a new language of play, but what may earn it a spot in the video game canon is that conceptual efficiency. It isn’t accessible for every player, but it’s understandable. Anybody can easily learn to read this game, to watch it, to spot the tension and excitement and drama. Critics and fans have speculated on how PUBG will operate as an esport, whether or not its pacing works for competitive play. But that ignores the obvious fact: Battlegrounds works as entertainment. Sport or not, it has found its audience of players and viewers alike.”

The Verge

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still in Xbox Game Preview, meaning it isn’t considered a finished product and is still under development. The full release will follow sometime next year, but even after it exits preview you can expect continuous development on the title. Its technical issues may get better as the game sees further optimization, and you’ll eventually see new content like the long-awaited second map coming to the PC version next week. The two platforms aren’t on parallel development tracks — the Xbox version has vaulting already, a feature that really changes the game up by letting players more easily navigate obstacles, while PC players will get it alongside the new map.

“None of this is too important if all you want to know is whether you can get much fun out of the preview version available for $29.99 today. The answer is an unequivocal yes. If you don’t have a gaming PC, do have an Xbox One, and hold the slightest bit of interest in finding out why it’s become one of the biggest games in the world, you owe it to yourself to check out PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.”

Eurogamer

“If you’re aware of the game and its limitations as it stands right now, you can probably accommodate the rough, unpolished nature of the action. Certainly, despite its many issues, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still plenty of fun to play – similar to Ark Survival Evolved, the concept manages to enthrall even in the face of clear technical challenges. But with Microsoft directly involved and with the quality of the talent deployed on the title, we expected more. Just a consistent frame-rate would prove transformative for the quality of the experience. We’ll be tracking the progress of this title as it evolves, but for now, we’d consider caution before any purchase – and if you want a taste of the Battle Royale experience without the technical drawbacks, Epic Games’ Fortnite is well worth a look.”

 

 

IGN – 5/10 (for now)

“The early access preview build of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on the Xbox One platform is a mixed experience. Technically, it needs a lot of work. While it’s fairly stable on the Xbox One X, you can still expect a sub-30-frames-per-second rate, which is not ideal for a game where aiming and shooting quickly keeps you alive. Meanwhile, on the standard Xbox One with the DVR function left on, things are even worse: stairs can disappear, textures can be splotchy, and disconnects are frequent.”

PC Mag – 3.5/5

“PUBG has a lot of momentum, due to its growing user base, departure from the FPS/Survival genre norms, and technically impressive play environment. But there’s still room for improvement.”

Game Revolution – 3.5/5

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an absolute blast to play and has a broad appeal that few other games can match. As long as you temper your expectations (and make sure you have a decent PC), then this is one of the top games of 2017 to check out.”

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