A lot of expectations and intrigue hit the Xiaomi fan base when the phone company announced its PUBG-like battle royale game called Survival Game. It’s now out in “Beta version”, and we were fortunate enough to play a few rounds of the game, and if you have played PUBG, this should be more familiar to your eyes.
Without delay, it must be noted that the game is clearly in the Beta stage. Fact is, many of its features are not yet available right now. The game starts you as one of its four heroes, and you are in a spaceship with other players. The matchmaking lobby is a dull affair with lots of neon lighting to mimic the interiors of a spacecraft, and there is a countdown before the beginning of the match.
Once the match commences, you are in a spacecraft. Right in the first match, a jump button was not available to get me off the spacecraft, but as a result, I had to wait till the system automatically threw me out of the spacecraft. In the next few matches, I could notice that a jump button was made available, so there’s a bug in the game which is not a good start for the game.
The map in Survival Game is stimulated by Erangel in PUBG Mobile. The holm on the south of Erangel is aligned in Survival Game to be on the north-east side. There are also two big bridges connecting the islands and a water-body. You get a jetpack as default when travelling around the map, and you can use anything from a small spaceship to an auto rickshaw to move around through the auto rickshaw has an air horn like the ones you would see in most cities in India.
The jump mechanics are fundamental right now, but we can see how Xiaomi has put a lot of effort to make this game one of a kind. There’s a somersault animation when jumping into and out of houses, which looks quite cool. You can use the jetpacks to take down opponents from the air and also hover, that is if the game does not glitch out on you. So there are some positives to work on. I particularly like the jetpack for a different take on sprinting and generally avoiding the stairs.
Truthfully, it looks like a cross section of Fortnite and PUBG at times. The characters or Heroes as its being called look like they belong in Fortnite or OverWatch, while the action is like PUBG. The gunfire though looks cartoonish like it was borrowed from OverWatch, while PUBG certainly inspires the running and action.
Talking about the playground, it’s just like PUBG. You find weapons, loot and other items to kill your rivals. The houses and other fragments on the map are also just like PUBG, but one thing is indeed different. Instead of swimming, you can walk or run on water. Though it was weird at first, we are not sure if this is a bug or it’s intentional.
However, the in-match HUD UI of ‘Survival Game’ is precisely like PUBG. Where the omnidirectional pad is on the left, a sprint button and two triggers for your weapons, a backpack button and of course the jetpack/jump button. The jump button allows you to perform a jetpack manoeuvre such as rising to climb a building without using the stairs.
While Survival Game is in beta testing right now, it feels much more like an alpha. Players appear magically in front of you, so we assume these are bots added to the game progressively and you seem to die out of nowhere whenever you are running close to a parked vehicle. But despite the bugs, we did get the win in one game. Take a look at the screenshot below:
The bugs and glitches notwithstanding, it is clear why Xiaomi is looking to join in the battle royale fray. It is certainly a very lucrative genre at the moment, and the game’s Telegram group has reached over 2000 users for the beta alone.
Note that the beta test ended at midnight of November 2, 2018. Hopefully, their servers will be open again for another test run so if you have the intention to join in the beta; you have to sit back and wait for another opening.