Playeruknown’s Battlegrounds mixes tactics and battle royale bloodshed into a tense experience. We sit down to sneak around, gather an arsenal, and kick everyone’s butt in this Kotaku Plays. Advertisement Holy crap! We did it. Faced with 100 other players armed with shotguns, assault rifles, and frying pans, we somehow persevered to come out on top. Battlegrounds is a killer game that perfect expresses how long stretches of quiet can lead to explosive results. Shaking from too much cold brew, I make plenty of mistake mistakes. But Battlegrounds offers a lot of flexibility in how you want to approach the match. Survival takes all forms from actively chasing down players, staying at the edge of the battle and picking your shots, or just hiding in the bathroom. It’s exciting and terrifying. Death can come at any time. Advertisement But hey, we made it. A few shotgun blasts later and we stand alone, Highlander-style over our enemies. Next time? We’ll probably just get shot in the back or something. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
You can probably guess how this ends. Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy. Other times, it’s big things, like cars, inside of things that should not be able to contain their screaming metal fury, like underground tunnels. Advertisement Streamer Chris Grant managed to squeeze a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds car into a bunker tunnel. He wasn’t expecting to find other players lurking beneath the earth’s crust, but he really, really hoped he would. Spoiler: he did. Advertisement Just imagine it. You’re hunkered down in what you believe to be a fairly defensible, well-hidden structure. You probably think you’ve got it made in the shade, or the dim light of a place where the sun does not traditionally shine, as it were. Then a fucking car shows up. A junked up, smoke-belching sedan that’s clearly not long for this world, and as its final act, it’s gonna end you. “Oh, come on,” you probably think as tires grind your bones to chalky powder. Advertisement Bonus: PauseUnpause and friends managed to navigate a truck into a gymnasium, because the real PlayerUnknown is the dumb ideas we have along the way. You’re reading Steamed, Kotaku’s page dedicated to…
GIF Today on Highlight Reel we have motorcycle escape plans, Battlegrounds pan asses, Overwatch needle threading, and much more! Watch the video then talk about your favorite highlight in the comments below. Be sure to check out, like, and share the original videos via the links below. Subscribe to Kotaku on YouTube for more! Advertisement Highlight Reel is Kotaku’s regular roundup of great plays, stunts, records and other great moments from around the gaming world. If you record an amazing feat while playing a game (here’s how to record a clip), send it to us with a message confirming that the clip is yours at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you see a great clip around that isn’t yours, encourage that person to send it in! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds just got its first big monthly update, making the game significantly more playable because frying pans block bullets now and also blah blah important performance improvements or something. Advertisement The patch is focused on making the early access game, which has been dinged for instability and frame rate issues, more stable. PUBG’s developers added, however, that this patch is only the first of “many” aimed at performance, and this doesn’t mean the game is now magically optimized for all systems. While some players are reporting more consistent frame rates, others are suffering from lower frame rates across the board. Personally, I got a slight boost, but my frame rate definitely isn’t stable yet. I just played a quick match and died due to a nasty frame drop in the middle of a melee scrap. Oh well. Advertisement The update also adds some fun odds and ends, like a motorcycle with a passenger buggy. Much like its close relative, the car, it’s prone to treating slight inclines like Evel Knievel death ramps. Most importantly, though, frying pans block bullets now: Video courtesy of Sir READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
GIF Today on Highlight Reel we have skinless astonishment, shrine skips, Battlegrounds shenanigans, and much more! Watch the video then talk about your favorite highlight in the comments below. Be sure to check out, like, and share the original videos via the links below. Subscribe to Kotaku on YouTube for more! Advertisement Highlight Reel is Kotaku’s regular roundup of great plays, stunts, records and other great moments from around the gaming world. If you record an amazing feat while playing a game (here’s how to record a clip), send it to us with a message confirming that the clip is yours at email@example.com. Or, if you see a great clip around that isn’t yours, encourage that person to send it in! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the title of Steam’s latest million-seller. It’s also a damn mouthful. So, why call it that? Who, or what (or when???) is PlayerUnknown? Advertisement PlayerUnknown is not, as some people seem to think, the game’s development studio, nor is he a character in the game. Instead, it’s the handle of one person: modder-turned-game-developer Brendan Greene. Greene’s not a one-man wunderkind, though. He developed PUBG in conjunction with Korean studio Bluehole, who you might know for their work on surprisingly good action-MMO TERA. Greene’s handle is in the title because he invented the whole dang battle royale genre—or at least, he played a huge role in pioneering it. He began in military sim Arma 2, which at the time had gained a surprise popularity boost thanks to the success of the-greatest-zombie-of-all-is-man sandbox DayZ. Inspired by Japanese book and film Battle Royale, Greene modded DayZ into a proto version of the 100+-person deathmatch seen in games like H1Z1: King of the Kill and PUBG. When people began to move on from DayZ and Arma 2, Greene switched to Arma 3, polishing his idea and creating what’s generally regarded as the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Today, developer and publisher Bluehole announced that its last-man-standing style third-person shooter PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS has sold more than one million units on PC via Steam Early Access in just 16 days, and has remained in the top …Read More The post PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Surpasses One Million Copies Sold After 16 Days on the Market by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.
They say music soothes the soul. They do not, however, say anything about music saving the soul. Or the body, for that matter. Advertisement Scene Of Action was playing a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds match, and he died, like you do. It was a duos game, so his partner was left to fend for themselves. Possessed by very obviously sincere and heartfelt remorse, Scene Of Action grabbed a guitar and began to play an apology song. “I won’t be there tooooo protect you,” he mournfully cooed. Then a dude appeared in his partner’s field of view, and the song took a turn. “There’s a guy right in fuckin’ front of you!” he shouted. “Get that fuckin’ asshole!” Advertisement His partner opened fire, but went down in an inglorious blaze seconds later. “AAAH, FUCK,” Scene of Action laughed. Advertisement And so the old adage holds true: never bring a guitar to a gunfight. Or a frying pan fight, as the case may be. You’re reading Steamed, Kotaku’s page dedicated to all things in and around Valve’s wildly popular PC gaming service. Games, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Today on Highlight Reel we have surprise kills, horrible grenade situations, lucky shots, and much more! Watch the video then talk about your favorite highlight in the comments below. Be sure to check out, like, and share the original videos via the links below. Subscribe to Kotaku on YouTube for more! Advertisement Highlight Reel is Kotaku’s regular roundup of great plays, stunts, records and other great moments from around the gaming world. If you record an amazing feat while playing a game (here’s how to record a clip), send it to us with a message confirming that the clip is yours at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you see a great clip around that isn’t yours, encourage that person to send it in! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ default mode, it’s every person for themselves. That does not mean, however, that people don’t form alliances. It just means that they tend to end poorly, sometimes with tears. Advertisement CamCANTRUN highlighted a moment in which he became pals with another player while they were holding down a house they’d converted into a makeshift fort. There weren’t many players left alive, and the play space—that is, the region of the map not awash in a sea of electrified death air—had become enclosed. They both knew they didn’t have much time. Their temporary alliance began as one of necessity, but between taking shots at other players, they got to talking. “We could be like Peeta and Katniss and just live forever in this circle,” said the other player, jokingly. Advertisement “We could,” replied Cam. “If you want, we could make it there.” A pause. Advertisement “[The thing] in this game is, ‘Don’t trust fucking anybody,’” said the other guy after a moment. “That’s fair,” said Cam. “I respect you, and I look forward to dying with you, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, you’re up against 100 people, and a couple well-placed bullets will take you out of commission for good. Chaos reigns. Sometimes, though, chaos can work in your favor. Advertisement Competing in a duos match, Sir Lance and a friend found a car. They were planning to use said car for car things, like driving. Then they hit a slight incline, and the car decided to do a back flip, because trusting video game cars is always a mistake. The car landed upside-down. For anybody else, this would mean a death sentence, or at least a change of plans. Sir Lance, though, decided to just… chill. For, like, 30 minutes. Now, I personally have attempted the time-honored tactic of passive non-interventionism (aka cowardice) in PUBG, and it did not end well for me. Somebody tracked me down in my cozy little safehouse and blasted me right out of my cozy little recliner. Sir Lance’s, um, “strategy” was different, though. Occasionally he would take shots at people from inside the upside-down car, and they’d have no idea where they were coming from, because all they saw was a seemingly abandoned READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
H1Z1: King of the Kill is one of the most popular games on Steam, despite the fact that thousands of fans claim to hate it. Now that a similar game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has appeared, many say they’re going to jump ship for good—and this time, they really, really mean it. Maybe. Advertisement King of the Kill is a battle royale game that begins with you and more than 100 other players parachuting onto a massive, fully open map. You then scramble to amass a small arsenal of weapons and armor before somebody else beats you to a bloody pulp and steals your shoes. You have one life. Last person standing wins. H1z1: King of the Kill, which was spun off from Daybreak’s hit zombie survival game H1Z1 in February 2016, didn’t launch to much fanfare. For the first few months, it peaked at a respectable, but not amazing, 19,000 concurrent players. By the start of 2017, that number was typically between 40,000 and 50,000—high enough to firmly entrench King of the Kill in Steam’s top ten. These days, it regularly commands an audience of over 100,000 concurrent players, more than anything READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Huddled beneath the stairwell, I could hear rain pounding outside as my heart beat its way out of my chest. It was nearly pitch-black inside the radio tower, and somebody else was in there with me. I knew I had only one chance. My trap set, all I could do was wait, trusty frying pan in hand. Advertisement That story, which I will get back to in a moment, pretty much sums up my experience so far with Steam’s latest top-seller, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (which they write as PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, because nothing makes a crappy game name better like screaming it into people’s eyeballs). It’s a battle royale game in the style of H1Z1: King of the Kill, which is to say it’s very nearly the same game, structurally. For those who haven’t been following along with this increasingly huge sub-genre, it’s basically PVP-focused survival… without the survival elements. You parachute onto a massive map, find weapons scattered in buildings and other structures, and hunt down other players. If you die once, you’re done for good. Your goal is to be the last person standing. Out of 100. That happens very READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!