PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds features incredibly straightforward gameplay that anyone can understand. Mastering the game, however, is a little more difficult to say the least.
To help with this, we’ll showcase some simple yet invaluable tips to help both new and veteran players polish up their skills.
Time Your Jumps
When the plane enters the battlefield’s airspace, you’ll notice the cabin counter rapidly decrease as other players disembark from the plane. Watch this closely and time your jump when the counter slows down slightly, as this indicates fewer players ejecting to that area. Doing this will give you fewer players to compete with for gear when you initially touch down.
Upon jumping off the plane, it’s very important that you descend as fast as humanly possible and beat your opponents to the ground. This extra time allows you to hit the ground running and scavenge for weaponry and gear. Push all the way forward on your movement stick while in midair to enter into a steep dive, and don’t even bother with the parachute button, as it will automatically deploy when it absolutely has to.
With that in mind, it’s a good rule of thumb to land as far inland as possible. Placing yourself around the center of the safe zone gives you significantly more time to scrounge for gear. You’ll also get a chance to set up shop and wait for rival players to come to you. With up to 99 other players to contend with, chasing an ever shrinking safe zone should be the least of your concerns.
With PUBG, there’s really only one rule which is to be the last man standing to win. To ensure you achieve that goal, you’ll need to master some basic combat tactics to get a leg up over the 99 other players.
Always Scan Your Surroundings
As you move from cover to cover, it’s important to make a habit out of stopping and scanning for any enemies who maybe close by. Remember, getting ambushed places you at a total disadvantage, and nothing’s worse than getting surprised when you could’ve avoided it by simply stopping momentarily and looking around to check your surroundings.
Keep a Low Profile
PUBG forces you to think more tactically and makes you pay dearly for silly mistakes. When and how to move is a critical component to surviving. Little things like staying below ridge lines as you move through high ground, for instance, make you harder to detect as it prevents you from being silhouetted against the sky for everyone to shoot at.
It’s also a great idea to sprint whenever you’re out in the open to make your self a harder target to shoot at. You should also find cover as quickly as possible to give yourself a chance to shoot back and eliminate rivals that are chasing you down.
Whether its one-on-one engagements or full-on battles involving numerous combatants, firefights are inevitable and key to what makes PUBG so addicting. These encounters always seem to come out of nowhere and blindside you, which can cause you to panic and fire aimlessly. But chances are, your enemies are just as excited, so take your time and aim as you engage your opponents.
Know Your Weapons
One of the most appealing aspects of PUBG is the vast arsenal of real-world weaponry that you can use to dispatch your foes. The selection found in the game is astounding, ranging from popular pistols like the venerable 1911 and Glock 17, to SMGs and assault rifles like the UZI and M4A1, all the way up to classic bolt actions and sniper rifles such as the Karabiner 98K and AWM.
These firearms, like in real life, each have their advantages and drawbacks. A shotgun, for instance, will deal massive damage to opponents up close, but is useless when engaging targets 100 yards out. Sniper rifles are deadly efficient from great distances, but are unwieldy and slow in close combat. Assault rifles lie somewhere in between.
As you scour the battlefield for equipment, you’ll notice a plethora of accessories such as magazine extensions and muzzle attachments that you can use to augment your guns. Pay close attention to these, as they grant certain bonuses like recoil reduction, faster reloads, and extra ammo capacity.
Be careful though, as many accessories can only be used with specific guns. For instance, if you’re armed with an HK416, you’ll need AR-specific accessories. So magazine extensions made for an AKM will not work for your weapon.
Unlike most other accessories, scopes and optics can be equipped on long guns and SMGs, and can range from long range sniper scopes to mid range battle optics or holo-sights and red dot scopes that provide no zoom. Obviously, you’ll want to equip these wisely, as putting a sniper scope on a short range shotgun will throw your aim off as you zoom in on a target who’s practically right in front of you.