Airdrop, loot, and shoot. That’s essentially all there is to it in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, but wins don’t come easy.
A new contender
When it comes to games that are as fun to watch as they are to play, the battle royale genre is near the top of the list. You throw a large number of players into an arena, give them a bunch of weapons and other goodies to find and pick up, and let them duke it out until only one person is left standing.
There have been a few battle royale titles of note recently, including H1Z1: King of the Kill. Brendan “PLAYERUNKNOWN” Greene created the original battle royale mod for Arma 3 and designed the battle royale game mode for the original H1Z1 before moving on to work with Bluehole on BATTLEGROUNDS. (Editor’s note: The company’s branding for this game is in all capital letters, but that hurts our eyes. So from here on, we’re using normal, “sentence case.”)
Battlegrounds is sort of like a middle point between the arcade action of H1Z1: King of the Kill and the strictly mil-sim gameplay of Arma 3. It seems to appeal to plenty of people, and it has sold more than a million copies since it hit Steam Early Access in March.