PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds vs Fortnite Battle Royale: A Comparison

Oct 7, 2017 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate Your vote
Currently, there are two games competing for the gaming world’s battle royale supremacy: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale. Both are nearly the same, but with major differences. WWGDB - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds vs Fortnite Battle Royale: A Comparison

We still don’t know why the concept of battle royale or BR just became popular recently. Though there were games like H1Z1: King of the Kill and The Culling, the genre only reached mainstream popularity thanks to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG. Currently, the game has a whopping 15,000,000 concurrent players which is impressive considering that it’s only available on the PC via Steam. It will be arriving on the XBox One later on, and the PlayStation 4 in the near future.

PUBG isn’t the only BR game that is making waves. Fortnite Battle Royale has been released on all platforms. Right now, it reached a milestone of a million players despite being out less than a week as of this writing. That being said, if you’re having a hard time figuring out which game to play, here are a list of the major differences between the two:

NOTE : Both games are on early access (yes, PUBG has been on early access for more than half a year) and are still being developed. New features are being added on a regular basis. Moreover, this entry only differentiates and compares the two and doesn’t aim to figure out which of the two is the superior title.

Pricing and Availability

Shooting in Fortnite BR

PUBG is only available on Steam via PC, and you will need to shell out $29.99 to play it on early access. It will be on consoles soon, although there is no concrete date yet. Fortnite BR is available for free on XBox One, PS4, and PC. It is projected to be a free-to-play game and will be fully released in 2018. If you want to play the PvE “Save the World” mode on early access, it costs $39.

Graphics and Realism

The first thing you will notice between the two are their presentation aspects. In a nutshell, PUBG is noticeably realistic, with real guns and equipment, a setting based on the modern world, and with art that resembles real-life. Think of the Battlefield and Call of Duty franchises. Meanwhile, Fornite has cartoonish art, reminiscent of Team Fortress 2 and even Overwatch to some extent. There are also some gameplay elements, like jumping on tires, minimal fall damage (three stories high), and a building mechanic that makes it totally unrealistic.

Shooting Mechanics

Shooting in PUBG

Fortnite BR’s gunplay needs improvement. This can be attributed to the fact that Fortnite was built to originally be a PvE game, specifically the “Save the World” mode where you fight the undead. The developers carried over the shooting mechanics which are suited to battle hordes of zombies, not individual, panicking players that are shooting back. There are bullet drop elements and gun stats, but these aren’t as refined as PUBG. However, the developers may have fixed it in a recent patch.

Meanwhile, PUBG was originally a mod of Arma 3 and was built as a PvP game from the ground up. Bullet drop mechanics, especially in sniper rifles and long-range weapons are much more pronounced. There are also tasks like placing modifications and attachments on guns to improve their performance which adds a lot more depth.

Item Looting

In terms of item variety, Fortnite lags behind. You can only either loot weapons and healing materials like bandages and medkits from other players and the environment. There are no cosmetic items or wearable equipment. In PUBG, you have a varied selection: these range from ghillie suits, tactical helmets, and even cast iron pans. Moreover, you can loot weapons and weapon attachments, things not available in Fortnite BR.

Map and Environments

Sniper rifle in Fortnite BR

Both Fortnite and PUBG’s maps have varied terrains, from hills, residential areas, farms, forests, and swamps. However, the latter’s map is undeniably larger, making vehicles like boats, cars, and motorcycles a necessity. Though Fortnite’s map is smaller and vehicles aren’t available, the environments are destructible. For example, you can destroy trees, boulders, cars, and even houses to loot building materials.

In addition, the most telling feature of Fortnite is its building mechanic. You can hide behind a steel fort as the size of the play area diminishes, or fortify a building in order to hide from other players. There are countless possibilities like building a shield during a firefight in an open area to buy yourself some time.

Leaderboards, Stats, Multiplayer

Since PUBG came out first, it has stats and leaderboards available, while it is still yet to be added in Fortnite BR. In terms of multiplayer, both games have solo, team, and duo modes. Voice chat is one of PUBG’s best features, while it can only be done via third-party in Fortnite BR.

Though PUBG and Fortnite have elements that set them apart, they are both fantastic games that you definitely should try to play. The competition between them is extremely fierce, with both Bluehole (PUBG) and Epic Games (Fortnite) trying to one-up each other. This means things will only get brighter for BR gamers in the future.

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