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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

1 month ago

You can play PUBG for free on Steam this weekend

If you've ever fancied giving Playerunknown's Battlegrounds a try, now is probably the time to do it, because over the next few days it's holding a free weekend. It kicked off yesterday and will run until 6pm BST on Monday the 8th of June, so there's still plenty of time left to get droppin' with the boys. And if you suddenly decide PUBG is the…

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2 months ago

PUBG’s new Ranked Mode is now live for ladder climbing enthusiasts

Update 7.2 for ye olde Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has landed hot on the live servers and it's coming with some changes that are likely to rock the boat a bit. Despite PUBG Corp calling them a "controversial topic," non-player AI contestants are dropping in to regular matches. For the extra-competitive players, a new Ranked Mode is replacing the old Survival Title system and is getting its…

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PUBG will start pitting you against bots if it judges your skills lacking

Yup, it's happening. Bots are going to be joining your Playerunknown's Battlegrounds matches—but only if you need some extra target practice. PUBG Corp say that bot opponents have been a "controversial topic" for the battle royale but that they think the widening skill gap between veteran players and the new chaff demands an easier entry to their murder islands. They're relegated to the test servers…

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Please watch this man perform videogame soundtracks on his Mongolian string instrument

You know how it is. You think you're into videogame soundtracks, then you go and hear someone perform ten of them on a Mongolian string instrument. I recently spent 20 minutes listening to a man do just that, and I think you should too.Genius Jaavka is the man. The morin khuur is his instrument. Songs from Horizon Zero Dawn (coming to PC this summer), Mortal…

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Jonathan Frakes probes the fact or fiction of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds lore

A new Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in-universe documentary explores the history of a deserted dinosaur theme park with the perfect host: Jonathan Frakes. He's recently escaped the shadow of playing William T. Riker on the sci-fi show Lexx, finding new fame for saying "Not this time" and "It's a total fabrication!" in compilation videos of his time hosting 90s show Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction. Who better…

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3 months ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has overhauled Vikendi, expanding its dinosaur theme park

The small snowy map of Vikendi returned to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds with the start of Season 7 today, having been pulled from rotation in January for improvements. They've removed a few villages, added more cover in places, reduced the amount of snow across a lot of the island, and, most importantly, rebuilt the scrappy old Dino Park (which I did already adore) as the larger and…

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Plunkbat’s fantasy LARP mode is real, and it’s some decent daft fun

Turning the edgy murder enthusiasts of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds into daffy LARPers clad in homemade armour of tinfoil, buckets, and bathrobes sounds like an April Fools' joke, and it was - but the devs did still make it. The Fantasy Battle Royale event mode launched yesterday and is around for another six days, so I called up the laaads last night. It's really quite fun! The…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will run fantasy LARP with classes in its April Fools’ event

Paladins, wizards, magic spells, unicorn motorbikes, and crafting are coming to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds with the silly Fantasy Battle Royale event mode celebrating April Fools' Day. Starting Wednesday, it's Plunkbat, right, but with fantasy classes. What I most like is how all this is dressed as shoddy LARP gear: the Paladin in tinfoil greaves; the Barbarian wearing a Buster Bluth muscle suit; the Wizard in his…

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5 months ago

PUBG has a new Team Deathmatch mode now

The latest Playerunknown's Battlegrounds patch went live today, introducing a classic Team Deathmatch game mode. It's being added as part of a new Arcade section in the game, which will start introducing more varied ways to play PUBG aside from the usual battle royale stuff. There's some updates to that battle royale stuff too, though, including a few alterations to the new map Karakin, as…

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PUBG is adding an 8 on 8 team deathmatch mode

Despite making its name as a last man standing game of 30-ish minute rounds, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has dabbled with speeding up its matches over the years. It hasn't quite outrun the "running simulator" pejorative because apparently I'm one of the few folks that actually enjoys having sweaty palms and an elevated heart rate while tactically sneaking from bush to bush as the play area narrows.…

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6 months ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds added new map Karakin, and rotated out Vikendi

The travel company behind Playerunknown's Battlegrounds today added a new stag weekend destination, the roasting North African island of Karakin. The new map is the smallest so far, only 2x2km but still cramming in 64 players. It's hazardous too, because its new 'Black Zone' bombings can outright destroy buildings and the new sticky bomb weapon lets players blast holes in some walls too. With Karakin…

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PUBG is introducing a brand new map with destructible buildings

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds new year action will see players getting to drop in on a brand new 64-player map, the island of Karakin. Set in a delightfully arid desert location, Karakin has completely destructible buildings thanks to an edgy new feature named Black Zone - a hazard that changes the map layout each match.On top of this, players who enjoyed the Motor Glider featured on PUBG…

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7 months ago

You can test this silly plane car in PUBG Labs for two days

Back in November, PUBG introduced PUBG Labs. It's a sort of middle ground between the cordoned off test server and the final, public version of the battle royale 'em up where players can opt in to try new features while they're still on the cooling rack. The latest addition to PUBG Labs is this daft plane that you can try flying for the next two…

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PUBG’s last update of the year is live with blood and holiday cheer

Nary a game is safe from a December makeover complete with snow, fir trees, and presents. PUBG's 5.3 update has migrated from the test to public servers and although the patch notes make mention of actual quality of life changes, I admit I got distracted by the uncannily cheery change to its lobby.  The last 2019 update for Plunkbat brings blood splatter changes, gun favoriting,…

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Prologue is the mysterious next game from Playerunknown

Brendan "Plunk" Greene today announced his next game after the battle royale ladfest of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, a mysterious game named Prologue. It is... a video game? About... something? But it's not a battle royale, and apparently not even connected to Plunkbat. This is the first game from Playerunknown Productions, the new research-y division Greene left the Plunkteam to lead earlier this year. Here, have a…

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8 months ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds deploys spike traps and starts loot box changes

Update 5.2 hit Playerunknown's Battlegrounds today, adding spike traps we can throw down to puncture tyres and overhauling a fair bit of the snowy map Vikendi. I can't imagine I'll often intelligently use a spike trap in an ambush, but you can be sure I'll throw down every last one I see, just in the hope of ruining someone's day. Probably my own when I…

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9 months ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Season 5 focuses the fight on Miramar

Season 5 of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds began this morning, kicking off with a big update that overhauls the Mexican map of Miramar and adds the ability to throw items. Drive over jumps and through loops! Toss energy drinks to your pals! Pelt your foes with pans and scythes! This is Miramar's transition from battleground to banterground.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will let you throw pans at people

Ever since I saw the throwing pans of Mordhau, putting a banging donk on people with a pan in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds just hasn't been the same. So I am delighted to see that the next major update will let us hoy melee weapons at our foes, or use our strong throwing arm to toss a cold fresh can of juice to our pals. Plunkbat Season…

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PUBG Lite coming to Europe in October

The free-to-play version of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds for slower PCs is coming to Europe in October, developers PUBG Corp have announced. PUBG Lite is a separate standalone game, not a mode or option for the original. And yeah, it looks worse and it gets updates later, but also it's free and can run on a laptop with a cruddy Intel integrated graphics card - two huge…

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