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PUBG Mobile for Android and iOS in the test

Especially when you think that the market can no longer be saved, two current top titles make it into the mobile app stores. As most of you have probably noticed, games in the Battle Royale subgenre are currently more popular than ever. In the console and PC segment, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG for short, and Fortnite from Epic Games are clearly the top dogs. And as luck would have it, both appear for smartphones and tablets around the same time. Marcel has already looked at the (almost) 1: 1 port of the somewhat childish Fortnite in his extensive review . In contrast to Fortnite (only iOS so far), the more realistic competitor is now already on Android and iOS available. Resourceful fans could actually get the Chinese version weeks ago and play. But now a localized version with European servers has made it to us. What you can really expect from the “little” brother of the PC version, and whether the concept works on the go, you will find out in the following review.

Shooter on the console ok, but on the smartphone ?!

This works out! Even if the initial skepticism was quite, quite high, and even after a few hours of play it could not be completely eradicated, PUBG is also a lot of fun on the smartphone. It should be clear that a rather complex “shooting game” is being controlled via a single pane of glass – compromises cannot be avoided. But what Bluehole and its partners ultimately got out of the control is definitely impressive. Anyone who has already taken Marcel’s test of Fortnite Battle Royale to heart should find some parallels here. With a virtual stick on the left half of the screen you move your character, on the right side you look around. Pubg kr version esp hack.

All other interactions such as jumping, climbing, reloading and all others share the remaining space in the form of additional soft buttons. On the whole, everything can be reached easily and reasonably intuitively from the start, but in the heat of the moment it can come to annoying incorrect entries. In the very first round you may still be a bit “stiff”, but the service goes into meat after just a few matches  Blood over. The amazing thing: With a certain amount of practice, the processes even feel so smooth that you could almost think you are playing on the console. There are also some buttons on the upper half of the screen. At the top right you can open a large map with a fingertip on the minimap, which can be enlarged and allows for markers. A few smaller buttons for voice chat and the autorun function nestle directly on the minimap. Incidentally, the latter is extremely important and absurdly practical, as it allows you to organize your inventory while you are moving. If you stop, you often get the receipt in the form of an elegant headshot (yes, that works on smartphones too!).

You can also look around by tapping on a mini-button and then swiping, without affecting the direction of the figure. The only problem is that the buttons that have just been described next to the card are so small that you feel like you have to sharpen your fingers. Fortunately, the autorun can also be “locked in” by pulling up the left virtual stick. Despite the smaller frictional resistance, it is amazing how the makers have transferred the rather complex controls of the original to a small screen, without obstructing too much viewing area.

Can be played smoothly (with the right phone)

In contrast to Fortnite, PUBG was allowed to face all kinds of dissatisfaction from the community. The reason for this: the horrific performance on PC and console in the beginning. In the meantime, thanks to optimizations and adapted drivers, the situation has calmed down a bit, but one wonders how the hell Tencent managed to get the chunk of gaming to work on mobile chipsets as well. Well, somehow it seems to have worked. However, the PUBG Mobile port did not get away with it as unscathed as the competitor. Obviously this will be the case as soon as you step onto the playing field, an 8 × 8 kilometer island. A lot has been rationalized away, especially when it comes to textures and details. Entire hotspots have also been redesigned to reduce the computing effort for mobiles. This is how the popular hotspot (for suicides) “

Inside buildings you have to put up with sloping step ramps instead of real steps. But in the end it is not as serious as it sounds. The game still looks coherent and almost perfectly captures the feel of the game. In addition, depending on the power of the smartphone or tablet, the graphics can also be adjusted a little in the settings. If you look back at the release of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, it didn’t really shine in the beginning with its scope and graphics. In the meantime, however, the devices are more powerful and Minecraft on mobiles is almost as good as the PC version. We suspect a similar development for PUBG Mobile in the next few years. And of course many other titles and upcoming games.

Why doesn’t the PC version have it ?!

It should now be clear where in PUBG Mobile you have to compromise compared to consoles and the PC. However, the port also offers some advantages that one would expect in the original. Point 1: The airline on the map. Often you jump out of the plane on the PC, cover up with Loot and ask yourself: “Where did the plane fly now?”. When choosing the route, it is important to stay as far away from the flight path as possible, unless you are looking for a confrontation. On the PC, people (like the author of this review) with poor short-term memories are in the dark. In PUBG Mobile, on the other hand, a dashed line shows where you originally flew.

Another nice convenience feature is auto-booting. You don’t necessarily need this on the PC, but on the Xbox this feature would also have a lot of added value. If you run over Loot, you automatically bag everything useful. Not only is every slot filled, but weak loot such as a 1-helmet is exchanged for the clunky, but very protective 3-helmet. The system is by no means perfect, but it does relieve a lot of work and often prevents you from being shot down while annoying items are pushed back and forth. As if that weren’t enough, if you leave the battlefield and look at the menu, a few more little things are revealed that other platforms would lick their fingers for. Without going into too much detail now,

In PUBG Mobile there is about a season with the associated ranking system, missions, events, rewards, login bonuses, a ping display for servers, a global chat with recruiting and crew function – for a short breath – a tutorial, a level and reward box system , a messaging system and, and, and. Phew, if that’s nothing. It almost seems as if Tencent and Bluehole are testing certain functions on mobile players in order to be able to incorporate them into the main game later without a shitstorm. All of this in sum makes PUBG Mobile more motivating for many than the large version, where you only get rewards in the form of points at the end of the round.

In addition, PUBG Mobile can be downloaded for free from the stores for everyone. We haven’t seen boxes that can be opened with real money yet. A look at the Play Store reveals: There are not even in-app purchases! That something like that will be added in the future is almost as certain as the amen in the church.

Finally, a few words about the sound. Of course, you usually only have a mono speaker or normal headphones in use, thanks to a tiny but fine function you can even play PUBG Mobile quite successfully without sound. If shots are fired on the map, you don’t necessarily have to locate them by ear. In addition, a marker is shown on the minimap (taking silencers into account) when an opponent fires a shot within hearing range. An extremely practical feature that would offer a certain added value even on the PC version with its miserable sound engine.

Conclusion: winner-winner, chicken dinner!

Or as it is rightly called apart from poorly translated product descriptions (we really laughed at the app store description): Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Ending up as the “Last Man Standing” in the midst of 100 players is simply the ultimate satisfaction. Tencent fills the first few games with bots for easy entry (but these disappear with increasing experience), but the learning curve is steep and the fun is great. In addition to compromises in optics, but definitely playable frame rates on modern devices, you have to be prepared for a well-implemented control in PUBG Mobile that still takes a lot of getting used to. On our test subject, an Honor 9 with a Kirin 960 chipset, we had no real problems with gaming, apart from minor stutterers.

As compensation, the mobile version gives you more motivation, no annoying real money keys and a better online experience in general. Despite the hype-like start-up phase, the European servers were always available and ran smoothly. Even on the go with LTE, the ping always settled below 100, which can be described as playable. You only look for bugs in remote corners, and the download is not too big with around 700 MB (Android, iOS almost 900 MB). If you can’t do anything with PUBG on your PC or simply can’t see a country there, PUBG Mobile is probably a more than suitable alternative. Instead, everyone else has the opportunity to indulge in the grueling Battle Royale on the go. PUBG Mobile is free for iOS and Android available, but requires a device from the upper class or upper middle class to be able to play comfortably.

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