Unless you have been living in a cave on Mars with your fingers in your ears, you probably have heard about PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS If you have only heard the title and know nothing else about the game, then let us give you a quick run down.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a battle royale game with each match consisting of around 100 players. Players parachute in from the heavens onto an island where the aim is to search for weapons, gear and supplies, then fight to the death. So it’s kind of like The Hunger Games/Battle Royale but on a grander scale. There is a catch though, the 18x18km island that players have landed in is surrounded by a blue energy field which is causing the island the shrink.
In true battle royale tradition, the last person left standing is the winner!
The game can be quite daunting when you are thrown into the fray for the first time. So here are some quick tips to help you survive the chaos of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Compose yourself and get your bearings
The last thing you want to do in this game is jump out of the plane at the beginning of the match, have a mad panic, scramble for a weapon and then get shot in the head within the first 5 seconds of gameplay. We suggest taking your time and surveying your area. Once you have jumped out of the plane, switch to 3rd person view (mapped to the V key). This will give you a good gauge on where your opponents are dropping, most players will angle themselves downwards to be the first on the ground so it would be wise to drop somewhere a little out of the way and start scavenging. By pressing the W key intermittently whilst falling you will be able to “swim” through the air, meaning your landing point will be further away from the plane and the players nose dive to the ground. Once you hit the ground, look for abandoned buildings and get your hands on weapons and gear.
The good news here is that the blue force field of death won’t trigger immediately once you land, so you will have a little time to bag some items. We suggest pressing Tab and right clicking on the loot you want in the vicinity as apposed to just picking up bits of loot individually.
Reload and upgrade your weapons
This may sound a bit silly but it is a fact that is easy to forget. Weapons that you pick up will come with ammo but will not be fully loaded. Make sure you reload a gun once you have picked it up to ensure that you are not aiming and shooting on an empty round.
Speaking of your arsenal, we suggest that you keep your weapon swapping to the keyboard (numbers 1 to 5) as the mouse wheel can prove to be a little finicky at best.
Whilst looting you will come across many gun attachments such as scopes, sights, stock flash-hiders, compensators and so on. Each gun you find will have slots for attachments and you are able to drag and drop attachments into the attachment boxes in your inventory. To make things a bit quicker we suggest right clicking on the attachment and it will automatically equip to your gun.
Examine all gear you find
It won’t take you long to get yourself geared up with a backpack, vest and helmet. However, we suggest you examine gear you come across whilst exploring the arena. All gear comes in three levels which means you may come across some stuff that is higher level than you are currently wearing. Keep an eye on your armour durability as well, some vests and helmets may be at level 3 but may be less durable than the stuff you currently have on. The question here is do you choose durability over inventory slots? We will leave that choice up to you.
It’s also good to note here that level 3 helmets come with a nice face guard, as apposed to level 1 and 2 helmets which do not come with face armour.
Look out for red zones
Your mini map will usually signify if you are in a safe zone or if you are approaching the blue field of ultimate death. What the mini map also shows you is red zones, and these can be pretty nasty if you are caught in one. Red zones signify that an area is just about to be fire bombed so the best course of action here is to run like a mad person before the bombs hit. Fire bombs don’t mean instant death, but it still isn’t a great experience.
Close doors behind you
As a rule, all buildings in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have their doors closed. So make sure to close the door behind you when exploring a building. Open doors usually signify to other players that someone is in there, so best be safe to cover your tracks. Or if you are feeling sneaky, this could be a good way to lure prey into your trap.
We hope these 5 tips help you survive your first few matches, and if you haven’t already picked up your PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds key don’t forget to visit our shop! Once you get into how the game works and it’s mechanics, you will be coming up with your own survival tips in no time.
If you have any survival tips for first time players then feel free to list them in the comment section below.
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