By Chris Gerardi
When it comes to multiplayer battle arena games, the genre can be quite daunting and intimidating. Putting 100 players into an arena that progressively gets smaller, while also trying to become the last player standing is no easy task, especially if it’s your first time playing. Luckily, there are a few small different strategies that you can deploy in order to have a more successful early game of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”.
If it’s your first time jumping and don’t know where to go, try to land in smaller, more isolated spots with less buildings. You may end up with less overall loot, but at the same time you have a higher chance of walking out of wherever you landed. Avoid any major settlements with names across them on the map; those are usually high player areas where, while there will be good loot, there’s also a high chance you will get knocked out early on in the game. If you want to stay alive long enough to see the end of the game, stay on the outskirts of the map.
The Play Area Knows Best:
Pay attention to the play area: The play area (the zone that drives the players closer to each other over the course of the game) will determine where the end of the game is going to be on the map. You may get lucky and be in the middle of it, or the opposite and have to travel halfway across the map in order to get into it. The zone’s starting placement is random, but one way to help alleviate this issue is to periodically check your map and see it’s location. In most cases, the sooner you can get into the play area if you’re not already inside it the better off you’ll be, because you won’t be one of the many players struggling to get inside as quickly as possible before you end up in the blue zone (which is the area of the map outside of the zone that will damage you over time until you get into the safe play area) and take damage. Or, even worse, a player hugging the outside zone threshold could take you out as you’re trying to make your way inside.
Strategy Number 3:
Play for your current situation. Depending on what’s going on, you will need to adjust your playstyle accordingly. Weapon choice is a good example here. If you’re inside a building, consider using a shotgun, or submachine gun.There’s no shame in playing slow, or even running away from a gunfight if you know you will not win. On the flipside, it might be advantageous to go on the offensive and rush someone that may not be able to defend themselves. You don’t get much time in this game to think and react, so you always need to be on your toes, looking out for other players, and making sure you aren’t being followed. Keep your head on a swivel, always. It doesn’t take much to eliminate someone in PUBG; sometimes you’ll be dead before you can blink. And if that happens, just requeue for another round. It’s quick, painless, and the only way to get better at the game.