PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 71 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

Based on 71 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Dec 21, 2017

The Battle Royale genre gets its first definitive success.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 22, 2017

In spite of technical flaws and the dreary mirror it holds up to us, Battlegrounds in consistently enjoyable and surprising. There is a reason why it is the battle royale game.

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The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 27, 2017
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 2, 2018

[PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds] is best when one round you're a Ghillie-suited assassin and the next you're a struggling nobody with a gun you've never seen before. When you aren't at either extreme, the highs and lows of play can begin to even out and round after round can begin to blend together.

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VG247
Unscored
VG247

Top Critic

Unscored
Dec 21, 2017

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a groundbreaking game not just because of its unique design, but also because of how it shakes up the standards we've been judging games by for years.

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CryMor Gaming
Yes
Yes
Jan 17, 2018
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GameCloud
Not Yet
Not Yet
Jan 5, 2018

In all honesty, I think the official release of PUBG should have been delayed further to iron out its most significant issues. Connection problems, lag, rubber-banding, and a rash of cheaters are the ingredients for an online game's death sentence if left unchecked. The devs have shown a fair amount of diligence in working on these issues post-release, however, and the future of the game could still be promising. At its core, it's still a thoroughly enjoyable experience, especially if you're playing with friends, and I think it could be the best example of a Battle Royale game to date. It just needs a bit more work and polish to get it far away from the Early Access state its currently in. If you are interested in trying PUBG, just do yourself the favour of getting on PC so you're not playing an interactive slideshow.

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Scored Reviews

IBTimes UK
Feb 17, 2018

The enormity of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' success will have surprised even its developers. This is a shooter that didn't invent the Battle Royale genre in gaming, but which certainly perfected it to the point that it found a massive, massive audience. With more than 30 million copies sold, PUBG is a bona fide phenomenon with an influence that will be felt in the industry for years to come.

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Fandom
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Dec 22, 2017

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the most compelling video game experiences to come out in years.

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TrueAchievements
Sep 3, 2018

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.

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Polygon
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2017

Battlegrounds manages to exist within the crowded shooter genre in an unfinished state, and feel both fresh and creatively complete. From its early access launch on March 23 to its official launch today, Dec. 20, its creators have had nine months to repair, polish and expand on their baby. That the most substantial updates have been improved server performance, vaulting and car horns speaks to the confidence Greene and his squad have in the game's foundation.

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Game Informer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2017

Playable, watchable, intense, and enjoyable gameplay makes it easy to see how this battle royale phenomenon took off

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IGN
9.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Jan 5, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has taken the military-sim gameplay popularized by games like ARMA and DayZ, boiled it down to its most exciting parts, and streamlined it into quick and accessible rounds of pure, hassle-free, survival-based action. Even though each game starts the same way, its remarkable ability to feel like a new, tense adventure each and every round has kept me coming back for hours on end.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2018

PUBG on Xbox is a shambles, but I utterly adore it. It's strategic, messy, strange, and hilarious. Consider this a hearty recommendation delivered with several huge caveats.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2017

If it continues with the work done so far, and if we trust the promises that come to us from those responsible, the battlefields of PlayerUnknown can become, without a doubt, the most important games and records of this decade.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 22, 2017

PUBG is one of the best multiplayer experiences of the generation, and this is the best version of it so far – even if it's still a work in progress.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

A revelatory combination of the online PvP survival and competitive shooter genres, well deserving of being labelled as a phenomenon. As an added bonus, you don't have to be pro gamer to enjoy some level of success online.

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IGN
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2018

PUBG v1.0 on Xbox One runs smoothly, features three vastly different maps, and includes a ton of weapons, gear, and items to use in the deadliest online game. Its unique brand of tense, realistic shooting mixed with slow-paced tactical combat manages to stay fresh and exciting even after hundreds of matches. It makes coming back for another attempt at a "chicken dinner" victory hard to resist.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds isn't a perfect game, but it does battle royale right with a tactical style and few titles provide this addicting of an atmosphere.

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Gamersky
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2017

Along with the publishing of 1.0 version, we also get a new desert map, a very practical playback function and many other updates. The completion of PUBG is now higher than ever. However, the connection quality is still bad sometime, and the cheaters are still everywhere in this game. PUBG has a long distance to go before it can be praised as perfect.

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Digiato
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 26, 2017

PUBG is a new experience in a new trending genre. On contrary to Fortnite, the game is completely focused on realism and delivering a semi-sim shooting. The maps are really huge and there are many customization options. The only frustrating problem with PUBG is the poor performance and the lack of new contents in comparison to the other competitors.

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jan 24, 2018

PUBG takes the tradition of big-map survival games like DayZ and compresses it into digestible, 3-to-30-minute sprints that are reliably scary and low-key.

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New Game Network
83 / 100
83 / 100
Dec 26, 2017

Some technical hiccups aside, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds can provide some of the most intense and exciting moments multiplayer gaming has to offer thanks to a clever game mode that supports varied play-styles, and provides a unique self-contained adventure every round.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 3, 2018

PUBG is a like an adrenaline shot. It is surely one of the best multiplayer experiences in recent years. With its simple and highly effective principle, it has been the best Battle Royale game and one of the funniest games of 2017. And will probably be in 2018 too.

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USgamer
Dec 22, 2017

PUBG is such a pure and fun experience that it overcomes its many flaws. There are glitches, there are crashes, there is jank. The game will probably never be fully done. But parachuting down onto that island feels new and exciting every time. A number of simple ideas comes together to make a great game and establish a great genre.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 22, 2017

Despite glaring technical flaws, PUBG emerges as the most thrilling battle royal game to date.

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Quillstreak
80%
80%
May 14, 2017

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS delivers on the promise made by spiritual predecessors DayZ and Arma 3 with rivetingly intense, tactical gameplay that'll force you and your friends to think on your feet and watch each other's backs.

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IGN Middle East
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

PUBG has introduced the Battle Royale mode to revolutionize the world of multiplayer games, but what next?!

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 8, 2018

Having now passed the 1.0 mark and left Steam Early Access, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds remains a diamond in the rough.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2018

For the time being, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds won - pun intended - the battle royale of battle royales. This new "gold rush" spawned a good number of decent titles, but the one created by Brendan Greene if by far the best and funniest to play (even if there's still room for improvement).

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Zoomg
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has a fresh idea, especially among FPS games. in this game we experience the struggle of 100 players for the victory. even though there are some technical problems, but we mustn't forget that PUBG is a cult game and that's why I love it.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 14, 2018

PlayerUknown's Battleground offers an experience like no other multiplayer shooter. While it may not have fully delivered on its potential, it's certainly getting there.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Kevin Tsai

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 19, 2018

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds is not a perfect game, but there is a good reason why it has become one of the most popular, and discussed titles of 2017. A great synthesis of mechanics, map design, and emergent gameplay, as well as a successful reiteration of the groundwork built by previous games, mean that PUBG is a fantastic experience, when it's working as intended.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 11, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds manages to differentiate itself from its battle royale progeny with its more tactical spin on the formula, even with its obvious lack of presentational prowess. While its grounded approach can be brutal at first, if you take the time to immerse yourself in its stress inducing battles, you'll find yourself involved in epic engagements that will have you sharing your successes – and failures – with anyone willing to listen. It may not be the king anymore, but PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds still more than deserves a place at the top table.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2018

In the face of quicker, louder rivals, PUBG offers a slow and meditative experience. It's not, I would imagine, unlike sitting in a deer blind waiting for an unlucky whitetail to pass below. While PUBG's technical issues are ever-present, they rarely spoil this core experience. This is a buggy game, but they aren't game breaking bugs. They're bugs that make you laugh at best and curse under your breath and reboot the game at worst. You hope they get better. But, you know that, with each game, at the very least, you are.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a game many consider as the catalyst for skyrocketing battle royale from a fun mod to a full on genre. They've had a slow start to catch up to rivals but after spending significant time with the PS4 release, they're on the right track

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Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 8, 2018

Despite os some technical issues, PUBG is still one of the best battle royale games out there. Console version is not as polished as the PC original, and controls need some "training", but is is fun and delivers some epic moments.

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Easy Allies
Feb 6, 2018
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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2018

Even if the developer thinks they invented a genre that's been around for years, their hubris and the game's hype had no impact on this assessment of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. It's a rare occurrence when something makes its way into my weekly rotation of games, and jumping into its crazy world of survival is something I still look forward to after all this time.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2018

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.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 3, 2018

It is obvious that the 1.0 release does not mean an end to content for the game, as creator Brendan Greene has said in interviews that the plan is to use this patch to build off of in future, potentially bringing modding support as well as fleshing out the custom games feature. One thing is for sure, as we look to the future for this powerhouse of a game, the sky is the limit.

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Windows Central
Dec 20, 2017

If you want to be the last man (or woman) standing and wish to play a game closely resembling Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, you'll be hard pressed to find a better game than PUBG, for now.

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The Games Machine
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2018

It may be late and it may not be the best looking game of the year, but PUGB is still an enjoyable battle royale, that enriches the PS4 catalogue.

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Digital Chumps
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2018

While PUBG is struggling against the recent competition of Fortnite and Black Ops 4's Blackout, it still offers up a different challenge on a huge map that relies more on simple gameplay mechanics than gimmicks (no one needs to dance that much). While the latter Battle Royale games are certainly more improved and up to date when compared to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG is still a solid Battle Royale experience on the PlayStation 4 with room to grow, especially graphically.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2017

In the same way that Counter-Strike‘s early days led to it dominating the competitive scene and Minecraft‘s years of beta access led to it becoming a game that defined a generation, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds isn't necessarily the first “battle royale” game out there, but it is the one that's leading the charge on making players fight to survive, and it's thrilling in every way.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

Though ironically beaten to the punch by the likes of H1Z1 and Call of Duty, and tarnished by a handful of shortcomings, PUBG nonetheless remains a commendably inventive and expansive shooter that deftly embodies the Battle Royale genre.

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

While PUBG's Xbox version is still a far cry from perfection, it's a competent port that encapsulates the same Battle Royale experience BlueHole has been providing on PC for a while. Despite the console version still not being quite up to the standard that I'd hope for at the 1.0 update, the experience carries over well and the game is certainly playable if you aren't picky about its performance. If the standard of the PC version of the game is anything to go by, let's just say that the Xbox port could be a hell of a lot worse.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2018

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a superb example of adapting the battle royale gameplay model. This is a true phenomenon and an event of the year but it’s much too soon to call it “game of the year”. PUBG is more of a late early access – tons of things got better over time but that’s only the beginning.

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Bazimag
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2018

As a multiplayer game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is pure and also one of the best choices for those who are fond of multiplayer games. If you want to adventure with your friends, this game can create great moments and new experiences for you. Play PUBG, yet don’t expect a phenomenon!

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a great primer into the world of Last Man Standing. Those hearing the name “Battle Royale” and expecting a bloodbath of dramatic proportions might want to temper their expectations and try it out first.

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Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 26, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds airdrops onto PlayStation 4 as a technically messy port, but its brand of tense and tactical battle royale gameplay remains addictive as ever.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Dec 18, 2018

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on the PlayStation 4 is a port of a bad version of a great concept.

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Atomix
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 27, 2017

A fun game without new ideas.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 14, 2017

PUBG is one of the best multiplayer experiences of the generation, and as technically flawed as this Xbox One version currently is that fact still shines through.

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Game Revolution
Dec 22, 2017

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is an absolute blast to play and has a broad appeal that few other games can match. As long as you temper your expectations (and make sure you have a decent PC), then this is one of the top games of 2017 to check out.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2018

The wait is over for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) on PS4, but perhaps that wait was too long, as it wasn't totally worth it.

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Game Volt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2018

With the technical errors in the game and utilizing PS4 Power, players expects this experience is very bad and not playable but it is quite the opposite and it is as enjoyable as it was on PC and mobile phones, and still the screen that shows you when you win the best and most fun, it is worth to invest your time in learning and learning its secrets

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

PUBG 1.0 might have been released a bit too early and this choice hasn't paid off when it comes to optimization. Anyway, for what matters content, this release has a more mature structure that the developers will now be able to enrich from time to time thanks to the events and the live component.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 8, 2019

Overall, PUBG is a fun battle royale that uses tension and planning to its advantage. This can often lead to long stretches of monotony, which will make even the most patient man squirm, but it feels worth it when you finally get towards the end of a round.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

PUBG is a fun game for PS4 players looking for a break from Fortnite but they'll have to deal with a lot of technical issues in order to get the most out of it.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
Dec 18, 2018

In a time where Battle Royale is all the craze, raking in all that money and not bothering to try to keep up with your competition seems like a stupid idea. Considering PUBG creators sued Epic Games over Fortnite over plagiarism, it becomes pretty apparent that the suit wasn’t over losing money, but out of spite that someone else was making a better version of your game.

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Game Rant
Game Rant
Kyle Sledge

Top Critic

Dec 31, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PlayStation 4 provides solid gameplay for Battle Royale aficionados, but lacks the polish needed to give it the edge against competitors.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2018

While it's nice to see Battle Royale games on mobile, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds doesn't translate well to a mobile experience due to its poor touch controls and lack of optimization.

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PSX Brasil
60 / 100
60 / 100
Dec 24, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds looks like an unfinished game due to its lack of polishing. Its gameplay and presentation show technical problems that end up messing the game experience. PUBG still makes the player feel lonely instead of feeling among 100 other people.

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Game Revolution
Dec 14, 2018

You just might have to have an abnormally high tolerance for bugs to fully enjoy it.

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GamePro
58 / 100
58 / 100
Dec 15, 2017

PUBG has the potential for a masterpiece on console but the technology of the preview version lags behind.

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Slant Magazine
Dec 20, 2017

Unless you're an extremely quick study, the game's weirdly unintuitive control scheme will very likely get in your way.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Dec 20, 2018

At its core, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds relies on the unpredictability of players to help provide the variety, and that is not a bad way to go. Still, I would really like to see the technical issues smoothed out and more variety in the form of maps added to help make PUBG's a better overall experience.

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Screen Rant
Jan 13, 2019

Poor performance, controls, and interface design. Oh, and loot boxes.

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Sick Critic
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

The king of battle royale has fallen victim to regicide.

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GameMAG
4 / 10
GameMAG
CAH4E3

Top Critic

4 / 10
May 21, 2018

We gave this version a delay of six months for patches, but even now PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for Xbox One is a terrible and broken game. If you want to try PUBG, play it on PC.

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