I’m going to be completely honest, I had only played a couple matches of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on PC, so when jumping into the Xbox One version, it was all still very new to me. If you are looking for a PUBG expert opinion, you are in the wrong place. However, if you are also new to the game and are curious how it stacks up as a console experience, look no further.
Houston, We Have Framedrops
One thing I immediately noticed was that the game currently doesn’t run great in lobbies and the at the beginning of each match. However, as matches go on, and more and more players get killed, the game becomes better capable of running with no frame-drops or technical hiccups. The first 50 deaths or so in matches are the choppiest. But if you’re lucky enough to make it halfway through the match without dying, you are in for a fantastic gameplay experience that isn’t terribly hindered by technical issues.
Believe it or not, during my first match of the game, I made it all the way to the final two. Let’s just say I hid 99% of the time. My luck then came to a grinding halt when I was sniped from 50+ yards away. However, leading up to that moment I experienced some of the most exhilarating and daunting emotions I have felt from a game in a long time. There’s nothing quite like hiding in a small shed in the middle of a field and trembling as a truck-full of four enemies drive by you unknowingly. Or the rush of being wounded and sprinting across an open field in hopes of finding a health kit in a nearby home.
These memorable moments aren’t far and few between either. Nearly every match I have played I am constantly on the edge of my seat because of deadly situations I’m put in or consequential split-second decisions I had to make.
To get the obvious out of the way for anyone who is more of a PUBG noob then I am, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds does not have any single player modes. So if you are looking for a narrative experience of any sort, this is not the game for you. All modes share the same objective, stay within the set guidelines on the map, and kill anyone who gets in your way. It may seem like a bare-bones experience, but this is a budget title ($30 US) with rock-solid multiplayer gameplay.
We’re Playing an Unfinished Game
The Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is receiving a lot of criticisms due to how it performs on the console. With frame drops, bugs, and lag aplenty. However, what many need to remember is that this is Xbox One ‘preview’ game. It’s currently still being developed. So, when you purchase a game that’s unfinished, you should always expect technical issues. In short, you’re basically paying to get access to the beta. Try to be patient with Bluehole Studio as they dedicate their lives to bringing us a better online experience.
If you’re playing with teammates, communication is must. Gameplay is even more intense if your friends are spectating you, and often leads to some comedic moments. There aren’t many games out there where communication is a do or die situation. The last online shooter I played that offered the same sense of slow, intimidating gameplay, was The Last of Us online. In many ways, PUBG is like The Last of Us, but on a much, much larger scale.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t running smoothly on Xbox One yet, but it’s still very easy to enjoy. It’s in a playable state, and things can only get better from here. If you don’t mind dealing with technical hiccups, then I highly recommend grabbing your preview copy now. Then again, I’m a glass-half-full kinda guy.
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