Fortnite: Battle Royale vs. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: What’s Better?

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Fortnite: Battle Royale has been out long enough to form an opinion on what’s better and what’s not when comparing it to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. To the naked eye, Fortnite: Battle Royale looks a lot like PUBG if you get over the cartoony looking graphics. Once you spend some time with each game though, you’ll quickly see how many differences the games truly have.

Right before Fortnite: Battle Royale came out I wrote about if it was possible for Fortnite to steal some sales from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds when it released later this year on Xbox One. Admittedly, that piece was written before I had even played Fortnite so I was just basing this off the fact that both games were in the battler royale genre. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the two games are very different and will appeal to two totally different players.

To put bluntly, Fortnite appeals more to casual crowds. It’s easy to jump into a game of Fortnite: Battle Royale, find a decent weapon, quickly join the action and finish up a game. A round of PUBG will usually go much longer than that if you’re not killed off right away. It’s entirely possible to not run into another player in PUBG for practically the whole match. That can happen in Fortnite but it seems like a much rarer occurrence. Fortnite matches tend to go pretty fast and the map is significantly smaller than PUBG’s. This certainly makes it easier to pick up and play a game of Fortnite than it does for PUBG.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds really shines when you have a few hours to devote of your life to the game. Just kick back and enjoy a totally different experience from Fortnite: Battle Royale. Sure, the basic premise still remains the same with the shrinking map and the plethora of loot to collect but things feel a lot riskier in PUBG. In Fortnite, I have no problems with running outside of a building and through a field while in PUBG I’m always fighting the instinct to not go prone in the corn field the whole time. In both games you can take a couple shots and be downed or killed without ever knowing where the shots even came from.

For Fortnite: Battle Royale veterans that have been playing the game for the month it has been out and think they might enjoy PUBG because of the genre just be warned that it’s not the same type of game. PUBG is a much slower experience and requires you to carefully plan your each and every move. Loot doesn’t spread out the way it does in Fortnite so you’ll need to actually go to the body of your victim to see what they had unlike having the ability to see from afar in Fortnite. On the other hand, this might be something that appeals to PUBG veterans that are getting burnt out. Fortnite: Battle Royale represents some raw fun that’s hard to find elsewhere.

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This may not be true and it’s hard to say with absolutely certainty but I’ll say it anyway: PUBG takes more skill to play. With the exclusion of shiny guns, colorful graphics and crafting abilities, PUGB really caters to the hardcore. Spending time with PUBG gives me a strong sense of an open world Rainbow Six Siege where you have to peek around every corner because you’ll be gunned down in a matter of shots. You’ll find players prone in a corn field or flying around the map on a motorcycle with sidecar. It’s hard not to be afraid while you’re fumbling around in the much larger world of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

With all that said, it’s hard to say definitively what the better game is. In my experience with both games, there is certainly a lot to like about both. Fortnite: Battle Royale, in my opinion, is more welcoming to new players since you don’t have to deal with an armor system, loot boxes, etc. If you’re looking for a more complete experience, such as having armor, vehicles and all around more realism, then I think PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is what you should be looking for. You really can’t go wrong with either game and I think you’ll be able to find hours and hours of fun with either one. Although technical issues do exist with PUBG, they might be a tad overblown. I have had no noticeable issues with PUBG running on my rig which consists of an Ryzen R5 1600 and a GTX 1060. The same goes for Fortnite, but admittedly it doesn’t seem like a game that is hellbent on requiring the beefiest of PCs.

Both games are still receiving updates regularly so I expect to see both of these games grow even further in the future. It’s hard to imagine that PUBG is still growing despite the extremely high number of players on Steam. That number will skyrocket even further once it receives its console release.

I just hope I don’t get torn apart in the comments like I did for this comparison. I really do like both games a lot, please be gentle. With that said, let me know what you think in the comments. Which game do you prefer?

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