PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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Posted: 12 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

Overview

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.

Details

Release date: December 2017

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

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting.

 

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Commitment

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.

Costs

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 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.

Accessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
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). 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.


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Compete In Esports

Some video games require a high amount of skill and experience to play. These have developed into competitive sports with high profile competitions and big prize money. Although it can seem a little strange to think of a video game as a sport, the challenge, focus, training, instinct and skill required means that players at the top of these leagues and competitions have approach the pastime like athletes approach sporting prowess.

Image 165 Less obvious than the big prizes and high profile winners are the aspects of esports that can lead to a diverse set of skills suitable for a range of digital careers. Digital Schoolhouse, a not-for-profit programme delivered by the UK games industry trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment), has been using an annual e-sports schools tournaments to teach technology and digital skills.

Students aged 12-18 years participate as players or fulfil professional roles crafted by the video games industry, for educational purposes. They manage the event itself, photograph the action, organising production logistics, referee, commentate on live match streams, manage team community, logos and branding and even deal with most of the paperwork themselves.

Whether it’s the Digital Schoolhouse programme or something similar, finding a way to inspire and cheer on children towards a career in video games not only opens a door to their future, but creates a healthy understanding of the industry today.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

Outwit The Crowd In Online Battles

Battle Royale games are played online against 100's of other players. They blend different genres of games: survival, exploration, adventure, shooting and scavenging while introducing the last-man-standing gameplay.

They are usually played in an arena where players start with basic equipment and aim to kill all the other players. The arena area shrinks as play proceeds to bring the game to a crescendo.

"The name for the genre is taken from the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, itself based on the novel of the same name, which presents a similar theme of a last-man-standing competition in a shrinking play zone." - Wikipedia
 
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