Games Editor Brad Weston is here to deliver tips on improving your play and strategies to farm your very own chicken dinners in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Play for position
This one is a no-brainer, but you’ll want to be actively looking to put yourself in good positions for the inevitable gun fights coming your way. What most people fail to do, however, is prepare their future movements for the encroaching poisonous force field, or show strategic thought in when they engage opposing players, especially in the later stages of the game.
Instead of simply firing on enemies at first sight, consider the angle at which you are attacking and what your options are in terms of movement and the element of surprise. Put yourself in a situation where you and two other teams are the last remaining. Perhaps instead of engaging an enemy straight away, consider flanking in either direction or work towards suitable cover — something not so obvious if possible — before lighting some sucker up.
This is something you’ll constantly want to think about at all stages of the game, but be careful before you try and pull manoeuvres like this off. Make sure you are absolutely certain that the people you are up against haven’t seen you yet.
Also, don’t underestimate how elusive the lay of the land can be. Not all fields and openings are as flat as they first seem, and more often than not, wider more spacious areas will have lips and small hills that can be deceptively protective from enemy fire. Additionally, use certain sounds and environmental events as opportunities to get the leg up on competition. For example, say you hear the footsteps of an enemy in a building surrounding you, but you can’t just rush them, as they’ll hear you coming resulting in a swift death. Use the sound of an overflying plane or red zone explosions to cover the sound of your approach. Of course, this isn’t always going to luckily aline in this situation every time, but you’d be surprised how many times it actually works.
Oh, and don’t underestimate prone players, especially in fog maps, or approaching footsteps in the rain — they’re a nightmare to spot.
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