PUBG vs Fortnite Battle Royale: Which is best?

Today I’m going to be comparing the two most popular “battle royale” games around, “Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds” and “Fortnite”, which recently launched its own battle royale mode.

As you would expect, the two games are similar in many ways. In both titles, 100 players must fight it out across a massive map until only one remains; marksmanship, map awareness and looting are also key components of the gameplay in both games.

There are, however, a lot of ways in which the two differ! In this article I’ll delve deep into those differences, and try to figure out which game truly is the best title in the battle royale genre.

Movement and Mobility

PUBG Mobility

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has the options to run, walk, crouch and go prone. However, you cannot channel your inner snake and go prone through the grass in Fortnite. You can still run, walk and crouch but you will no longer be able to slither to buildings in hope of some loot.

Running in Fortnite is a lot louder than in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which makes it easier to hear where your enemies may be coming from. You can also see bullet traces in Fortnite, which once again makes it easier to identify your hunters.

Fortnite offers aerial mobility, with the options to jump on top of structures if tyre stacks are nearby. This is great for evading your predators, or obtaining a vantage point. There’s also the ability to build structures, with three types of resources available to be collected: wood, stone and metal. You are spawned with a Pickaxe that makes collecting your materials easy: remember, nearly every structure is destructible. Structures can be easily conjured up and used to stop bullets, or to provide access to another structure.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds does not offer you the ability to build structures. However, the game does have plenty of vehicles available, to make travelling the large map just that little easier.

Fortnite is the clear victor for me, here. The ability to identify what direction your enemies may be coming from, and the option to build a platform or some quick preventative cover, really adds to the survival feel.

CATEGORY WINNER: Fortnite

Weapons

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds presents us with specifically named weapons, such as an AKM, M16 and M4, whereas Fortnite is more generalistic, with a Revolver, Pistol, Assault Rifle and Scoped Rifle instead. Unlike in PUBG, where you have a designated Primary Weapon, Secondary Weapon and a sidearm, in Fortnite you have five weapon slots; you may take five pistols, or three pistols, an assault rifle and a revolver. However, bandages and potions also take up a slot.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds offers us weapon attachments – such as holographic sights – and body armour parts. There’s are no throwables, however – Fortnite does not offer us anything but plain iron sights, but maybe in the future throwable grenades will be added.

Fortnite does not offer PUBG’s luxury of aiming down the sights, nor with scope-in; aiming is strictly third person, without a first-person aim option like in PUBG. Recoil is also a bigger factor in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Fortnite weapons are graded similarly to Destiny, with grey being the most common, then green, blue, purple and orange as the rarest. With each colour, the weapon’s Damage Per Second goes up.

It’s very close between the two games. But for me, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has the slight edge in the Weapons category, simply due to the ability to use holographic sights, scope-ins and a first-person mode for aiming.

CATEGORY WINNER: PUBG

The Map

Currently, both Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have only one map. You enter these maps very similarly, either gliding or parachuting in from above. However, Fortnite provides you with the option of putting away your glider, whereas in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds once your parachute is out, it stays out until you land. This allows for you to change your direction and point of landing a lot easier in Fortnite. So in Fortnite, if it looks like you are going to land in a congested area, you can open your glider and get the hell out of there!

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a much larger map, which makes for a more sedate early-game. Fortnite, by comparison, has a much smaller map. This leads to more early game battles, and with them a bigger chance to  build up your loot early.

Both of these titles have a way of restricting the circle of play, with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds “Electric Field” and Fortnite’s “Storm”. Both of these features share the same purpose: to prevent camping, and to produce more engagements whilst preventing stalemates.

You may think without any vehicles in Fortnite it is more difficult to outrun the Storm, but similarly to in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds they are generous, and your health deteriorates at a slow enough pace to enable you to exit the Storm or Electric Field.

The winner for this category is tough. It is highly dependent on whether you prefer a quicker-paced, frantic style of play or a slower, more tactical style. Personally though, I prefer the Fortnite way. Engagements are more frequent, the map is easy to cover on foot, coupled with the glider and its ability to retract at any time.

CATEGORY WINNER: Fortnite

Graphics

The graphics in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are lifelike, with the textures all fitting with the style of the game – from the slightly rusted trucks to the torn-down buildings. Fortnite’s style is different; it’s more cartoon-like, with visuals more reminiscent of games like Overwatch and Team Fortress 2.

This one’s down to personal preference. For me, though, the grittier, more-realistic visuals PUBG offers fit the mood of a battle royale game better.

CATEGORY WINNER: PUBG

Value

Thankfully these player-versus-player games don’t involve pay to win downloadable content. Currently, the only microtransactions available are vanity items in PUBG (similar to skins in League of Legends and Counter-Strike) which alter how your character or weapons look.

Fortnite Skirmish

However, there’s a major difference between these two titles – the cost. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds costs 29.99$ whereas Fortnite Battle Royale is completely free. Although the graphics are completely different, the concept is very similar to all Battle Royale titles – to be the last player standing.

Simply due to the cost (or lack thereof), Fortnite is the winner in this category. It’s free to play and accessible to all platforms. Hard to beat!

CATEGORY WINNER: Fortnite

Looting

Upon disembarking from your glider or parachute you are tasked with looting, which basically consist of scouring through buildings for weapons to enhance your chances of an early lead. For one, looting in Fortnite is a lot simpler than in PUBG, with all weapons and items circled by a luminous orb, the colour of which depends on the item’s rarity and quality. In PUBG, however, weapons are strewn across building floors, which isn’t ideal when you’re hunting for a rifle or two.

The simplicity of Fortnite’s coloured looting system is a lot more noob-friendly. And rather than having to rely on your own personal knowledge of the weapons, you can easily see whether a weapon is worth picking up or which you should substitute out without wasting an excessive amount of time.

The looting system may be more methodical in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but Fortnite provides a simpler, quicker and more effective way of accomplishing this task.

CATEGORY WINNER: Fortnite

The Victor?

So, after extensive deliberation… Fortnite emerges victorious 4-2!

Really, though, the better Battle Royale Game is the one that suits your play style best – whether that’s the fast, basic but action packed Fortnite or the slower, more methodical and tense PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

If you have to choose one way or the other, I hope this comparison has helped you figure out which game you might prefer. I’ve personally had a ton of fun with both games, and recommend you give both a go to see which is the most enjoyable for you!

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