With the recent release of its new map, Vikendi, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has begun to pick up traction with players once again. If you have recently picked up the game or are just now getting around to playing it after having it in your gaming library for a year, then this beginner guide to PUBG is for you. We will be covering the basics of the game, ideal loadouts, ways to improve quickly, and best ways to win.
At its core, PUBG is a survival game. The last man, or team, standing wins the game. At the start of each game, 100 players drop from a plan that flies in a straight line over one of the four maps. Players start with no gear and must loot up quickly in order to survive, so it is rather important you get to the ground sooner than later in order to get enough gear to last you the game. After a few minutes of looting, a blue electric zone starts to close in and force all the players together. Each game lasts roughly 30 minutes if you are lucky enough to make it to the end game.
There is a plethora of guns to be found in PUBG, so pick and choose your loadout as you desire. The most popular loadouts are a combination of either a sniper rifle or a designated marksman rifle and an assault rifle. This is because the sniper rifles and designated marksman rifles are great for long-range gun fights, and the assault rifles are great for close to mid-range combat. Assault rifles are by far the most versatile guns in the game, so as long as you have at least one then you should be okay to fight.
Mess around with different DPI or mouse sensitivity. A lot of players that are not as familiar with first-person shooters might be playing on a sensitivity that is too fast for them. The majority of professional players either run 400 DPI or 800 DPI and then change their in-game sensitivity accordingly. A lower sensitivity helps with aiming down the sights. A higher sensitivity is for close quarter combat. Finding a happy medium will improve your gameplay tremendously.
Another tip for PUBG beginners is to bind your keys. There are not many actions in PUBG that need to be key bound, but the ones that do can save your life. The first is separating your jump and vault key. PUBG has the default set to have spacebar work for both jumping and vaulting. This could lead to players vaulting over things that they did not intend to and getting killed for it. It is best to change the vault only key bind to ‘V’ and leave jump only on the spacebar. The next action that is worth binding is your grenades. Specifically, the smoke and frag grenades. Since these two grenades are by far the most commonly used it is worth having their own key binds. It will save you from accidentally throwing a frag grenade onto a downed teammate when you meant to throw a smoke grenade.
Ways to Improve
There are a great number of ways to go about improving your gameplay in PUBG. The best, in our opinion, is the firing range. This game mode is a free-for-all where players spawn in on a small island with all the gear waiting for them on tables. Players can find every single item PUBG has to offer here. Pick and choose from any gun you want to practice, grab unlimited ammo for it, and begin practicing those sprays. Players cannot die in the firing range, so do not worry about having to kill the other players in order to get practice. It is actually crazy how much you will improve after spending just an hour or so in the firing range practicing your sprays.
If you want something a little more exciting for practice, then hot dropping is the way to go. Hot dropping is starting at a part of the map that is popular so there will almost always be people dropping there. It is a good way to practice your gun skills against other people. Although, hot dropping can be dictated by what loot you get right off the start of the game. If you only get a pistol, and your enemy gets an assault rifle, then you are in for some trouble. Do not feel discouraged if you do not win much at the start of playing PUBG. It can be an extremely difficult game to win in, so keep at it and one day you will start to rake in those chicken dinners.
Best Ways to Win
If you have done all the firing range and hot drop practice you can handle and want to move on to getting those chicken dinners, then here are some tips to help you achieve that goal;
- First, land where people are not going to be. If you can avoid RNG fights, where it comes down to who gets the better gun, then you are off to a good start. This does not mean that you have to go to the corner of the map to loot, but rather in a spot that does not have 10 other people landing there. To do this, look at the back of the plane as you are flying. You will see where people are dropping and then you can reaction drop and pick a safe location.
- When circle pops, it would be ideal to head to a compound that is in the center of the circle somewhat early. If you can beat other people there, then you will have a solid place to defend from. The reason you want to be in the center of the circle is because you will be increasing the odds of you being in on the next circle. The less rotations you have to make across the map, the better your chances of winning are.
- If you do find yourself stuck outside the circle after a new phase, then instead of heading to the center, just stick to the edge and move in with the blue zone on your back. This method will require more moving than playing a center compound, but now you only have to worry about covering the 180 degrees in front of you rather than 360 degrees. Clear out your left and right and then move forward further into the zone when you need to.