PUBG: How to win firefights

PUBG: How to win firefights

PUBG is the newest craze in the gaming community, beating out League of Legends on Twitch a few times and always staying in the top of most viewed and played. It’s safe to say we’re all obsessed and boy is it different.

This game is nothing like the familiar FPS games call of duty and halo. It is giving us a unique take on surviving and being as careful as possible over being aggressive and rushing to get as many kills as you can. Careful team strategy is a must, as is patience in PUBG . Once you’ve learned the game and all the do’s and don’ts you will need to actually be able to win a firefight and find your enemies before they find you. One of the biggest things to focus on to improve your gameplay greatly, sounds a lot easier and obvious than it is, your vision.

In most FPS games, there’s a lot to focus on; from finding the right gun and loadout to which abilities or build to use. PUBG is nothing like this. You run into buildings and grab whatever you can then use that to stay alive and take down the competition. Sure, there are certain areas to rush for and guns that are much better than others but you never know how the game is going to go or who’s going to get there first and supplies are very limited. The bottom line is you’re going to have to fight and your enemy may have more armor and better weapons than you. Your only option is to get the drop, out play them and most importantly not let them get the drop on you. This is where that super-duper important vision comes in.

There are 99 other people in a game and an incredibly large map with all types of shrubbery, buildings and various areas that make it difficult to notice people hiding or passing by. The worst part is that everyone who’s winning these games is already doing this. They’ll drop you before you even have a chance to wonder if anyone’s hiding out there. PUBG also has a lot of new situations to look for like open/closed doors, how a vehicle is parked or sneaking around and peeking through windows. Ensuring that you’re keeping yourself aware and your eyes peeled is the best way to overcome all these situations.

We found that your peripheral vision is important for taking in the gist of a scene and that you can remove the central portion of an image, where your visual acuity is best, and still do just fine at identifying the scene

“We found that your peripheral vision is important for taking in the gist of a scene and that you can remove the central portion of an image, where your visual acuity is best, and still do just fine at identifying the scene,” Adam Larson, K-State Master’s student in psychology. If we take a closer look and try to gain a better understanding of our vision, we can then translate that into how it affects our games and how to use it to our advantage.

We essentially have two important types of vision; peripheral and central. Central is exactly what you think it is; what our eyes are centering on and the main focus of what we are looking at. In a game like this, we scan around the map and buildings at all times to look for any indication of someone being around or right in front of us. Peripheral is the part of our vision that occurs outside the very center of what we are looking at. Peripheral vision is often used to get the gist of a situation or area. For instance we will know that we are in the military base just by being in it, our central vision can be scanning around for enemies and items while our peripheral instantly lets us know where we were.

Now for the interesting part, our peripheral vision is actually better at detecting motion than our central vision. This is super useful in a game like PUBG since any sort of movement is a huge indicator to death being seconds away. So when you think you see something, it’s probably not the 17 red bulls messing with your head. It’s your peripheral vision warning you that there’s something moving about close by. In other words, peripheral vision is like a quick snapshot of everything on the screen. It helps dictate where our central vision goes while picking up on any type of movement even better than our central vision.

Whether any doors are open or if the car sitting in the road is an obvious trap, vision is king in PUBG.

Now that we’ve got Vision 101 down, let’s talk about another major aspect of this game; attention to detail. This goes hand in hand with vision and will dictate who gets the drop on who. There are a ton of tells and warnings to whether a place has been ransacked or if someone’s waiting for you in a room. How do we use this to our advantage? Just being aware of it is already a large step in how you will look at this game. Just remember to take your time, trust your vision when it looks like somethings moving out of the corner of your eye because there’s no such thing as too much attention to detail in this game.

Whether any doors are open or if the car sitting in the road is an obvious trap, vision is king in PUBG. Most encounters are going to be a simple matter of “who saw who first” or “who was smart enough to expect who first”. Play each game with this in mind and you will get the most out of your fleeting time in a game of PUBG .Let us know how it helps! Did focusing on the importance of vision and taking time to look everything over with a crazy amount of attention to detail help? What helps you play better? For me it’s slowing down and just being as careful as possible.

This is a complete 180 from how I usually play games but a must for me in PUBG but if you want to beat out everyone else… it’s your best chance.

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