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What is the Fortnite Battle Royale? Or PUBG? This question is most probably asked by someone who is living under the rock. However, the rest of people with an Internet connection are rather aware of the answer.

Battle Royale game genre is currently dominating the gaming industry; two games – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale have been the pillars of the ‘enlightment period’ in the Battle Royale gaming movement.

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PUBG vs Fortnite Battle Royale

With more than 5 million gamers switching in between PUBG and Fortnite, we understood this ‘royal battle’ as the modern clash of the titans.

Both achieving gigantic worldwide success and recognition, PUBG and Fortnite are continuing to disrupt and shook the gaming world with its innovation and approach.

Nevertheless, what we want is to show in this article is a ‘head-to-head’ comparison between PUBG and Fortnite and, eventually, conclude which one is a better battle royale representative.

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PUBG vs Fortnite: the Basics

PUBG Basics

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG for short), was the first one to break through on the scene of battle royale game genre – and it was quite an entrance.

Brendan Green was the one who created and launched the PUBG; this moment will be remembered as the actual creation of ‘battle royale’ genre. His vision was to create a game that will offer a realistic military simulation for 100 players in real-time over a large territory.

PUBG tends to be a slow-paced strategy where you have only one goal – to stay alive.

Seemingly, this might sound rather easy. However, when you are matched against other 99 people, plus a killing field of blue energy that closes a map over time, it could be much trickier than you thought.

PUBG shooting scene
PUBG cut from a game

PUBG Objectives

At the beginning, you are in the plane that goes over the territory. Luckily, you have a chance to pick your place where you want to land. Usually, different players will opt for different places to land. The reason behind this is that the map offers various resources at different places.

Check what are the best places to land in PUBG according to us.

After you land, your objective is to find and collect weapons and other equipment that will allow you to stay alive among other players. Few minutes into the game, blue energy will start to constrict the territory, whilst making players closer to each other. Blue energy will continuously shrink the territory every few minutes.

Your final objective is to stay alive.

Unfortunately for some, all of this comes with a price. PUBG costs $30 USD if you want to play on steam. The plus value behind the price is the map and game mode variation.

Fortnite Battle Royale Basics

Fortnite Battle Royale was an Epic Games’ major response to PUBG release; made in only two months and fundamentally based on the shared basics with PUBG, Fortnite offered much more than a militaristic strategy.

Fortnite innovated with merger of complex strategic games, which allowed Fortnite to become one of the most popular battle royale games ever. Epic Gaming thought that experimental approach to the game, with a hint of ‘Unreal’ experience at hand, will bring an interesting game to the gaming industry. Fortnite is much more unrealistic and cartoon-based than PUBG.

Fortnite shooting play
Fortnite Gameplay

Fortnite Objectives

Fortnite is quite fast-paced when it is compared to PUBG. It allows you to have multiple strategies applied already from your start from the party balloon.

The balloon carries the bus with 100 players where you can jump off the bus at any time. This feature is rather similar to PUBG.

After you jump out to your location, your objective is to look for various resources: weapons, shield and health potions and building resources. This will allow you to build up walls and floors that ought to keep you alive and ready to fight other players.

After some time, a huge circle will appear on the map. You might already guess – it will condense a random area on the map.

Afterwards, random area on the map will be tightened again after some time. This will force players to fight among themselves eventually.

Contrary to PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale is free-to-play, which gives an upper hand to Fortnite when it comes to the overall number of players that are able to play. Besides being free-to-play, Fortnite is also available on multiple platforms e.g. PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS. Fortnite is rather easy to download on all platforms. Nevertheless, you will need an Xbox Live Gold account in order to play Fortnite on your Xbox One.

On the positive note, Fortnite Battle Royale developers stated that Fortnite will remain free-to-play game. However, Save the World mode is a paid option; you can access this mode for $39.99.

PUBG vs Fortnite: Game Mode Variety

PUBG Game Modes

PUBG offers plenty of variety in their game modes.

You as a player can opt for ranked or custom game mode. Ranked game option offers solo, duo, squad or 1-man squad play. Solo play is a standard 1 versus 99 players. Duo and Squad option of team of 4 allow you to play with your friends or random players through matchmaking. 1-man squad offers you to solo compete against a team of 4.

After choosing the squad size and playing option, you further have to opt for the playing style. Your options are first-person or third-person mode. Third-person mode is a more traditional one, however pro players usually opt for the first-person mode.

PUBG Game Modes
Variety in PUBG Game Modes

Fortunately, PUBG allows you to switch from third-person mode to first-person mode, vice-versa, which allows you a better problem-solving e.g. more precision in first-person mode.

However, third-person allows you easier orientation and seeing around corners without having to expose yourself.

Seemingly, first-person mode is much more challenging and real, but also more fun, definitely!

PUBG also offers multiple custom game types which allow you to fight zombies in a team; the goal is to beat zombies by working together in a death-match mode.

Furthermore, other custom games can be in a form of special events e.g. Tequila Sunrise. This kind of events usually limits the usage of weapons or other resources, making the game more challenging.

Fortnite Game Modes

Fortnite on the other hand offers very similar basic mode as PUBG, offering single mode comprised of ‘1 v 99 style’, partner mode versus partner teams, and squad mode against teams of four. You can also opt for Duo or Squad mode as a single player as well through matchmaking.

The basic difference with PUBG is that Fortnite does not offer the option of first-person mode. Luckily for everyone, third-person is the only mode you need, as you need to build things. This would be rather tricky to do in first-person mode.

Fortnite Battle Royale Game Modes

Every few weeks, Fortnite launches a special, limited-time game mode e.g. 50v50 and explosives-only mode. Besides, the famous special Fortnite mode is Blitz, which allows you faster gathering of resources, but also faster Storm approaching. Fun. Siphon is another example of a limited-time game mode where you have no health or shield pick-ups on the map.

Besides aforementioned, some limited-modes worthy of mentioning are Unvaulted, Team Terror, Disco Domination, The Getaway and plenty of other interesting and nerve-wrecking Fortnite Battle Royale modes.

Check Lovely Tab’s Ultimate Guides to Limited-Modes in Fortnite Battle Royale!

PUBG v.s. Fortnite: Weapon Variety

PUBG Weapons

Real-life military arsenal has been an inspiration of weaponry that you can find in PUBG. What we are looking at is a wide variety of machine guns, shotguns and grenades. In order to be good at PUBG, you need to have a high level of shooting skills. This means that all weapon arsenals are made with rather realistic features.

These include variety in bullet spreads and drops, as well as fire range and strength. PUBG also offers you to adjust your gun’s sight to different accuracy. This might help you to be more accurate to different range of shooting.

PUBG Weapons
Examples of PUBG Weapons – Assault Rifles

One of the essential parts of PUBG’s uniqueness is the management of various attachments:

  • Scope – helps you with aiming
  • Grip – reduction of recoil while shooting
  • Flash hider – it can be helpful for concealing when you shoot

One of the best tips for attachments is to frequently swap-and-adapt, as you will need different attachments for different situations.

If you are up to a challenge, PUBG offers some untraditional weaponry, such as crossbow or Thompson Gun. Whatever floats your boat.

Fortnite Weapons

Fortnite did not kid about this feature. Fortnite’s weaponry is definitely not cartoon-based as plenty of other features. This implies that its machine guns, pistols and grenade launchers are the real-deal. However, only in looks and performance.

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Fortnite Battle Royale Weapons
Example of Fortnite Battle Royale Weapons

This means that Fornite’s realistic feature is not that realistic; lack of recoil definitely contributes to this, as well as inconsistency of bullet spreading.

Another difference of Fornite against PUBG is in attachments. Attachments for weapons do not exist in Fortnite. However, Fortnite compensated this with weapon rarity. Rarer the weapon, the stronger it is. This means that blue rifles do significantly more damage than green shotguns, for example.

Grenades somewhat work differently. Besides they blow people up, they can also send people flying. Furthermore, players can use spikes that can be attached to any surface that is flat in order to execute someone in a more somewhat subtle manner.

One of the most important features concerning weapons in Fortnite is that you only have 5 slots. This means that you have to manage your slots effectively in order to win.

PUBG v.s. Fortnite: Map Variety

PUBG Maps

PUBG offers multiple different maps. All maps are distinct from one another, and offer different kind of environment. This means that different maps usually require different tactics when playing. This is one of the best things when it comes to PUBG.  Some of the maps are:

  • Erangel – 8X8 island based on the Russian landscape, including forests, farms and swamps
  • Miranmar – 8X8 desert based on the Mexican landscape, including open spaces and lack of cover
  • Sanhok – 4X4 island including tropical jungle
PUBG's Erangel Map
PUBG’s Erangel Map

Fortnite Maps

Fortnite on the other hand has only one map. However, this map is full of variations – including green areas, deserts, parks, buildings etc. Epic Gaming did not announce new maps coming; however, Fortnite’s map is always under a change.

Fortnite Battle Royale Map Season 7
Fortnite Battle Royale Map Season 7

PUBG v.s. Fortnite: Transportation Variety

PUBG Vehicles

As you must be already aware, PUBG is all about realistic picture of a massive warfare. This implies that there is a vast number of transportation means at your disposal.

This includes a range of cars and boats that are helpful at covering the precious ground. However, vehicles are usually pretty bugged and cost a lot of gas, so we recommend caution when using.

Even in this situation, transportation means are appreciated as they usually can fit a team. Besides, you are able to shoot from a moving vehicle. It’s all you need.

PUBG Vehicles
PUBG Vehicle

Fortnite Vehicles

Fortnite on the other hand had used its creativity and imagination to create rather interesting transportation means. Some of the examples are Shopping Cart and All Terrain Kart.

As it is logical, shopping cart has to be pushed by another player. Yet, lack of efficiency and effectiveness is one of the features of this kind of transport. However, All Terrain Kart is motorized. Motorized is better.

Fortnite Battle Royale Vehicles
Fortnite Vehicle

PUBG v.s. Fortnite: In-game Transaction Variety

PUBG In-Game Transactions

PUBG offers in-game purchasing possibilities e.g. clothes and gun skins, which can be bought through BP. BP is a currency that you receive while performing good in matchmaking. However, the system of in-game transaction is a bit odd.

Every week, you are offered to buy six crates only for BP currency; however the cost of each rises exponentially. You are able to earn various kinds of clothes and gun skins through opening of crate. Seemingly, some crates are free. On the negative side, some crates are paid up to $2.50 USD.

Fortunately, clothes and gun skins can be sold for Steam credit or BP. Nevertheless, the community overall is not that satisfied with PUBG’s rewarding system, so we really hope they change it for the better. It is very important to mention is that in-game transaction does not affect the player output.

This means that PUBG is free-to-play, when it comes to ranked play.

Fortnite In-Game Transactions

Fortnite is also Free-to-Play battle royale game. Skins for the character and weapons are some of the examples of in-game transaction possibility in Fortnite.

On the bad side, some skins are ridiculously expensive (up to $20) and most usually cannot be earned in-game. We find this to be pretty expensive for free-to-play game.

However, on the positive note, there are cool skins that are cheaper than aforementioned. These go under $10 and are quite affordable. Besides, they provide access to a weekly challenge that further leads to Battle Pass level. In order to purchase aforementioned, you will need V-bucks – Fortnite’s in-game currency.

Fortnite’s Free Pass allows you to unlock certain free cosmetics e.g. icons for your account and some skins. To gain Free Pass, you need to complete challenges regularly. On the other side, Battle Pass is a paid version of the Free Pass, and allows you to unlock more rewards.

Increment in Battle Pass level will provide you cosmetic enhancements that can be unlocked at certain tier. Besides cosmetics, Battle Pass gives you experience boost as well, which allows you to rank up faster.

PUBG v.s. Fortnite: Performance and System Requirements Variety

PUBG Minimum System Requirements as recommended by PUBG Corp

Operating System: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB

DirectX: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 30 GB available space

PUBG Recommended System Requirements as Recommended By PUBG Corp.

OS: 64-bit Windows 10

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-1600 / Intel Core i5-7600K

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or better

DirectX: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: at least 30 GB available space

Fortnite Minimum System Requirements as Recommended by Epic Gaming

OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit + Mac OSX Sierra

Processor: Core i3 2.4 Ghz

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Graphics: Intel HD 4000

DirectX: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: at least 30 GB available space

Fortnite Required System Requirements as Recommended by Epic Gaming

OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Processor: Core i5 2.8 Ghz

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870

Direct X: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: at least 30 GB available space

PUBG v.s. Fortnite: Update Frequency

PUBG Updates

We believe that one of the strong sides of PUBG is frequency of updates; PUBG updates are rather consistent, and usually bring changes that are a helpful fix to the gameplay.

Besides, new maps and guns are frequently added. Furthermore, in-game transaction possibilities are frequently updated as well.

Fortnite Updates

Fortnite has timed its updates every two weeks.

New updates bring valuable changes to maps, weapons and other resources, including in-game purchase skins.

PUBG v.s. Fortnite: Final Decision

Seemingly, this could be a tricky one.

We compared multiple features of both PUBG and Fortnite, offering positive and negative sides to both games.

The answer we came up to is that the better game overall is Fortnite for multiple reasons.

Firstly, Fortnite is free-to-play and you can easily join, as you have no cost of playing if you do not want to.

On the other hand, lower system specifications than PUBG requires, allows you to most probably play the game with the gaming equipment that you already have.

Seemingly, you might be a fan of more realistic gameplay. However, we stand strong that Fortnite’s quirky, inventive style of gameplay and characters are rather appealing.

Besides, faster gameplay pace definitely allows you not to get tired of the game; each new game brings new thrills to the table.