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  • Summary: Battlegrounds (PUBG), the tactical, high-octane battle royale phenomenon, debuted footage from two new maps: Sanhok, a smaller-scale, action-packed map inspired by the islands that dot the Southeast Pacific Ocean, and a snow-covered map currently in development. New footage also debuted ofBattlegrounds (PUBG), the tactical, high-octane battle royale phenomenon, debuted footage from two new maps: Sanhok, a smaller-scale, action-packed map inspired by the islands that dot the Southeast Pacific Ocean, and a snow-covered map currently in development. New footage also debuted of War Mode, a deathmatch-style battle royale gaming experience and the world premiere debut of the Ballistic Shield, a new tool for setting up quick cover for explosive and close-distance attacks. [Xbox.com] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 4, 2018
    100
    We are, after all, talking about a game that catapulted the battle royale genre from total obscurity into a genre that’s astronomically more popular than any other. A game doesn’t succeed in that without merit, and PUBG has it by offering a level of storytelling and gameplay intensity that is absolutely unmatched. PUBG is admittedly a game that’s poorly designed in many ways and sometimes even non-functional. It’s also admittedly one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life.
  2. Sep 7, 2018
    90
    PUBG may have been sat in Preview for many a month, but it has arrived as a full release to instantly become one of the most addictive games you can play. From start to finish it’s a thrilling and fun adventure that has more tension than you’ll find in almost any other game. Whether you’re looking for a new online experience to play solo or with a group of friends, this is one you should be playing in 2018.
  3. Sep 15, 2018
    89
    Its unique brand of tense, realistic shooting mixed with slow-paced tactical combat manages to stay fresh and exciting even after hundreds of matches.
  4. Sep 16, 2018
    85
    A huge improvement on the Game Preview version PUBG confirms itself as the best Battle Royale game around, with very satisfying gameplay dynamics especially in team. It still needs a lot of optimization and polishing, but it definitely deserves a try.
  5. Sep 11, 2018
    80
    Despite its innumerable technical problems and its complex control, PUBG on Xbox One continues to provide the same unpredictable PC experience, now also with all the available content.
  6. Sep 6, 2018
    75
    While PUBG’s Xbox version is still a far cry from perfection, it’s a competent port that encapsulates the same Battle Royale experience BlueHole has been providing on PC for a while. Despite the console version still not being quite up to the standard that I’d hope for at the 1.0 update, the experience carries over well and the game is certainly playable if you aren’t picky about its performance. If the standard of the PC version of the game is anything to go by, let’s just say that the Xbox port could be a hell of a lot worse.
  7. Sep 7, 2018
    70
    PUBG 1.0 might have been released a bit too early and this choice hasn’t paid off when it comes to optimization. Regardless, for what matters (content), this release has a more mature structure that the developers will be able to enrich from time to time thanks to the events and the live component.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 15, 2018
    10
    The best Battle Royale game
    The First Person Shooter os The best more in The game
  2. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    I like the close to reality of the game over other competitors, at least in term of look!
    It will be perfect if it adds a train/tutorial
    I like the close to reality of the game over other competitors, at least in term of look!
    It will be perfect if it adds a train/tutorial campaign for freshmen.
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  3. Sep 7, 2018
    9
    RATING: 9.0/10

    PUBG is a game that may not have debuted the Battle Royale genre, but it certainly brought the idea to the forefront of
    RATING: 9.0/10

    PUBG is a game that may not have debuted the Battle Royale genre, but it certainly brought the idea to the forefront of video game culture in an innovative way. The buzz created by the 2016 PC version set my expectations fairly high for the release of its' Xbox One console exclusive edition which came out December 12th, 2017. Although this game was released as a part of Microsoft's Xbox Game Preview program and was only in an initial testing phase, I believe I speak for most of the community in saying it was not up to par. Plagued by framerate issues, crashes at the most vital times, piercingly harsh sound effects and fuzzy textures, I honestly considered that the game may just be unplayable. Keep in mind I was playing on the Xbox One X when experiencing such dark times, so I would like to extend my sympathies to those who experienced these problems on the OG Box.
    Since it released, I have had a very unstable relationship with PUBG, mainly because of how many times I was eliminated from a round for reasons that were out of my control – my vehicle hitting an invisible lip in the terrain and immediately exploding, getting stuck in a wall in the early stages of a match only to be shot gunned by someone who had a more fortunate landing, creeping through bushes with the stressful pride of making it to the top 5 before being booted back to the title screen.
    I am happy to finally be able to fully endorse this game. With the 1.0 release, players were provided with a more stable framerate, faster rendering times, enhanced textures, less crashes and an amazing battle royale experience. In addition to these quality of life improvements, players can now parachute in to 3 different maps, all with unique environments ranging from the barrens of Miramar to the dense, tropical greenery of Sanhok. And for those players who found the commitment of a full match to be overbearing, you can now choose to play a Mini-Royale on Sanhok, the smaller and more densely populated of the 3 maps and the newest in the lineup. This way, you're able to find action a lot easier and reach the top 10 slightly quicker.
    Unlike any other competitive multiplayer games on the market right now, PUBG is able to create a very real suspense, where my palms get sweaty and my heart beats twice as fast – I am not sure if this is a good thing but for many competitive gamers it can become addicting. And for those who have been lucky or skilled enough to bring home their own chicken dinner, the sense of accomplishment is very satisfying. Along with the full game release are a few new guns and attachments that players can experiment with as well as new customization options, including gun skins and fresh threads. Although, this being a game released in 2018, micro transactions have been introduced in the form of G points used to purchase crates. This has upset many in the PUBG community but these crates provide strictly cosmetic items having no effect on gameplay. You can also still purchase those same loot boxes, such as the biker crate containing many of the games rarest items using BP, the in-game currency. In my experience, cosmetic items sold through micro transactions do not affect my ability to enjoy or succeed in PUBG because no matter what hat or pair of kicks my opponent is wearing, I'm still going to humiliate them in a gun fight.
    Part of the reason many players including myself found PUBG so frustrating was because of the potential it had hidden under a surface of bugs, crashes and lack of refinement. The full game release really cleared up the squalor of its' initial console preview and made it into the game we wished it was almost a year ago. I gave PUBG a 9/10 simply because it is the most fun I have ever had playing a game alone, and especially with friends. That said, there is still room for improvement in terms of content variety (maps, modes and customization) and optimization (smoothness). See you on the battleground.

    Alex Garnett
    Freelance Video Game Journalist
    E: [email protected] |
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  4. Sep 14, 2018
    8
    Ah PUBG, how I love/hate thee. Let me count the ways. Having joined the community from the inception of the game preview all the way throughAh PUBG, how I love/hate thee. Let me count the ways. Having joined the community from the inception of the game preview all the way through the current commercial release (played entirely on the One X), I have experienced the lows of the initial release and the highs of the current one. From jump this thing was filled with bugs. I've lost count of how many times my game has crashed and kicked me back to the title screen while in the top 10 of a match; or my motorcycle inexplicably blew up because I ran over a lip in the terrain in the wrong manner. However, the majority of this appears to be in the past. With the commercial release, having played consistently since it went live, I can say that the only bug I have experienced (and really, it's only been once) was the always frustrating, and previously very prevalent one in which the game refuses to allow you to sprint, consistently kicking you back a couple of feet every time you try. For the vast majority of my time in-game, the experience has been smooth, stable and VERY exhilarating. I can't speak for gameplay on the OG Xbox One or the One S, but on the One X, this thing is smooth and looks good.

    If you've never played PUBG, I envy the feelings you are going to experience in your first match. The game will bring you to the brink of cardiac arrest and pull you back again. It will bring you to incredible highs as you score a chicken dinner, or even just finish in the top 5 or 10, and the lows, really, for me, aren't that bad; I never feel pissed when I lose a match because with the commercial release it's on me for not being good enough or just unlucky. I expect to die every time I boot up PUBG. It's like knowing when the scares are going to come in a horror film. I just assume that around every corner, in every room and over every ridge, I am going to get shot to hell. Thus, when I do die, it's expected. When I smoke some fool hiding in the grass or behind a rock, I feel like a rock star living on borrowed time. The rush is amazing.

    What makes this game so special is the story that you craft. You see, there is no story. There is no reason given for your being involved in a sick game of cat and mouse to the death. Every single match allows you to craft your own story and no two matches are EVER the same. Maybe you parachute in and immediately beat a guy to death with your fists over a can of red bull and a backpack. Alternatively, you could have a good 3 or 4 minutes to yourself to scavenge for guns and loot and plan your movement in a tactical manner. What is for certain is that in every match you join, your heat will pump, your adrenaline will flow like GD water over a broken dam and you will come back for more.

    There are no cartoon worlds here, with flying school buses, rainbow hang gliders, acme guns and little kid backyard forts. There is only the constant fear of imminent death and the slight hope of sweet salvation. It's worth it. Join up. You know you want to. See you in game.
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  5. Oct 4, 2018
    7
    Even though the game is fun, it has a lot of glitches. The gameplay is a little slow, but when it’s not it’s very fun. I like how 100 can beEven though the game is fun, it has a lot of glitches. The gameplay is a little slow, but when it’s not it’s very fun. I like how 100 can be in a single match. The graphics aren’t great, but that’s not a huge problem. My main problem is glitches. The vehicles glitch a lot making you lose. Overall, I recommend it. Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2018
    6
    While excellent in it's core game play, PUBG struggles to provide a consistent experience from a technical standpoint. It's more "survivalWhile excellent in it's core game play, PUBG struggles to provide a consistent experience from a technical standpoint. It's more "survival based" pacing helps it stand out from other games of the genre. However, while it may be fun when it's running well, its plagued by a variety of technical issues on the Xbox One version. Expand
  7. Oct 15, 2018
    0
    Player Unknown. What are you doing with your life? You put out an unfinished game onto the market. It honestly seems like Player UnknownPlayer Unknown. What are you doing with your life? You put out an unfinished game onto the market. It honestly seems like Player Unknown couldn't be bothered to develop this game any more so he just put it out there for everyone to be disappointed.

    I heard praise and high appeal for this game, then bought it but was disappointed by the glitchy, buggy, unplayable mess that is PUBG.

    Bluehole are lazy. They cant be bothered to update this game but just wait for the profit to slide into their bank accounts. Every game is littered with cheaters. People with hacks ruin the experience. I can't count how many times I reported someone because of spewing out incredibly homophobic comments to me and Bluehole DIDN'T LISTEN. They have no other use for their lives so should ban someone.

    The proximity voice chat in PUBG sucks. People can hear team tactics and most of the time just someone having an argument with their mum because their mum either wants them to go outside or play a good game.

    Not to mention the TOXIC community. I am pretty sure 50% of the matches that I have played of PUBG someone has called me the N word or the C word without consequence. WTF?!?!?!??!
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