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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

1 day ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds raining armoured vehicles in Metal Rain mode

Today's forecast for Erangel is spicy with outbreaks of banter and light showers of armoured vehicles, as the 'Metal Rain' event mode returned to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds this morning. Running for three short days, it features eight-player teams and lets us find flare guns to call in supply planes dropping either a family size care package or an armoured UAZ. As for other newness, remember that…

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4 days ago

Now YOU TOO can create custom games on the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds test server

When I saw that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds had given everyone on its test servers the ability to create custom matches, I shrugged. I'm sure some are interested in fiddling with circle behaviour, loadouts and vehicle spawns, but not I. I was content to continue with vanilla Plunking, especially when today's update also includes a car and a new DMR for my favourite map. Then I learned…

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5 days ago

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Steam Charts: Moderately Entertaining Edition

Hello! Goodness me, it's good to have you with us. If you're reading this sentence on Steam, then I simply implore you to click through to the site to read what has been described by Simon Pulitzer as "the greatest games journalism the world has ever been blessed to receive."

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1 week ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds keeps fixes rolling

While the makers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds work away on undoing some of its more enduring technical problems, fixes are still coming for the more immediate stuff. This past week saw the launch of an update aimed at reducing lag problems on the North American servers by fixing an issue which stopped their matchmaking from filtering people by ping - which turned out to have combined…

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2 weeks ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds investigating causes of connection problems

The makers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds say they have found one potential reason why some recent players have grumbled about being shot by people so far around corners they hadn't even seen them. PUBG Corp say the update last Wednesday, July 4th, unintentionally broke the North America servers' ping-based matchmaking restrictions which are supposed to keep high-ping lagjerks out. I find it extremely validating when my…

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Steam Charts: Perfectly Normal Edition

Welcome to my nightmares. As chronicled last week, all human progress is wiped out by a Steam Sale. Where once we were a species that revelled in new, interesting ideas, pursuing our dreams, we are once more wedged neck-deep in the past, doomed to buy the same £40 five-year-old games until we rot and coagulate into a molten horror. Welcome to the Steam Charts!

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The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds unleashes close-combat team deathmatch on Sanhok tomorrow

I've come to accept that battle royale shooters aren't usually my thing, but knockabout team rumbles like tomorrow's Plunkbat 'Huntsmen Vs Marksmen' War event and Fortnite's 50v50 mode are right up my alley. Tomorrow, the cozy new battlefield of Sanhok plays host to a fast-paced team deathmatch, with players dropping in (and respawning) with shotguns and pistols, while supply drops promise rare and highly contested longer-range…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds fixes Sanhok glitches, but wider tech improvements still coming

While Fortnite is intentionally creating holes in its world, this week the handymen of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds are patching up accidental holes. The latest patch is bringing fixes for several irksome spots on new map Sanhok where dastardly players could creep under the ground or inside rocks to hide and even shoot out unseen. As for bigger fixes the game could still use, particularly to improve…

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3 weeks ago

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Steam Charts: Stale Of The Century Edition

I have reached a conclusion. Everything that's bad is the fault of Steam sales. Two weeks ago these charts had reached a place of being a fertile ground of interesting new games and discounted classics. Today, they're back to being mostly a miserably predictable list of games that even the undiscovered tribes of Papua New Guinea have on their Steam accounts.

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DropAdvisor: Paradise Resort, Sanhok
“Bit of a tip, but a top time”

Pros: Great vibe, top banter, cracking japes. Cons: Bit of a dump, no bogs. In brief: A slice of heaven for any stag or hen weekend. Rating: ★★★★☆ "Heaven is a place on Earth," Belinda Carlisle sang. I had always thought that sentiment trite, but after visiting Paradise Resort I know it's true. I've returned from one final prenuptial jolly with the lads on Sanhok,…

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A tourist’s guide to Sanhok

I’m a little bit in love with Sanhok, the new Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds map. It's packed with specific locations that have grabbed my attention in a way that nowhere on Erangel or Miramar has managed, but I’ve also been struck time and time again by its incidental loveliness. Come and join me on a little tour of this lush, vibrant jungle. There’s a nice bridge.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds making Event Pass less stingy

The very nature of 'battle passes' in multiplayer games is grinding through challenges to unlock cosmetic shinies, but the one Playerunknown's Battlegrounds launched last week to celebrate its new map, Sanhok, was taking the Michael a little. Sure, the beachwear it can eventually unlock is quite nice, but getting there is quite a task - especially with stringent restrictions on levelling up the Event Pass.…

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4 weeks ago

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Steam Charts: the past returns to life in summer sale

Hallo! Me again, filling in (slightly late) while John is handcuffed to a steering wheel for other duties. The Steam Charts were all shook up (mm mm mmh!) last week by the launch of Steam's summer sale, including propelling a lump of hardware into the top ten for the first time in ages. A number of older games have rocketed back too, boosted by sale…

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1 month ago

Plunkbat is getting a premium Battle Pass system now

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is getting a new time-limited progression system where you level up a pass by playing the game, netting yourself rewards as you… hang on a moment. Didn’t I just write this? Though they’re quite similar, there are some differences between the passes. Plunkbat’s ‘Event Pass’, for instance, is way more insistent about getting you to drop cash on it.

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Plunkbat costs fewer Plunkbucks, to celebrate hitting 50m players

Since pretty much day one, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been wildly popular enough that discounting it was about as logical as spending $3,600 per month on candles. But lately, two things have happened: 1) Fortnite is considered flavourtown these days 2) Plunkbat just passed the 50 million Plunkbatters milestone. To celebrate/rezeitgeist, it's now available for a third off for the next fortnight (ohhhhhhhhhhh) - making it…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is heading to sunny Sanhok this week

Sanhok, Plunkbat’s third battleground, is set to launch on Friday. It’ll be accompanied by an update that will make performance tweaks, throw new weapons into the mix and update the UI. The map’s the smallest of the trio, so matches should shorter, but since you’ll still be duking it out with 99 other players, expect the actual battles to be larger. Take a gander at…

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Cuisine Royale is battle royale about wearing a kitchen

We’ve all thought it: what if we could cover our entire body in Plunkbat’s stalwart frying pan? Why should we be limited to covering just our posterior, when surely the rest of us is just as in need of protection. That’s the premise behind Darkflow Software’s April Fools' gag, which has since been transformed into a proper game, Cuisine Royale. Hunt down 99 other people,…

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PUBG Corp responds to “asset flip” accusations

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has been accused of being an asset flip because it uses pre-made objects that have been purchased from the Unreal marketplace. Knowing that a chair was sold on the Unreal marketplace and then put in the game shouldn’t have a tangible impact, positive or negative, on anyone murdering their way through the massive warzones, but you’ll still find plenty of Reddit posts taking…

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Steam Charts: What The Heck Is Happening Edition

As you stare out into the world, at the tumult and turmoil, perhaps you feel the only hope is to turn to the Steam Charts for its comforting predictability and stability. I'm sorry folks, but it's all gone batshit crazy in here too.

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