Fortnite vs. PUBG? Which game should you try? 2017 has been the year of the battle royale, but there have been only two major players: Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But which is best?
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has taken PC gaming by storm, racking up ridiculous sales numbers and zooming up Steam’s concurrent user chart. Since you can never have too much of a good thing, Fortnite soon came along with its own battle royale mode. Looking remarkably similar to its battle royale rival, Fortnite Battle Royale took full advantage of the winning formula.
But which is better? There’s only one way to find out: Fortnite vs. PUBG. The two might share many similarities, but there are enough differences to make them look, play, and feel distinct. So, all aboard the PCGamesN battle bus/plane, then, as we take Fortnite and PUBG, drop them on an island, and make them fight it out to the death.
Fortnite vs. PUBG map
Whilst the mechanics of both Fortnite and PUBG are similar, their maps are surprisingly different. This is most evident in their different sizes: the PUBG map is 8x8km, whereas the Fortnite Battle Royale map is much smaller.
Arguably, this means PUBG players have to rely more on luck to win, as if the safe zone’s location is not kind to them, they will need to find a vehicle to prevent a mad sprint to safety. The Fortnite Battle Royale map, on the other hand, does not feature vehicles; its smaller size make it much easier to traverse quickly and safely.
The structures of the islands are also different. For instance, Fortnite’s map is one big island with Loot Lake at its centre and a river running through it. Loot Lake is a body of water about the size of the game’s largest towns, so it is unlikely you will be doing much swimming.
PUBG map Erangel, on the other hand, has a couple of islands that are more likely to hold high-level loot. Sosnovka Island is the largest and is dominated by its military base. Parachuting here is a risky strategy: you might have a better chance of finding good gear, but if the circle shrinks towards a distant location then you will have lots of water and land to cross.
Overall, the Fortnite map is more concentrated and hilly, offering more high points and therefore opportunities for snipers. However, whilst more open space in Erangel might ostensibly make it harder for players to hide, you can go prone in PUBG.
When it comes to a Fortnite vs. PUBG map face-off, players looking for a tense, high-risk fix should go for PUBG. If you want a map that is easier to traverse - with endearingly-named townships such as Tomato Town and Pleasant Park - stick to Fortnite.
However, PUBG will soon have multiple maps, with a brand new desert map coming in December 2017, and an Adriatic map currently without a release date. We will have to see how that impacts the great Fortnite vs. PUBG rivalry.
Fortnite vs. PUBG player count
When it comes to PC gaming, you should try to avoid following the crowd. Although, admittedly, it does help if the lobbies are populated when you are playing multiplayer games like Fortnite and PUBG.
As of December 2017, Epic Games’s battle royale effort edged past PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, winning the fight when it comes to the Fortnite vs PUBG player count. At that point, Fortnite had 20 million players, with the PUBG player count hot on its heels.
That said, do not let player count affect your decision of which battle royale game to play. You will have a great experience with either and should have no trouble finding plenty of rivals to mercilessly murder.
Fortnite vs. PUBG weapons and items
In the big Fortnite vs. PUBG battle, weapons are an important factor: the two games are very different in this regard. Essentially, you are choosing between accessibility and complexity.
In PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds there is a massive variety of weapons and items - with cosmetic ones available in crates. There are - take a deep breath - 23 main weapons, 38 attachments, four pistols, four grenades, and four melee weapons. The best ones are tricky to nab, too: you have to risk running to a crate - dropped by a loud helicopter - or travel to dangerous areas like the Sosnovka Military Base.
PUBG weapons and items do exist on a rarity scale - common, uncommon, and rare - but they are not clearly delineated by colour as they are in Fortnite Battle Royale. However, items such as backpacks, helmets, and police vests can be found between levels one and three.
Really, PUBG is a military sim for serious shooter fans; the likes of Arma form its DNA, after all. If you are looking for a battle royale game with deep and complex weapons - ones that factor in bullet velocity, firing modes, and DPS - PUBG is for you.
Meanwhile, the Fortnite Battle Royale weapons are a very different, and much more accessible than PUBG’s. Firstly, you know straight away that your newly-looted weapon is good or not thanks to the colour-indicated rarity system: grey, green, blue, purple, and orange stand for common, uncommon, rare, epic, and legendary, respectively.
Also, there are far fewer weapons and items compared to PUBG. There are no more than four of each weapon type and you do not even need to worry about what mods to equip, or which ammo type is best. There is one ammo type for each weapon class, and then you just have to cross your fingers that your gun has a decent scope.
Another difference between Fortnite vs. PUBG is where you find weapons and items. Instead of risking everything for a PUBG crate, in Fortnite Battle Royale you find the best weapons in glowing chests. They appear in the same places, but not during every round - if you have a good memory, check places you have found them before. They emit a sort of twinkling sound. You will know it when you hear it.
Fortnite Battle Royale is much more accessible than PUBG, so if you are new to shooters then Epic’s battle royale game might be the one for you to try first. That is not to say it is easy, but it will certainly take less time to get to grips with.
Fortnite vs. PUBG graphics
We think Fortnite is a much better-looking game than its battle royale rival. It scores better in performance, too, as you will likely find that running PUBG is a tougher ask than Fortnite Battle Royale. Of course, PUBG Corp is a much smaller team, and without the financial heft at Epic Games’s disposal.
PUBG clearly has the gritty, militaristic aesthetic down, but Fortnite goes for a much lighter, Pixar-esque cartoon style akin to Team Fortress 2 or Overwatch. That can have its disadvantages in gameplay terms, however. When you stand out so brightly against the rest of the world you are much easier to spot. On the other hand, in PUBG, it is easier to blend in to the greys, browns, and dark greens of Erangel.
Fortnite might look more appealing, but who wins out in the Fortnite vs. PUBG graphics stakes really depends on personal preference.
Fortnite vs. PUBG gameplay
Ostensibly, Fortnite Battle Royale is a carbon copy of PUBG. Epic might have arguably copied PlayerUnknown’s homework, but at least they added construction to the formula.
When it comes to the Fortnite vs. PUBG gameplay battle, building is the most important divergence between the two. In the former, when it gets to the business end of a match, it is important you use the wood, stone, and metal you should have stockpiled to create your own structures and get a good vantage point over the competition. But building at any other time is fatal: player-made constructions are obvious, and you will be found.
In PUBG, you have no such luxury: you have to make do with the cover provided by the map. You can at least go prone in PUBG; a boon for the not-so-brave. Helped by the art style, PUBG’s gameplay is a more stressful, serious experience with matches that often last longer - provided you stay alive, that is. Great for the masochists amongst you.
Fortnite vs. PUBG: which is better?
When it comes to Fortnite vs. PUBG, you could be forgiven for thinking that they were the same game. You can tackle both solo, as a duo, or as a squad. Your goal is to be the last man standing, escaping from a deadly gas into an ever-shrinking safe space. You are dropped onto the map without any weapons or items, left to fend for yourself with whatever strategy works for you.
That said, there are a number of differences between Fortnite and PUBG that actually make them rather distinct experiences. Fortnite is light, cartoonish, and accessible, whereas PUBG is gritty, complex, and stressful.
So, finally, Fortnite vs. PUBG: which is better? Both attract the huge number of players they do for good reason: they are excellent games. However, we would recommend Fortnite Battle Royale if you are more of a casual player, and not only because you can download it for free. On the other hand, you should opt for PUBG if you are a seasoned shooter veteran looking for a more of a serious experience.
Whichever battle royale game you choose between Fortnite vs. PUBG, we wish you well in achieving a legendary chicken dinner, or victory royale.
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