PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) took the world by storm instantly after its release, but since there is no such thing as having too much of a good thing, Epic Games decided to make its own battle royale mode for its game Fortnite.

While the idea of this new mode is incredibly similar to PUBG, Epic Games made the most out of the unique mechanics that already existed in the PvE mode of Fortnite to create a brand new formula. Thanks to that, Fortnite has since transformed from a relatively unknown title into one of the most successful video games to have ever existed.

The smashing success of these two games have prompted many developers to jump on the battle royale bandwagon, but for now, let’s look at an age-old question between fans of these two titans: PUBG vs Fortnite, which is better?

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Who would win in the PUBG vs Fortnite popularity race?

These two might share the same premise, but they have enough differences to look, play, and feel unique in their own rights. So, let’s put them both on an island, and see which one will survive.

PUBG Vs Fortnite Player Count

When PC gaming is concerned, you shouldn’t always follow the crowd. Yes, it does help to have a populated lobby in these types of multiplayer games, but with the popularity of PUBG and Fortnite, you’ll always get a game without having to spend too much time in the queue.

For a while now, Fortnite has been staying ahead of its rival in the player count race. According to the latest statistics from Epic Games, Fortnite currently has over 250 million registered accounts. On the other hand, PUBG has been struggling to keep up.

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According to the latest statistics, Fortnite currently has over 250 million registered accounts

That said, if you are trying to choose which game to play, you shouldn’t let these numbers affect your decision. Either one will give you plenty of adversaries to compete against.

PUBG Vs Fortnite Gameplay

It was a long time ago now, but when Fortnite: Battle Royale first came out, it was considered a more cartoony rip-off of PUBG. And yes, Epic might have copied Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene’s homework, but the unique construction mechanic completely alters the formula.

This mechanic is probably the most essential divergence between the Fortnite and PUBG. In the former, when the match comes to the final few circles, using all the materials that you’ve collected along the way to build a vantage point is of paramount importance. Of course, it does have a drawback: Buildings made by players really stand out, so you’re basically screaming out your position for everyone to know.  There is no such thing in PUBG, and so you’ll have to get by with whatever cover the map provides you, be it houses, rocks, trees, or just some bushes.

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Building structures is an essential part of Fortnite's gameplay

Another thing to consider PUBG vs Fortnite debate is limited-time event modes. Fortnite often tries to mix up the standard formula with things like Blitz modes with shorter circle times or matches in which 20 or even 50 players can team up.

PUBG offers a more serious and intense experience with matches that usually take longer to finish – if you don’t get killed immediately after landing, of course. Fortnite has a faster pace and is arguably friendlier for newcomers. It’s pretty easy to make it to the top 30 as long as you avoid Tilted Towers. When you do get there, however, building is a must if you want to win, so don’t forget to check out some Fortnite building tips before you jump into battle.

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PUBG Vs Fortnite Weapons And Items

As PUBG and Fortnite are both shooter games, weapons are an indispensable part of their gameplay, and there are a lot of differences between the two in this regard. Basically, it’s a matter of complexity vs accessibility.

PUBG features a huge collection of weapons and items – a lot more extensive than Fortnite. As a result, players who are new to military shooter games might find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. The best weapons are not easy to obtain either: You have to go to big areas that usually attract a lot of players, or risk running to an airdrop, which everyone nearby will be able to see. Fortnite, meanwhile, adds new gear all the time.

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PUBG has a massive collection of weapons

The weapons and items of PUBG do have different levels of rarity – some can be found more easily than others – but this rarity is not clearly defined by color as it is in Fortnite. However, the quality of items such as armor, helmets, and backpacks are indicated by their level, which ranges between level 1 and level 3.

PUBG puts a heavy emphasis on realism. It started out as a mode in Arma after all. As such, it is suitable for fans of serious shooter games who are looking for a complex, deep, and immersive experience – one that takes into account factors such as bullet velocity, firing modes, etc.

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PUBG puts a heavy focus on realism

On the other hand, Fortnite’s weapons are a lot more accessible. First, you’ll be able to see their rarity (and quality) straight away just from the color: Grey is for common weapons, green is uncommon, blue is rare, purple is epic, and orange is legendary. Also, the number of weapons is much smaller compared to PUBG, as Epic Games constantly vaults and unvaults items with each patch (for those who don’t know, “vault” is a Fortnite term that means to temporarily remove an item from the game) to keep its game relatively fresh and balanced.

So, PUBG vs Fornite, which is better in respect of weapons? All things considered, Fortnite is the more accessible of the two, so if you are new to the shooter genre, you might want to try this one first. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not easy by any means. It’s just that you’ll take less time to get a hold of how things work.

PUBG Vs Fortnite Graphics

It’s not hard to see that PUBG a gritty, militaristic aesthetic, while Fortnite opts for a brighter, more cartoony style similar to Overwatch or Team Fortress 2. That can work against you during the matches, however, as the colorful outfits of your characters can stand out against the rest of the world, making you easier to spot With PUBG, you will be able to blend in with the dark green, brown, or grey of your surroundings, especially if you can obtain a ghillie suit from an airdrop.

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Fortnite is more colorful, while PUBG has a darker, more realistic aesthetic

Fortnite might look more appealing, but at the end of the day, who takes the throne in the PUBG vs Fortnite poll mostly comes down to personal preference. Veterans of the shooter genre who wants a more intense experience will have a better time with PUBG, while Fortnite is more suitable for the more casual player.

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