My love/hate relationship with PUBG
The games that are taking online gaming by storm. PUBG is one of those, and one of the first. A mod that became a standalone game. However, the question remains, is the game any good? Is it playable? Do users enjoy it? For my personal opinion, we have to go back to the beginning.
September 12, 2017. The day I bought PUBG, even though it was still in early access. I had seen some friends play, as well as all the streamers. I thought, why not? It was $30, which isn’t cheap, but it isn’t terrible either. From what I had heard, the developer was very active in development. So I bought.
For a while, it was fun. I had a group of friends that I played squads with, and being my first FPS on PC, I learned how to play with a keyboard and mouse. There were bugs, of course, and hacks, but it’s an early access game, that’s to be expected. Right? Well, correct.
Things looked good. The updates were coming. Money was being made. Everyone in the world was eager to find out what the game would become.
Fast forward to today, over a year later.
There are still problems. Many problems.
It’s not that the game doesn’t update. They release updates all the time, even now, and they shut down the servers twice a week for maintenance. It’s just… a conflict of interest, maybe?
The developers are really worried about the money, or so it seems. Also, with the sea of Battle Royale games launching, they are worried about staying relevant. The problem is that they are not really helping at all.
The company seems to be more interested in skins, maps, and weapons than fixing what they already have. Every performance update helps one thing, but breaks two or three other things. For example, an update left my friends and I couldn’t even join a match. Not good.
And so, I’m tired. It’s fun, but I’m tired. You will have nights where everything goes well and you have fun. So, you’ll have nights where you get shot in the corners or lose fights that you clearly should have won. The replay system is still so slow that you can’t even watch a replay and accurately see what happened.
Honestly, at the beginning of the night, it’s like the server has your back or not. If not, you lose a lot of firefights. If he does, you win those. It’s pretty crazy, but it happens over and over again.
Even with all the trouble and my anger, I’m still over 200 hours into the game. Why? Because it’s fun. It’s a fun game, when it works. The problem is that when you push him to be in eSports tournaments, the whole world sees two players survive a grenade that exploded right at their feet (yes, that happened).
It is an argument. Because if you post about it, people say it’s your PC. All I can say is that I’ve played enough to realize it’s the game and not my PC. If I can’t play a game on a GTX 1080, then I don’t want to play that game.