With PUBG Mobile Vikendi snow maps, Tencent's battle on royal genre for Android and iOS takes on better. This is thanks to its excellent card design, new weapons and vehicles. And while PUBG Mobile is one of our favorite games in 2018, it's not without compromises. Sure it's hands better than PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of PUBG, but we find it lacking in some important areas. Here are some improvements we would like to see in PUBG Mobile this year.
Official PUBG Mobile 60fps support
One of the best things about PUBG Mobile is that it works well on a number of Android phones. Although in most cases, it is limited to 30fps unless you use third-party apps like GFX Tool. There are a few exceptions like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max that hit 60 fps in some cases of gameplay through fine-tuning of frame rates and graphic options in the game. But it would be better if Tencent had a dedicated 60fps switch that allows a locked, consistent 60fps in PUBG Mobile instead of the nebulous Low, Medium, High, Ultra and Extreme options available in the options menu. PUBG Mobile with a locked 60fps on a wider range of smartphones and tablets will allow a smoother and responsive gameplay that makes the competitive, reflex action-driven character of the game truly shiny. Granted targeting of 30fps allows Tencent to support low and medium sized devices, but it is a welcome addition to have the ability for those who have the hardware to run it at 60fps. After all, if Fortnite can do that, why not PUBG Mobile?
PUBG Mobile endorsement system
PUBG Mobile itself is a fun game that becomes exponentially better when you join your friends. The social, team-based nature of PUBG Mobile is good for an approval system. Popular with games like Overwatch, how it usually works: You can give and receive titles to your teammates at the end of a game. These include calling their effectiveness in communication, sports teams or strategic skills. Players have a level of approval that increases when you receive positive feedback and reduces if you do not continue to receive approvals or leave games before they are completed. Maintaining a positive approval level gives you in-game wallet and experiences bonuses. An approval system would go a long way in preventing the PUBG Mobile community from turning toxic and rewarding players into positive behavior. Most importantly, it could be a great way to get back and play with friends.
PUBG Mobile streaming tools
It's no secret how popular PUBG Mobile live streams are, despite most of them being played on a PC via an emulator, although PUBG Mobile would benefit from having built-in streaming and sharing capabilities. Right now, the rudimentary at best are only allowing you to share screenshots of your victories. It would be nice for Tencent to add integration with YouTube as well as Twitch. Having streaming integration built-in would allow more people to share their gameplay moments without having to go through hoops using a PC to mimic gameplay or resort to the soon-to-be interrupted YouTub Gaming app or third-party software like Omlet Arcade that is far from intuitive to use.
Improved PUBG Mobile map downloads
PUBG Mobile download size for Android is 1.6 GB. This does not include all game cards. Instead, 1.6GB download only Erangel. What that means is, if you'd rather war against Sanhok's narrow limits, the Miramar Desert climbs or Vikendi's sprawling snow lands will have to download them separately when you open the game. It would be better if the entire game with all the content is in the original download instead of having us downloaded maps from the game's menu. Although they are not very large downloads, while Miramar is 325.4 MB, Sanhok is 82.3 MB, and Vikendi is 134.2 MB, the fact that they are not bound by the base game is an annoyance. Especially when you want to jump into a fight with your friends on your new or newly-opened smartphone, realize that there is an extra download before you can start playing.
Clearer PUBG Mobile currencies
Like most free game games, PUBG Mobile has currency that you earn while playing Battle Points (BP) and a prize you can buy, known as Unknown Cash (UC). You can use these to buy a selection of cosmetic or soldered items to give your avatar in the game a fresh, unique look. These are not all silver fragments that you can use to choose selected cosmetic items and coupon scrapes, as if you have enough, you can get leaf boxes. However, the game does not tell you what to use these currencies. This makes going through the store front a confusing, painful experience because it is not clearly divided according to which currency can get you into gear. Hopefully, Tencent will do less of a task in the coming months because characterization in PUBG Mobile is a major feature hampered by the sheer chaos of its multiple currencies and lack of clarity.
What do you want to see from PUBG Mobile? Please let us know in the comments.
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