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Shroud explains why he'd rather play PUBG than Apex Legends

by Albert Petrosyan
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Even with the recent launch of Apex Legends Season 4, star streamer Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek says he'd rather play PUBG if he had to pick one or the other.

Apex Legends and PUBG are among the most well-known battle royale titles, although the two could hardly be any more different in nearly all facets of their gameplay.

While Apex is certainly the more popular game now, PUBG has been around for much longer and somehow survived despite the emergence of several huge BRs, something H1Z1 can't claim.

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Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends Season 4 launched on February 4, the one-year anniversary of the game's release.

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Shroud, who has played both games for a long time and at a high level, was asked which one he'd go with if he had to pick one"for the rest of his life."

His answer was PUBG, which may surprise a lot of people since the game's clearly lower on the totem pole and the Mixer star doesn't even play it nearly as much as he used to.

"Probably PUBG," he said. "PUBG has a way more rewarding and satisfying feeling than this game [Apex Legends]."

PUBG Corp.
PUBG Corp.
Shroud was once one of the faces of PUBG, as he even got his own customized cosmetics items in the game.

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Why shroud would choose PUBG over Apex Legends

It's clear that shroud enjoys the good feeling he gets from playing well in PUBG much more than in Apex Legends, as well as the fact that you can play solo in Battlegrounds, a feature still not available in Respawn's battle royale.

"In this game [Apex Legends], you don't really appreciate anything that just happened," he explained. "It's really hard to put a number on it too because there are no solos in this game right? In PUBG you can play by yourself and that alone is pretty cool."

"PUBG absolutely gives you a much better feeling of happiness hitting a banger or whatever it may be. Bangers are nice."

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After making an impressive play in Apex Legends, shroud pointed out how the result was satisfying but lamented the fact that it simply doesn't happen enough, or at least as much as it does in PUBG.

"That was satisfying, but you don't get a lot, that doesn't happen that much," he said. "That's what you want in a game, you want that as much as possible, and PUBG has that very, very well because you can have a Kar-98 and that whole game gives you a chance to have that same feeling, of like 'holy f**k, I hit a banger.'"

"But in this game, a banger doesn't matter. Too many bangers in a row is what matters, and to do that is very, very challenging. It's harder for your average player to come in and get that sense of 'f**k yeah, that was sick!' Way harder, probably get that more in PUBG."

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Craftstation - YouTube
Shroud's preference of PUBG boils down to the "bangers" you can hit in the game, especially when using the Kar-98k rifle.

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The last point he made was about the level of competition since the skill-based matchmaking in Apex Legends can turn regular public matches into challenging affairs.

"It's weird, why do they have that [SBMM], it kind of makes Ranked Play irrelevant," he commented. "PUBG is way more fun than that, I'll tell you right now, way more fun than that. [...] As unfortunate as it is, part of the fun of playing BRs is to sh*t on some noobs."

However, shroud did also note that comparing the two games isn't as cut and dry because, again, PUBG offers a solo mode while Apex continues to only have the default trios playlist.

Also, these comments came before he got to try out Season 4 on February 4, so there's a chance, albeit a small one, that some of these opinions could change once he gets to experience the new content.