Simple question, are we currently in a golden age of gaming?
Reading a lot of opinion i’d say most would disagree. What with EA and their micro transactions, the complete and utter hatred of freemium gaming, metal gear losing it’s father, and the continuation of the glacial evolution of the big franchises (COD, fifa etc), most of the news seems pretty bleak. The last big revolutionary game, no mans sky, was a terrible disappointment, and seemed to almost permanently dampen the mood of the industry. No longer were fantastic, game changing new features seen in such a positive light, more as a possible liability. From this though, there are some shining examples of what is possible.
These two small unassuming words have had a huge impact on the community in a very short space of time. Fortnite Battle Royale and Player Unknowns Battle Ground, from here on known as Fortnite and PUBG seem to be in a arms race vying for all of my spare time. The gritty nature and scale of PUBG contrasts to the beauty of Fortnite, make no mistake, these are very different games. The extra scale of PUBG and the building and destructible environment of Fortnite mean these game are more different than COD and battlefield. Both are battle royal games, but they are very different, PUBG focuses on straight up combat, tactical advantage is gained from using the scenery, not from creating your own.
This was the first of the two i played, it’s beautiful, epic have done an amazing job. The gameplay and graphics are married perfectly. The game is a joy to sink a number of hours into at a time. There are large empty ares of the map, assuming you can survive the first 3 or so minutes avoiding them is the next thing normally on my list. My biggest complaint is that sections of the map are boring, there isn’t enough loot in entire zones to convince me that it would make a good drop point, other places are so loot dense they always defend into chaos (when you have a coin flips chance). PUBG has this beaten with the sheer scale of the map. This has it’s own issues as i’ll detail below.
I haven’t spent anywhere near enough time on this game, but i love it already. The focus on combat is fantastic, combined with the upgrades to weapons (red dot sites are game changing for me) and the ADS, this is an awesome game. The number and quantity of good weapons and the number of different weapons is fantastic, although you really do have to drop in cities and towns! Clothing and armour is done very nicely as well, with many different styles available for every type of player. Where PUBG falls down is the map size, its huge! With such a big map, populating the entire area would be impossible! Also, exploring the entire thing is impossible, when you have to have vehicles to get around, i think you’ve gone too far! The size of the map also has a know on effect both graphically and in terms of object density, rooms feel empty when you’re used to fortnite!
The real kicker is that both of these excellent game have been given away free of charge on mobile! I can personally attest that both are very playable, look fantastic and are lots of fun! I played a game of PUBG while at the vets, waiting for my cat, it was liberating! To have such amazing games at our fingertips is unheard of! Long may it continue!
There is a lot that’s wrong with the gaming industry at the moment, but growing pains have to be expected in a industry that is going through such change. There are though, tiny glimmers that better things maybe on the horizon!
I may update this in the future, i’m by no means any good at either game, but i am really enjoying both.