Posts Tagged ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’

Steam Charts: Stellaris Edition

A funny old week in the charts, which is to say, H1Z1 and The Witcher 3 have been shoved out by the hatrick of appearances from Stellaris. Also it’s worth noting that Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider has disappeared after just one week, which seems a bit of a shame.

Oh, and as correctly predicted last week, absolutely no sign of XCOM 2 making nearly as much money now it’s back to £34.99 for both the base game and the War of the Chosen expansion. Shocking! Read the rest of this entry »

Playerunknown’s Battleground devs address Fortnite Battle Royale comparisons

The makers of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] today effectively puffed their chest, pointed at Epic Games, and growled “I’m watching you, sunshine.” They’ve issued a statement addressing comparisons between Battlegrounds and Epic’s new Battle Royale mode in Fortnite, saying that some players have pointed out similarities and now Bluehole are “concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.” Which is foolishness, of course. Even creator Brendan ‘Playerunknown’ Greene himself has told us he doesn’t “claim ownership” over Battle Royale modes. Bluehole muttering about contemplating “further action” seems a hollow threat but hey, maybe by making it they’ll save face. Read the rest of this entry »

Plunkbat: An Alice and Pip chat

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After what feels like YEARS of making excuses, Pip is finally ready to try Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] with Alice. She knows that there are “bants” and she knows that there’s a “plane” but everything else is veiled in mystery. Alice, meanwhile, has consumed more chicken dinners than you’ve had… hot meals? Everything will be fine…

Pip: ALICE!

Alice: Pip, are you ready to drop spicy, hold Devil Walker, hug the circle, hit Good Houses, and take off your shoes?

Pip: Well, my intro to this piece was going to be that I’d decided to learn a language you understand: Plunkbat. But it seems that I do not know what you are talking about. Are we still talking about Plunkbat? Read the rest of this entry »

Best PC gaming deals of the week

PUBG close quarters loadout.

It’s EGX week and I’m currently sat writing this article behind a set of flight cases in an isolated corner of the NEC, so you’ll have to forgive me if I keep this brief. As you may expect, we’ve got more deals to check out again this week, so let’s get right to them, shall we?

As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let’s get started. Read the rest of this entry »

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds adding VW campervan for lads on tour

If you had any doubt about the near-fact that Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] is about lads larking around on a weekend jolly which turns deadly, they will now be quashed by the revelation that it’s adding a vintage Volkswagen Kombi campervan as a driveable vehicle. Round up the lads, fill a level 3 backpack with tinnies (and a few painkillers, to be safe), hop in the bantwagon, and hit the road blasting Men At Work. No word yet on quite when it will be added but creator Brendan ‘Playerunknown’ Greene says another two vehicles are in the works and I’ll be livid if neither is the bicycle teased earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam now fighting review bombs with diagrams

All social problems can be solved by data, any naive tech company can tell you, which is why Valve are attempting to solve Steam ‘review bombing’ by adding graphs to its player reviews. Review bombing is the practice of players organising to leave negative reviews that drive down a game’s rating in an attempt to punish or manipulate developers by damaging their future sales prospects. Games bombed over the past month range from Firewatch to Grand Theft Auto V. This is a known and old problem with Steam’s reviews, and one Valve aren’t happy with. So, to counterattack disproportionate bursts of negative reviews, Valve have added unusual activity warnings to Steam store pages with histograms tracking reviews over time. Read the rest of this entry »

PUBG best weapon guide: loadouts for stealth, sniping, assault and more

PUBG's best weapons explained.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has 24 guns currently available, each with its own set of scopes and attachments to glue on, which means it’s fair to say that keeping track of them all can be a little difficult.

This Battlegrounds weapons guide will make that easier. Specifically, we’ve come up with several ‘builds’ that you can follow. However PUBG is a fickle game where a lot of your decisions fall to chance, and these builds aren’t set in stone. Instead, try to think of them more as tips to follow in case you ever have to decide between multiple options. It’s also worth noting that items found within the airdrops have been deliberately excluded from this guide, simply because of their extremely low frequency.

Before we get started, you should consider reading our general Battlegrounds tips first. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Death Under Tunnel Bridge

This week we finally learn who the killer is, but will the answer provide more questions than solutions? Read on for this week’s hair-raising installment of… The Steam Charts. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show on pets in games

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It’s an animal extravaganza on our podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week we’re talking about pets in games, y’see. Good boys, bad boys, mediocre boys – we love them all. Alice joins us to praise a terrible raccoon Pokémon who’s rubbish at fighting but great at surfing. And while Pip adores the ghostly holo-cat of Tacoma, I prefer the cute xenomorph of Alien Isolation, who can perform all sorts of neat tricks. That’s right, who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy? OK now put me down. Stop that. You’re drooling. I said stop it. Read the rest of this entry »

Plunk this, plunk that: Fortnite adds Battle Royale mode

The current hot fad in multiplayer games is Battle Royale, you might have noticed, following in the wake of games like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (boasting the highest playercount on Steam) and H1Z1: King of the Kill as well as Minecraft’s Hunger Games servers. Epic Games are now joining the Battle Royale battle of Battle Royale games with their early access craft-o-build-a-shooter Fortnite [official site], adding a new competitive 100-player mode. It’ll officially launch on September 26th but is already rolling out for players to test. Fortnite’s core solo and cooperative play is a bit bum but can this turn out better? Read the rest of this entry »

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds climbing due Nov-ish

The neat-o climbing and vaulting system coming to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] on its path through early access is still several months away, developers Bluehole Studio have confirmed. It should hit public testing in November, and take extra test time. That’s a shame, as this is the one game-changing feature I’m waiting for.

In better news, the patch launching later this week is great. It’s now live on the test server, packing changes including a creepy foggy weather variant, a whole new town on the map, a decent new marksman rifle, measures to deter AFK farming, and neat tweaks like a key bind to drop a map marker on your location. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Parabolic Edition

Come one, come all, but not all at once or you’ll break our caching, and see the Steam Charts in all their glory! Which game will have reached the coveted #2 position this week?! Read the rest of this entry »

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds gets foggy next week

A new foggy map variant will descend upon Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] in next week’s update, developers Bluehole Studio have announced, along a new rifle. I’m still excited when a Plunkbat round launches and I discover it’s on the dusk or rainy variant, the latter for how it changes the importance of sound and the former for looking just so darn pretty. Gloomy fog shrouding distance areas sounds great. As for the early access FPS’s new gun, it’ll be the Ruger Mini-14 – the rifle that B.A. Baracus and the gang carried in The A-Team. Read the rest of this entry »

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds complete guide: tips and tricks to win

It hasn’t even been a year since Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds launched into early access, and yet somehow every living creature in the known universe has played it. Its popularity shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though. I can’t think of a better way to relieve stress than by being dumped onto an island with 99 other people and forced to murder and scavenge my way to the top, all in the name of an ethereal chicken dinner. Bagging that poultry isn’t easy though, so we’ve thrown together a whole bunch of tips and tricks to help you get a taste of that sweet, sweet victory. Read the rest of this entry »

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will combat AFK farmers

Here’s some sort of rule: if a popular multiplayer game has an item drop system, players will try to exploit it – to the detriment of others. This goes double when those items can be sold. Now that Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] is the most populous game on Steam and its rarest items dropped in ‘crates’ can sell for hundreds of pounds, you betcha folks are trying to exploit it. Developers Bluehole Studio say they are away of people joining games then simply leaving it running, accumulating points to buy crates simply by standing still, and they do plan to combat it. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Brand New Edition!

The Steam Charts aren’t, as you may have been led to expect, large sprawling maps depicting the locations of all the world’s known steam. They were, but due to government pressure we’ve altered them to list the top ten selling games on Steam, in reverse order, like a rocket taking off. Read the rest of this entry »

H1Z1 focuses on differentiating itself from Plunkbat

Daybreak’s H1Z1: King of the Kill [official site] was once the king of the Battle Royale hill but has been dethroned — and how! — by Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The way forward, developers Daybreak Game Company say, is for H1Z1 to focus more on pace and action to offer a difference experience from the slower, more tactical of Plunkbat. Across future updates, they intend “to put less emphasis on the tedious aspects of looting and more emphasis on power progression and vehicles to speed up gameplay.” Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Half Price Edition!

Other sites will bombard you with “facts” and “details” about the top-selling games on Steam, but not us. We won’t patronise you with such things. We know you’re better than that, taller, more attractive than the readers of those sites. We know you know we know you better, and as such reach for higher, smarter, more eloquent brilliance. Read the rest of this entry »

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds sales pass 8 million

You like big numbers? Here’s one for you: eight million. Big, I know! And yet it’s a number insufficient for how many copies of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] has sold. Bluehole’s fab multiplayer-only Battle Royale ’em up has now sold more than eight million copies, creator Brendan ‘Playerunknown’ Greene confirmed during Microsoft’s Gamescom present-o-rama stream yesterday. Plunkbat passed that sales milestone during the second weekend of August, which means by now it surely has an even bigger number. It could even be eight million and two. That’s not half-bad for a game which launched into early access less than five months ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: A Learning Experience

You want to know which are the top ten selling games on Steam this week, but you also still don’t know the capital city of Turkmenistan. What is a person to do? Well worry not, because here at Steam Charts HQ, we’ve got you covered! All the games that are in the top ten games in the Steam top ten games chart, and all the facts you need for that surprise government test!

Join us today as we laugh and learn. Read the rest of this entry »