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  • Summary: Battlegrounds (PUBG), the tactical, high-octane battle royale phenomenon, debuted footage from two new maps: Sanhok, a smaller-scale, action-packed map inspired by the islands that dot the Southeast Pacific Ocean, and a snow-covered map currently in development. New footage also debuted ofBattlegrounds (PUBG), the tactical, high-octane battle royale phenomenon, debuted footage from two new maps: Sanhok, a smaller-scale, action-packed map inspired by the islands that dot the Southeast Pacific Ocean, and a snow-covered map currently in development. New footage also debuted of War Mode, a deathmatch-style battle royale gaming experience and the world premiere debut of the Ballistic Shield, a new tool for setting up quick cover for explosive and close-distance attacks. [Xbox.com] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 4, 2018
    100
    We are, after all, talking about a game that catapulted the battle royale genre from total obscurity into a genre that’s astronomically more popular than any other. A game doesn’t succeed in that without merit, and PUBG has it by offering a level of storytelling and gameplay intensity that is absolutely unmatched. PUBG is admittedly a game that’s poorly designed in many ways and sometimes even non-functional. It’s also admittedly one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life.
  2. Sep 7, 2018
    90
    PUBG may have been sat in Preview for many a month, but it has arrived as a full release to instantly become one of the most addictive games you can play. From start to finish it’s a thrilling and fun adventure that has more tension than you’ll find in almost any other game. Whether you’re looking for a new online experience to play solo or with a group of friends, this is one you should be playing in 2018.
  3. Sep 15, 2018
    89
    Its unique brand of tense, realistic shooting mixed with slow-paced tactical combat manages to stay fresh and exciting even after hundreds of matches.
  4. Sep 16, 2018
    85
    A huge improvement on the Game Preview version PUBG confirms itself as the best Battle Royale game around, with very satisfying gameplay dynamics especially in team. It still needs a lot of optimization and polishing, but it definitely deserves a try.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 21, 2018
    80
    Still struggles with technical problems, but the gameplay is tight, tense and tactical. [Dec 2018, p.80]
  6. Sep 11, 2018
    80
    Despite its innumerable technical problems and its complex control, PUBG on Xbox One continues to provide the same unpredictable PC experience, now also with all the available content.
  7. Sep 7, 2018
    70
    PUBG 1.0 might have been released a bit too early and this choice hasn’t paid off when it comes to optimization. Regardless, for what matters (content), this release has a more mature structure that the developers will be able to enrich from time to time thanks to the events and the live component.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    10
    PUBG has the cool call it has a screen when you win that says “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” Or at least that’s what I think it says. IPUBG has the cool call it has a screen when you win that says “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” Or at least that’s what I think it says. I wouldn’t know because I’m a loser

    I’m sure anyone reading this is curious about how this game plays on the Xbox One S and for the most part, it runs well enough. It is far from polished and rubber-banding is still an issue but the game is still technically in early access so I give it somewhat of a free pass (for now).
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  2. Oct 23, 2018
    9
    This has been one of the most addictive and realistic shooters I played since CoD MW/Black Ops 1. They redefined the online battle world withThis has been one of the most addictive and realistic shooters I played since CoD MW/Black Ops 1. They redefined the online battle world with the 100 player royal - it makes each kill you get that much more satisfying. Their shooting mechanics are great - recoil is realistic and it's really hard to hit a target more than 100m out, just as in real life (none of that HitScan cod crap) - no killstreaks, exploding drones, RC bombs, or juggernaut suits - just plain modern day warfare.

    However, as the time goes by...the game's rating steadily drops because it seems as if the developers have no interest in furthering the game unfortunately. I hope they can one day bring this back to life because I LOVE(D) THIS GAME. I have played well over several thousand matches and each has brought me joy and even funny moments with my friends.
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  3. Sep 7, 2018
    9
    RATING: 9.0/10

    PUBG is a game that may not have debuted the Battle Royale genre, but it certainly brought the idea to the forefront of
    RATING: 9.0/10

    PUBG is a game that may not have debuted the Battle Royale genre, but it certainly brought the idea to the forefront of video game culture in an innovative way. The buzz created by the 2016 PC version set my expectations fairly high for the release of its' Xbox One console exclusive edition which came out December 12th, 2017. Although this game was released as a part of Microsoft's Xbox Game Preview program and was only in an initial testing phase, I believe I speak for most of the community in saying it was not up to par. Plagued by framerate issues, crashes at the most vital times, piercingly harsh sound effects and fuzzy textures, I honestly considered that the game may just be unplayable. Keep in mind I was playing on the Xbox One X when experiencing such dark times, so I would like to extend my sympathies to those who experienced these problems on the OG Box.
    Since it released, I have had a very unstable relationship with PUBG, mainly because of how many times I was eliminated from a round for reasons that were out of my control – my vehicle hitting an invisible lip in the terrain and immediately exploding, getting stuck in a wall in the early stages of a match only to be shot gunned by someone who had a more fortunate landing, creeping through bushes with the stressful pride of making it to the top 5 before being booted back to the title screen.
    I am happy to finally be able to fully endorse this game. With the 1.0 release, players were provided with a more stable framerate, faster rendering times, enhanced textures, less crashes and an amazing battle royale experience. In addition to these quality of life improvements, players can now parachute in to 3 different maps, all with unique environments ranging from the barrens of Miramar to the dense, tropical greenery of Sanhok. And for those players who found the commitment of a full match to be overbearing, you can now choose to play a Mini-Royale on Sanhok, the smaller and more densely populated of the 3 maps and the newest in the lineup. This way, you're able to find action a lot easier and reach the top 10 slightly quicker.
    Unlike any other competitive multiplayer games on the market right now, PUBG is able to create a very real suspense, where my palms get sweaty and my heart beats twice as fast – I am not sure if this is a good thing but for many competitive gamers it can become addicting. And for those who have been lucky or skilled enough to bring home their own chicken dinner, the sense of accomplishment is very satisfying. Along with the full game release are a few new guns and attachments that players can experiment with as well as new customization options, including gun skins and fresh threads. Although, this being a game released in 2018, micro transactions have been introduced in the form of G points used to purchase crates. This has upset many in the PUBG community but these crates provide strictly cosmetic items having no effect on gameplay. You can also still purchase those same loot boxes, such as the biker crate containing many of the games rarest items using BP, the in-game currency. In my experience, cosmetic items sold through micro transactions do not affect my ability to enjoy or succeed in PUBG because no matter what hat or pair of kicks my opponent is wearing, I'm still going to humiliate them in a gun fight.
    Part of the reason many players including myself found PUBG so frustrating was because of the potential it had hidden under a surface of bugs, crashes and lack of refinement. The full game release really cleared up the squalor of its' initial console preview and made it into the game we wished it was almost a year ago. I gave PUBG a 9/10 simply because it is the most fun I have ever had playing a game alone, and especially with friends. That said, there is still room for improvement in terms of content variety (maps, modes and customization) and optimization (smoothness). See you on the battleground.

    Alex Garnett
    Freelance Video Game Journalist
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  4. Oct 27, 2018
    7
    Buggy, unfinished, graphics are OK
    has improved but still not a smooth gameplay experience.
  5. Nov 30, 2018
    5
    Great concept, poor execution. Too many issues with the game engine that I've run out of patience.

    You could get a decent amount of
    Great concept, poor execution. Too many issues with the game engine that I've run out of patience.

    You could get a decent amount of mileage, especially when playing with friends. But the game runs too potato like; the crazy low FPS in combat, desync and poor hit registration ruin the fun. Plenty of shooters out there that look and play flawlessly, it's hard to come back to this game and enjoy it.

    PUBG has a certain charm to it, but the performance issues are too overwhelming. The game engine is woefully hopeless and needs to be stripped down and rebuilt for console. Developer focus is on the loot boxes and cosmetics. Shame.
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  6. Nov 15, 2018
    0
    This game is a broken **** of a game that left a bad taste in my mouth. Never in my life have i wanted $30 back so badly. Every match i haveThis game is a broken **** of a game that left a bad taste in my mouth. Never in my life have i wanted $30 back so badly. Every match i have played in this game ends in either getting killed as soon as i land, getting killed by the "Network Lag Detected" screen popping up every 5 minuets, or staying alive most of the round not seeing anyone and collecting loot only to be shot in the back. If you ever want to feels like being killed over and over from the game's numerous problems or from a player you cant see, just pick up an overpriced copy of this poor excuse of a slapped together game. Bluehole, I hope you feel happy with disappointing and neglecting your game and community just to get more cash. Expand
  7. Nov 6, 2018
    0
    game is an unfinished pile of hot garbage. have been sitting on this since release, revisiting occasionally to see if its fixed. Seems likegame is an unfinished pile of hot garbage. have been sitting on this since release, revisiting occasionally to see if its fixed. Seems like they're more concerned with profit gimmicks rather than making their game work. Fortnite is a free alternative, but im not a fan. if you're gonna spend money on a battle royal black ops 4 is at least the same experience but playable. its a sad day when i'd push a cod game over anything Expand

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