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Are you planning on sticking with Fortnite, or will any of these killer new battle royale entries lure you away from the king of the hill in last man standing battles?


Let us know what you thought of our picks for the best upcoming battle royale games, and be sure to leave a comment if we missed any that need to be added to the list! See you all in the lobby soon!


Trove Geode: Bomber Royale


Taking existing games and transforming them into battle royale brawlers has been a consistent theme so far, and that continues with the free-to-play MMO Trove.


This time around, Trove gets a 20 player deathmatch remake with Geode: Bomber Royale, as your pixelated characters hurl bombs, launch grappling hooks, and seek out power ups in a fully destructible environment.


That last part is the big selling point here, as of course Trove (with its clear Minecraft influences) is going to let you play with the landscape a lot more than in your typical BR game. 


Battlefield V


It should have been obvious when Call Of Duty announced a battle royale mode that Battlefield would have no choice but to jump on as well. Thankfully the story campaign isn't getting nixed though, as the franchise jumps to WWII to tell stories of human heroism in a dark time.


We don't know much about the battle royale mode yet, other than there's reportedly no loot boxes or premium pass involved. We'll have to wait until later in the year for full info to arrive on how Battlefield will deliver on the battle royale style.




The dirty, synthwave-influenced style on full blast with Egress is a thing of beauty, but sadly this one won't be for me at all.


Battle royale games are already frustrating enough with the quick deaths, so adding in Dark Souls-style combat seems like pure masochism. I'm not into throwing my controller or breaking my keyboard, so this will be a solid pass for me.


There are plenty of Souls fanatics out there who clearly disagree though, so if you need something more than just the multiplayer addition to the Dark Souls remastered version, you will want to keep a close eye on Egress.




Tencent is a company that knows a little something about battle royale games, publishing the mobile edition of PUBG and also recently being tasked with take Fortnite to China. 


Now they are trying their hand at a brand new, custom made entry, and it looks incredibly slick. There's everything you'd expect from a BR game plus underwater areas, speed boats, and fully destructible cover!


The only question is whether this one is going to stay in China or get a full U.S. release anytime soon.


Fractured Lands


In retrospect, this twist on the style is super obvious as Mad Max and Death Race are perfect fits for the battle royale genre. I also can't help but think a bit of Borderlands in the apocalyptic battle insanity on display.


While you will spend time on foot gunning down the opposition, the big focus here is on upgrading your car into the perfect, high-octane killing machine. Can't say I'm not a little excited at the prospect.


A summer early access wide release is expected, with the closed beta up now for those lucky enough to get in.


Fear The Wolves


The shift in tone is what sets Fear The Wolves apart from the competition, as this seems like a darker, more brutal take on a genre currently dominated by bubbly and bright games like Fortnite.


This one takes place in an irradiated Chernobyl wasteland, adding in a new element of needing proper equipment to explore radiation zones, along with shifting weather that can change the map.


There's no definitive release date yet (I'd expect 2019 at the earliest for the consoles) but you can sign up to get a shot at future PC beta tests over here.


Crazy Justice


This nifty little entry is notable for being crowd funded on Fig -- an actual investment platform that pays investors back -- rather than the usual suspects like Kickstarter or IndieGogo.


Crazy Justice offers a cel-shaded style with steampunk elements, and is one of the few battle royale titles that's being actively developed for the Switch with cross-play in mind, so Nintendo fans won't be left out of the fun.


The big selling points here are no micro transactions, the addition of customizable vehicles, and the ability to choose different skill load outs, so every match won't play the same.


Mavericks Proving Grounds 


The appeal of battle royale has always been in quick match making with large groups of people so there's immediate action and tons of enemies.


Sure, you can be a bush and crawl across the landscape at snail speed or hide in a corner and snipe until the closing circle forces you to move, but for most players, battle royale matches are quick and dirty.


Things are about to get a whole lot crazier on that front if Mavericks manages to deliver on its core promise. 1,000 players duking it out at a time instead of 100? Well, we'll see.


Throw in the allure of destructible buildings and the ability to spread fire across the map, and you can expect Mavericks to get very nuts, very quickly.


Islands Of Nyne


A more sci-fi focused setting is a welcome change to the battle royale cluster, and Islands Of Nyne offers that up without deviating so far from the formula that you won't feel right at home dropping into a match.


The lush jungle map and crazy futuristic buildings make for an entertaining backdrop, and the combat is more hardcore than you might expect from the genre.


For more in Islands Of Nyne, you can check out our full impressions from an alpha test run earlier this year.


Rapture Rejects


Having played a whole lot of rounds of Joking Hazard with my family (think Cards Against Humanity, but even more offensive and with the Cyanide & Happiness art style) this has got to be the battle royale game I'm most looking forward to playing.


Rapture Rejects goes for a different style altogether, and we're going to need twists like these if battle royale is going to thrive instead of hitting a rapidly-approaching bubble burst.


This one will feature a top down, isometric style, and of course some very NSFW humor. You've goal us to impress god with a truly epic kill count if you want to be let into heaven after being left behind during the rapture. The only way this could be better is if Madness Combat made a battle royale entry!


Call Of Duty Black Ops 4


You know Fortnite is getting big when a free-to-play game that's technically still in beta inspired one of the largest yearly franchises in the world to ditch its story campaign entirely and instead go for a battle royale mode.


That's good and bad news. Personally I'm one of those (apparently rare) players who actually really enjoyed the Call Of Duty campaigns and I horribly miss hearing Captain Price order Soap to plant some claymores by the door, but times they are a-changing.


At the same time, its a good bet Black Ops 4 is going to add a layer of polish to this crowded battle royale field that should inject some life in for those tired of the current reigning kings.


This entry arrives a bit earlier than normal, showing up in October instead of the usual November / December COD release schedule. Check out our definitive pre-ordering guide here before it lands this fall!


There's no question that battle royale is the biggest trend in gaming right now, and the hype train is plowing full speed ahead with no signs of slowing down.


There have already been a slew of recently release titles like Radical HeightsRealm Royale, and Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, which are well worth checking out if you are tired of playing the same matches of Fortnite and PUBG over and over.


Those are just the opening salvo in the battle royale barrage, however, as dozens more are in early access, closed beta, or active development. Here we're rounding up some of the best and most exciting battle royale games due to land in 2018 and 2019!

PUBG Corp Is Suing Epic Games for a Reason: Asian-region Dominance Thu, 31 May 2018 17:36:12 -0400 Ashley Gill

Do you know how popular PUBG actually is? A look at Steam's top games by concurrent player count is more telling than you might think.

With PUBG Corp trying to sue Epic Games in Korea, the spotlight is on the "original battle royale" game in the West once again, and it is drawing a lot of ire.

Fans of Fortnite and speculators are wondering what PUBG Corp could possibly stand to win from taking on Epic, but the writing may be on the wall for PUBG in the land where it continues to thrive most: China.

From China to Korea

As you may have guessed, those exceedingly high player numbers pictured up there are, for the most part, not based in North America or Europe. They are mostly players based in China, a country where World of Warcraft and League of Legends once reigned supreme. Today, China is PUBG Country.

According to market analyst Newzoo, over 51% of core PC gamers in China played PUBG in February 2018. To keep this in perspective, China had the biggest gaming market in the world with 565 million gamers as of 2017. That's more than the U.S. population of 325.7 million.

So what does this have to do with South Korea, the country PUBG Corp is challenging Epic Games in? Let me ask you: Would you not fight tooth and nail if you thought you were about to fall out of relevancy?

Tencent, which partnered with PUBG Corp to bring the game to the region and to publish two related mobile games, announced in April that they would be publishing Fortnite in China.

Whether or not Fortnite will be able to actually beat PUBG in China is a whole debate on its own that no one can win but time. For the first time, PUBG is going to have to put up a fight where it reigns supreme.

It's also not doing poorly in other Asian countries. In South Korea, 32% of core PC gamers played PUBG in February 2018. In Japan, 30% of the same demographic played in the same timeframe. There is no Fortnite in those regions, either.

The Domino Effect

If Epic Games gets Fortnite into South Korea, it will be the first Asian region to get the game. In theory, if one falls to Fortnite, then all shall follow.

In case you forgot, Fortnite Battle Royale took our market by storm last year. PUBG was the new hotness. It seemed everyone was playing it, and it was breaking records on Steam. PUBG was the game before Fortnite's free Battle Royale mode launched, it really was.

It didn't take long for Epic's alternative to overtake the original, partially due to the hackers rampant in PUBG and partially due to the former being free to play. A game being free goes a long ways.

One can assume the rational fear of PUBG Corp is that Fortnite, which is dominating the West, will rush in and dominate PUBG's home turf to the East. It's not an unreasonable assumption.

We see games as entertainment, but for developers and publishers, games are a source of income. Suing Epic Games to keep Fortnite out of South Korea is PUBG Corps' attempt at stalling or preventing the decline of their game where it matters most.

PUBG's Survival

It makes sense. Any market has an element of survival of the fittest, and the gaming industry is no different.

PUBG's numerous problems are no secret, from rampant cheaters to poor optimization. Its reputation for those two things transcends language. It's well-known for being unpolished and full of cheaters, the second of those two being the bigger issue and the primary knife in the game's back.

In order to succeed and survive, PUBG Corp is going to have to do a lot more than try to stall the competition. They can't expect to continue to survive off their playerbases in Asia without fixing the very problems that are putting the game in the ground elsewhere. It's likely those very problems are going to bite them once Tencent pulls the trigger on Fortnite's Chinese release.

If they can keep Fortnite out of South Korea, they have at least one country they don't have to compete with their nemesis over. It's necessary to PUBG Corp as there is a chance they will lose their hold on the number one spot in China. They need a market they can continue to hold onto -- it really seems as simple as that.

War Mode Returns to PUBG This Weekend Only Fri, 18 May 2018 11:06:11 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you liked PUBG's War Mode the first time it came around, you're in for a treat. It's back -- and it's better than ever. 

Dubbed Desert Knights, the event is currently live on PC. Players have until Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m. EDT to hop in and try it for themselves. 

While the previous event saw three 10-man teams vying for supremacy on the Erangal map, War Mode now features five 10-man teams duking it out on the Miramar Map. 

Unlike PUBG's other game modes, War Mode allows players to respawn every 40 seconds and features a single, fixed safe zone. The first team to reach 200 points by either killing or knocking out other players wins. Kills get you 3 points, while knocks will net you 1 point.

Matches will last 15 minutes, and if no team reaches 200 points by the end of that time period, the team with the highest score will win chicken dinner.  

Unlike the previous event, players will start matches with high-level gear this time around: a Lvl. 3 vest and helmet, two grenades, and one of the following weapons: 

  • AWM
  • M24
  • Mk14
  • M249
  • Groza
  • AUG

It's also worthy to note that bleedout is increased when knocked and that reviving teammates -- which reportedly only takes around two seconds -- is important to victory. So make sure you're picking your teammates up! 

For more info and news on War Mode, PUBG, and all the guides you need to dominate Fortnite's competitor, stay tuned to GameSkinny. 

The Complete PUBG Sanhok Guide Fri, 11 May 2018 10:59:02 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest new map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is the same Savage map you could try out on the Test Server, but the new and upgraded one has been renamed to Sanhok, and it is now available on the dedicated Experimental Server.

Every owner of PUBG has the chance to play the new map, which has been significantly remodeled with several new locations, upgrades to old locations, and new names for many of them.

Follow the guide below for all the information on the newest 4x4 map in PUBG -- Sanhok.

Four New Landing Spots


Located in the southern part of the larger island, the new cave system has a giant crater that's wide open for parachute landing, with a pool of water on the bottom and two corridors that serve as left and right exits out of the cave. The loot isn't particularly good in the cave, but the possibilities for sneak attacks are limitless.


Tambang is located in the westernmost part of the map and is a great landing spot if you want to get safely into the Ruins (formerly known as Swamp Temple). It is the closest spot that has loot inside the houses, which you can use before venturing into more dangerous territories.


This location can be found on the easternmost part of the map, not far away from Camp Bravo. Lakawi, just like Tambang, mainly serves to give players a good landing spot and time to gather some loot before going into the hotter spots.

Na Kham

If you played on the Savage map, then you should be familiar with Na Kham, which is basically a remodeled Logging Camp. Previously located on the southern island, it is now found in the southwestern part of the Sanhok map, right next to Sahmee (formerly known as Commerce).

Locations With Changed Names

Bluehole Studios also changed the names of most locations on the new Sanhok map. If you played the Savage map before, you will find that the locations are the same, but they are now called something else.

Below you will find the complete list of these changed names: 

Abandoned Resort Paradise Resort
Manufacturing Ha Tinh
Logging Camp Tat Mok
Coastal Khao
Coconut Farm Mongnai
Training Center Bootcamp
Bootcamp Alpha Camp Alpha
Bootcamp Charlie Camp Charlie
Bootcamp Bravo Camp Bravo
Swamp Temple Ruins
River Town Pai Nan
Commerce Sahmee
Beach Ban Tai
Dock Docks
Rice Farming Town Kampong
Banyan Grove Bhan


Here is the complete list of old locations that have been redesigned and upgraded:

  • Bhan (formerly known as Banyan Grove) -- located in the middle of the island
  • Ruins (formerly known as Swamp Temple) -- located on the west side of the island
  • Quarry -- located near the middle of the island
  • Docks -- located on the southeast side of the island
  • Mongnai (formerly known as Coconut Farm) -- located at the northeast side of the island
  • Bootcamp (formerly known as Training Center) -- located in the middle of the island
  • Paradise Resort (formerly known as Abandoned Resort) -- located on the northeast side of the island

All these locations looked completely unfinished on the Savage map, but now you can see them in their full glory on the Sanhok map.

Other Changes

Assault Rifles

ARs have quickly become the most sought-out weapons in PUBG. Unsurprisingly, they are extremely effective on almost all types of ranges, which is why Bluehole changed the AR spawn algorithm and locations.

Specifically, the developers increased the spawn ratio of the M16A4 and AKM. Both are highly reliable types of ARs.


Holographic scopes are now more precise. The changes were made to the size of the reticle, which is now equal to the size of a full human body from a distance of 100 meters. You can now headshot other players with real precision.

Red zones

Red zones will now appear more often inside the play zone, which automatically makes things a lot more dangerous. This change was made to completely remove the chance of red zones appearing inside the safe zone.


With the introduction of the new Cave location on the Sanhok map, you can now be sure to grab a vehicle nearby. Cave has become the hotspot for Aquarails and Motorbikes, so keep an eye out on this specific location.


These are all the changes that have been implemented on the new Sanhok map, and for other PUBG guides at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

How to Win Chicken Dinner After the New PUBG 0.5.0 Update Thu, 03 May 2018 11:42:46 -0400 Stephanie Tang

The hipster gaming argument about "who dun it first" is eternal when it comes to describing the Battle Royale style of gameplay and how it has come to redefine the FPS formula. Was it H1Z1, was it not, and isn't it all just an ultra-realistic single-player/team deathmatch anyway? 

What can't be argued is the global phenomenon that exploded out of the advent of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, even before the full game finally hit virtual store shelves. It put PUBG Corp and Tencent Games on the map, spawned a huge number of PC and mobile clones, and inspired Epic Games to push out its own BR contender, FortniteWhile a number of the most recent news and developments in PUBG land seem to revolve around catching up on mobile platforms and arguing about copyright infringements, the devs are finally taking a good hard look at what keeps the players fighting for winner, winner, chicken dinner -- the game itself.

This latest update adds a ton of new possibilities, many of which are geared towards the more experienced player (different gun attachments, new grips, the new SLR, etc.) and the gamers PUBG wants to lure back from Fortnite. You can find the full patch notes here, but check out some of the tips below that'll help you keep playing at your best, even with all these new changes.

1. Find a new place to camp.

This applies particularly if you're playing a lot on the Miramar map, because the devs have made a bunch of world changes. A lot of players have noticed that their usual haunts have been changed around some, and what were once high-cover camp spots are now not nearly as ideal. 

A few tweaks to the map have made other areas a little easier to pass through and scavenge in, however. The oasis is now a lot bigger than it used to be, and more buildings have been added around it. These add more opportunities to sneak around undetected, and up your chances of finding more loot as well. 

Moreover, if you're out in the open world on foot, you'll now find a little more cover to hide your approach. That's handy, especially when you can't find a vehicle and you've got to really hoof it to stay in the safe zones. 

2. Know your vehicles and what they can do. 

It's no fun to run -- not in MMOs and not in FPS games with giant maps. When you can get your hands on a vehicle -- any vehicle -- it means a quick getaway and a heck of a lot of fun, especially if you're playing in a squad and you've got guns at your back to watch for other players out to snipe your ride. 

Vehicles aren't new to the game, so most players should already know their upsides (speeeeeeed) and their downsides (noise). There's also the differences between each of the vehicles (e.g. you don't want to bring the van, sturdy as it may be, off-roading). And now there's a new car in the mix, exclusive to the Miramar map -- the Mirado. 

A classic muscle car, the Mirado is probably a little more style (and straight-up fun) than it is function ... but there's no denying that it is the fastest vehicle you're going to find for zooming along long stretches of road. If you're down to the last minute between safe zones, some extra speed might be your best bet in beating the city traffic and staying alive. 

3. Bring out the new PUBG SLR.

It's new, it's shiny, and almost everyone in the game wants a chance to try it on for size. The camp sniper meta just got kicked up a notch, especially since this gun packs a powerful punch but has a lot of recoil. If you use this gun, you're going to want to be sure of your first shot since you'll have to work for the next one (10 bullets per mag of 7.62 mm ammo, although this can be extended to 20 if you can find the right attachment).  

Also keep in mind that when everyone else wants the gun, way more people are going to be carrying it around, and even more people are going to want to pry it out of your cold, dead fingers.

If you opt for using it, know the right situation for it to shine. If you don't use it, go the opposite way -- pile on the armor and practice your tracking -- you'll land six bullets dead in the brainpan before the other guy can recenter after three shots. 

4. Level-3 helmets just upped the ante on care packages. 

It's not just the guns -- it's having the resources to stay alive when other people are shooting back at you. The closer you get to the end game, the more geared up your opponents are going to be. You may have stocked up on new character cosmetics, but nobody is going to turn down the opportunity for armoring up when they get the chance. 

This latest patch has made the draw of the loot crate even stronger now that the highest-grade helmet can no longer be acquired via scavenging through the regular world map -- they'll only be made available in these massive, greed-laden murderfests around the boxes. The same goes for the SR quick-draw magazines and SR extended quick-draw magazines.

If you're going to try your chance at obtaining it, get in and get out as soon as you can!

5. Rethink your swimming strategy. 

If you've found yourself winning games by hiding out in the water, you may want to consider a new way to get from the islands to the mainland. In an effort to keep all the underwater rabbiting at a minimum, you can only stay submerged for a max of 15 seconds now (compared to the previous 35), and when you've run out of air, you'll start taking damage (10 per second, up from 4). 

Once you lift your head out of the water, you'll need to wait 4 seconds (up from 1) before you recover enough breath to dive down again. What was once an excellent escape route is no longer as effective. Time to start hunting down a boat in order to make your quick getaways on water (although players should also note that boats now sink when they are destroyed). 

6. Other things you'll want to remember: 

  • A considerable degree of rebalancing has happened to the existing guns so that there's no "best AR," SMGs are better in short-range situations, and shotguns have better damage and range now. 
  • There are a number of new grips and attachments that can adjust how the new and existing guns fire, how much ammo they can hold, etc. Many of them will operate slightly differently or do different damage from how they used to behave, and the same goes for throwables. 
  • Damage from different kinds of body/head/limb shots has been adjusted. 
  • Movement speeds have changed and will be determined by what weapon you're carrying. Weapon sway has been tweaked. 

All of the above means that even if you're a seasoned pro with a favorite set of guns, things are going to look and feel a lot different. Test them out a little before you really take on the whole battlefield!


That's it for now! Keep checking back for more PUBG guides on GameSkinny!

PUBG Guide: All Key Savage Map Locations Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:04:29 -0400 Sergey_3847




Coastal is a small town located on the northern shore of the island. It's not the most attractive spot in terms of loot or combat action, but it has something other places don't -- cars and boats.


You can be sure to snatch a vehicle here and drive along the fields into the center of the island, or you can drive along the coast and check every single hut on the beaches of the Savage map.


You could also take a boat and swim across the rivers splitting the map. And don't forget to take your mates along the way!




That is all for the most important locations on the new Savage map, and for other PUBG guides at GameSkinny, simply check out the links below:


Abandoned Resort


This is definitely one of the most unusual spots on the map, which makes it so much more exciting. It's an entire compound made up of buildings surrounded by rocks and such.


The trick here is to look out for the loot on the outside of the compund and not inside the courtyard. Otherwise, you'll get sniped from one of the roofs. So approach the buildings carefully and snatch a few weapons on your way.


Then, take up a good position and wait for other players to drop. Opt for a safer and slower strategy here, and you will be greatly rewarded.


Bootcamp Alpha


There are three bootcamps in total on the Savage map. The Alpha one is situated on the smallest of the three islands, and it's the best one. First of all, it is located under the hill -- the highest point on the map with an excellent overlook, which can be used as a perfect spot for sniping in all directions.


Secondly, it has watch towers, which again can be used for great sniping or vantage points. And lastly, it is located very close to another cool spot -- Manufacturing, the only real place for urban warfare and real squad action.


River Town


We've seen plenty of bridges connecting two islands, but this time it's the entire town located on the water and connecting the two parts of the map. It makes for rather unique situations.


There are three bridges in total in this area: one for transport, and two smaller ones. All of them can be used as choking points, so you'll be spending a lot of time checking what's on them and under them in the water.


In terms of loot, there are lots of guns and attachments here, although not much in terms of gear. But guns are all you need for spectacular shootouts!


Training Center


The military base on Erangel was a really hot spot; now it's the Training Center on the Savage map. It is located right at the center of an island, and it has some of the finest loot you will find on the ground, such as assault rifles, sniper rifles, and top-tier armor.


Obviously, expect some hot action as soon as you land since it's currently the top spot for landing. So drop on the roofs of the buildings and avoid open areas until you see a good opportunity to move forward and collect some loot at the gully.


There is a new experimental map in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. In order to get the key, you need to have a valid Steam account and a purchased copy of PUBG.


Savage is the new 4x4 map, which resembles the map from Fortnite. It's twice as small as Erangel, which makes it a lot more dangerous and faster. If you want to know which locations are the best to drop at and find the finest loot, then follow this guide for all the key locations on the Savage map.

PUBG Mobile: Let's Play Spot the Bots! Sun, 25 Mar 2018 13:40:10 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Fresh off the press just last week, Tencent Studios and PUBG Corp quietly released a full version of PUBG Mobile while fans of Fortnite Battle Royale were still falling over each other waiting on invite codes from Epic for closed beta.

And it looks fantastic! Hardly any lag, some super-handy additions like color markings on your map for better sense of surrounding dangers when you don't have headphones in, a left-hand fire button for when you want to strafe and fire.. it's nice.

It's been easier than ever to pop into a PUBG game.. and easier to walk away with a winner, winner, chicken dinner. 

There have been tons of people taking to Twitter posting about their newfound skill on the killing floor, vanquishing dozens of other players to come out on top in ways they were never able to do on either console or PC.

And then early reports started filtering in - from large numbers of players on Twitter and various online forums, a number of different outlets including The Verge, and on the PUBG Mobile Reddit in a PSA

So far it looks like the official word from the developers have been to keep mum about the entire situation, but at this point we're all fairly certain that if you've jumped into a PUBG Mobile game, you've found yourself pitted against bots. 

Not everyone in these games will be a bot, but the ratio definitely seems to skew towards giving players a learning curve when they're bad/just starting out - for both learning curve purposes, and just to deter the inevitable rage quit frenzy.

How can you tell if an enemy player is a bot?

These aren't hard and fast rules, but there are often some telltale signs. 

  • Visual cues: I spawned into one game with a huge chunk of enemy players were running around in the same shirt with the same haircut. Now PUBG Mobile may not have the most down to the details character creation menu, but most people on the Internet have a little more room for variation than that. 
  • Situational awareness: If you creep up on a player (for example when they have their back turned), they shouldn't have any idea you're there. Bots will notice you pretty much as they appear in your line of site, regardless of whether or not they should be able to. 
  • Gameplay intelligence: There are a lot of dumb players out there, but that doesn't change the fact that 9 times out of 10, bots can be pretty dopey. If the fact that they can scope you out too easily scares you, they're also not very smart and are designed to be more or less cannon fodder.
  • Extra loot: When you kill a bot and loot their body, you'll often find they were carrying more than they visually appeared to be (e.g. armor when they weren't wearing any). 
  • Loadout: Similar to above, most of the bots are running around with only one weapon, and won't ever attempt to switch between the two (they don't really need to). If they're still around in endgame, you can be pretty certain that even the noobest player on the planet will have scavenged around enough to kit themselves out a little better. 

Any of this sound familiar? Bots. Definitely bots. 

But don't be mad. There are tons of players registering on PUBG Mobile every day, and whether or not the bots are there to boost player count for faster game queues, to provide practice, and/or just to make players feel good about their kill counts, you're sure to start 1v1ing real players very soon. 

How do I get rid of the bots? 

You don't. There's no real way to disable them or kick them out of the game. They're simply a fact of gameplay life, at least while you're starting out. Players report that once they won enough games to rank themselves up out of Bronze level, they started seeing the number of real players in their games spike dramatically. 

In the meantime... just enjoy the feeling of being on top of the scoreboard for a little while longer. You're going to start feeling the challenge soon enough! If you've got more questions or need more tips to step your game up, feel free to peruse our PUBG Mobile guides.

How to Invite and Play With Friends on PUBG Mobile Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:09:33 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you're tired of playing with randos in PUBG Mobile, inviting and playing with friends can completely change the entire experience of this battle royale hit. But if you're like some players, you might wondering: How do I play with friends? 

If you've already added other players to your friends list, adding them in duos and squads is really easy. If you're like me and don't have any friends on PUBG Mobile yet, searching for them is easy, too. This guide will quickly go over the steps on how to do each of those things -- making that chicken dinner even more juicier than it already is. 

Adding Friends in PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile homescreen shows gameplay options and man in underwear

So how do you add friends on PUBG Mobile? It's super easy, really. On the home screen, tap the silver silhouette of two people that's located in the bottom left-hand corner. 

PUBG Mobile add friends lobby highlighting how to search for friends

Once you've done that, you'll be taken to the lobby screen above where you'll invite your friends to join your list. Tap the "Add Friends" button on the right-hand side of the screen. You'll need either a username or a player ID to find each of your friends on PUBG Mobile.

If you don't already know those names or IDs, you'll probably need to ask them. If you do know one or the other, enter it in the bar at the top of the screen. Tap the plus icon on the right-hand side of their banner to add them to your friends list. 

Starting Duos and Squads With Your Friends 

To invite and play with friends in squads or duos on PUBG Mobile, all you'll need to do is return to the main screen (the first picture above) and choose squads or duos from the drop-down menu found under the big yellow "Start" button. 

Once you do that, click the up arrow next to "Invite Friends" (also shown at the bottom of the screen in the first picture above), and you'll add them by clicking the "+" symbol next to their name(s). 


And that's all you need to know about adding friends and playing with in squads and duos in PUBG Mobile! Wondering if a gamepad or controller is supported in the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds? Check out our guide on pairing an input device to your phone!

PUBG Guide: How to Improve Your Shooting with Zeroing Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:34:56 -0400 Kengaskhan

PlayerUnknown’s roots as an ARMA 2 modder are apparent in PUBG's realistic approach to its gunplay, where players will need to account for bullet drop and varying bullet velocities during combat. And given that many firefights take place over distances measured in the hundreds of meters, it can be pretty tough even for veteran players to consistently land shots.

There are ways to compensate for distance when firing a weapon in PUBG, like leading the target or aiming above them -- but one method that new players might not know about is zeroing.

What Is Zeroing Distance?

Your weapon’s zeroing distance is the distance needed between you and your target for your bullets to line up with the center of your crosshair when they land. When you aim down your weapon's sights, you might have noticed its zeroing distance (though you may not have known what it meant).

Zeroing Distance for a PUBG weapon circled in red

Rounds fired from a weapon zeroed for 300 meters will continue to drop below the crosshair as they fly past 300 meters -- and those same bullets will land above the crosshair if they impact at a distance under 300 meters.

How to Zero a Weapon in PUBG

You can adjust your weapon’s zeroing distance in increments of 100m by aiming down its sights and tapping the Page Up/Page Down button (or up and down on the D-Pad if you’re playing on Xbox).

Note that you used to be able to zero almost every weapon in the game, but an update in December 2017 changed it so you can only zero a weapon with an 8x scope, a 15x scope, or iron sights (either because the weapon doesn’t accept scope attachments or because you’re just not using one).

Tips for Zeroing Your Weapon

If you’re not comfortable with compensating for bullet drop by guessing how high your crosshair is supposed to be, then zeroing your weapon is a great alternative that will let you fight with your crosshair dead on your target.

That being said, zeroing your weapon can be pretty tough if you don’t know what you’re doing (especially if you’re taking fire). Luckily, there are a few ways to make your first zeroed shot land as closely as possible to your intended target!

  • The #1 thing to know about zeroing your weapon is that every white square on your map is 100m/sq -- so if you think your enemy is exactly four squares away from you, then zero your weapon to 400m.

zoomed-in perspective of PUBG minimap showing the dimensions of each square on the grid

  • Building off that, each square is about 141m across diagonally, which you can just round off to 140m or 150m.
  • Your minimap is about 400m tall and wide. Since you're in the center of your minimap, you’ll never need to zero your weapon above 300m (the approximate length of the diagonals of two full squares) if your target's position is visible on your minimap.
  • You'll eventually get better at eyeing distances by simply playing the game, but you can train yourself even faster by estimating distances before you check your map!


Hopefully, knowing how to zero your weapon will give you the edge you need to win a few more chicken dinners -- but knowing PUBG, you're just as likely to wind up running into someone who's equipped with the same skills.

If you're looking for more tips on how to improve your PUBG game, you can check out more of our stuff here!

PUBG Mobile Guide: Beginner's Tips to Getting Chicken Dinner on the Go Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:13:03 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Taking into account that Chinese mega mobile publisher NetEase Games has four different PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds clones already on the mobile market (most popularly Rules of Survival and Knives Out), and both Fortnite and its Chinese mobile clone, FortCraft, were just recently released for closed beta last week ... it really was just a matter of time until PUBG finally made the jump to phones and tablets. 

Tencent Games recently came out with the pretty comprehensive PUBG Mobile -- and unlike Fortnite Battle Royale, it doesn't have its players scrambling for invite codes. 

PUBG player skydiving into battle

So what do you need to know about getting winner, winner, chicken dinner in PUBG Mobile as often as you do on PC or console?

Know how to stay alive!

It sounds like common sense, but keep in mind -- you're controlling a character that, in some ways, moves like a tank. Strafing, moving, aiming, firing, and trying to do all of these things at once is not easy on a mobile device, and it gets significantly harder when most of the zones have closed and you're down to the last dozen or so players.

  • Run away and heal up whenever you can. This is fairly good advice at almost any stage in the game, but it becomes absolutely imperative to maintain an edge near the end because it's not a mere possibility but a high probability that there are other players close by that can hear your firefight. Try to disengage as quickly as possible if you can't get a quick 1v1 kill, because whoever's watching you will have the upper hand at aiming if they're standing still (and/or sniping!).

    Keep yourself healed and your energy high. This will help you with health regeneration and speed in those last-ditch fights!

  • Only use your vehicles in the beginning. They're not too difficult to handle, and if you landed in some of the far-off areas, you're going to want something to help you hoof it when zones start closing and you're stuck in areas with a lot of bridges. End game, though, the engine noise just isn't worth the extra speed, especially with a smaller map space to navigate through. Be a sneaky ninja.

  • Shoot to kill. While spray and pray generally works better in mobile firefights, only shoot when you have to. Gunfire draws attention to you just as much as engine noise does, and someone else is going to want to take advantage of your distraction.

  • Be careful about when you're looting. In the end game, moving around and looting should be done as sparingly as possible -- and only if you're running low. If you get too greedy and try to loot the body of someone you killed right away, chances are anybody who's been watching will know exactly where you are and can pick you off while you're distracted.

  • Only move when you have to. Again, this is specifically for endgame only. Early game you should explore, loot, customize your guns, do whatever you need to do. But as the area starts to get smaller, you should be watching the zone carefully and moving to accommodate for that, not to simply run around looking for a fight. It will come to you soon enough without giving the upper hand to someone else! This will also make it easier for you to aim and kill when you don't have to concentrate so much on movement in your first few shots.

Learn the controls before you play for real

At this point, there are quite a few similarities to all the different kinds of available Battle Royale shooters -- and luckily for me, all of them have control setting configurations that are geared for left-handed players. You don't need to be left-handed to benefit from them, though -- having an extra fire button on the left side comes in handy even if you're not a southpaw, especially when you're in the middle of moving and aiming. 

Crouched player waiting to ambush opponents in PUBG

PUBG Mobile has streamlined some of the controls for ease of use, e.g., automatically sprinting when you hold forward on your movement "joystick." It has also made picking up weapons, switching between them, and loading them especially easy to do, although it does get trickier when it comes to adding on attachments; if you've got a big inventory, you might find it a little fiddly on a small screen to select the item you want right away. A larger iPad or tablet device might be recommended if you're having trouble with inventory control on the small screen. 

With the above in mind, I highly recommend playing around with the control settings to find the aim/move/fire combination that works for youPUBG Mobile has an impressive number of settings and sliders that you can customize, and even as someone who rarely likes to mess with vanilla, I have been known to fiddle around with these a bit to get the game playing the way I want it to. 

Playing on mobile with a controller

This is particularly important because as of right now, there isn't really very good controller support for PUBG Mobile. Players that enjoy using a controller will find that you can connect the movement controls but not much of anything else. There are some available workarounds for rooted Android phones, but you'll probably want to hold off until Tencent comes out with official controller support. 

Keep the limitations of playing on mobile in mind

  • Have a phone or tablet charger handy. Pretty common sense, but it's always surprising how quickly you can drain your battery down to nothing while you're playing a game, particularly if you're playing on medium to high settings, and also if you're on an older device.

    Besides, in a game as big as this one and with so many starting players (100), any PUBG veteran knows that if you don't get picked off right away, these games can run loooonnngg.

  • Personal space and comfortable surroundings are important. When it comes down to the 1v1 fights, they can be unexpected and fast-paced. You're going to want to aim the very best that you can -- and it's doubtful you're going to have that ability if you're trying to play while elbowing your way from the train to the subway car. 

  • Use headphones! Same as when playing on any other platform, it highly benefits you to have headphones on so you can listen for enemy footsteps and gunfire. Headphones will also come in handy when you're trying to communicate with your teammates in squads and in duos (remember to go through your microphone settings), but try to keep the chatter to a minimum while you're hunting down others!

A note on bots in PUBG Mobile and difficulty level

PUBG Mobile player coming upon another player or perhaps a bot

There have been a bunch of players and a number of different news outlets that have reported that they've had better luck winning their chicken dinners on PUBG Mobile than they have ever had playing on either console or PC. 

The question has arisen as to whether or not the game really plants 100 different players into the instance at the same time or whether they incorporate bots into the game as well in order to ease new players into the game.

So far, there hasn't been any official word on that front from Tencent or PUBG Corp, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye out for during your own games. 

You can find PUBG Mobile on the Apple App Store and Android's Google Play


With these beginner's tips, you should have no problem getting started in PUBG Mobile. As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your PUBG Mobile guides and info. Good luck, and happy hunting!

Does PUBG Mobile Have Controller Support? Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:38:38 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Does PUBG Mobile have controller support? Yes ... kind of. Using a controller for the mobile battle royale hit is a bit complicated.

The official word from Tencent and Bluehole is that controllers and mobile gamepads aren't officially supported by PUBG Mobile on any device, Android- or iOS-based. You can connect a controller and move around using the analog sticks, but that's about it. So you won't be able to shoot or pick up items. 

However, some resourceful Android users have found a way around the issue by using rooted devices. As of this writing, the method seems to work just fine for some controllers, but it could be patched out, so keep that in mind. 

Note: If you're playing PUBG Mobile on an iOS device, the method below won't work as of this writing ... mainly because we all know that Apple products can be difficult. 

PUBG Mobile Controller Support for Android 

To connect a controller to PUBG Mobile, you'll first need to take screenshots of PUBG Mobile's controls so you can properly map them later on. This can literally be any screen that shows all of PUBG Mobile's controls, such as the screenshot below: 

PUBG Mobile in-game Controls Screen

Once you've done that, make sure your Android device is rooted and that you've got a USB to OTG adapter and a Dualshock 3 or Dualshock 4 controller. Finally, you'll need to buy the Sixaxis Controller App. Unfortunately, it's no longer on the Google Play Store, so you'll have to search the web to find a download site.  

After you've downloaded the Sixaxis Controller App and connected your Dualshock to your Android device via the OTG adapter, pair the controller to the device by clicking "Pair Controller." 

Once you've done that, disconnect the Dualshock from the device and press the PS button to turn the controller on. Your device should now recognize the controller. Next, go into the Sixaxis App's settings and follow this path: Settings > Touch Emulator > Edit Profile. 

When you're presented with the white screen that says "Double Tap for Menu," double tap to open your device's menu and select the photo of PUBG Mobile's controls you took when we started. 

Make sure the picture is right-side up and choose "Add Button" to open a menu of all assignable buttons. Choose the button you want to assign, and when the menu closes, drag that button to the control point you want to assign. 

Save, and you're done. Unfortunately, you'll have to open the "Add Button" menu every time you want to assign a new control point, so keep in mind what buttons you've already used. 


This method of using a controller with an Android device should also work for a lot of other games on the Google Play Store -- so experiment and see what works! And now that you have controller support for PUBG Mobile, getting those chicken dinners will (in theory) be a lot easier! 

Thanks to Youtuber Kimmy's Portal for the tips on how to play PUBG Mobile with a controller. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PUBG Mobile guides.

PUBG PC Is Dying Because of Chinese Hackers, Not the Console Release Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:18:48 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was recently released on Xbox One, and it still reigns as the most popular game on Steam, having sold a whopping 30-million copies. However, a lot of people are saying PUBG sucks; it's has had its run of fame and fortune. In fact, player numbers are dropping rapidly due to the extensive cheating problem caused by the game's Chinese players.

Ironically enough, PUBG's massive sales and success are mainly due to its popularity in Asia, and in China in particular. Naturally, there are cheaters in every server in every corner of the world, and it follows that if a large number of players stem from a certain region, so will a proportionate amount of cheaters. However, China's issue is a little special in that cheating software has somehow made its way into the region's gaming community at large, blowing the cheating problem they pose completely out of proportion.

While some believed the console release of the hit battle royale would cause players to slip back from the PC version, that doesn't seem to be the situation. 

Korean publisher Bluehole can't simply region lock China as it's the most heavily populated country in the world (and gaming community), and roughly 60% of PUBG players will be affected as a consequence -- and of course, not all of them are cheating in the first place.

However, memes, discussions, forum boards, and yes, even the Chinese government, are trying their best to root out the problem, and last month, over a million cheaters were banned, with 120 people being arrested in China.

The problem with cheaters is that they stunt the growth and variety of the game. New players will be reluctant to continue when confronted with cheaters, such as unkillable opponents or other confusing hacks. While the game still sells like hotcakes, the new players themselves are disappointed and cornered, which could put an end to PUBG's short-lived popularity at this rate. 

A possible solution would be to have two separate regions for the game, or, as Bluehole has promised, to enforce ping limits to prevent cross-region matchmaking. This can ensure that other players won't have to mingle with the Chinese gang-ups and that they can enjoy the game to the fullest. Until Bluehole takes the cheating situation seriously, they won't be able to keep up with their players' waning satisfaction with the game, and PUBG will wither away. 


If you're interested in our other PUBG content, you can find it all here!

PUBG Cannot Find dxgi.dll Fix Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:36:38 -0500 Sergey_3847

It looks like Bluehole Studios is taking the integrity of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds very seriously. In a recent attempt to fight the ever-growing cheating community, the developer released a patch that makes cheating impossible.

However, this update also affected a few other add-ons, such as ReShade, which helped players make the game look better. This provoked a whole mass of errors connected with the "dxgi.dll" file.

If you have a similar problem and still can't find a way around it, then here are a few suggestions.

Fix 1: Delete All dxgi.dll Related Files

Uninstalling ReShade or deleting the dxgi.dll file alone won't help. Here's the full list of files you need to remove from your computer in order to get rid of the this error:

  • dxgi.dll
  • dxgi.ini
  • dxgi.log

You can find all these files in the following folder: "\Steam\steamapps\common\PUBG\TslGame\Binaries\Win64"

Fix 2: Reinstall DirectX

What if you don't have ReShade and never used it, but still get the same error? Well, the problem can be fixed by reinstalling your DirectX, which also utilizes the dxgi libraries.

  1. Go to Microsoft's DirectX page here.
  2. Choose your language and press the Download button.
  3. Install DirectX on your PC.

This should rewrite the old dxgi.dll file and make the PUBG error disappear.

Fix 3: Disable Your Firewall

If you don't want to uninstall your ReShade and keep using it, then you can disable your Windows Firewall for the period of playing PUBG. However, note that this will leave your inernet connection unprotected.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type "firewall" into Start search.
  3. Choose Windows Firewall from the list.
  4. On the left side of the window, choose "Turn Windows Firewall On or Off"
  5. Check the "Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)" option.
  6. Apply settings.


Hopefully, one of these methods helped you get rid of the dxgi.dll error, and for other PUBG guides here at GameSkinny, be sure to check out the list below:

6 Most Ridiculously Expensive PUBG Items Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:59:57 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has hopped on the crate-and-key bandwagon via the Steam Community market, with players selling (and buying) rare in-game costumes and other cosmetics for ludicrous prices. Each key to open the crates cost $2.50 as it is. It's a pretty lucrative business if you ask me.

However, just because a price is named on the site does not mean that buyers cannot state a price of their own -- and successfully, too. 

Here are the top six most expensive PUBG items you won't find at your local Target. (Note: prices are listed in US dollars and fluctuate regularly)

6. Red Hi-top Trainers: $380.31

Not sure if they're this valuable because they're red or because they're high tops, but Chuck Taylors are suddenly dollar-store material compared to these kicks. While they look great, why and how some players are willing to pay this much for a single item (which is usually barely noticeable in retrospect) is pretty much beyond me.

5. School Skirt: $461.55 

Apparently, the blander the clothes in this dystopian universe, the better. Urban Outfitters hasn't seen the likes of this muddy-hemmed beauty, selling for more than your grandmother's heirloom jewelry. Perhaps the shortness of the skirt offers a great deal of sex appeal, or maybe its run down but minimalist appearance entices players, but either way, this is probably the most expensive skirt I've ever seen.

4. PlayerUnknown's Trenchcoat - $485.24

Can't lie and say this trenchcoat is not epic apparel for a Battle Royale theme, and it comes close to prices some celebrities might pay for a typical trenchcoat, but come on ... really? Players wanting to bear a resemblance to the popular figure of the game would probably purchase this, or it could be just to seek protection from a rainstorm, who is to know?

3. PlayerUnknown's Bandana - $805.00

The day a single bandana is worth more than a trenchcoat is probably not a day I want to see. However, the overwhelming amount of players willing to purchase this item is simply ridiculous. Perhaps the air of mystery and secrecy suits some, while for others it's the uncanny resemblance to Mr. Unknown.

2. Female Uniform Sets - ranging from $784-830 

I think it's safe to say that female clothing, both in the real world and in PUBG, costs more than it should. Mimicking the classic private schoolgirl look, it also appears that this skin is a fan favorite. This set comes in three different colors and slightly different designs: black, ivory, and blue, with prices varying dramatically between each color. 

1. PlayerUnknown Costume Set - $1,800

This mysterious set is meant to make you look like Mr. Unknown himself, who is clearly something of a celebrity around these parts. Originally sold for $40 during its pre-order season, this set currently sells for nearly $2,000 dollars for no reasonable explanation.


Suffice it to say that a majority of the Steam Community probably can't get access to these items, but these prices are just a laughable joke to admire from a distance. 

What do you think of this list? Could it get any worse than this? Comment with your thoughts below.


How to Play Better in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:55:29 -0500 buymymixtape123

Player Unknown's Battlegrounds has taken Xbox by storm, having about 4 million people that bought the game last month. This means that players who aren't familiar with the PC version of the game may be slacking on ways to get close to their winner-winner-chicken-dinners. It may be hard to win the game, but these few tips will help you at least get top ten.

Utilize Health Products

The first thing to do is to utilize energy drinks and pain pills. There are countless games with random players that do not care about these health products, and they don't last long because their health is lower than it could have been if they had used the pills or energy drink. Please be sure to pick these items up because they gradually bring your health back to one hundred percent.

Avoid Unnecessary Fights

Another tip is to not take fights you can avoid. This isn't Call of Duty where you can just run in guns blazing, taking on everyone you see. If you see people in the distance, and you know you don't have the advantage in the fight, let them pass. Avoiding unnecessary conflict is a great way to help you live longer. 

Optimize Inventory

The next useful tip is knowing what guns to use and what to have at a certain time. Using the S1897 shotgun or a pistol in the end game can hinder your chances of survival, as most of the conflict once 15-20 people are alive is usually mid-range to long-range battles that will require an assault rifle or sub-machine gun to be most effective. Also, dropping the pistol and its ammunition after you find two primary weapons is smart because it frees up the extra space you could use for extra bullets or healing products. 

Plan for the Unexpected

Lastly, always be ready for the unexpected. This version of the game isn't the most perfect, so always try to be ready for things like the frames dropping often or even the game crashing, as these problems can effect you winning the game.

If you take these tips into consideration, you'll be one step closer to your chicken dinner.

The 5 Best New Maps That Should Be Added to PUBG Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:45:44 -0500 Sergey_3847


Skyscraper Map


If a couple of previous maps gave you claustrophobia, then what will you say about the fear of heights? The skyscraper map would definitely be an unusual choice, with many different floors offering harsher environments the higher you go.


The circle would narrow down on the upper floors, so all players would be forced to go there and face ever more dangerous challenges. The ascension would be possible through a series of elevators or by outside means, such as ropes or even helicopters.


The danger of falling down would be a constant concern, but Battle Royale has always been about finding the best means of survival, and that's why this would be such a neat map for PUBG players to explore.




If you find any of these concept maps interesting, then leave your feedback in the comments below. Otherwise, let us know what ideas of your own you would like to see appear in PUBG.


Underground Map


Recently, Epic Games added a new underground mine location to the Fortnite Battle Royale map, which is really popular among players. So how about a similar map for PUBG?


It wouldn't be just a series of tunnels with loot, but an entire underground city, different parts of which would be connected by a series of interweaving mineshafts. They would also serve as the entry point for the players into this new underground map.


Another option is to create a map that would have playable spaces both under and over the ground, with gutters and tunnels all around it. This would prompt players to develop new strategies and make the game more versatile.


Factory Map


There are some great facility locations on the new Miramar map in PUBG. But what about an entire map that is just one huge factory or a giant plant with intricate infrastructure?


Trains could deliver players inside the different parts of such a facility, and they would eventually try to figure out ways to get inside the circle. This also opens a few opportunities for new game mechanics, such as traps or death chambers.


Regardless, this type of map would be much more challenging than any other open-world map. One thing is for sure -- not that many players would dare choose this map, but that's exactly what makes it such an exciting concept.


Tropical Map


This could be another island, in the vein of Erangel, but set in a tropical climate instead of the mild Mediterranean one. This means lots of jungles and sand beaches -- a nasty combination for Battle Royale scenarios.


It would be fitting for this map to deliver players via helicopters, which would make it look like Vietnam-era combat. Although this type of map wouldn't have too many open spaces, many players would definitely appreciate all the stealth opportunities.


The tropics would also serve as a contrast to the upcoming snow map, so it is very much possible that we will actually see such a map one day.


Space Map


Space is one of the most intriguing environments for any shooter, and Bluehole Studio should try and build a map based on something like the International Space Station. In this case, players could be delivered to the orbital space station either via a spaceship or a space elevator. The orbital station should be huge and have a complicated structure.


Surely, this could turn PUBG into a Dead Space-like adventure, but without the monsters. For example, the walls of the station could be breached, and unaware players would all be thrown into space, leaving only the survivors behind.


The circle could narrow down on one of the sections on the station, and players would simply have to make their way through an array of corridors and other compact spaces. The lack of freedom of movement would quickly raise the stakes, but that's why we play PUBG in the first place.


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has recently added a new desert map, called Miramar, to its roster. Also, there are rumors circulating about the upcoming snow map for PUBG. All this indicates that the developers are really trying to bring new challenges to the game and make it more fun than ever before.


Of course, adding new maps is also a great tool to withstand the competition coming from other Battle Royale games; no other game in this genre adds new environments so actively. For this reason, we offer you a few brave ideas on what other cool maps should be added to PUBG in the future.


Please remember that this is just speculation, and it is currently unknown if any of these ideas will ever see the light of day.

Top 5 Reasons PUBG's Battle Royale Is a Better Experience than Fortnite Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:02:51 -0500 Sergey_3847

PUBG is better than Fortnite -- hear me out. 

When comparing two of the current most popular Battle Royale games on the market -- Fortnite and PUBG -- it's a good idea to separate the two in terms of what they offer and what purpose they were designed to serve in the first place.

Common between both games are the basic rules. Fortnite and PUBG both pit a hundred players against each other on a map with different locations. The goal is the same: to get as much good loot as possible and to survive the last-man-standing battle.

But what are the differences? Well, the five listed below should be enough to prove to you that PUBG is the clearly better than Fortnite when it comes to the Battle Royale formula.

1. Need Weapons? We've Got Plenty

A PUBG submachine gun lies on wooden boards

The range and variety of weapons in PUBG is much more sophisticated than it is in Fortnite. Every weapon in PUBG not only looks realistic but also carries all the original weapon stats, such as fire rate, recoil, magazine capacity, etc. The realism of PUBG weaponry is clearly visible in the physics of each weapon's behavior, down to the smallest details.

In PUBG, you can attach different scopes, grips, and other cool add-ons to different weapon models, while in Fortnite, this option is currently unavailable. You can have so much fun trying out various attachments and figuring out the most optimal configuration for your character in PUBG.

2. PUBG Has a More Diverse Map


If you look at Fortnite's map, all you see is one huge piece of land with some variety in its locations but, to be honest, a total lack of truly great urban settings. In PUBG, on the other hand, both maps, including the latest desert map Miramar, have additional smaller islands. This makes PUBG's maps so much more exciting and explorable than those found in Fortnite.

Now let's get back to urban settings -- there are plenty of those on both maps in PUBG. More than that, they look great and have genuinely clever design. In Fortnite, players can build their own structures, but that is such a distraction when all you want to do is shoot, shoot, shoot.

3. Cartoony or Realistic? Your Choice

It's really impossible to define objectively which of the two styles is better -- that of cartoonish Fortnite or realistic PUBG. It really is a matter of taste. But if you think about the whole idea of shooters, wouldn't it be more appropriate to give maximum realism to your game? It probably would.

The realism of PUBG totally immerses you into the combat, and you don't really care about flashy images or funny-looking explosions when your character's life is at stake. It really is all about the experience, and the realistic approach is definitely a winning strategy here.

4. Vehicles

Three green jeeps line up along a road in PUBG

Fortnite has vehicles, but you can't drive them. Why not? Well, nobody knows, but PUBG has vehicles, and they're quite good at what they do. You can quickly get from one location to another or just escape the unwanted chasers.

On top of that, you have boats that let you travel to distant islands, which is a huge plus in my book. Can you imagine driving a boat in Fortnite? Of course you can, and it would be amazing. But it can't be done yet, so this alone makes PUBG so much better.

5. Intensity of the Last Circle

A PUBG player takes cover behind a tree

It's hard to identify exactly why it feels like this, but the intensity of the last shootout in PUBG is far greater than that in Fortnite. it is probably due to more realistic environments and physics.

Every time you survive long enough to stand against the last few survivalists, it just gets your blood boiling in PUBG, while in Fortnite, it does feel fun, but not as rewarding.

And if you do get to be the last man standing, you will be congratulated with the famous "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" catchphrase, which is a really nice, distinct touch that Fortnite lacks.


A few other things could be mentioned as well, such as sound design and customization options, but for now, these five reasons should give you a good idea of why PUBG is better than Fortnite. Leave feedback in the comments section below if you'd like to give your two cents on the PUBG versus Fortnite debate.

When Will the Battle Royale Bubble Pop? Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:27:16 -0500 Ty Arthur

It seems like you just can't escape it anymore -- everywhere you look, it's cartoony newcomer Fortnite versus the lauded PUBG. Who knew that a game genre about competitors battling to the death would end up becoming its own knock-down, drag-out grudge match?

There have been lawsuits, accusations of intellectual property theft, and some sour grapes tweets that haven't cast anyone in a good light -- and things are just revving up and getting started!

While those two giants of the battle royale industry duke it out (and we've got that one we prefer over the other), another major contender just announced its entry into what is rapidly becoming some very crowded waters.

 Shenanigans abound in BR games, so it's not hard to see why they thrive!

Overly Crowded Mode: Activate!

Already suffering from frequent claims of being an Overwatch clone on any given review or message board, the free-to-play hero shooter Paladins is also jumping into the battle royale waters with Paladins: Battlegrounds (and without even trying to hide the influence from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds).

While that iteration is still a few months off, there's no shortage of 100-player, battle royale death matches already available at every conceivable quality level, from bottom of the barrel to AAA.

Oddly enough, the genre has absolutely exploded on Android and iOS platforms, as apparently folks want to gun down 99 strangers while in line at the bank or sitting on the toilet these days.

An absolute avalanche of copy-and-paste mobile titles trying to hit on the proper SEO alphabet soup can be found at the Google Play Store, including Grand Battle RoyaleBattleground's Survivor: Battle Royale, Survival RoyaleUnknown Royal BattleBattle Game RoyaleLast Battleground: Survival ... are you sensing a trend here yet?

 Yeah, we've officially gone beyond "inspired by" here....

Battle Royale Overload

Although both PUBG and Fortnite's BR mode are going strong (and it's a good bet Paladins: Battlegrounds will do very well for itself), the fatigue is already starting to set in.

Just hit any gaming message board, where battle royale-style games are now starting to get a certain reputation as the overused flavor of the week. Fortnite, for instance, wasn't even intended to be a BR game, with its hugely successful free-to-play mode tacked on last minute. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this year's iteration of Call Of Duty announces a battle royale mode instead of zombies as the popularity continues to climb.

There's a bubble growing here, and like any number of fads -- from fidget spinners to cryptocurrency to bad home loans -- we all know that bubbles eventually only do one thing: they pop. The question is simply a matter of when.

When a fad will finally die is hard to judge, as some fan bases are more loyal than others. Despite being a growing bubble for years now, the superhero expanded universe movie genre somehow still hasn't popped, even with movies like Age of Ultron or Batman v Superman consistently landing with a thud.

Likewise, despite overwhelming criticism of the story and mishandled characters, The Last Jedi continues to break records, and Star Wars shows no signs of slowing down with its yearly entries.

It would appear that when people find something they like, they stick with it, even when the returns start to diminish. Of course, a subgenre in gaming is a different beast than worldwide, billion dollar movie franchises.

Gaming bubbles have popped before, and hard -- just ask anyone who worked on a Rock Band or Guitar Hero title. There's no question we've already hit oversaturation levels in the BR realm (just take a look at that ludicrous list of mobile titles above), and there are still more titles prepped and ready to go on the horizon.

Battle Royale Evolved

If the battle royale genre intends to thrive, it will require some major innovation. The same map layouts and basic building structures aren't going to cut it much longer.

To be fair, some of the more interesting BR games already have different themes, from dinosaurs to building your own structures. Ark: Survival Of The Fittest for instance gives you the base Ark hunting, gathering, and crafting elements, while Fortnite has base building, disguising yourself as a bush, and frequent limited-time modes that change the formula.

None of them really include much in the way of aerial combat at this point (imagine a battle royale game in a fantasy setting where you can ride dragons) or the ability to knife fight while jumping to your destination. Focusing on the ability to tunnel underneath other players' compounds and the addition of more large-scale, cooperative modes would also go a long way in changing up how battle royale games are played.

 We need to move beyond "close the door to mess with other players" and get some new battle royale paradigms.

Battle Royale: The Next Generation

Since their inception, we've seen battle royale entries go from interesting FPS mods that only a select few knew about to a bona fide gaming fad now trying to eclipse the MOBA or team-based shooter.

What comes next all boils down to who jumps in and who jumps out, and there's one company in particular that could throw this whole thing upside down.

Considering how Blizzard got into the MOBA arena with Heroes Of The Storm and team-based shooters with Overwatch, it seems like a foregone conclusion that there will be a battle royale title coming, and that could be the biggest game changer right there.

Blizzard has the staying power to take battle royale from gaming fad to long-lasting tradition. The question is whether it will be a BR mode for Overwatch or a full game all on its own? With a entry in the battle royale ring, the bubble popping could be forestalled for a good long time to come, although it might mean massive player drops for the existing games that propelled the genre forward.

 It wouldn't be hard for this to dethrone Fortnite and PUBG overnight.

What do you think -- are battle royale games here to stay, or have they already outlived their welcome? Let us know which one you prefer and if you plan on trying out Paladins: Battlegrounds when it lands later this year!

PUBG Aim Acceleration Gets A Fix in New Patch Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:04:45 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Bluehole's PUBG took the world by storm and continues to work its way into people's gaming lives with its release on Xbox One's Game Preview program. But it's been a far-from-perfect transition to home console, with users pointing to multiple crash issues and problems with mechanics as close to game-breaking, with aim acceleration the most damning of the bunch. For the uninitiated, aim acceleration in PUBG drastically affects crosshair movement speed, and for many experienced players, it can cause quite a problem.

Players' pleas have been heard, though, since Bluehole included an aim acceleration slider in its latest PUBG patch. Now, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds noobs and grizzled shooter veterans alike can, it's hoped, adjust the sensitivity to a level that meets their needs by tweaking the new slider in the in-game options menu.

The update is now live for all Xbox One players. Below are the full patch notes:


  • Aim acceleration can now be adjusted by players via in-game option
  • Player weapon damage has been increased against vehicles. We will continue to monitor player feedback and telemetry and make further balancing adjustments as needed in future updates
  • FPP Solo matchmaking queue will be made available for NA / EU / Oceanic servers. We will open other modes within those regions as concurrency allows
  • Fixed an issue that caused indoor lighting and shadows to appear too dark and blueish
  • Analog stick acceleration added while exiting the plane and while parachuting


  • PhysX performance enhancements
  • Server FPS slightly increased
  • Client FPS slightly increased
  • Some VFX received slight optimizations


  • Music on/off option added

Bug Fixes

  • Addressed a number of known crashes
  • Fixed a UI issue that occurred when multiple players attempted to loot from the same source


Will this fix help you improve your game? Let us know in the comments!

Top 5 Reasons Fortnite Is a Better Battle Royale than PUBG Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:19:28 -0500 Ty Arthur

We've seen it before in MOBAs, team shooters, 4X entries, and yearly FPS giants: when two behemoths of a genre go to war for supremacy, one invariably comes out on top. Fortnite vs. PUBG -- who will come out with the title of Battle Royale King!

No matter which game you prefer, honestly, it's the players who win as more companies jump on the BR bandwagon, although the developers may not see it that way. PUBG unquestionably reigned supreme for a good long while there.. and then came Fortnite to steal its thunder (and its fan base), hitting 20 million players extremely quickly.

Most galling of all, Fortnite wasn't even originally supposed to be a BR game, instead starting as a PvE online experience that had a Battle Royale addition tacked on during Early Access development, almost as an afterthought!

Honestly, that's got to sting for the folks behind PUBG -- not that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds started the genre either, though. From the Survival Games mode for Minecraft, various ArmA mods that were prototypical battle royale modes, and of course, the extremely Hunger Games-inspired Ark: Survival Of The Fittest, BR has been around for awhile in many different forms.

Now it's time for the best of the best to reveal themselves and knock all the pretenders down a peg or two. And at the moment, a lot of gamers think PUBG sucks, so the game at the top of the heap is easily Fortnite. Here are 5 major reasons other than "It's just better".

1. Building Structures

Taking the mechanics of the base Save The World mode (which is focused strongly around building bases and laying traps to fight waves of enemies), Fortnite's take on battle royale offers a lot more than just simple free-for-all shooting.

Giving everyone the ability to harvest resources and build settlements radically changes the formula, even if you just throw up a wood wall every now and again to block incoming gunfire and don't craft elaborate structures. The possibilities are nearly endless, and players are always coming up with new ways to utilize the base-building elements.

Chuck a grenade and throw up a wall to avoid hurting yourself. Build a staircase to reach a cliff or get into the top floor of a house without having to go through the people barricaded in the ground floor living room. Build your own tower for a sniper nest and camp out. Expand a bridge to Loot Island to avoid moving slowly through the water. Your only limit is your own creativity and the resources on hand.

 Build your own fortress to defend! (Thanks to KDMars for the screenshot)

2. Polish

When it comes to how tight the game plays and how well developed all the mechanics are, there's a clear winner. Inventory management, controls, matchmaking -- everything just comes together better in Fortnite.

While there have been a few hiccups here and there on Fortnite with servers going down, the issues are always resolved quickly, and player feedback is clearly being taken into consideration as tweaks are made to weapons, items, and mechanics.

Granted, Epic has a much bigger team of people working on Fortnite than is at the PUBG crew's disposal, but there's still a wide disparity between the overall level of polish and completeness between the two. Add in the fact that Fortnite has daily quests, fun skins to unlock, and loads of extra features, and the gap between the two gets wider.

 Turn that disco ball into a Disco Brawl and get funky as you harvest resources!

3. Graphics

Clearly, this is a personal preference issue, and not everyone will agree as to which game has the better overall style. If you like something more gritty along the lines of ArmA, this won't be the case for you, but I find Fortnite's cartoon style to be more refreshing to look at for long periods. 

That bright, bubbly color scheme and rounded edges on everything are just more inviting. Fortnite has a unique visual flair, taking the base game's exaggerated features that work so well with cute zombies and head-flinging witches and keeping them for the frenzied battle royale mode.

Odd as it sounds, that style also seems to soothe some of the sting of defeat when you get taken down halfway through the match, since there's more reason to keep spectating what's going on with the remaining players. This is doubly true when you consider Fortnite's next big step up over the competition.

4. Fortnite's Oddity

This game is delightfully wacky and wonderfully weird. There's just no getting around that fact, as it is constantly in your face. The base game features a prominent mechanic where a pinata begs for his life as you whack it apart for loot and new survivors, and much of that oddity is kept for battle royale.

Surviving in the harsh arena of PUBG is a rush, there's no doubt about that, but it just isn't as fun as surfing on a pumpkin rocket to unexpectedly snipe your enemies from the air and land in a fiery explosion of death and hilarity.

While remaining unseen and unheard is a big deal in both games, only one of them lets you literally be a bush to confound other players. You won't typically see a herd of bushes armed with shotguns stalking one another in PUBG.

From the Disco Brawl harvester tool to Christmas and Halloween-themed updates just for fun, Fortnite's style does a better job of maintaining interest over time while playing the same map over and over.

 This is just objectively more fun than something overly serious.

5. Limited Time Modes/Regular Updates

On a similar note, battle royale games are hampered by the fact that you are basically having the same experience every match. Yes, you can approach the 100-player combat from different areas or try different tactics, but the base game is always the same ... except that with Fortnite, it isn't.

Fortnite keeps things fresh with regular releases of limited-time modes that spice up the game, like a 50 vs 50 extravaganza or the ludicrous Sneaky Silencer Mode. Considering that we're already getting these themed events frequently and the game is still in Early Access, it seems like the Fortnite crew is in it for the long haul as far as keeping players interested in the BR mode.

Based on player feedback and all the many changes so far, it's clear that more progression elements are going to be added in, and new items are already frequently brought onboard to change how the game works, like the recent addition of the Cozy Campfire.

No Shortage of Battle Royale Options

To be fair, PUBG does edge out the competition on the map size, and it offers more of a hardcore style rather than some silly run and gun shenanigans. Thankfully, you don't have to choose just one! Quite a few of us here at GameSkinny love 'em both, although my heart tends to land more on the Fortnite side.

It looks like both games are about to face stiff competition from the new Paladins: Battlegrounds mode coming later this year. It's a very good bet that other MOBAs and various online titles will be eyeing their own battle royale-style updates in the very near future. For those who prefer phone or tablet gaming, mobile platforms are also being flooded with BR clone titles like Survival Royale.

Sound off below -- who do you think wins in the death match between Fortnite and PUBG, and do you agree with our reasons for picking one over the other?