This mobile version of the popular PC/console game keeps the fast-paced action while improving on the gameplay. PUBG is one of those games that's hard to put down: The console version was like an action movie with a nonsensical plot and lots of gunfire. Now, take that experience, streamline it for mobile devices, and you've got PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) Mobile. Its biggest surprise isn't just how well the game works on portable devices but how, in some ways, it actually improves on the original. The default setup feels more natural than expected. It accounts for left- or right-handed players, gives quick access to secondary equipment (grenades, bandages, etc.), and lets players quickly swap between things like firing mode, aiming, and sprinting. Players automatically pick up and equip certain items, saving a lot of time and frustration that comes with trying to navigate inventory menus on the fly. That said, players do still have to dive into their backpacks to equip weapon accessories like scopes or extended magazines.
And as good as PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) Mobile may be, it's still not perfect. While the controls are versatile, they can be cramped when playing on a smaller phone screen. You may find yourself accidentally firing your weapon while adjusting your player's pose (kneeling or going prone), unintentionally giving away your position. And while the game has an aim assist, adjusting automatically if you're "close enough" to hitting your target, it's still hard to spot other players from a distance. There's also the difficulty curve, which starts small while you're at lower levels before climbing steeply without warning. That's not to say that it stops being fun; it just gets really hard really quickly when you're thrown into games with really good players. And finally, the game can be a hefty drain on your mobile device's data and battery; a single match can easily take 20 to 30 minutes or more, and you need to be connected the whole time. Despite these hiccups, PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) Mobile is a fantastic port of the popular shooter, and it hardly skips a step when compared to the original.