H1Z1 was one of the first Battle Royal games. It has recently been put on PS4 for free. It already has a PC version on Steam and an Xbox One release upcoming. H1Z1 has amassed a huge following and as a result the servers have encountered difficulties with lag, long load times, and bad connections. To help fix these problems I would recommend a VPN. When you connect to a VPN server it will assign you an IP address in that region. If you pick a location close to the server you play on you can reduce lag, improve ping times, and take care of a lot of connection issues. Since it is not your IP, you also get protection from DDoS attacks. This help ensure fast and safe gameplay for both casual and professional gamers. Let’s take a look at the best VPNs for H1Z1 Battle Royale.
H1Z1 has three main game modes on the PS4. It has solo, duos, and groups of five. Each play similarly. In solo you are against 100 players trying to be the last to survive. In duos and fives you are with a team but the goal is the same. Note that you can play duos and fives alone as the game will either add you with other players or let you play with less members on your team. If you can’t get connected to the same game as your friends I recommend restarting the app. Every time I’ve done this it fixed the bug.
Once you start the game, you will be able to parachute to the location. You will be dropped in a random location on the map, but it will be with your team. I have learned that on the console the quickest way of parachuting is going sideways. You will move quicker and more accurately. When you hit the ground, you will want to look for equipment. Pick up armor, health packs, a helmet, a backpack, and a weapon. Grab as much as you can to help along the way. The rarity of equipment goes in this order: white, green, purple, gold, with gold being the most rare. The best way to find green drops is in military crates. When you are close to one you will get radio interference. As for purple and gold items, you can find most of those in supply drops that are highly fought over towards the end of the matches. Purple drops will come first and are more plentiful. The gold drops are hard to come by and only include one golden item along with several purple items.
Seeing as you need to travel quickly around a big map, the game has vehicles. You can find ATV’s, Jeeps, trucks, and cop cars. The ATV’s are very quick, but offer no protection. Jeeps are quicker, but easier to flip. Also they are harder to shoot out of. Trucks are slow, but they are hard to flip and easy to shoot from. Cop cars are very fast, hard to flip, and well protected. All of the cars have a nitro boost for emergencies. The only down side to vehicles are that you can’t heal while the car is in motion.
To make the game quicker a circle of poisonous gas slowly reduces the playable area in the game. One of the main reasons cars are in the game is to avoid the gas. You will need to use your vehicle to stay in the circle and to provide cover in dogfights. Make sure you get away from your vehicle if its on fire because they tend to explode easily. One strategy for getting the car that has worked for me is stealing one from another team. This is pretty easy. Most players like to get out and shoot. This leaves no one in the vehicle. All you need to do is run towards their car and take it while they are shooting. You will also want to run them over if you have not sustained much damage. This has worked multiple times for my team and is often a good way to eliminate teams while not taking much damage.
H1Z1 offers great gameplay. It has many features that set it apart from the other games of its genre. You can expect some technical difficulties since H1Z1 is so new to the console. It has problems with connectivity, lag, and loading time, but these are all fixable. The game is still in beta and it is sure to get better over time. H1Z1 is a free game that I am sure you and your friends will enjoy playing.
Once again I recommend using a VPN to play H1Z1. A VPN will provide you with an IP address from the server location of your choice. It will also improve lag, lower your ping and protect you from DDoS attacks. A VPN can help you avoid geographical restrictions and firewalls at school or work.
When you use ExpressVPN’s fast VPN access and MediaStreamer feature together, they act as a Smart DNS service. That will help you unblock access to geo-restricted content. The service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on the ExpressVPN website.
|Countries||Locations||USA Server Locations|
|67||95||Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Seattle, Tampa, Virginia, Washington, DC|
As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA, the ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite teams from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city, but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You also need to know that some cities are not shown on the recommended tab inside the client. To locate a specific one, you will want to select the “All” tab, open North America, and then open the United States. At this point, you can select a USA server location. Once again, we tested servers in NYC, Chicago, and LA. As you can see ExpressVPN performed quite well.
While ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
NordVPN is based in Panama which some users prefer to using a VPN company that’s actually headquartered in the United States. You will find that NordVPN has a strong presence in the US with servers located throughout the country. Members have full access to their network in the USA and beyond for a very good price.
|Countries||Locations||USA Server Locations|
|61||80||Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC|
You will find that NordVPN has perhaps the best mix of services for the price if you subscribe to a longer term account. All users have full access to their network and custom software. You can connect using the VPN client for Windows or Mac. They also have an easy-to-use mobile app for both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices.
We tested the performance of servers in New York, Chicago, and Los Angels. As you can see by the image below, the numbers were good. You should have no problem doing whatever you want to do while connected to NordVPN.
We recommend you select the city closest to you. Unfortunately NordVPN doesn’t list the city names in their client. However, they have been kind enough to provide us with a list to share with our readers. You will want to connect to one of the following server numbers:
- New York City, NY – # 20, 24, 327-330, 373-376, 413-414, 435-438, 475-478, 657-664, 722-729, 801-808, 844-847, 916-919;
- Chicago, IL – # 80, 82, 108-111, 137-140, 166-169, 195-198, 224-227, 253-256, 282-285, 311-314, 365-368, 645-656, 718-721, 734-745, 754-757, 777-780, 781-784, 789-792;
- Los Angeles, CA – # 318-320, 326, 357-360, 459-466, 483-490, 538-541, 554-557, 621-628, 714-717, 746-753;
Want to access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world? If so NordVPN is a great choice. They are one of the only VPN services that can still unblock Netflix. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and SmartDNS service from just $2.75 a month with a 3-year membership.
CyberGhost was founded in 2001 by 7 enthusiastic young team members in Bucharest, Romania. Since that time the company has grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world. The team of 50+ members is focused on protecting users privacy. Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO, continues to lead the team even after they joined the Crossrider group in 2017. Since that time the CyberGhost network has expanded quite a bit.
|Countries||Locations||USA Server Locations|
|60||80||Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC|
CyberGhost offers a nice mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime. Some of the channels even let you unblock geo-restrictions for multiple regions. For example, you can access Amazon Prime video content in the US, Germany, or others. The Windows client also gives you the option to surf anonymously, protect Wi-Fi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), and choose a server.
Once again we connected to VPN servers located in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles to test the CyberGhost network. As you can see below the performance was fast across all 3 cities. This is one of the reasons we recommend the VPN service for a wide range of purposes.
The CyberGhost VPN client is one of our favorites. It is very easy to use and includes a number of advanced features to help protect your online privacy. They have a development team in Germany that is continually adding features to the client and mobile apps. You can sign up for full access to the CyberGhost network from just $2.75 a month during their current promotion.
The USA is home to many of the top VPN services, and that includes IPVanish. We know from personal experience that IPVanish will work quite well no matter what region of the country you are in. Their servers are fast and the VPN service has more server locations in the United States than many VPN providers. That is why we chose IPVanish as our one of our top choices for gaming.
|Countries||Locations||USA Server Locations|
|63||89||Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Jose. Seattle, Washington DC|
Along with a large footprint in the USA, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in North America and Europe in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries like the US and UK. You can select a location or even get more specific by selecting an individual server.
IPVanish hosts multiple servers in several American locations and you can choose to connect to any of them. We suggest selecting one that starts with “a” in the server name. For example lax-a01.ipvanish.com for Los Angeles and nyc-a01.ipvanish.com for New York. In most cases, you will find the “a” servers to be the fastest. We tested IPVanish servers in New York, Chicago, and Los Angels and found the speeds to be very fast in each city.
When it comes to value, IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. A 7-day money back guarantee covers all new members.
Private Internet Access (PIA) gives users a few different options. Unlike in the past, you no longer have to set up a profile for each VPN server. Now, you can connect to any of their server locations in 28 countries. As you can see below, the PIA team has organized their servers by region, country, and city. The server locations are listed in alphabetical order by country. Once you select a location, you can connect easily to locations in the United States.
There are a lot of torrent users who love Private Internet Access. The service includes a feature that will stop your system from communicating if the connection to their service drops. Meaning if your encrypted VPN access is dropped for any reason it will keep you safe.
We use PIA’s Windows client and there isn’t much to it in terms of set up and usage. However, you won’t want to underestimate the service. PIA offers different levels of privacy protection depending on your needs. You can control encryption levels and find the right balance between privacy and speed. As you can see below, the PIA network is quite fast in key locations around the United States.
When it comes to their Windows client the PIA team has included an Internet kill switch. The kill switch will kill your Internet connection anytime the VPN fails. That can really come in handy for those wanting to ensure anonymity in various cities in the US. Private Internet Access offers VPN from just $2.50 a month.
H1Z1 Battle Royale is a popular game for PS4 and PC. It will be released for Xbox One in the months to come. H1Z1 is free to play and one of the first of its genre. There are three game modes to play, and more content is always in the works. H1Z1 is a fun game to play alone or with friends. Just make sure to use a VPN to protect your privacy and reduce lag.