PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Playunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out strategise your opponents to become the last person standing.

As you play you must stay in a shrinking safe zone, that pushes players closer to one another and ramps up the action. If you fall outside the zone you take damage. You only have a single life each round, when you die you are out the game.

Unlike Fortnite that has Cross-Play feature between systems. PUBG Mobile is separate to the console and PC versions. PUBG does, however, offer a wider range of items and weapons than Fortnite.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/12/2017

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

 

TipsTips

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 3 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. Depends how long you survive in a round.
 
Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

It is free on iOS and Android

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 due to frequent moderate violence towards human characters and encouragement of drug use. Violence in the game consists of using a variety of firearms and melee weapons to kill as many opponents as possible to leave you as the only surviving player. Characters react realistically when shot as they groan in agony and fall to their deaths. There is no dismemberment that occurs nor visible injuries shown on their bodies.

Players are also encouraged to take painkillers and use adrenaline syringes in order to restore and/or boost their health. This act is not shown as it transpires inside the inventory screen.

ESRB TEEN with Blood and violence.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Assistance

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

High Contrast Mode: You can adjust the contrast of the game to be high-contrast.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson



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