Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Feb 19, 2018
    100
    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.
  2. Dec 22, 2017
    100
    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the most compelling video game experiences to come out in years. That its stood out in a year filled with some of the best games ever is a testament to how brilliant it really is. It’s the sort of game I talk about in excited, quick bursts with friends, the kind I think about when I’m not playing it.
  3. Dec 20, 2017
    100
    Battlegrounds is the refinement of a new language of play, but what may earn it a spot in the video game canon is that conceptual efficiency. It isn’t accessible for every player, but it’s understandable. Anybody can easily learn to read this game, to watch it, to spot the tension and excitement and drama...[An] imperfectly perfect game.
  4. Jan 23, 2018
    95
    The fact that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds impacted the industry in such an important way, even with its many flaws, is a testament to the strength of its game design. It’s a brilliant multiplayer shooter, a game that’s incredibly fun to play and almost as fun to watch.
  5. Jan 5, 2018
    95
    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.
  6. Dec 30, 2017
    95
    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the most immersive, intense, adrenaline-pumping, winner-take-all shooter of its time. Ushering forth a new era of Battle Royale gameplay, its technical qualms are the only thing standing in the way of the path to near perfection in its gunplay and survival-first gameplay.
  7. Dec 26, 2017
    95
    PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds is the new standard for the Battle Royale genre. It is not a polished game, but that does not really matter when you consider how much fun you are going to have with it.
  8. Dec 20, 2017
    95
    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds brings the battle royale genre to a smashing mainstream success, packed with memorable moments and action-packed adventures. Solo or with friends, you’re in for an intense ride that’s different every single time.
  9. Apr 24, 2018
    90
    The whole madness around PUBG is well-deserved. This is the best possible praise for this great battle-royale-genre shooter. What a pity there are so many bugs, mad vehicle physics and occasional cheaters, but it bothers you only for a while. When you frantically get into the hectic, slightly frightening struggle for life and death you’ll forget anything else.
  10. CD-Action
    Mar 14, 2018
    90
    PUBG’s version 1.0 not only brings a new map, but primarily introduces numerous crucial gameplay improvements to a game which was already hard to resist. [02/2018, p.28]
  11. games(TM)
    Feb 22, 2018
    90
    PUBG lives up to its monstrously large reputation. [Issue#197, p.74]
  12. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    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.
  13. Edge Magazine
    Feb 1, 2018
    90
    What it does have is something an Activision or EA would kill for: a game built up around one good idea that drew in a community of unprecedented size. And that counts for a lot against PUBG's flaws: its rough-edged movement, animations, collision detection, character customisation, spectator functionality, and presentation. Perhaps you might hear all that and think this isn't worth your time. To do so would be to miss out on an absolute, and absolutely deserving, phenomenon. [March 2018, p.106]
  14. Games Master UK
    Jan 25, 2018
    90
    Intense, rough around the edges, and brilliant. Don't fear its popularity: embrace it, and enjoy. [Feb 2018, p.68]
  15. Jan 1, 2018
    90
    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.
  16. Dec 27, 2017
    90
    A unique and exciting multiplayer experience in which every run is different from the next.
  17. Dec 22, 2017
    90
    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is without a doubt one of the best and most inventive multiplayer shooters of all time, and its persistent flaws have done nothing to detract from that, or its popularity. Perhaps it is not the first of its kind, but it is the purest distillation of what battle royale games are about: self-preservation by any means. And that, as 26 million people have now discovered, is endlessly appealing.
  18. Dec 22, 2017
    90
    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.
  19. Dec 22, 2017
    90
    One of the most influential multiplayer games of the decade. Addictive and accessible, turns the battle royale concept into a trend in the videogame industry. Two huge maps, more than 30 weapons, 99 losers and only one winner.
  20. Jan 21, 2018
    86
    Along with the publishing of the 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 better than ever. However, the connection quality is still bad at times, and the cheaters are still everywhere in this game. PUBG has a long distance to go before it can be praised as perfect.
  21. Jan 24, 2018
    85
    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.
  22. Jan 11, 2018
    85
    Despite having some bugs, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds offers a truly unique and diverse gaming experience.
  23. Jan 1, 2018
    85
    PUBG is exactly what the hype says. Its exciting, its filled with explosions and the easy rules make you come back for more. Too bad it is so buggy.
  24. Dec 28, 2017
    84
    PUBG has managed to create experiences you can't find anywhere else (or at least, you couldn't). It needs to improve some aspects and polish some things to become a legend, but the foundations are already very, very good.
  25. Dec 26, 2017
    83
    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.
  26. Feb 6, 2018
    80
    What really makes PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds work is the fact that anyone can jump in and walk away with stories to tell. There are so many different ways to approach the game, and in every round, you’re starting on a level playing field where all that separates players are skill and experience. Having a committed friend or two can offer memorable moments to bond over and alleviate some of the more mundane periods. For players looking for more immediate engagement the deliberate pace of each match might be a turn off. Despite a simple premise and only two maps, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds manages to be unpredictable every time you jump out of that cargo plane, for better or worse.
  27. Jan 22, 2018
    80
    PlayerUnknown's 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.
  28. Jan 11, 2018
    80
    This game is a phenomenon. Not only because of its success. But rather that this Battle Royale is so fascinating even though it has significant flaws. It is the situational suspense, the half hour of sizzling tension that makes players come back again and again.
  29. 80
    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).
  30. Jan 8, 2018
    80
    The Battle Royale game mode is so compelling, with each loss only making you want to do better next time, and each victory giving you stories of tense games of cat and mouse and frantic gunfights. It’s still lacking in terms of polish and optimisation, but after years of experimentation, this feels like the real start of a new paradigm in multiplayer gaming.
  31. Jan 3, 2018
    80
    One thing is for sure, as we look to the future for this powerhouse of a game, the sky is the limit.
  32. Jan 3, 2018
    80
    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 most fun games of 2017. And will probably be so in 2018 as well.
  33. Dec 28, 2017
    80
    PUBG is pubg is the best choice if you want to experience the feeling of being the last man standing.
  34. Dec 22, 2017
    80
    Whether you play solo or in a group, successfully executing adaptive tactics to win intense, high-stakes firefights makes for an incredibly rewarding experience. Every player has unique stories of their most memorable matches, and even after hundreds of hours, PUBG continues to inspire rousing tales of victory and defeat.
  35. Dec 21, 2017
    80
    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.
  36. Dec 21, 2017
    80
    Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is ultimately greatly entertaining, and offers adrenaline filled action of the best kind. Sure, the performance is still not perfect, and the developer need to work more on that, but seen as a whole the experience is fantastic.
  37. Dec 20, 2017
    80
    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.
  38. Dec 24, 2017
    77
    Is the game a flop? Absolutely not. PUBG inspires me - even in its current state. There are only a few games in which I am so energized from the first to the last minute of a match. Playing a round with friends and then doing well leads to a fantastic feeling. Quite subjectively, PUBG is a great game. But objectively there is still a lot it's gotten wrong.
  39. Jan 3, 2018
    75
    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 far 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.
  40. Dec 27, 2017
    75
    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.
  41. Dec 24, 2017
    75
    The exit from Early Access, then, seemed a bit too hasty: without going into the merits of the number of maps available, in terms of visual cleanliness, optimization and quality of the interface there is still much to improve. In short, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds works well, but it's a modest game...But remember that between phenomena and masterpiece, there is often an abysmal difference.
  42. PUBG is the clear choice for the Battle Royale era. However, for players who are not satisfied with the game should wait for the future updates.
  43. Jan 29, 2018
    70
    Despite how many technical and design issues it has now, and regardless of however irrelevant it may be in a few years, PUBG is revelatory, and will always hold a special place in my heart.
  44. Dec 29, 2017
    70
    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds did not invent the battle royale genre but is the game that exploits it better than anyone else. With 30 millions players and after becoming a phenomenon on Twich, it's one of the biggest surprises of 2017 but is still far from being considered a masterpiece.
  45. Dec 27, 2017
    70
    A fun game that's lacking new ideas.
  46. Dec 22, 2017
    70
    I have faith that with such a large following (and cash flow) the PUBG team will eventually get things squared away, but for now, this game still feels like it's in early access. However, 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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  1. May 26, 2017
    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds biggest achievement might be in providing a solidly-built platform to expand outward from, a foundation that will support whatever other crazy ideas Bluehole and Brendan Greene can come up with. [Early Access Review]
  2. Dec 21, 2017
    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is ground zero for battle royale games in the way that World of Warcraft was ground zero for MMOs or League of Legends was for MOBAs - not the first, but the one that made it. [Recommended]
  3. 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. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t the most technically capable or mechanically complex game, but it is laser focused on delivering excitement...Battlegrounds is exactly what it wants to be and, love it or hate it, that honesty makes for a remarkable game that changed multiplayer forever.
  4. Plunkbat’s systems read as simplistic when compared to other modern multiplayer games. There aren’t dozens of character classes with hundreds of interlocking skills. There is no AI director monitoring players to dole out excitement in set portions. Safe zones and bombing zones are randomly placed. But its loose grip upon player’s experiences means you’re more free to decide the kind of excitement you get from it. Back on the menu, I immediately hit the button to join another game. [RPS Recommended]
  5. Dec 27, 2017
    It really sunk its teeth into me...I'm starting to see what people have been getting out of it. I still don't see the Game of the Year quality to it...It's still far too rough and ready.
  6. 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.
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 1919 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Dec 21, 2017
    1
    This game is on the hype train cuz of streamers. It's more fun to watch than play cuz of their reactions. When you play you actually see howThis game is on the hype train cuz of streamers. It's more fun to watch than play cuz of their reactions. When you play you actually see how frustrating and lame it is. Full Review »
  2. Dec 22, 2017
    2
    The idea is fine, the execution is sub par with 18 hz tick servers at max. Fortnite runs a lot better and is completely free.
  3. Dec 21, 2017
    4
    Why in hell someone can give this game a 10/10? Doest make any sense..
    It i fun? Yeah! But bugged, badly optimized, and just have 2 ****
    Why in hell someone can give this game a 10/10? Doest make any sense..
    It i fun? Yeah! But bugged, badly optimized, and just have 2 **** maps.. How can you compare this with a game full game? This is a beta version of something that coud be geat, but is just still missing ALOT.
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