It cannot be denied that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the PC gaming story of 2017. Like the most skilful of PUBG players, it prowled the long grass of anonymity and surged to the top of the Steam concurrent players chart in a daring smash-and-grab. It has amassed a 20-million-strong player base of duos, four-player squads, and soloists - with several imitators, to boot.
It might look a little rough around the edges, but PUBG’s real beauty lies in its simplicity. Whether you know the concept from The Hunger Games, noughties Japanese cinema, or a humble game of hide-and-seek in the school playground, everyone knows what to do as soon as you are dropped from the plane: be the last player standing.
Ben M gives Rainbow Six Siege his personal game of the year gong.
There is always a circle, a black hole sucking everybody inexorably in. There is always gear to scavenge. There is always a chicken dinner, the carrot at the end of that tantalising stick. The rest, as they say, is up to you.