PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The Battle Royale-inspired survival game took the world by storm when it was made available on pre-release on Steam in March last year, quickly becoming the most-downloaded title on the platform, despite still being pretty rough around the edges.

The premise of the game is simple: you jump out of a plane with up to 99 other people onto an island and the last one standing wins. You loot the abandoned houses for weapons, protective clothing and other useful items (as well as some less useful ones – hello fingerless gloves) and then attack each other with whatever you have, which can range from the fan-favourite frying pan to machine guns and sniper rifles. As the game progresses, the play zone becomes smaller and smaller, marked by a blue circle that leeches your health if you stay outside its boundary too long, so that you’re forced to confront your enemies until you’re just feet away from each other.

The game takes no prisoners. One wrong move and you can easily find yourself with a bullet in the head and zero idea where it came from. There are 99 losers and only one winner. It’s not a game for beginners. And yet you get hooked.

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