ne of the biggest hits so far this year comes in the shape of a battle royale style game called PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. Imagine a game that allows 100 players to parachute from a plane onto an island which contains random loot drops in the form of weapons, medical aid and even armour, and the aim of the game is to be the last person standing. Imagine no more, it has been made!
The game starts on a small holding island which allows players to get to grips with the controls, try the weapons and wait for everyone to connect. Most people stand around idly whilst awaiting the start, but normally around 20-30 people start shooting or hitting, whilst a few dive into the sea and swim around. All of this lasts around one minute and suddenly you find yourself on a military plane getting ready to parachute to all out war.
As soon as you land you are in danger from people's fists and from those who landed just before you and got some loot quickly. The best tactic I find is to try and parachute in as far away from the plane's flight path as possible and sprint to the nearest building. If you have made it this far you will see the amount of players in the top right corner of the screen slowly decreasing as more people fall prey to the battle royale.
After landing, a circle appears on your map with a countdown timer, once this countdown reaches zero a blue circle appears at the edge of the map and slowly moves towards the new circle forcing players into the same area. If you get caught outside of the circle you will start to take damage slowly at first but getting worse and worse the longer you are outside the circle.
At this point around 60-70 players remain in the game and the biggest threat if you are out of the safe zone is not the moving barrier of doom coming towards you, but rather people on the edge of the safe zone waiting for you to run towards them with sights aimed at you. The realistic sounds and surprise often make the player jump when they get attacked as most of the time it is from a distance by a hidden sniper. And to make things worse, a new safe zone has appeared meaning another countdown and another mad rush towards the one area of the map that every player is going to be in.
The above continues to happen until their are only two or three players left and this then becomes known as the final circle (mainly due the fact that once all but one die the game is over) and this is the point that the game gets tricky, one movement and it is game over for you and the same for the other players. If you manage to get to this point you have done well but the bragging rights only come with the screen stating you finished first and the message “winner, winner chicken dinner!” is on your screen.
So what do you get for winning? Bragging rights are the main thing at the moment within the gaming world along with your name getting higher up the scoreboard, but you also get coins which you can use to buy crates which drop items of clothing to customize your character's look. But be aware if you want to play and master this game it is hard. I have personally put in over 100 hours and have only got that number one position once, but every time you play it is different and you have different challenges to face.
As good as this game sounds, like all games there are some cons such as it being in early access, the bugs and the constant game changing updates. The reviews at present are mixed but mainly positive and have been since launch. The main criticisms are down to the banning system currently in place which the game makers have promised to examine and fix soon.
However, despite these cons the game is fun and since it’s launch in March 2017 it passed the eight million copies sold in August 2017. That is eight million players in just five months. The game offers single player mode, duo mode and squad mode which allows four players in a team all completing for that ever elusive chicken dinner.