Game review: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a popular multiplayer-online battle royale game; where players must kill or survive until they are the last man standing. The game is so popular that Tencent studio developed a mobile version of the popular battle royale game. Now that the game is accessible in mobile, let’s see if this version holds a candle to the original.

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The objective of PUBG mobile is similar to its predecessor. Players can survive as a team, a friend or alone, finding the proper weapons and gear to even the odds of combat. The only difference is that the mobile version feels accessible, anyone who has a current gen. phone can play it. Even the writer’s Xperia Z2 can handle the game in medium graphics. Another surprising thing about this version is how fast the matchmaking is; loading in PUBG takes as little as 5 seconds and the large map was able to accommodate 100 players. (even if there are moments when an area is about to refresh its assets.)

There are a few problems however, similar to the original game, PUBG mobile suffers from a lot of setbacks. A few frame drops, climbing a window needs precise timing, inaudible voice-chat, the list goes on! Touch controls can be a bit difficult to aim (we recommend a mobile controller for a smoother experience.) The game even suffers from “small-button syndrome”.

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There are a few redeeming factors however, as the game automatically equips the player with the proper gear when approaching it; and this may sound weird but the game, no matter how buggy it is, feels surprisingly fun! We can’t put it too words but the anticipation to win a match gives PUBG mobile an unsuspecting thrill.

Overall, PUBG Mobile successfully carried the fun gameplay of the original while giving mobile players something to look forward to.

Overall score: 3.5/5

Juan Paulo Pereña

Writer and game reviewer. Likes movies, a bit of comedy and a good show to binge on. A fan of video games and video game culture in general.