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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds vs Fortnite: Which one is right for you? - h3riq7a - 10-27-2018

With over five million concurrent players at any one time between the two, PlayerUnknown's Battleground and Fortnite Battle Royale aren't just wildly successful games: they're full-blown phenomenons. But when it comes to PUBG vs Fortnite, which one should you play?
If you look at our reviews, both PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite are great games worthy of your time. But what are the differences between these two? How do they compare to one another? This article breaks down their features, from weapons to microtransactions, so that you can better decide which battle royale is right for you. 
Fortnite vs. PUBG: Overview 
Fortnite Battle Royale was made in two months by Epic Games' Unreal Tournament team off the back of the PvE Save the World mode. At first, the mode was a clear PUBG imitation, so you'll notice they share some fundamentals, but through slow adoption of the fort-building system and Epic's constant barrage of updates, Fortnite has become a more fast-paced, experimental game since launch. Plucked straight from the PvE mode, Fortnite's building system allows players to put up walls, floors, ceilings, and ramps as easily as aiming and shooting a rifle. As long as players smash enough trees, brick, and metal with their pickaxe, they can erect complex skyscrapers or deploy walls as mobile cover. Good aim is helpful, but Fortnite's skill ceiling extends far beyond shooting. It's free-to-play within Epic's homespun launcher too, a decent deal for such an eccentric arcade shooter.
Matches pit 100 players against one another on a huge island, though it's still small by PUBG standards. Players start in the party bus (a bus suspended from a balloon, don't worry about it) making its way across the map in a straight line. Players can leap out from anywhere on this path, typically aiming for one of the island's named locations. On the ground, they'll need to find weapons, shield potions, health items, and building resources as quickly as possible. After a few minutes the storm, denoted by a huge circle on the map, tightens on a random section of the map. Every few minutes, it tightens again, forcing players into smaller and smaller clusters until they have no choice but to commit colorful, cartoony murder. 
Game modes 

Fortnite mirrors the basic modes of PUBG in its official and custom games. Solo mode is the vanilla 1v99 free-for-all, Duos mode partners you with a friend or stranger against teams of two, and Squad mode is comprised of teams of four. If they've got the goods, players have the option of queuing into Duos or Squads as a solo player too. Unlike PUBG, Fortnite is always played from the same third-person perspective. Building in first-person sounds like a nightmare.

Every two weeks or so, a new temporary game mode becomes available to play. A few examples include 50v50, five teams of 20, a snipers-only mode, an explosives-only mode, and Blitz, which speeds up resource gathering and the speed of the storm. Temporary modes tend to be more experimental, and Epic is still developing plenty more behind the scenes, including one we've yet to see called 'The floor is lava'.

PUBG has several game modes spread across its official and custom games. For ranked play, players can choose to play solo, in a team of two, a full squad of four, or the very challenging 1-man squad (solo versus teams of four). There is matchmaking, so if you want to play as a team with strangers it's possible. Once you have your squad size locked in, you'll choose whether to play in first-person mode or the traditional third-person mode. In the latter, you can still switch to first-person for precision shots, but you also have the added advantage of being able to see around corners and cover without exposing yourself. In first-person, your field of view is limited, making it more challenging and realistic.
PUBG also has several custom game types in a separate server browser. Zombies pits a few human players who can loot against a horde of player-zombies who must work together to overwhelm them. War starts as a traditional deathmatch mode before ending in PUBG's traditional battle royale mode. There are also special events that run for a limited time, like Tequila Sunrise where players are only able to use shotguns and melee weapons.
Which one to play? 

It's a tough question. As you can see, PUBG and Fortnite have significant differences and each has particular strengths. PUBG has map variety, while Fortnite's single map can get quite boring after a while, though Epic is mitigating the issue through more frequent updates. On the flip side, Fortnite's weapons and tools are inventive and wacky, whereas PUBGs arsenal is too nuanced to be exciting.

If you like the idea of a more arcadey shooter with a challenging but oh-so-satisfying base-building component, Fortnite is the obvious choice. But if you tend toward shooters that are slow and tense, like most military sims, PUBG is the way to go. The reality is that either game is worth your time and both can be enjoyed alongside the other.
If you're still on the fence, start with Fortnite. Being free-to-play means you can try it out with no risk and get a feel for whether the overarching battle royale game mode is your cup of tea. It can be a tad overwhelming and tense when you're in the top ten, fighting for your life. If Fortnite's cartoonish charms put you off but you still like the idea of battle royales, then PUBG is the one you should try next. Or check out the current and upcoming battle royale games of 2018 to get a feel for what else the genre has to offer. 

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