PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network PUBG Lands On PS4 December 7 https://www.gameskinny.com/89vf2/pubg-lands-on-ps4-december-7 https://www.gameskinny.com/89vf2/pubg-lands-on-ps4-december-7 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:19:28 -0500 QuintLyn

PlayStation 4 fans only have a week left to wait before they'll be able to log into Bluehole's popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds -- or PUBG. The game is set to release on the system Friday December 7.

Bluehole announced the console launch earlier, along with several game package options for those wishing to purchase it. These include Disk and Looter's Editions that include the base game and pre-order bonuses for $29.99 USD, a Survivor's Edition for $59.99 USD and a Champion's Edition for $89.99 USD.

The latter two editions include the following in addition to the game and pre-order bonuses.

  • Survivor’s Edition
    • Survivor Pass: Vikendi
    • 2,300 G-Coin Pack
    • 20,000 BP
  • Champion’s Edition
    • Survivor Pass: Vikendi
    • 6,000 G-Coin Pack
    • 20,000 BP

The pre-order bonuses include a Nathan Drake Desert Outfit from the Uncharted series, and Ellie's Backpack from The Last of Us. There will also be a PUBG avatar and theme to use on the PS4.

Anyone hoping to pick up these goodies will want to head over to the PUBG site to pre-order. Just remember, you'll need to do it before the game releases on the PS4.

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Black Friday 2018 Video Game Deals Roundup https://www.gameskinny.com/ucaq8/black-friday-2018-video-game-deals-roundup https://www.gameskinny.com/ucaq8/black-friday-2018-video-game-deals-roundup Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:29:21 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Black Friday is just around the corner, and of course, that means it's time to start planning your shopping list. With so many retailers and so many games to choose from, it's difficult to know just where to start. Except when you have our handy Black Friday 2018 guide at your fingertips!

We've put together a list of the major retailers' upcoming Black Friday sales including console sales and price drops, and we've broken them down by price and platform, making your Black Friday shopping easier than ever before.

Walmart

Walmart's putting out a variety of deals this year, including the $199.99 PS4 Spider-Man bundle. But, there are plenty of other smaller deals the retail giant's offering, and here are some of the best ones. Not all items in the ad are available online, so in-store would be your best bet, and the sale is good for Thanksgiving night and Black Friday only.

Consoles
  • Xbox One X, 1TB: $399.00 ($70.00 off all other XB1X bundles)
  • Xbox One S, 1TB Minecraft Bundle: $299.00 (All other XB1S bundles priced at $229.00)
  • Nintendo Switch, Neon Joy-Con, Mario Kart 8 Bundle: $299.00
$35 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Soul Caliber VI
  • We Happy Few
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Nintendo Switch

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • ARMS
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • FIFA 19

Xbox One

  • Sea of Thieves
  • For Honor: Marching Fire
  • Forza Horizon 4
$25 Each

PlayStation 4

  • God of War
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Detroit: Become Human

Nintendo Switch

  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Rocket League

Xbox One

  • Far Cry 5
$17 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Diablo III
  • Monster Hunter: World

Nintendo Switch

  • LEGO Worlds
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Nintendo 3DS/2DS

  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf--Welcome Amiibo

Target

Target's Black Friday ad is huge, but it's game selection isn't quite so impressive. Still, you can pick up some good deals on hot titles and older favorites.

Consoles
  • PlayStation 4, 1TB, Spiderman Bundle: $199.99
  • PlayStation VR Bundle (includes Creed: Rise to Glory and SuperHot VR): $249.99; save $100.00 on all other PSVR bundles
$35.00 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Soul Caliber VI
  • NHL 19

Xbox One

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Forza Horizon 4
$25.00 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

Nintendo Switch

  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers

Xbox One

  • Far Cry 5
  • LEGO The Incredibles
$15 Games

PlayStation 4

  • The Evil Within 2
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • DOOM
  • Overwatch

Xbox One

  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Miscellaneous
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas Nintendo Switch Starter Pack: $39.99

Best Buy

The tech king's putting on some pretty good sales this year, including console bundles. These sales start Thanksgiving night and continue into Black Friday.

Consoles
  • PlayStation 4, 1TB, Spiderman Bundle: $199.99
  • Xbox One S, 1TB, Minecraft Bundle: $199.99
  • Nintendo Switch, Neon Joy-Con, Mario Kart 8 Bundle: $299.99
  • Nintendo 2DS Super Mario Maker Edition: $79.99
$29.99 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • FIFA 19
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Nintendo Switch

  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • Hello, Neighbor
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

Nintendo 3DS

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

XBox One

  • FIFA 19
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  • For Honor: Marching Fire
Save $20 on Select Switch Games
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Scribblenauts Mega Pack

GameStop

As usual, GameStop offers a wide variety of discounts and deals, including a buy 2 get 1 free on all preowned products from November 23-26.

Consoles
  • PlayStation 4 Pro, 1TB: $349.99
  • PlayStation 4, 1TB: $199.99
  • $100 off all PSVR headsets
  • Xbox One S, 1TB: $299.99
  • Xbox One S, 1TB, Middle Earth: Shadow of War Bundle: $299.99
  • Xbox One S, 500GB: $189.99
$30 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Persona 5
  • Yakuza 0
  • LEGO Ninjago Movie

XBox One

  • F1 2017: Special Edition
  • Project Cars 2
$25 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Dragon Quest Heroes II
  • NieR: Automata

Xbox One

  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
  • Tekken 7
  • Dirt 4
$20 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
  • World of Final Fantasy
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Knack II
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Everybody's Golf

Xbox One

  • Dead Alliance
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Golf Club 2
  • LEGO City Undercover
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
$15 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • The Last of Us

Xbox One

  • Wolfenstein: The Two Pack
  • MS Vs ATV Supercross Encore 2017 Track Edition
Save $20

Xbox One

  • Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • NHL 18
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Forza Motorsport 7
Save $10

PlayStation 4

  • Batman: The Telltale Series--The Enemy Within
  • NBA 2K18

Xbox One

  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • LEGO Worlds
  • Super Lucky's Tale
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Outlast Trinity

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That's it for now, but be sure to check back for more sales updates as they become available. And if you're looking for what to get for the young ones on your list this year, check out our family-friendly buying guides.

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PUBG Developers Confirm Halloween Themed Costumes https://www.gameskinny.com/aoet6/pubg-developers-confirm-halloween-themed-costumes https://www.gameskinny.com/aoet6/pubg-developers-confirm-halloween-themed-costumes Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:57:24 -0400 Zack Palm

We covered how the PUBG developers were hinting at the arrival of Halloween costumes with little other details. Our patience has paid off with the entry of this new series of outfits dubbed 'Survival Squad of Heroes', all centered around this spooky time of the year!

The confirmation comes from a community post made on Steam by Valor. The post outlines how you can purchase any of these iconic costumes from the PUBG store as individual items, or from a crate at a reduced cost. The post lists how that the Maniacal Butcher costume can be yours for 10,000 BP.

If buying these costumes from the store is not for you, you have the opportunity to one win one them by following the official PUBG Twitter account and participating in an upcoming screenshot contest.

Here's the price break down for each item, and their respective crates:

Killer Clown:
  • Killer Clown Wig -- $2.50
  • Killer Clown Mask -- $4.99
  • Killer Clown Suit -- $7.50
  • Killer Clown Pants -- $4.99
  • Killer Clown Shoes -- $3.00
  • Killer Clown Crate -- $17.99
Ancient Mummy Set:
  • Ancient Mummy Mask -- $2.50
  • Ancient Mummy Top -- $9.99
  • Ancient Mummy Leggings -- $4.99
  • Ancient Mummy Footwraps -- $2.50
  • Ancient Mummy Crate -- $15.99
Bloody Nurse:
  • Bloody Nurse Cap -- $2.50
  • Bloody Nurse Mask -- $2.50
  • Bloody Nurse Uniform -- $19.99
  • Bloody Nurse Crate -- $20.99
Maniacal Butcher:
  • Maniacal Butcher's Mask -- 5,000 BP
  • Maniacal Butcher's Apron -- 3,000 BP
  • Maniacal Butcher's Pants -- 2,000 BP
  • Maniacal Butcher's Shoes -- 2,000 BP
  • Maniacal Butcher's Crate -- 10,000 BP

This special Halloween event ends in 27 days, giving you plenty of time to earn up some BP to acquire the Maniacal Butcher or to save up for one of the other costumes! 

What do you think of PUBG's first holiday-themed event? Let us know in the comments below.

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Halloween Cosmetics & Skins Teased for PUBG https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:43:52 -0400 Zack Palm

To help get you into the spirit of Halloween, the developers behind PUBG have released a nine-second Halloween-themed video on their official Twitter page, which you can watch here.

While extremely brief, the video teases several pieces of cosmetic items likely on the way in a holiday-themed loot crate. 

Though the PUBG development team has not released any specific details since the tweet went out last night, it's possible that Halloween-themed skins are on the way to the popular battle royale in the form of a torn-up nurse outfit, a bloody butcher's apron, and a killer clown outfit. 

As we get closer to Halloween, there's sure to be a more formal announcement, perhaps even something introducing a themed event. We know that PUBG Mobile is set to get a Halloween event and night mode in the latest patch notes leak -- so something for the base game probably isn't that far off. 

How do you feel about PUBG releasing holiday-themed content? Stay tuned to Gameskinny as we learn more details about PUBG's plans for Halloween!

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PUBG Heads To FACEIT Competitive Platform https://www.gameskinny.com/p8j4v/pubg-heads-to-faceit-competitive-platform https://www.gameskinny.com/p8j4v/pubg-heads-to-faceit-competitive-platform Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:00:49 -0400 Zack Palm

PUBG players are about to get a far more enriching competitive experience with a partnership with FACEIT. This partnership brings PUBG to the FACEIT platform where players can signup to get involved with a new progression system, competitive scene, and partner-sponsored tournaments.

The partnership comes out from the closed beta they ran in August. More than 200,000 players signed up to get involved and were excited about the new direction for the battle royale game. The progression system should make it easier for talent agencies to seek out the truly gifted players, streamlining the process to get them on a competitive team and fighting in the official tournaments. The FACEIT platform also makes it easier for organizations to create their own tournaments on customized servers and invite select attendees.

Niccolo Maisto, the CEO of FACEIT, had this to say:

“Whilst we anticipated high levels of success with the closed beta, we were blown away by the positive feedback and the number of sign-ups. The integration we developed with PUBG allows players to be in a match within seconds and we’re excited to welcome everyone on the platform to jump in and experience our competitive battleground. PUBG is continually proving its fierce potential as an esport, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that exciting journey by offering players unprecedented opportunities to develop their skills.”

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, FACEIT is rewarding the first player to earn 338 chicken dinners with a FIAT 500. Join in on the FACEIT platform to enter the competition and put your survival skills to the test!

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12 Battle Royale Games You Must Play Coming In 2018 And Beyond https://www.gameskinny.com/jfzuv/12-battle-royale-games-you-must-play-coming-in-2018-and-beyond https://www.gameskinny.com/jfzuv/12-battle-royale-games-you-must-play-coming-in-2018-and-beyond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:10:04 -0400 Ty Arthur

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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?

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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!

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Trove Geode: Bomber Royale

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Battlefield V

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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.

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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.

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Egress

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Europa

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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. 

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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!

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

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Fractured Lands

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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.

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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.

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

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Fear The Wolves

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Crazy Justice

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mavericks Proving Grounds 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Islands Of Nyne

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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.

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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.

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

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Rapture Rejects

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 4

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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PUBG Corp Is Suing Epic Games for a Reason: Asian-region Dominance https://www.gameskinny.com/ys3o7/pubg-corp-is-suing-epic-games-for-a-reason-asian-region-dominance https://www.gameskinny.com/ys3o7/pubg-corp-is-suing-epic-games-for-a-reason-asian-region-dominance Thu, 31 May 2018 17:36:12 -0400 Ashley Shankle

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.

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War Mode Returns to PUBG This Weekend Only https://www.gameskinny.com/qk3j8/war-mode-returns-to-pubg-this-weekend-only https://www.gameskinny.com/qk3j8/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. 

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The Complete PUBG Sanhok Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/tqplb/the-complete-pubg-sanhok-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/tqplb/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

Cave

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

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.

Lakawi

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: 

BEFORE AFTER
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.

Scopes

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.

Vehicles

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.

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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:

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How to Win Chicken Dinner After the New PUBG 0.5.0 Update https://www.gameskinny.com/j1tp3/how-to-win-chicken-dinner-after-the-new-pubg-050-update https://www.gameskinny.com/j1tp3/how-to-win-chicken-dinner-after-the-new-pubg-050-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!

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

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PUBG Guide: All Key Savage Map Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/udr74/pubg-guide-all-key-savage-map-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/udr74/pubg-guide-all-key-savage-map-locations Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:04:29 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Coastal

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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Abandoned Resort

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bootcamp Alpha

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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.

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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.

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River Town

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Training Center

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PUBG Mobile: Let's Play Spot the Bots! https://www.gameskinny.com/0vsbb/pubg-mobile-lets-play-spot-the-bots https://www.gameskinny.com/0vsbb/pubg-mobile-lets-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.

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How to Invite and Play With Friends on PUBG Mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/dybaf/how-to-invite-and-play-with-friends-on-pubg-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/dybaf/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). 

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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!

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PUBG Guide: How to Improve Your Shooting with Zeroing https://www.gameskinny.com/ruez6/pubg-guide-how-to-improve-your-shooting-with-zeroing https://www.gameskinny.com/ruez6/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!

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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!

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PUBG Mobile Guide: Beginner's Tips to Getting Chicken Dinner on the Go https://www.gameskinny.com/wjwa2/pubg-mobile-guide-beginners-tips-to-getting-chicken-dinner-on-the-go https://www.gameskinny.com/wjwa2/pubg-mobile-guide-beginners-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

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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!

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Does PUBG Mobile Have Controller Support? https://www.gameskinny.com/jczac/does-pubg-mobile-have-controller-support https://www.gameskinny.com/jczac/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. 

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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.

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PUBG PC Is Dying Because of Chinese Hackers, Not the Console Release https://www.gameskinny.com/9skf1/pubg-pc-is-dying-because-of-chinese-hackers-not-the-console-release https://www.gameskinny.com/9skf1/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. 

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

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PUBG Cannot Find dxgi.dll Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/cn6t0/pubg-cannot-find-dxgidll-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/cn6t0/pubg-cannot-find-dxgidll-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.

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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:

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6 Most Ridiculously Expensive PUBG Items https://www.gameskinny.com/8ifw9/6-most-ridiculously-expensive-pubg-items https://www.gameskinny.com/8ifw9/6-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.

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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.

 

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How to Play Better in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/16mlf/how-to-play-better-in-playerunknowns-battlegrounds-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/16mlf/how-to-play-better-in-playerunknowns-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.

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