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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

Release date: December 12, 2017
Platforms: Android, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, iOS

8 Reasons Why PUBG Is Currently My Favorite Video Game

Things that make PUBG a great game, what effect it has on real life, how it brings people closer and why it could become your favorite game too


PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a bugged, deeply flawed piece of gaming software made by people who have no business coding games. It’s unoptimized, unpredictable, and still, it is the most enjoyable multiplayer experience I’ve had since Unreal Tournament (1999).

Here’s my 8 step breakdown of why I think you and your friends should get PUBG immediately, and hop on Discord asap.

It’s a great way to relax

Yes, the gameplay itself is really stressful, and yes, trying not to die across 30 minutes of panic-mode doesn’t exactly sound like a day at the pool. But, the game distracts you from the minutiae of everyday life. It immerses you into a world where you and your friends have to work together to survive.

The longer you make it, the more you feel like you’ve really accomplished something. And if you win, going back to work is going to feel extremely rewarding.

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It’s equally unfair for everyone

In most competitive games, there’s a set meta that everyone has to follow in order to win games. In Counter Strike, you have to know where all the corners are, where to stand, and where to prefire. And if your aim is decent, you win. That’s the whole game.

PUBG is unlike all other shooter games, by way of being extremely random. Loot is random, the circle is random, even vehicle physics are random. Other players might be the enemy, but most of the time you’ll feel like you’re battling the buggy nature of the game, more than the other players’ shots.

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For example, the last squad game that me and my friends won: We were on Sanhok, on the western side of the river, and the circle had pushed us from one safe spot to another: Craggy rocks, walls, houses…

Meanwhile, all of our enemies were forced into open fields from the other side. By the time we made it to the final circle, we had perfect cover, and a view over the remaining 3 teams, who had nowhere to hide. We won with 4 surviving teammates, simply because we were graced with the RNG’s blessing.

This didn’t seem fair to the other players, but felt really fair to us considering we lost the previous 10 squad matches we tried.

You decide your own metagame

We’ve done an expert’s guide on PUBG before with a few specific instructions on winning, but the truth is, that’s not the only way to win a PUBG match. For example, streamer kurtjmac famously won a duo game back in May of 2017, without firing a single shot or frag grenade.

Pro players, like living legend Shroud, do pistol only runs and win all the time. Then there are the ultra-patient who will grab a shotgun, dash to the middle of the circle and hide in a bathtub for 20 minutes, consistently reaching the top 10.

Some people like camping bridges, some people like driving over them and others try to stay as far away from them as possible. There is no pro-approach, there is no consensus. If it works, it’s not stupid.

Your victory is your own – and you get to brag about it

Even with all its randomness, you still can’t beat a game of PUBG if you’re not on your toes. Yes, you can make it to the final circle by slithering through the grass, but you still have to clutch the last few seconds to beat out the other 2-3 guys pointing their guns in your general direction.

The last few seconds of the game are arguably the hardest, and you have to do your very best to secure your number one spot. If you do, by all means brag about it to your friends, because it is no small feat. You earned it.

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The sound mechanics

Tons of games these days have great sound systems that help immerse you into the experience. PUBG is a bit different though, because it is extremely barren and takes place across kilometers of playable area. That means that if you hear so much as a fly buzzing, it either means you’re about to die, or you’re freaking out at the sound of your own footsteps.

There’s really no in-between. I can’t count the times my mates and I have freaked each other out by simply running in each other’s vicinity, or opening a door. And god forbid someone gets into a car without announcing it in voice chat. ‘’CAR CAR! PANIC!’’ will blare through your headphones, faster than you can say ‘’Calm down, it’s me.’’

It’s quick

This can be said about most popular online games these days, but the thing that I like about PUBG is that it bridges two of my favorite concepts together. Continuity and brevity. PUBG was inspired by an Arma 2 mod, and for those of you who haven’t played Arma, well…

It’s the kind of game where being prone in grass for 6 hours, while scoping out an enemy outpost and subsequently not attacking is … core gameplay. Arma gives you a sense of continuity because spending 3 hours to steal a couple of guns from the enemy, means another 30 hours using those guns, to steal more guns, to eventually cap the enemy’s helicopters. It’s very episodic. Unfortunately, it could take weeks to get through a single scenario.

ArmA 3 in a nutshell

Then you have PUBG, telling you that you can have that same experience, condensed into a 30-minute match, with little sacrifice to quality. In fact, because of its highly competitive nature, PUBG was actually made to be more responsive than Arma, which makes it the perfect casual experience of niche gameplay for you and your friends.

The devs enjoy playing it

PlayerUnknown made PUBG out to be a game that he himself would enjoy playing. That was his intention, and it seems to have remained his main inspiration. This means that while technical bugs might not be a priority, fun will always be top priority for the devs.

It’s essentially a game made by players for players.

It strengthens friendships

When me and my friends first started out playing PUBG, we were lost, misdirected and panicky. We had no idea what was happening, and our voice chat was a conduit for rookie questions and last words before we got shot from a mile away.

These days, we sound like a SWAT team. There’s still the banter, throughout, but it’s like that scene from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, when Obi-Wan says '’I sense it too’’, and he and Anakin leap to Padme’s defense. – We know when to clutch.

We’re attuned now. We know what the other person needs to survive, and we play and plan accordingly. And, we know exactly when to relax and when to be on our guard.

That’s why I recommend that you and your friends play PUBG together too. Trust me, you won’t regret it.


Viktor Zafirovski