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Fortnite vs PUBG: What Are the Differences Between Two Iconic Mobile Battle Royales


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All battle royales lovers can be divided into three categories. The first ones are fans of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or just PUBG), the second ones only play Fortnite, and the third group is named “Others” (meaning people that prefer other battle royales, not PUBG or Fortnite). If you are a newcomer and have a lot of doubts, not knowing which group to join, then this article is for you. After all, today we talk about PUBG vs Fortnite which is better?

PUBG vs Fortnite Gameplay

Scores: 1-1

Our first station is the gameplay. A lot of people who just aim to quickly look through the game and evaluate the basic gameplay principles say that both PUBG and Fortnite have the same game rules. But this is not true. We agree that the basic rules are the same:

You and other 99 players were dropped down on the unknown island;
Your main goal is to survive there and become the last one;
Players collect various items, including weapons, build defensive structures, and are able to cooperate with each other. 

But despite the initial similarity, there are still some differences between the two games. For example, no matter what type of weapon you use, you just can’t completely destroy a building or any other location in PUBG Mobile. On the other hand, during the review, we noticed that using missiles in Fortnite, you can destroy almost anything. By the way, it is accompanied with great animation. Let’s compare the visual style of these games next. 

PUBG vs Fortnite: Visuals 

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Although PUBG and Fortnite have almost similar gameplays, it is not the case with graphics. The difference will be noticed from the first seconds of playing. In fact, PUBG is more about realistic graphics. It is made in a military style and has a lot of real-life animations, while Fortnite is made in a cartoon style. Both developers teams said that the visual improvements are one of their priorities, so the active work on this is continuing. 

pubg gameplay character running

PUBG vs Fortnite: Platforms

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Both PUBG and Fortnite are cross-platform games. You can download these games on Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. In addition, Fortnite is also available on macOS and Nintendo Switch, while PUBG on Google Stadia.

Unlike PUBG, Fortnite Mobile shares the same experience as you play it on the computer or console. It means that you can easily switch between the platforms without losing the progress, purchased skins, etc. On the other hand, PUBG has different versions on the platform and its release or update dates. Moreover, PUBG Mobile has one additional mode created especially for mobile platforms. 

PUBG vs Fortnite: Game Modes

Scores: 2-3

There are two kinds of modes available to play in PUBG and Fortnite: game and maps. Both games have three game modes, but if the PUBG developers decided only to change the number of people that can participate in the battle royale, the Fortnite developers created three completely different modes: Save the World, Battle Royale, and Creative. All of them share different rules and gameplay. 

PUBG vs Fortnite: Maps

Scores: 3-3

If Fortnite was far ahead of PUBG in the previous section, here, PUBG equalizes the score. In the case of Fortnite, gamers can only play the same map as they play on a console or computer. The developers improve this map, slightly change its appearance, and add new features with every update. The PUBG developers decided to utilize another approach. They created several maps for every platform and even one exclusive arcade-mode for PUBG Mobile. 

PUBG vs Fortnite: Controls

Scores: 4-3

It is where we can say which of the developers’ team has more experience in creating mobile games: PUBG Corporation or Epic Games. And the winner is… PUBG Corporation! To tell the truth, it is really hard to find another mobile game that has more convenient controls and such a huge number of customization options. Despite the fact that Fortnite developers improved their controls in the latest game’s updates and added new control customizations, it is still far from perfect. 

PUBG vs Fortnite: Crossplay

Scores: 4-4

Crossplay is one of the most important factors we always evaluated during the game’s review. Today, it is hard to find people playing the game on a similar platform. Gamers want to play with their friends and not to think about such nuances as the platform. Knowing that fact, Fortnite developers allowed a crossplay in the game. While on the other hand, if you want to play PUBG with your friend, you need to use a similar platform with him or her.

PUBG vs Fortnite Memes

Scores: 5-5

The confrontation between game fans has been going on for a very long time. And one of the most effective weapons is creating memes. While preparing this article, we watched hundreds of forums and channels where fans gather and post their memes. What we tried to evaluate: user activity and humor. Frankly: we could not. All memes are so cool and funny that we decided to just add a point to each game.

PUBG vs Fortnite: Mobile Features

Scores: 5-6

It is not a secret that mobile games have some differences compared to the console or computer games. This is primarily due to the use of a touchscreen instead of a mouse, keyboard, or joystick. Therefore, the Fortnite team added some mobile-only features to the game: auto pick-up, directional indicators, and aim assist. Although PUBG does not have such add-ones, its controls are still amazing. 

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PUBG vs Fortnite: Performance

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The performance of PUBG and Fortnite is the same on mobile devices. By the way, on the consoles and computers too, as both games utilize the same engine — Unreal Engine 4 that was created by Epic Games. Therefore, you will not notice the difference in performance playing Fortnite Android or PUBG Android. 

Fortnite vs PUBG: Who Is the Winner?

Although Fortnite has gathered more points in our review, it is still hard to say which game is the best. Both Fortnite and PUBG have advantages as well as disadvantages. What game do you prefer to play? Why? Share in the comments below.