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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

6 months ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds to refurbish older maps

Despite growing competition, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is still going strong, but its original, Arma-inspired Russian map, Erangel, is starting to feel a little long in the tooth. Developers PUBG Corp have announced that they're going through the game's older bits and polishing them up a bit. Their remastering of Erangel is well underway, with cartographically inclined data-miners on Reddit comparing the old and present test-server maps, and…

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Feature: It's coming apart at the seams

Steam Charts: Pretty Broken Edition

I'm nothing if not a hypocrite. Week after week I lament you utterly awful people buying the exact same five games again and again and again and again and again and again and again. This week I shall lament people buying games that barely even exist. Hold my hand, let me walk you through this most peculiar of weeks, and into oncoming traffic.

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This animated chart of the most played Steam games is unreasonably absorbing

I'm not big into numberwang. Vast numbers of people playing a game might indicate that it's fun, or it might indicate that it's Ark: Survival Evolved. (I haven't played Ark and it could be amazing, this is irresponsible journalism and I will hand in my badge and gun shortly.) Point being, it's more interesting to write about what has made a game popular than the…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds fires up flare guns

After sporadic experiments in event modes and tests, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has added flare guns that players can use to call in an airdrop of a double-sized care package or an armoured car. That's powerful, sure, but also sends up a literal flare to indicate where you are and where some big loot will soon be. I found they added an interesting tactical element during the…

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Steam Charts: Historical Edition

Of course the original editions of the Steam Charts focused on those maps used by the early pioneers of steam-based exploration, so this week we take a historical look back at the origins of your favourite game series. For just one week, put aside your modern electricity-based computing, and come on a journey through time.

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Sid Meier’s Steam Charts: Sid Meier’s Sid Meier’s Edition

The game you like isn't as good as the game I like. When you like the game you like, you are made to look a fool! Find out why in this week's Steam Charts.

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Steam Charts: The Worst Ever Edition

I took it for granted. I knew I shouldn't, I think I even knew I was doing it at the time. But last week, when the charts were filled with new and interesting games, pushing out the tired and bloated titles, I didn't take the time to recognise what we had. And now, as can only be the direct responsibility of my careless credulity, everything…

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7 months ago

The Steam Awards show was short and to the point

While last year's Steam Awards were just a poll on the store, Valve are stepping up their game this year. Starting in a few minutes (at the time of writing) is the Steam Awards 2018 show, broadcasting live on the company's own Steam TV site. While I doubt there'll be anything as surprising as Epic's coup at the Game Awards before the holidays, there's still…

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Steam Charts: Fishy Wishies Edition

It worked! Everyone, it worked! The sacrifices we all made, they were all worth it. Some said we were fools to ritually slaughter those Fortnite players and smear our naked bodies with their blood and entrails, but look! No GTA V in the Steam Charts! And no Monster Hunter World! Sure, there's still flipping Clancy Siege, and obviously nothing short of sacrificing a god could…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds adds Vikendi night variant

The moonlit version of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds map Vikendi has launched in the main version of the game, after a week on the test server. Green rays of aurora borealis dance across the sky, the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, and the mid-sized snowy map doesn't play too differently but it does look jolly nice. This update also reworks item spawn rates…

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PUBG Report lets you see all the streamers you’ve murdered

Kill-cams in shooters are fun, but PUBG Report - a web-app that tracks when and where streamers get shot in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - is just for farming schadenfreude. Using Plunkbat's extensive database of who killed what and where, all you need to do is plug an in-game name into the page here. If they've killed or been killed by anyone that was streaming within the past…

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PUBG devs investigating invisible player bug

So many games of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds end with me getting shot out of nowhere by someone I never saw. It's the authentic Plunkbat experience - though a bug that turns players invisible might be taking things a step too far. That bug definitely exists, and is definitely being investigated by developers PUBG Corp. The only question is whether it's a recent phenomenon.

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Steam Charts: Zombified Edition

Once bitten, twice shy, is not a good aphorism for zombies. They're not very shy at all. In fact, some of them are positively bold. They've wreaked havoc with this week's Steam Charts, taking over nearly half the entries. Which, admittedly, saves me thinking up a bunch of other stupid shit to write. Yes, click through, read on, for the bunch of stupid shit I…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds tests free, low-spec version

If you’ve always wanted to drop into Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, but lacked the PC power, you might soon be in luck. The developers are currently running a beta test for PUBG Lite; a version of the game designed to run with much lower hardware requirements. They’ve also lowered the monetary requirement about as far as it'll go, making this version of the game free-to-play.

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Feature: Listen now or be chicken dinnered

Podcast: A young person explains battle royale to us

 Battle royale games. For a long time the RPS treehouse was unable to comprehend these chaotic, destructive influences on society. Shooters, yes, we understand. Survival games, we get it. But 100-person death marches in a shrinking zone of hate? What’s so good about that? Well, this week we’ve got a young person* to help us decipher this most murderous of riddles.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds adding night to Vikendi

A nighttime version of the snowy map Vikendi is coming Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, and today is live on the test server so we can have a peek. The moonlight variant, which is picked at random, is darker but far from pitch black, illuminated by a full moon and the rippling green aurora borealis. What a beautiful night to murder 99 people. The update will also bring…

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Steam Charts: Hard Truths Edition

Don't be scared. It's OK. I've got you. Hold my hand. Tighter. Come on. We can do this together. You and me. Lets... Steam Chart.

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Steam Charts: Octopodiformes Edition

A lot of people first discover this Pulitzer Prize-winning* column via the Steam pages for their favourite games, and it's always a pleasure to welcome in new readers to RPS's most respected feature. So if you're new, welcome! Please settle in and find out why Steam Charts is the industry's most respected and revered games journalism.

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8 months ago

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Steam Charts: The tail of the Winter Sale

Ho ho ho! John still hasn't returned after Christmas, missing presumed drowned in egg nog, so I'm filling in today. Valve have already blarbed about 2018's best-selling games so we're back on the weekly charts. Last week's top ten was largely familiar, though catching the tail end of the Steam Winter Sale has introduced a few surprises.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds guide: tips and tricks to win in PUBG

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds still dominates Steam to this day. With the latest map Vikendi, it still draws in the crowds, much to John's chagrin. It now has four maps, and an expanded weapon set that's got a lot of nuance to it. While its overall popularity may be waning a little in light of some very stiff competition, it isn't a surprise that the game itself…

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