What is PUBG Mobile and why is everyone talking
about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds?
The world online has exploded into battle royale madness, with the launch of a couple of huge games.
One is Fortnite and the other is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG to its friends.
We’ve talked about Fortnite separately: that game is similar to PUBG, but Epic – the game’s developer
– describes it as a cross between Minecraft and Left 4 Dead, as there’s a building element to it,
which doesn’t come into PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The important thing about these huge titles is that they are now both mobile games – hence PUBG Mobile
– as well as being available across other platforms.
PUBG Mobile: The basics of gameplay
Battle royale basically means all against all, a bit like The Hunger Games where you start with nothing and have to
scavenge and collect weapons and equipment.
The game is ultimately a battle to the last player standing, with 100 players on an 8 x 8 km island.
This forces the players closer together with ever decreasing circles,
those left outside the safe play space will start to take damage and eventually die.
The game reaches its climax when the last few players are condensed down into a small space and one player or team emerges as the victor.
Each game can last up to about 30 minutes if you’re one of the last standing.
Of course, you can die almost as soon as you’re on the ground. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
PUBG Mobile: The essential details
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile game is published by Tencent Games and is available for Android and iOS (i.e., iPhone).
The game is currently undergoing a phased roll-out, from 19 March 2018, but it is a global roll-out and
it’s available in the UK and other territories on Android.
The iOS version is also available.
PUBG Mobile minimum requirements
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile game is a persistent online game, so you’ll need a connection to the internet to play – be that via mobile network or Wi-Fi – but the lower the ping the better.
The tech specs for Android are Android 5.1 and higher and at least 2GB of RAM.
We’ve played on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and experienced no problems.
The iPhone version needs iOS 9.0 or later, so a full range of iPhone models back to iPhone 5s are supported and iPads back to iPad Mini 2, as well as iPod touch 6-gen.
The game is PEGI 16 rated in the UK; Fortnite is PEGI 12 in the UK.
PUBG’s Sanhok map has an exploit that lets you hide
The latest map to be added to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Sanhok, contains a pretty major glitch.
And not the kind of glitch that involves your motorbike randomly spiralling across the map, in a clumsy but charming way.
This is the kind of problem that’s easy to replicate, which will undoubtedly cause headaches for those players who fall foul of it until it’s fixed.
The exploit occurs in a specific spot outside a building the Na Kham village, in the south-west corner of the map.
In the spot, the texture of the ground and the actual collision box of that same piece of ground don’t actually match up.
What that means is that there’s a gap between where you’re standing and where the ground appears to be.
While you’re standing up, that’s no big deal – you seem to be sunk up to your knees, but you can move around just fine.
When you go prone, however, you disappear from sight entirely.
That’s bad enough on its own, but when you consider you can shoot through the ground because it’s not really there, it’s causing even more problems.
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Players Discover Exploit in Newest ‘PlayerUnknown’s
As it turns out, there’s a certain area in the southwest portion of Sanhok that lets you disappear under the map.
Players can simply hide and wait there without being seen.
It can be found outside a certain building in the Na Kham village,
where there’s a bit of space between the ground’s texture and the actual ground do not meet.
This has given way to an area between the ground’s texture image and the layer that players can physically stand on with their character model.
Stepping into this area will all but turn your character invisible,
but the ability to take aim and shoot at players passing by still remains.
This means you can stand by and pick off anyone who happens to be nearby, especially with long-range weapons.
Most unsuspecting players will simply walk right by this trap and totally miss players lying in wait for them,
and it means a few quick and simple kills for the attacker.
At the time of this story’s publication, it appears that the exploit is still live in-game, which will undoubtedly allow
for countless frustrated players to be picked off, one by one, by those who learn about the exploit.
So far, it doesn’t seem that PUBG Corp.
has made any sort of official comment on the situation, but this is likely something that will end up being patched out in a future update.
As it stands, it’s certainly not a very honest or rewarding addition to “PUBG’s” heart-pounding and challenging battle royale game mode.
Did you know: “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” is the second-best-
selling PC game (24 million copies sold).
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