LawBreakers Tips

LawBreakers is Boss Key Productions’ first step into the high-speed gaming arena, and with Cliff Bleszinski manning the helm, LawBreakers has leaped into the air and kicked everything else in the face!

As far as fast-paced games go, LawBreakers is one of the speediest, with characters screaming around the map or flying through the air in zero-gravity. Before you dive into your first anomaly area, take a moment to read through our LawBreakers tips to help you walk away with more kills!

Play Every Character

Part of knowing how to get better at LawBreakers is understanding every character – even the ones your opponents are playing. Before you dive into your first real match (although trial by fire is an excellent way to learn), take a few moments in the training section to play each character.

Every character has its own strengths and weaknesses, and by learning these, you’ll be able to recognize what an enemy player is doing, or what they might do in response to your own attacks.

Listen For Supers

Another huge element of LawBreakers are the sounds. Whether it’s the announcer letting you know the objective is under threat or a Super is being cast, keeping an ear out for the audio cues in LawBreakers is going to keep you alive longer.

Whenever a character activates their super, listen for their call or the sounds they make. This can be the difference between life and death, as there’s nothing worse than running directly into Harrier’s devastating Convergence super.

One of the best ways to hear the audio cues is to obviously have a kickass headset. The Turtle Beach Elite Pro, with the Tactical Audio Controller, go hand-in-hand to ensure you never miss a beat. Your opponents will straight-up think you’re cheating when you get the jump on them because you can hear their freakin’ footsteps as they approach. There’s nothing quite like people mistaking your raw skill for hacks.

Know the Maps

This LawBreakers tip is one that will take its own time: know the maps. It can be tough at first, navigating your way around the many maps in LawBreakers, but after enough games, the general layout will become clear.

Once you get your footing with each stage, begin looking a bit deeper. You’ll find that each map has its own ebb and flow, as well as certain lines-of-sight where you can nail someone as they come around a corner or give you a good angle on an objective.

Another advantage of knowing the maps in LawBreakers is that it allows you to quickly and easily transition from one area to another. If you know how high a ledge is, you will be able to begin your jump at the correct time, or shift from the zero-g zone, into another objective, and around a corner without stuttering to a halt.

Practice Your Kit

In order to improve at LawBreakers you must know your character’s kit inside and out. A character’s kit is its abilities, but it’s also more than that. A kit is how each ability interacts with one another, and how combos can be linked together to enhance your damage output or combat efficiency.

Shooting Gunslinger’s guns before throwing his Tac-Knife into a combat-heavy area will let the enemies know where you are, but when done the other way around, you gain the advantage. The same goes with Harrier’s Laser Tag – tag your enemy before using the rest of your abilities to increase your damage potential.

Take the time during battles to figure out the best way to string together your attacks and abilities. This can be further improved by working with your teammates to see which abilities should be used first, and in what order.

Keep Moving

Arguably the most important LawBreakers tip is to keep moving! LawBreakers is incredibly fast, coupling high speed and bunny-hopping, with zero-g areas where your velocity increases, so it’s important to use all of these as much as possible to avoid getting stuck walking around.

Characters like Titan can use their rocket launcher to further increase their speed by firing at the ground as they sprint along and then jumping as the blast occurs to literally rocket jump around the map. While it does deal a little bit of damage, it is incredibly useful when you need to get to the objective quickly! Then there’s Assassin, with its super fast Dash ability. With three charges, you can very easily become a menace for your enemies as you literally dash around their attacks.

The other benefit of continually moving is that it prevents enemy players from landing easy headshots. A moving target is hard to hit – a target sprinting around, jumping into the air, and dashing about is next to impossible to hit, let alone kill.

LawBreakers is fresh out of the gates and kicking up a storm. Keep this tips in mind and you’ll find that your kill count will go up and up! What LawBreakers tips would you give to new players?

How to Setup Chat in Splatoon 2

How to set up chat in Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch.

Splatoon 2 is here and it’s time to paint the town red, or green, or pink! To be an efficient painting team of squids and humanoids, you’re going to need to communicate with your teammates. However, setting up chat for Nintendo Switch can be a bit complicated. Don’t worry though, because we’ve got you covered!

Keep in mind, the Nintendo Switch app only provides chat audio. The use of a splitter cable may provide both game and chat audio, however this has not been thoroughly tested at this time!

How to Setup Chat in Splatoon 2

It can be a bit involved setting up chat for Splatoon 2, so be prepared to do a bit of fiddling before you can strategize with your teammates. There are a few things you will need before you can setup chat in Splatoon 2:

  • A Nintendo Switch,
  • Splatoon 2,
  • An Android or iOS smart device,
  • A Nintendo Account linked to your Nintendo Switch console and your smart device,
  • Nintendo Switch Online App, and
  • A Turtle Beach headset – such as the RECON series!

Now that you have everything you need, you can begin the chat setup.

Step 1: Download Nintendo Switch Online App

Head to the Apple Store or Google Play Store and download the Nintendo Switch Online app. While the service is currently free, there will be a subscription fee for Nintendo Switch Online when it launches in 2018.

Step 2: Log in to the Nintendo Switch Online App

This is fairly simple. Ensure all your details are correct!

Step 3: Connect Your Turtle Beach Headset

Now that the Nintendo Switch Online app is installed, connect your Turtle Beach headset to your smart device to achieve the clearest sound possible.

With all that setup, you can now begin setting up a room so you can chat with your Nintendo Switch friends.

Step 4: Create a Splatoon 2 Chat Room

This next step in setting up chat in Splatoon 2 requires you create a Room using Splatoon 2. Press the X Button to open the Menu, and then select “Lobby” or if you’re planning on joining a Salmon Run, select “Grizzo”.

Scroll down and select “Online Lounge”, then “Create Room”. From the drop-down menu, select the game mode you wish to play, either Private Match, League Battle (pair), or League Battle (team).

You will then need to select “Allow Nintendo Switch friends to join the room with a password”. This is needed if you have friends who aren’t using the Nintendo Switch Online app – meaning you won’t be able to hear them but they can at least still play.

Hit OK to create the room. Once the room is created you will need to select, “Send Notification to My Smart Device” in order to proceed to the next step.

Step 5: Complete Smart Device Pairing

Now you will need to finish connecting the Splatoon 2 Room to your smart device’s Nintendo Switch Online app.

Select the Notification you received on your smart device or open the Nintendo Switch Online app and select the room you’ve created. Now that you’re in the Chat Room you can send out invites to your friends!

Step 6: Invite Your Friends

Select which invite method you want to use to send an invitation to your friend:

  • Social Network Friend: This sends a URL through a social media platform that your friend can open on their own smart device in order to join your lounge.
  • Nintendo Switch Friend: This method sends a notification to the smart device of your friend who also uses the Nintendo Switch Online app.
  • User You Played With: The final method sends a notification the smart device of someone who you just played who is also using the Nintendo Switch Online app.

After the other Splatoon 2 player or friend has accepted your invitation, they will join your Online Lounge in Splatoon 2 and you will be able to chat and strategize with them through the Nintendo Switch Online app!

While the process to setup a chat in Splatoon 2 might seem a bit complicated at first, once you’ve done it a couple of times it’ll far easier.

Unfortunately, you will need to have your phone screen on at all times for the chat to remain connected. This means you can’t lock your phone to save battery. We suggest turning the screen brightness down low and closing all other Apps in order to get the most battery life out of each play time. Alternatively, you can keep your phone plugged into a charger while you play Splatoon 2 and chat with your friends.

Best Headshot Sounds in Video Games

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as landing a headshot in a video game. Not only is scoring a headshot a feat of accuracy, but it lets your opponent know you just dominated them with your skills.

A headshot is more than just seeing the little headshot icon come up, whether it’s a crosshair or some other icon, it’s about the visuals and the audio. There are a lot of games where you can get headshots, but only a few of them offer truly unforgettable sounds when you land one.

These sounds feel all the more intense when using a headset such as our latest release, the Stealth 700 or Stealth 600 headset. With these headsets boasting Superhuman Hearing, you’ll hear your enemies first, followed swiftly by their heads exploding after you land a headshot!

Counter-Strike

We have to start off this list of best headshot sounds in video games with one of the most iconic and memorable occurrences of headshots. Counter-Strike not only spawned one of the greatest eSports in the world, but also helped create the zany FPS_Doug from Pure Pwnage who would scream “Boom! Headshot!” each time he scored a headshot.

Every headshot in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is accompanied by a specific sound, one that, when heard, is unbelievably satisfying – if you’re the one getting the headshot.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

If we’re talking about headshots and the sounds they make, we absolutely have to include at least one Call of Duty title. We’d like to include them all but it wouldn’t be fair on the other games out there. Call of Duty has completely dominated the FPS side of esports, with each successive title rising up and taking the mantle of the previous. Each game brings with it such a well-honed experience that relies on the greatest skill of all: reflexes.

When those reflexes kick in, and you manage to get that crosshair over an enemy head and pull the trigger, the sound that follows is pure bliss. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 had one of the best ting sounds yet, and has stuck in our minds as a standout example. Though there’s a bit of talking in the above video, it does play the sound we all remember and we all aim for!

Gears of War

Gears of War made its way onto the Xbox 360 back in 2006, and since its release, Gears fans all over the world have been relishing the brutality the game brought with it. Whether you were chain-sawing Locust Drones in half or blasting enemies in multiplayer with the Gnasher, it was always a gore-fest.

However, one of the most memorable sound effects in any Gears of War title was that which accompanied a headshot. The sound effect was most satisfying when using a Sniper Rifle. A steady hand would have the reticle hovering over an enemy head, and then – bam! – the sound of a watermelon being crushed would echo across the battlefield.

Fallout 3

The inclusion of the VATS program changed the future of Fallout games for the better. VATS stands for Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System and was first introduced in Fallout 3 as a means of bridging the gap between the isometric style of the originals with the revamped FPS style of the future.

VATS allowed you to pause the game and take aim at specific points on an enemy’s body, be it their legs, arms, chest, or even their head. It was designed to allow you to more accurately attack an enemy weakness, and it worked like a charm. However, it allowed gamers to easily score those sweet, juicy headshots.

An enemy’s head would come off at the neck, leaving the shoulders barren and the body slumping to the ground. To say it was violent and over the top is an understatement, but damn, was it fun!

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

The original Turok series introduced gamers to the idea of fighting dinosaurs with guns. It was a wild ride by anyone’s standards. Then Turok 2: Seeds of Evil reared its head and showed the gaming world a new take on the classic “headshot”.

Included in Turok 2 was a little gun known as the Cerebral Bore. This brutally-named gun shoots a homing projectile at any enemy head – and as the name suggests – drill in through their skull to get to their brain.

A geyser of blood would spray everywhere as your enemy screamed in pain, but it didn’t stop there. Once the projectile hit the brain, it would explode. The sound of the drill, the crunching bone, the splattering of blood, and the screams of your enemies make this one of the best headshot sounds in video games!

Overwatch

Overwatch is Blizzard’s latest success story, with fans flocking to the game with fervor. Though each character has its own abilities and weapons, headshots are still rampant, even with Roadhog’s shotgun-like Scrap Gun.

However, there is one head-shotting menace that everyone fears as soon as they hear a particular sound, and that man is McCree. With a one-liner that makes every player spin around and look for him, McCree is able to instil fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned players.

McCree’s Ultimate is Deadeye, a short stance where he locks-on to enemy heads and then releases a quick volley of shots. The sound of these headshots is preceded by McCree calmly announcing, “It’s high noon.” What follows is a moment of panic for his enemies. Headshots never sounded so good.

Unreal Tournament

Finally, the granddaddy of headshot sounds himself, Unreal Tournament. PC gamers of all ages have played an Unreal Tournament game at least once in their life, and the first time they score a headshot is underlined with one of the most iconic headshot sounds from all of video game history.

Nothing tells you you’ve gotten a headshot more than the gritty announcer bellowing “HEADSHOT” as your enemy’s face explodes from your well-timed Sniper Rifle or Lightning Rifle round. From there on out, every time you earned a headshot, regardless of game, you were sure to do your best mimicry of this glorious sound – HEADSHOT!

Headshots are the bread and butter of any first-person shooter, with gamers honing their skills in order to hit these difficult shots as much as possible. Not only is it a testament of skill, but more often than not, they’re followed by some truly terrify, and sometimes horrific, sound effects. These are by far the best headshot sounds in video games, did your favorite make the list?

Best Upcoming Competitive Multiplayer Games

Competitive gaming is the lifeblood of many a gamer, so it’s always exciting when new games are announced that offer the chance for competitive multiplayer. The monumental industry that is esports is growing exponentially each year, and we think these games have a good chance at becoming the next big thing in the competitive multiplayer scene.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

It was recently announced at E3 that Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is officially coming to Xbox One before it launches on PlayStation 4. So far the community reaction to Battlegrounds – more commonly referred to as PUBG – has been phenomenally positive, with streamers helping the marketing immensely.

For those that haven’t been bitten by the PUBG bug, Battlegrounds is a 100-player battle royale where the last player (or team) standing wins. All one hundred players start in a massive plane above the map and can jump out whenever they please. What follows is an intense looting session followed by the numbers slowly dropping until only a few remain in the games iconic “final circle”.

As far as competitive multiplayer goes, the game is constantly being updated and tweaked, the combat is tight, and the firefights are incredible. PUBG relies heavily on strategy and planning, as well as risk taking. We totally expect Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds to become the next greatest esport franchise.

Destiny 2

Who could deny the astounding success of the Destiny franchise, and with Destiny 2 around the corner, there’s a good chance that the multiplayer aspect of Destiny will birth a competitive scene.

The first title in the Destiny franchise had its own in-house competitive multiplayer in the form of Trials of Osiris. This was an intense 3v3 elimination style game where there are no respawns, save for if a teammate manages to bring you back.

Trials of Osiris required map control, complete understanding of classes and their abilities, as well as constant practice and perfection of the given meta. One season saw Thorn rule the Crucible followed by the likes of fast rate of fire Pulse Rifles and even Scout Rifles.

With Destiny 2 on the horizon, and the player size changing to 4v4, the competitive multiplayer scene is going to see a new contender enter the mix. We can’t wait to see how the community reacts to Destiny 2 when it hits consoles in September and PCs in October.

LawBreakers

LawBreakers is the first title by Boss Key Productions, a company headed by Cliff Bleszinski. This brand new IP is an arena-style first-person shooter that blends Unreal Tournament with Overwatch.

Revealed at this year’s E3 during the PC Gaming Show, LawBreakers boasts gravity defying combat and an array of unique characters each with their own abilities and powers. The fantastic thing about LawBreakers is that it is being designed specifically for a certain type of audience: the lovers of all things fast-paced. It looks to require twitch reflexes and split-second decision making.

Games like Quake and Unreal Tournament have always drawn huge crowds of avid fans, and have created some of the best competitive multiplayer experiences around. Whether it was getting together with friends and having a LAN or competing in official competitions, these kinds of games thrive when there is an avid audience to consume and perfect them – and LawBreakers is no different.

Cliff Bleszinski has an excellent track record with Gears of War, which is a title still being played on a competitive level at grand events, so our confidence in LawBreakers is sky high. We just know the competitive multiplayer community is going to embrace this with open arms.

Splatoon 2

Nintendo’s Splatoon came out of nowhere and blew everyone away for its creative take on competitive multiplayer. Like a painter’s worst nightmare, Splatoon involves players shooting one another with paint and literally painting the town red – or whatever is your team’s color.

There’s a twist, players can also turn into squids that can swim through their own paint color, even going as far as being able to swim up walls. The levels end up looking like an old paintball field with paint splattered everywhere.

The idea is to use your paint to damage the enemy team, earning points. Paint is fired and spread using all manner of weaponry that mimic real guns, and with melee items such as paint rollers and brushes. What at first looks like hilarious and simple fun, actually hides a deeper strategy, with teams already competing around the world of huge prize pools.

Oddly, the Nintendo Switch suffers from some odd communication choices. The Switch has no built-in chat function, instead it requires the use of a mobile-based app. While this is a peculiar way to do things, the success of Splatoon and its competitive multiplayer set an excellent foundation for Splatoon 2 to have its own esports league.

Call of Duty WW2

Call of Duty belongs on every single list regarding competitive multiplayer. The entire franchise is built around praising quick reflexes, decision making, and teamwork. Now that Call of Duty WW2 has been revealed, there’s a good chance it could be the title to take over from Infinite Warfare and its hold on the competitive multiplayer scene.

This return to the World War 2 era and its standard, non-modern weaponry, could create a massive shift in competitive multiplayer. The gamers who left the competitive scene when Call of Duty shifted to a more sci-fi orientation will likely return to embrace this new direction.

It will be interesting to see what happens to COD esports when Call of Duty WW2 launches on November 3rd 2017. But one thing’s for certain, it will likely going to result in some huge numbers tuning in to see their favorite teams compete!

It’s an exciting time to be a gamer interested in competitive multiplayer. Whether it’s the likes of ECS with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or MLG with Halo 5, now is the time to be into esports. The rest of the year is looking phenomenal as more games enter the arena to prove their worth!

The Blind Gamers Who Kick Ass Using Only Game Sounds

At Turtle Beach, we are all about audio – whether it’s the atmosphere a game can create, the sounds of weapons firing, the shuffle of enemies nearby, or just an epic piece of music. For a lot of gamers, they might not fully appreciate how important sound design is when it comes to creating and playing a video game. For other gamers, it’s the most important thing in the world.

It might come as a surprise, but there are a lot of visually-impaired people around the world who are gamers, and they’re kicking ass! What’s incredible is that these gamers, who are completely blind, are able to use the audio from the game to gauge where they are, what the character is doing, and where they need to go. Let’s check out these awe-inspiring gamers.

Terry Finishes Ocarina of Time

After five years of trying to finish The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Terry Garrett has finally defeated Ganon and saved Hyrule. For a lot of people, this might seem an easy task, but for Terry, this was a truly incredible feat. Terry, who goes by MegaTgarrett on his YouTube channel, is completely blind, unable to see the screen or watch where he’s running.

In one of his YouTube videos, Terry shows how he is able to navigate the 3D world of Ocarina of Time with nothing but the sounds from the game. What we have taken for granted, the sound of walking on wood or grass, Terry pays close attention to.

Terry’s setup includes two stereo speakers sitting on the arms of his chair, a controller to play, and a keyboard to create save-states. Terry shows us how, even though he can’t see what’s going on, he’s able to tell what he’s doing and where he’s going.

The scratching sound coming from one speaker informs Terry that a spider is on that side, he then positions himself, listen to the thump-thump­ of Link walking across the wood and moves toward where he knows the vines to be. His attention to detail is rewarded as Link grabs onto the vines with its own distinct sound.

Every single sound in Ocarina of Time is important to Terry, whether it’s chasing Dampe through the Graveyard or Zelda’s movement down Ganon’s Castle. Not only is Terry’s ability to position himself based solely on sounds incredible, so is his memory. Knowing the layout of dungeons, where he needs to be aiming, and what jumps he should be going for must all be recalled if he wants to successfully move through an area.

While Terry’s epic journey through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has come to an end, we’re extremely excited to see – and hear – what Terry has instore for his next adventure.

Sightless Killer (Audio) Instinct

Ben learns each character by listening to the sounds they make while moving and attacking

One thing about playing a single player game is that you’re able to take it at your own speed, take some time and try again. The difficulty ramps up whenever you throw multiplayer into the mix, but for gamers like Ben AKA SightlessKombat, the challenge of multiplayer is only a secondary hurdle.

Ben, much like Terry, is a blind gamer who manages to kick ass in fighting games. Ben is extremely skilled at playing Killer Instinct, from pulling off combos to avoiding enemy attacks, he can do it all.

You can check out Ben’s method of learning and playing on YouTube here.

One of Ben’s greatest claims to fame is that he was a pivotal piece in getting the developer of Killer Instinct (Double Helix Games, Iron Galaxy Studios, Rare, and Microsoft Studios) to include more audio options in the game. In the above video, Ben details the problems he had prior to these changes being made, specifically, knowing when he was able to pull off some combos due to not knowing when his KV or Shadow meters were full.

Ben’s ability to keenly judge where he is and what he’s doing is phenomenal. In an interview with Eurogamer, Ben talks about how the audio designers of Killer Instinct had paid close attention to creating each character with their own theme. Even little things, such as Cinder’s ability to set limbs on fire is punctuated by different audio cues. For some gamers, the onslaught of sound creates an atmosphere, but for Ben, each sound creates a vivid image for him.

Brandon vs The Metal Gear Solid Lasers

Even blind, Brandon could play Metal Gear Solid

Brandon Cole is another visually impaired gamer, who like Ben and Terry, has had to find other ways of enjoying video games – a form of entertainment known mostly for its use of visuals. Gamers like Brandon don’t get to experience the graphics of a game, and so he draws appreciation from the audio design.

The importance of audio design comes through in an interview Brandon did with IGN. In this interview, Brandon details his experience with Metal Gear Solid, a notoriously difficult game for even a sighted gamer.

Brandon had spent hours listening to his father try and move through a room full of lasers, but after his father gave up, Brandon decided to pick up the controller and give it a go. What followed was Brandon counting footsteps and movements, trying to dodge and memorize the position of lasers that create zero noise, and ultimately reach the other side of the room.

This led to an arduous trial and error situation where if Brandon took one wrong move, he would have to go back and retry the steps he memorized to reach that point, and then try something different. He would try a large step, a small step, crouching, and dropping to a crawl. Each attempt meant trying one different input until he reached success.

Had the audio design been better, such as giving the lasers ambient noise, Brandon wouldn’t have encountered so much trouble in navigating the room. It would have been less trial and error, and more timing and skill. Small additions like these are what help more people – regardless of ability – enjoy gaming.

However, this never stopped Brandon. After countless attempts, he had managed to pass through the room completely undetected. In the interview with IGN, Brandon also mentioned his success with the first Killer Instinct game. Much like how Ben learned the sounds of fighters in the Xbox One Killer Instinct title, Brandon did the same in the first game.

Each character, each move, and every combo was memorized by Brandon, not through visuals, but through how they sounded. This level of dedication let Brandon achieve his goal of beating Killer Instinct – an impressive claim to fame by any gamers’ standards!

All these little audio design choices are what make it possible for gamers like Ben, Terry, and Brandon to not only pick up and play a game, but perform exceptionally well. Whether it’s the sound of Link running from dirt to grass or an audio cue to let you know when a power meter is full, every little detail helps build a picture in the mind of someone who is visually impaired. It’s awesome to hear the stories of people who are able to overcome their own challenges and enjoy this exciting form of entertainment, because in the end, we’re all gamers here.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds – Tips to Stay Alive

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a new and exciting adventure into the blood-thirsty world of battle royale-style combat. Dozens of players are dropped onto an island, with limited resources and with a single goal: survive. It’s a difficult game, where you’ll face deadly enemies using their skills, strategies and wits to try and kill you before you can kill them. Here are our tips and tricks to help you stay alive for longer while on the battlefield!

Get a Vehicle

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Tips to Stay Alive Vehicle

It might sound simple, but vehicles are extremely important in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. A vehicle can get you around the map quickly, getting you out of danger or to a weapon drop faster than another player.

Vehicles tend to spawn along the major roads, so if you land near a highway, keep your eyes peeled for a vehicle. Not only will driving in a vehicle give you added protection, but they can also be used as a means of cover. But remember, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is realistic, so your feet and legs can be shot through the gap under a car – so stand near the tyres!

Another vehicle-based tip is to get familiar with the handbrake. Pulling of a quick handbrake maneuver will slide your car and allow you to get out with the full body of the vehicle protecting you, as opposed to just the door.

Play With Friends

Some modes don’t allow it, but playing with friends is one of the best ways to stay alive for longer in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The difference between travelling alone and moving with a couple of friends can make a world of difference.

Playing with friends allows you to spread out, cover more ground, and attack from different angles. Keep in mind that communication is a must, as you need to constantly update your friends on enemy positions and where you are going and what you’ve found. Any extra weapons can be given to your friends to increase the damage output against an enemy player.

Having more people on your team increases your chance of making it to the final circle and securing a victory!

Find and Use Cover

As mentioned in our first tip, “secure a vehicle,” using cover to your advantage as much as possible in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is one way to stay alive. Whenever you need to move between two locations, look for the path that offers the most protection, because you don’t know when a walk in the open will turn into a firefight.

Even a tree or bush can offer surprising protection from enemies, either through absorbing bullets in the case of a tree or making you difficult to see, in the case of a bush or shrub. Using cover becomes so important in the final circles, as the map shrinks and people look for any stragglers or players in the open.

Another aspect of using cover comes in the form of buildings and shelters. Hiding in a building will give you security and protection from your surroundings, even more so if you are able to watch all available entrances. Just remember to close those doors!

Peek Around Corners

While using cover, you will still need to be able to peek and check corners whenever moving. It’s awkward to peer around a left-hand corner when aiming over your right-hand shoulder, and vice versa, so another tip is to switch firing sides!

By holding right click and pressing Q or E, you can switch what shoulder you are looking over. This is extremely useful when, as mentioned above, you are moving around different sides of a building. Being able to see an enemy or around a corner a fraction sooner will help reduce the amount of damage you receive if someone is waiting for you.

Get used to using the shoulder-swap in battle, as you’ll want to ensure as much of your body is behind cover as possible.

Listen to Your Surroundings

Audio is incredibly important in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and listening to what’s going on around you in-game will help you stay alive. Gunfights can occur either in close-quarters in a building or across hundreds of yards in the open, and more often than not, you’re going to hear an enemy before you see them.

Hearing which direction gun shots are coming from will give you the advantage of knowing precisely what direction you need to move in order to get into cover. On the other hand, sweeping the perimeter of a building and listening for footsteps inside will give you a clear advantage over an unaware enemy.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is an intense experience, even for players familiar with DayZ and other forms of player-vs-player survival. With so many enemies on the field, you’ll need every advantage you can get to survive. So as you drop out of the plane, keep in mind our above tips to help you stay alive in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.