At a time when battle royale games are starting to find their footing, games like PUBG are facing potential bans in multiple economies. This news could cause potential heartburn among loyalists, leading to gamers looking out for alternatives. There is seemingly a potential alternative - Garena Free Fire (Battlegrounds) that is free and taking place on a remote island like PUBG.
Free Fire is unlike Fortnite and Apex Legends and is seemingly a watered-down version of an intense battle-royale. Like PUBG, you are transported onto an unknown island, where you would be battling it out with 49 other players to survive. For us, it was like checking out a watered-down alternative to PUBG Mobile at this point in time.
You would be airdropped as well
Free Fire lets you choose your starting point and you could drop-off at these places using the parachute. Once you dive down to your location, all you have to do is survive, survive, and only survive, by battling hordes of enemy characters. You are required to become the last man standing.
USP of the game is that it introduces newer survivors every 10 minutes, along with you being able to create 4-player squads and communicate with your team through voice chatting functionality.
The game does bring back memories of PUBG Mobile, and another advantage that it offers is the fact that the game requires only 500 MB (approximately) of space within your smartphones, unlike the 1 GB+ real estate that PUBG requires you to possess in order to enjoy the battle royale.
“Drive vehicles to explore the vast map, hide in trenches, or become invisible by proning under grass. Ambush, snipe, survive, there is only one goal: to survive and become the apex of them all,” states the game’s description on Google Play.
At this point in time, Garena Free Fire was updated on 30 March, and it requires Android 4.0.3 at least to run - which is still lesser than the Android 5.0 minimum requirement that PUBG Mobile requires players to have.
Finally, when we played the game, it did seem to be interesting but not addictive to such an extent as to warrant bans. The performance of Free Fire was above-average - nothing fancy.
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