To start the game, 100 online players are stuffed into a plan and then parachute down to any empty island to try to scavenge for loot. This includes trying to find weapons, armor, ammo, and other supplies to help you try to survive in any way you can. To make things even more interesting, there is something called the “play zone” which is basically a circle in which the players need to stay within. The more time that goes past, the smaller this circle gets. The goal of going through all of this. Survive.
Whether or not solo or with a squad of other gamers, the early segment of a game is filled with anticipation. Dropping out of a plane with just the garments on your person, you’re expected to loot for weapons, ammo, armor, and health packs. Those critical items litter the city centers, towns, and abandoned structures across the game. You need to account for the plane’s flight path and determine if you want to pick out a fight as soon as you land; in that case, it’s a race to find the first gun or right away throw palms in a hilariously janky boxing healthy. On the flip side, parachuting to an extra remote city means a much less crazy hunt for items; though, you may not get the equipment you want. In squads, sharing an abundance of ammo and health packs or supporting scouting for a car highlights the tactical advantage of team play in the starting minutes.
If you make it past the opening couple minutes of the game and hold some ground where you initially dropped, the next thing players worry about is where the play zone will be closing. Players often have to migrate from one play zone to another within a certain amount of time. This is a largely where different strategies come into play. Common plays include moving early into the center of the circle so that when future circles close, you don’t have to move as far. On the contrary, some players opt to stay on the edge of the circle where it may be “safer” and move in when the circle close in. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
As the players alive dwindles, the tension starts to rise. Players are pushed closer and closer from the play zone and more fights start to break out. The pressure is on. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the final circles so the players that make it that far have a lot time invested into just one match already and nobody wants to die. Eventually the play zone gets so small that the few remaining players are within meters of each other. Only those who can handle the pressure and come through in the clutch will win the game. Many will try, but only a few will emerge victorious.
The great thing about PUBG is that no two matches are the same. Every game has its own kind of story and the way events play out can never really be predicted. There is a uniqueness to it that leaves a player wanting to play more and more. That is, if they can handle the technical problems that game still needs to address. Things are a little better on the PC but gamers on the early versions of the game on xbox will still struggle with lag, glitches, and poor graphic rendering. Overall however, we think the game is extremely entertaining and hope the developers will improve the problems quickly.
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