PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG as it's often called, is the hottest ticket in gaming right now. It sold over 33 million copies on PC last year and has already paved the way for over 70 million sales across all platforms.
So it's no wonder everyone is trying to copy PUBG's Battle Royale-style gameplay. But what is a "Battle Royale" and why should you care?
Essentially, it's a riff on the 2000s Japanese film Battle Royale or, for a more recent example, The Hunger Games. One hundred players drop into the world with nothing but clothes on their backs and a parachute, and once they've successfully landed, they collect weapons and gear and fight to be the last one standing.
It may seem intimidating, but fear not. Here are our tips for surviving in this kill-or-be-killed game.
PUBG Tips and Tricks for Beginners
Here is a simple list of things you really need to know before playing.
1. Understand the point
So any shooting game has the same goal, right? Well, not necessarily. The idea behind PUBG is survival. Whether it's camping or fighting, that's your ultimate goal. Survive all others using any means necessary (so to speak, we mean in-game). PUBG has a ranking system for each season and those who successfully kill, assist and achieve their personal placement goals stay alive.
If you plan on camping all the time, you'll be dismayed that the game doesn't support exactly that. Another feature of PUBG is that it forces players to come together. We'll see more about that below, but essentially it's best to access weapons and medical supplies early on without getting killed.
2. Know when to quit
Each PUBG game begins with all 100 players crammed into a transport plane following a random path across the map. Deciding when and where to drop is your first big decision and can easily determine whether you'll last 30 seconds or 30 minutes.
Once you've jumped in, you have two choices: dive as fast as you can for towns, cities, and military bases, where the best weapons and equipment are; or try to get as far away from the plane's flight path as possible and search distant buildings in peace. Either way, try to watch out for other people skydiving around you and be prepared for a fight if they're nearby.
3. Always look for the essentials
As soon as you land, you need to search for weapons and gear to help you survive. Everything is on the floor in the buildings, so don't waste your time looking elsewhere. You'll want to grab the essentials as quickly as possible, but luck always plays a role in what you find. Sometimes you'll find a building full of high-end kit, other times you'll be lucky enough to find a gun.
PUBG also has a decent selection of weapons, from sniper and assault rifles to submachine guns, shotguns, and pistols. You can carry two main weapons and a pistol, so it's best to take two contrasting weapons like a sniper rifle and a submachine gun. You'll also need ammo for each, but these are usually found next to the gun. You can also upgrade most guns with attachments like red dot sights, foregrips, and extended magazines.
In addition to guns, you'll need a backpack so you can carry more gear, as well as a helmet and body armor to help absorb damage. Health kits are also essential for healing after a fight, and there are a variety of grenades to look out for.
4. Choose your fights
The biggest part of surviving in PUBG is knowing when to fight – that, and being aware of your surroundings. If someone is shooting at you from a distance, you'd better run for cover than try to fight. On the other hand, there is absolutely no point in shooting someone with a firearm without sufficient range. An SMG is useless at 200m.
It should also be remembered that each shot can be heard from a great distance, revealing your position. If you have surround sound headphones or use Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos for spatial audio, you'll get the most out of it in PUBG as it helps you locate gunshots from a distance. Of course, the choice of whether to run into the action or just let it resolve is ultimately up to you.
5. Stay in the safe zone (and out of the red zone!)
Like other Battle Royale games, PUBG divides the map into a safe zone, a red zone, and a vital danger zone. The safe zone is marked by a blue line on the map that slowly narrows, bringing people into a smaller play area over time. If you get caught on the wrong side of that blue barrier, your health will gradually deplete and you don't want it to drop to zero.
You'll also want to keep an eye out for any red areas that appear on the map. Here, artillery fire will bombard the ground, making survival reasonably unlikely. If you get caught in a red zone, sprint or get out as quickly as possible. If that seems impossible, seek shelter in nearby buildings so you can wait for the bombardment to pass.
For those fleeing the encroaching Safe Zone border or the Red Zone bombardment, keep in mind that vehicles make a lot of noise – so choose your escape route wisely!
6. Learn PUBG's Weird Control System
Whether you're playing on Xbox One or PC, PUBG has some slightly odd controls that you need to get used to if you want to succeed. Here are some of the important things to remember:
- On PC, right-click to aim down sights. On Xbox One, you quickly press the left trigger to activate it.
- Holding down the right mouse button on the PC activates an over-the-shoulder view. On Xbox One, holding the left trigger activates this view.
- Hold Alt on your keyboard to activate a free-view camera that won't impede your movements. On Xbox One, this can be activated by holding down the right shoulder button.
- You can change your weapon's rate of fire by pressing the B key on your keyboard or the left button on your Xbox One D-pad.
Luckily, PUBG lets you remap controls on PC, and there's now a "Type B" control scheme on Xbox One that lets you hold down the left trigger to activate iron sights, instead of moving your sight around. over the shoulder. It's also worth memorizing your inventory and inventory navigation controls so you can dive in and reorganize on the go.
7. Team up with friends
Being a PUBG the lone wolf is great, but you can also play in a duo or squad of up to four. The partnership does not dilute your experience, far from it. In fact, it changes the way PUBG feels like you'll try to jump out of a plane together, share resources, and call other groups you've spotted on your journey. You can also revive yourself after being downed, so you also have a higher chance of surviving.
There is strength in numbers, but the downside is that your enemies will probably also be a little more organized...
8. Always watch your replays
Since PUBG has reached version 1.0 on PC, great replay and Killcam feature has been included. From seeing how you got taken down to learning how other players handle certain situations, you'll gain a lot of insight by watching these replays. Heck, you could use it just to relive the glorious moment when you had your first chicken dinner!
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