PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Articles RSS Feed | PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 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 gamepad for the mobile battle royale hit is complicated.

The official word from Tencent and Bluehole is that controllers and mobile gamepads aren't officially supported by PUBG Mobile on any device, whether that device be 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 

First, you'll 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 for $2.49 from the Google Play Store

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, you'll need to 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!  

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 Spongehoe

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 Spongehoe

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

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 them are the rules of the game. Both games 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 clear winner when it comes to the Battle Royale formula.

1. Need Weapons? We've Got Plenty

The range and variety of weapons in PUBG is way more sophisticated than 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 its behavior, down to the smallest details.

In PUBG you can attach different scopes, grips, and other cool little things 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. 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.

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

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

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 a superior Battle Royale experience. 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's Battle Royale Is a Better Experience 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. Right now, we've got the established PUBG in an ugly battle against up-and-coming contender Fortnite for 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 Battle Royale, and do you agree with our reasons for picking one over the other?


How to Use PUBG's Replay Controls Sun, 07 Jan 2018 10:01:45 -0500 Sergey_3847

Recently, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds received a cool, new feature -- Replays. It allows players to record and watch their previously played matches and see if they could have played any better -- or see how well they owned the competition.

It is a truly great tool that can make you a much better player if you can correctly identify your mistakes -- or just have fun watching all the whacky moments with your friends.

If you're having trouble understanding how the Replay controls work in PUBG, then here's a quick guide to help you out.

Replay Controls in PUBG

Replay controls in PUBG allow you to change the camera angle, speed up or slow down the playback, and even activate an X-ray mode. All the available features are listed below:

  • J: Timeline ON/OFF (Player can move to the desired time, pause)
  • P: Pause
  • ↑, ↓: Play speed change
  • B: Back to own character
  • W, A, S, D: Camera move
  • E, Q: Camera height change
  • Holding Shift, Ctrl: Camera move speed change
  • TAB: Open the player list (If you click the player ID, the camera moves to that player’s view)
  • V or LMB: Observing camera (You can see the view of the selected player - FPP if available)
  • C or RMB: Following camera (The camera follows selected player and you can control the camera angles and zoom -- Over the shoulder or TPP)
  • F or SPACE: Free camera (Move to the camera view which can freely move on the map)
  • L: Open the battle list (You can check engagements with and around the currently selected player)
  • M: Map (If you LMB click the player’s icon on the map, you can move to the observing camera of the selected player. If you RMB click any empty area of the map, you can move to the free camera at that position)
  • H: Show all Player Names
  • X: X-ray mode (show all player model outlines through objects)
  • Ctrl+U: Hide/Show HUD (same as in-game control)


Now you can enjoy watching and analyzing your replays even more, and for other PUBG guides at GameSkinny, check out the list below:

How to Get the Partner Jacket in PUBG Sun, 07 Jan 2018 10:05:03 -0500 Sergey_3847

Whether you like it or not, the Partner's Jacket in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is only available for PUBG partners. You cannot buy this jacket, and the owners of the item cannot sell it to you.

So the only way to get this exclusive piece of gear is to apply to become a full-fledged PUBG partner. If you want to know how to do it, then follow our step-by-step guide below.

How to Become a PUBG Partner

Step #1: Start Creating Content

If you look at the list of featured PUBG partners on the community's official Twitter, you will notice that all of them are long-time PUBG streamers and YouTubers.

This means that if you want to be eligible for the partnership, you will need to start creating solid content -- and the sooner the better. Follow some of the partners and see what kind of content they create, and try to make your own content, if not better, then at least on the same level.

Step #2: Gain Influence

Only creating content is not good enough to become a leader in the community. You must have a distinct voice, and give good feedback to both players and developers.

If you have no idea how to do this, then simply follow an advice given by Melissa Mok, PUBG's Senior Partnerships Manager:

Don’t give up! If even one person watches your content consistently, you’re making a difference in their life. I realize some people will read this and tell me to not be so full of myself in thinking videos or live streams make a difference in people’s lives, but they do. Whether you realize it or not, your personality is drawing people to you and you’re making a community in which they feel comfortable, safe, and happy to be themselves; they like being surrounded by people who are like them and accept them.

Step #3: Apply for Partnership

If you feel that you've done your part and gained certain status within the PUBG community, then you can apply for the next partnerships program.

As of this writing, the application is closed. If you want to know when it will be open, just subscribe to the PUBG Partners Twitter account and check it frequently for all the news and updates.


Good luck with applying for the PUBG partnership program and finally obtaining that cool-looking jacket. For any other PUBG guides here at GameSkinny, see the list below:

PUBG Guide: 1-Man Squad Tips and Tricks Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:37:15 -0500 Sergey_3847

When speaking of squads in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, usually it means that two or more players are being matched against other squads. But an update for Xbox One has introduced the concept of a 1-man squad.

So what is a 1-man squad in PUBG? You can play solo, but this time against other squads that may consist of more than one player, which is a truly challenging idea when you think about it. If you want to know how to do well in this unique mode, then follow our tips and tricks below.

Tip #1: Do Not Engage

One of the most frequent reasons why people so easily die in the 1-man squad mode is that they simply get outnumbered and outpowered against 2-, 3-, or 4-player squads.

So the first rule of the 1-man squad is to not engage in the shootout, but wait before other squads deal with each other, when there are a lot less players left to deal with. Then, you can move forward and take out your opponents one by one without too much hassle.

Tip #2: Choose Vantage Point

Of course, in order to be able to do this, you should choose a good vantage point, such as a hill or a building that lets you see every other squad in the distance.

Learn their positions and act accordingly. Remember, the more information you have about your enemies, the more advantage you will have over them. One man can do so much by just being prepared.

Tip #3: Avoid Open Areas

It is absolutely essential to have a good cover when dealing with other squads in PUBG. Be sure to avoid any open areas, and move in the perimeter of urban settings.

There is no shame in being passive while playing as a 1-man squad. If you can be patient and strike at the right time, this strategy will have the best payoff.

Tip #4: Change Positions

Never let your enemies detect you or spot you in one place, and always change your positions. Make sure that you see them, but they don't see you -- this is the best position to be in.

Also, if you come upon downed players, always finish them off so that their squadmates won't be able to rescue them and you don't have to deal with them later.


Hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you win in this super exciting mode, and do try it out, as it grants better loot than other modes. And in case you need other PUBG guides, take a look at the list below:

PUBG Guide: Account Already Exists Fix for Xbox One Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:00:54 -0500 Sergey_3847

The start of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One console has been riddled with bugs and glitches since the beginning. Even though the team behind the game is doing everything possible to fix all these issues, some of them are still persisting.

Many new players who bought PUBG for Xbox One cannot connect to their game due to the "account already exists" error message. But there is a possible solution to this weird bug. Just follow the guide below for all the necessary steps.

How to Fix Account Already Exists Error in PUBG

If you get the "account already exists" error at the start of the game, it gives you an option to reconnect. However, this won't help the problem. What you need to do is to follow these steps:

  1. Quit PUBG (no need to reconnect)
  2. Sign out of all your existing Xbox One accounts
  3. Restart your console
  4. Sign in with only one account (the one on which you bought the game)
  5. Start PUBG

If you still get the same message, or the game refuses to authorize you, then go to "Preferences" in the game's menu and select the account you chose to sign in with.

This way, you will let the game know which account to use while connecting. And if you've done everything properly and signed out of all other accounts, then you shouldn't see this error message ever again.

If you will try to sign in with any other account, then again you will not be able to connect.


This should fix your problem with buggy accounts on Xbox One, and if you're looking for other related PUBG guides at GameSkinny, then check them out below:

Steam Reveals 2017's Biggest Moneymakers Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:03:00 -0500 Lewis Parsons

Valve has come out with a list of the top 100 moneymakers on Steam for 2017, and while it includes a fair share of expected and consistently profitable titles such as The Witcher 3, GTA V, and Rocket League, there were a decent amount of surprises making the list.

The Top 12:

Valve arrived at this by taking into account game sales, DLC, and in-game transactions. While we know roughly where a game placed on the list, we don't know exact revenue numbers; nor where in each tier an individual game falls.

Valve also published a list of the most played games of 2017, which, not surprisingly, sees a lot of overlap with the biggest earners for the year.



The 5 Best Miramar Map Easter Eggs in PUBG Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:44:07 -0500 Sergey_3847




PUBG devs have a great sense of humor, and this Easter eggs proves it. The new pick-ups you can find on the desert map have these weird car plate numbers. But if you take a closer look, then you may notice that the "F2HNK" actually means "Press F to Honk."


All the new players will definitely want to try it out, but the problem is that by pressing F in PUBG you make your character leave the vehicle. So by attempting to press F while driving your character will simply fall out of the car. Keep this in mind and don't just press F when driving. Veteran players know this trick too well.




Hopefully, you enjoyed this selection of the best Miramar map easter eggs, and for other dedicated PUBG guides at GameSkinny refer to the list below:




Even though the main locations on Miramar have Spanish-based names, it looks like Bluehole decided to not forget about Erangel locations either. For example, at the entrance to the northern town of La Cobreria, you can find this sign of the town of Georgopol from the old map.


The name and the location of Georgopol in Erangel was based on the tragic town of Chernobyl. Since La Cobreria looks half-destroyed, it is truly a fitting sign to have here, too.


El Pollo es Mio


Just like Erangel's location names were inspired by Russian real-life locations, Miramar map's names are inspired by Spanish locations. So don't be surprised when seeing this graffiti on one of the buildings in Minas Generales located north from La Bendita in the central part of the map.


"El Pollo es Mio" means "The Chicken is Mine" in Spanish, and refers to the "Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner" phrase, which players may see when they win the match. Maybe this place is perfect for getting that last kill, who knows?


I Hate School Easter Egg


This next PUBG Easter egg is really well hidden, but if you can manage to get to the island south of Valle del Mar, you will have the chance to see it for yourself. It is located on top of the hill in the location named Minas del Sur. There you will see a red cone inside a circle of rocks with a note stickied to it saying, "I Hate School".


What could this mean? Well, if you've been playing on the Miramar map for a while, then you will know that the "school" is the hottest spot on the map right now. It looks like that players not only despise this location but the devs too.



Miramar Mini-Map


If you've been following the development of the new Miramar map in PUBG, then you've surely seen the very first prototype of the map presented by the developers. The thing is that the first map had these really strange names, which have been changed for the final release.


Now, you can find an Easter egg pertaining to that first map, complete with silly names on one of the islands -- which is located to the east of Los Leones. This map can be found inside the building on the table, exact location of which is marked on the screenshot below.



After a couple of weeks of exploring the new Miramar map in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, players have found some really exciting and funny Easter eggs. Some of the references found in PUBG's new map go as far as tricking players into hurting themselves, although most of them are just fun and games.


The old Erangel map had tons of cool little snippets here and there, too, but this new PUBG desert map has so much more to offer. If you enjoy looking for Easter eggs and want to find them all, then follow this guide for all the best Easter eggs on the new Miramar map in PUBG.

Best First-Person Shooters of 2017 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:00:01 -0500 Kengaskhan


Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

“First-person shooter” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "Resident Evil." However, the seventh main title is, in fact, played from a first-person perspective, and it does, in fact, involve shooting guns.


Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is actually a very competent FPS in its own right, and the switch from third-person to first-person enhances the truly frightening atmosphere that the series is so well known for (and it does make you wonder why Capcom hadn’t made a first-person Resident Evil game sooner). Unlike most conventional first-person shooters, you won’t be unloading your gun’s magazine every chance you get in Resident Evil 7. In fact, you’ll probably find yourself praying for fewer enemies to fight.




That wraps up our list of seven of the best first-person shooters released in 2017. If there are any games that you think should've been on this list, let us know with a comment!


Quake Champions

Platform: PC

While hero shooters are becoming more and more popular, arena shooters are something of a rarity these days. Quake Champions combines the two, pitting a fairly varied cast of unique characters against one another in an intense, arena-based bloodsport with lightning guns and rocket launchers.


With so few arena shooters on the market, most players will probably have to get their fix from Quake Champions if they want a more modern experience. However, even if it’s not perfect, Quake Champions does deliver as an excellent arena FPS experience, and players interested in the genre should definitely check the latest entry in the Quake series out. And veterans need not fear the hero aspects of Quake Champions, as the game feels nothing at all like Overwatch.


Destiny 2

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Destiny 2 is kind of a mixed bag at the moment -- the whole loot box controversy happening alongside the game’s current content drought certainly isn’t doing the game any favors. However, at its core you’ll find an incredibly polished game with some of the most satisfying FPS gameplay and one of the most unique multiplayer PvE experiences the genre has to offer.


It’s a shame that Destiny 2 is currently in the shape that it is, but if all you’re looking for is a short, exciting FPS experience, then this is your game. Otherwise, it’s a game to keep your eye on during the next year, as the upcoming DLC could very well make or break Destiny 2.


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Platforms: PC & Xbox One

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a little unusual compared to the rest of the games on this list in that it’s a battle royale survival game, so the majority of your time won’t actually be spent in shootouts with other players. You’d think that having 99 other players in the game would lead to an all-out bloodbath, but you’re going to have to pick your fights carefully if you want to be the last man (or squad) standing. At the same time, this gives each firefight that much more weight, as the long average life expectancy in PUBG (as opposed to other FPS games) means you’ve got that much more to lose.


Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (in 2018)

I probably wasn’t the only one skeptical of Bethesda’s ability to put out a great Wolfenstein game when The First Order was announced in 2013, but a year later, the game was released and subsequently nominated for Golden Joystick’s 2014 Game of the Year award! It may not have won, but it’s obvious how well the game was received.


Well, it's a few years later, and we’ve got the sequel, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus ... which was awarded Best Action Game at The Game Awards 2017.


Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus packages that frantic, fast-paced FPS gameplay that the series is so well known for into a spectacularly imaginative story -- and it’s actually a pretty good story to boot. If you’re looking for a Nazi-killing simulator, you can’t really go wrong with any of the Wolfenstein games, but The New Colossus is the latest, and certainly one of the greatest, entries in the series.


Prey (2017)

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Arkane Studios’s Prey reboot is an immersive simulator with some incredibly open-ended gameplay. Prey may not have the most robust shooting mechanics (they are sufficient, at the very least), but it brings a whole lot more to the table than most of the other games on this list.


As an immersive sim, Prey gives the player tons of opportunities to get creative and experiment with the environment. While exploring the Talos 1 space station, players will find a a vast array of tools, ranging from grenades that deconstruct everything caught in their blast to pyschic powers that will let you shapeshift into coffee mugs or mind control enemies.


Also, Prey is a really solid horror game if you’re into that.


Day of Infamy

Platform: PC

Day of Infamy is, in a lot of ways, the successor to Insurgency -- it’s a hardcore, tactical FPS that pits two sides (the Axis and Allies in this case) against each other in a 16v16 battle with limited, wave-based respawns.


Like Insurgency, Day of Infamy does away with a lot of traditional FPS UI elements in order to promote a more realistic style of gameplay -- ammo trackers and minimaps are notably absent. Not only will you have to personally keep track of the ammo in your current magazine, you’ll also have to keep track of the ammo in your old magazines, as ammo is not shared between your magazines. Furthermore, you’ll have to rely on good communication if you want to tactically outwit the opposing team, as you won’t have a radar or HUD trackers to show the enemy’s positions.


If you’ve been looking for a game to scratch your hardcore FPS itch, then New World Interactive has got you covered with Day of Infamy.


The first-person shooter has always been a pretty popular genre, which means that we typically get a good number of really solid shooters each year, regardless of whatever the flavor of the month (or year) is.


However, 2017 has thrown us a couple of oddballs, and many of the games on this list are a little unusual for the genre. On the bright side, this did lead to a varied list of games, and regardless of what kind of gamer you are, you're sure to find an FPS here that'll suit your interests.

GameSkinny Staff's 2017 Game of the Year Picks Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:21:18 -0500 Kat De Shields

2018 is upon us, but we can't properly usher in the new year without giving some major kudos to the games we fell in love with in 2017. For some of us, it was an easy decision. For others, it took some deliberation. From blockbuster hits for major publishers to awesome titles from smaller studios, here's the GameSkinny roundup for Game of the Year. 

Jonathan Moore - Senior Editor

Nex Machina 


Taking detailed notes from games of yore such as Robotron: 2084 and Smash TV, Nex Machina is a modern slant in the logical progression of all things chaos and twin-stick-shooter. Working in conjunction with Eugene Jarvis, the grandfather of the frenetic arcade shooter, Housemarque ventured into new territory while remaining faithful to the edicts that set twin-stick shooters apart from other genres in the 80s and 90s.

Nex Machina is a blast to play. With tight controls, intelligently belligerent AI, beautiful design, and interesting bosses that redefine bullet-hell insanity, it's exceedingly difficult to find another shooter that bests it. The most fun I had all year was traversing the game's labyrinthine stages (which are utterly gorgeous), unlocking its well-placed secrets, and blasting robots into the scrap heap of oblivion in some of the most glorious arcade combat I've experienced since Resogun (and perhaps ever).  

The only qualm I had with Nex Machina is that it wasn't longer, but its arcade style more than makes up for that. When you come back to a game over and over and over and over again, that tells you something -- it tells you a game is special. And in 2017, I played way too much Nex Machina, none of which I regret in the slightest. In short, Nex Machina is a masterclass in sensory bombardment without the overload -- and makes you feel as if you're truly living Running Man.

Nier: Automata


Nier: Automata perfectly blends genres into a whirling game-smoothie of delight. It's the hack-and-slash action RPG top-down twin-stick shooter platformer I didn't know I wanted until I finally started playing it. Somehow (some way), Nier seamlessly fuses 2D, 3D, and top-down playstyles and camera angles into a flourishing adventure of action and, at times, metered patience. It makes these genres feel naturally connected -- and subverts player expectations in all the right ways. 

On top of that, its narrative is quirky and whimsical, yet also full of emotional and philosophical resonance. Whereas I felt utter delight blasting robots in Nex MachinaNier: Automata flipped the script. These weren't blood-thirsty terminators but beings with emotion and agency -- beings I grew to care for. 

Swirling in and out of Nier's set pieces, the game's soundtrack supports that emotion and agency with character and gravitas. Where there's no dialogue, there's music to explain character progression and intent. Where there's bombastic fighting, there's sweeping melody. There aren't too many games that so elegantly synchronize story and poignancy in such a way, but Nier pulls it off beautifully.  

Zach Hunt - Editor 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

One of my fondest gaming memories -- heck, one of my fondest memories in general -- is of first setting loose upon some mysterious land called Hyrule, unsure of what exactly I was doing or where I was going, but finding absolute joy in every moment of the original The Legend of Zelda. Like a blue candle burning away a bush to reveal hidden depths beneath, Breath of the Wild rekindled that flame within me, reminding me of why I ever started playing video games in the first place.

Everything that can be said about Breath of the Wild has already been said, so rather than justify my game of the year pick by detailing all that it did right (or how it succeeds despite some flaws), I'm going to talk about my beloved Hyrulian horse, Jomo, and about how the connection I felt with him reflected this game's unique ability to draw me into its world.

I think I was probably on my way to some Divine Beast or another when I spotted an innocent little fox that, for whatever reason, I decided needed to die. With my horseback archery skills being abysmal, I ditched my dappled steed Jomo and pursued that stupid fox down a cliffside for an unreasonable amount of time. Well, I couldn't tell you where that little sucker ended up, but I found myself a hundred feet beneath my steadfast equine buddy, whose distant silhouette towered against a darkening Hyrule sky.

Possibly the best horse photobomb ever. Screenshot courtesy of Nintendolife forums. 

So what did I do? I looked up at my trusty horse, and I did what you do in BotW: I whistled. I whistled poor Jomo -- loyal to the last -- to a horrific suicide straight down the face of the mountain. 

Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking. Part of me figured there was no way he'd hear the whistle from that distance or, if he did, that he'd surely just neigh it away as if to say, "Yeah, I don't think so. You're like three minutes from a stable full of other horses, so I'm just gonna chill up here until you decide to climb back up." But that was misguided. That was ignorant. That was murder.

I watched in terror as my once graceful Jomo tumbled down, hooves-up, dashed against jagged boulders amid clouds of that very same Hyrulian soil upon which he once so nobly trotted. Time stopped. Critters scurried. And I was left to face the consequences of what I had just done to my best friend in all of Hyrule. 

Jomo was gone for good (or so I thought at the time), and I was devastated. Sure, I had a couple other horses at the stables, but I hadn't spent hours upon hours of my life exploring with those guys. Jomo was, and would always be, my adventuring companion in this world, and moving forward would be a much slower, more melancholic exercise from there on out.

Thinking back on my many, many hours with BotW, I consider just how much will it sometimes took to turn the game off, to get some sleep, to be a real person in the real world. But the death of dear Jomo, noblest stallion in all of Hyrule, was enough of a shock to keep me from returning to my Switch for well over a week. I needed time to mourn.

The point of all this hyperbole is that certain moments in BotW reminded me -- on a very visceral level -- that video games truly are more than just interactive entertainment. The death of Jomo, and my own genuine guilt afterward, made concrete for me the idea that video games belong right there alongside literature, film, and music as having the potential to truly transform and affect us. For that reason (and a million others), Breath of the Wild is my game of the year ... and Jomo is my horse of the century.

Brian Schaaf (Rothalack) - Developer 

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

I was mostly displeased by 2017's games. The games I really want to give my GOTY are not from this year. This means I have to begrudgingly give PUBG my game of the year.

The reason I can give such a broken mess GOTY is because of the design philosophy of the game and the cultural/streamer impact the game has made. It has so many whispers of where games like DOTA have come from: Pure grass roots passion and strict adherence to a design philosophy that results in a complicated game with a steep learning curve.

These types of games, in my opinion, keep the real hardcore gamer culture alive as well as prove its large market appeal. Gamers don't always want perfect, streamlined, "mainstream" games. They want passionate, well thought-out, difficult games. Blizzard, for example, likes to make games that bridge the gap between near perfectly designed games and streamlined, easy-to-learn mechanics while still maintaining a hard-to-master feel.

PUBG is a great example that if there's an idea of a game that is hard to learn from the start (and pretty much broken), it can still make Call of Duty jealous of the playerbase and wide appeal. 

Kat De Shields - JTP Coordinator & Communications Manager

What Remains of Edith Finch 

There are games that have stories in them, and then there are games that really tell a great story. As an avid writer and reader, What Remains of Edith Finch is a bittersweet narrative adventure that is beautiful in design and plot lines.

It goes without saying that the focal point of the game is the bizarre story that unfolds as Edith learns the history of her family members and what caused each of their deaths. The stories are connected in that the life and thoughts of one family member are referenced in sequences outside of their own. The narrative structure is subtly woven together in a way that gives life to the shadowy secrets Edith discovers as she walks through the house.

A theme of childhood nostalgia runs deep within the game -- from monsters under the bed, to flying kites, to seeing how high you can go on a swing set. Often, I would pause during a segment and dwell in the level of detail provided in each vignette. Though some may wave off this game as a walking sim, if you're looking for an adventure of heart and mind that lingers long after the end credits roll, you should definitely give What Remains of Edith Finch a go.


 What were your Game of the Year picks? Let us know in the comments below. Happy New Year from the GameSkinny crew! We hope 2018 is a great year for growth and gaming.