See I couldn’t ever really get on with ARMA/DayZ, the game was just missing something for me, and I think that was the end goal. With PUBG, I have an aim (kill mofos and win), and with the reducing play area it creates that tension knowing that at any moment with the circle getting smaller I could well be entering into a 4 way firefight.
It’s close enough to a ‘milsim’ for me to enjoy playing tactfully and yet arcadey enough for me to be able to drop in for a quick 20 minute blast without having to set aside a few hours for a game.
I’ll agree there are extreme similarities to ARMA and it’s ilk, but no one can deny it’s a good game, look at the amount of games played, YouTube videos created and the sheer amount of money they’ve brought in. It’s the first instance of a game I’ve come across that’s done Eary Access properly. They’ve used the money wisely, and created more content, added features, fixed bug (well some) and have actually made a decent game. I wouldn’t ever call it a AAA title. It cost me £20 to buy. Show me any other current chart topping game that can be picked up brand new for that (outside of sales)? CoD? No. BF1? No. Fifa? No. GTAV? No. Rainbow 6 Siege? No. Granted you can currently get a version of it for £11.99, but that fiddles with the unlocks meaning there’s a whole load of grinding to get anywhere. Point is, it’s a great standalone game, that’s been done well, has captivated it’s audience and is genuinely some of the most hilarious and tense gameplay out there at the moment.