10 Reasons Why Fortnite Is Better Than PUBG

Updated on May 3, 2018
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Haley is a professional nerd who is paid to break stuff. Her spare time is filled with video games - mostly RPG and FPS.

What Is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a multi-player battle royale game wherein 100 players jump out of a flying bus onto an island, and attempt to be the last fighter standing. The players accomplish this by using grenade launchers, crossbows, rifles, etc. that are found throughout the island.

One unique feature of Fortnite's gameplay is the players' ability to collect resources and then use those resources to build structures to protect themselves, hide, or get a good angle to perfect a shot. In addition to this dynamic feature, Fornite also has several other great aspects that make it an enjoyable game to play.

Fortnite is available for PS4, Xbox One, Windows and Mac.

What Is PUBG?

PlayerUnkown's Battleground, or PUBG, is a multi-player battle royale game. The basics of playing the game are very similar to Fortnite's gameplay. In PUBG, 100 players drop from a plane onto an island, and then they proceed to collect armor and weapons to use in their massive battle to be the last player standing.

PUBG got its start after the creator worked on mods for ARMA 2. He then decided to build a stand-alone battle royale game and PUBG was created as a result.

PUBG is available on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Android mobile.

10 Reasons Why Fortnite Is a Better Game Than PUBG

1. Fortnite Is Free-to-Play

The first reason why Fortnite is the superior game is that it is free-to-play, and not pay-to-win. PUBG is $29.99 for either XBox or PC. While I can spend money on in-game currency, it's only good for customizable skin options. Despite the various styling options that can alter the way my player looks in PUBG, these upgrades do nothing to enhance the actual gameplay experience.

2. Fortnite Has Fewer Bugs

When I performed a quick search for "PUBG fails" on YouTube, I came up with a (literal) ton of fail videos. Many of these failures were the fault of the game itself and not due to the actions or strategies of the players. The failures were predominantly caused by game glitches.

PUBG matches have a tendency to crash on every device (except mobile), players can glitch through walls, and occasionally valid head shots will have literally no impact on opponents.

Even though Fortnite runs at 60 FPS on Xbox One, Xbox One X, PS4, and PS4 Pro, these problems don't happen while playing Fortnite. I've never had a game of Fortnite crash, and I can't think of a single glitch that's occurred while playing in the past two months.

3. Fortnite Has Cleaner Graphics

PUBG's graphics are gritty and highly textured. The amount of texture is partly responsible for the game's rendering and glitching issues.

In comparison, Fortnite's graphics are inviting and full of bright, clean lines that do not look dated. The juxtaposition of the bright colors and fun visual style with the murderous aspect of gameplay just works. The graphic style also enables PC players to play without using a top-of-the-line gaming PC, so the game is ultimately more accessible.

This doesn't mean that Fortnite's appearance is just cute and that it lacks badass skins. This is still a game about killing opponents, and the majority of character skins are badass enough to reflect that reality. There are also a few cute and fluffy skins available for the players who find that kind of stuff appealing.

Some of the newer Fortnite character skins include dinosaur themed skins.
Some of the newer Fortnite character skins include dinosaur themed skins.

4. Fortnite Has a Better Online Community

Fortnite quickly rose to popularity because it received a lot of community support and it was featured in a lot of streams.

Even though Fortnite tends to attract more casual players due to its style, its roots, and Epic Games' engagement with Fortnite's community of players, it still provides a superior overall playing experience for gamers. Its participants and creators have fostered a true sense of community that has a more welcoming online presence than PUBG.

Fortnite's gameplay tends to be faster paced than PUBG, and there isn't as much of a time investment for its players. If a random person on my squad messes up during gameplay, then I've only lost 5 - 15 minutes of my time instead of 30 minutes or more. This cuts down on a lot of toxicity that would otherwise permeate the community of players.

5. Fortnite Has a Distinct Personality

Fortnite doesn't take itself too seriously. One of the ways the game's creators demonstrate this is through the huge amount of personality they throw into the game via regular updates that include seasonal skins and events.

A lot of the seasonal content consists of cosmetic or new skins for characters, and they are usually fun additions to the game. Have you ever wanted to see a zombie Santa Claus in bright cartoon colors? That is only one example of a cool seasonal skin that livens up the game.

In contrast, PUBG rarely changes or updates its graphics, and there are only a few cosmetic upgrades available to players.

A teaser for Fortnite's holiday content.
A teaser for Fortnite's holiday content.

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6. Fortnite Regularly Adds New Features

Epic Games has done a good job of regularly adding new content. In fact they're currently releasing new content every other week, without requiring a new download each time. These "new" releases will be included in a previous patch, and released slowly. This allows the developers time to focus on larger defects, while still delivering new content to players. New content is also released to players through daily quests, and the battle pass system.

7. Inventory Management

When I'm gaming, I will typically spend a quarter of my playing time on inventory management. "What do I need?" "Is this worth holding on to to sell?" and "How is my inventory full already?" are phrases that I mutter to myself regularly.

Fortnite limits its players' inventory to five weapons and a pickaxe. It's simple to switch between these devices, and the game's ammo storage process is simple and doesn't require a lot of thought. Healing and shield supplies can take up space in a player's inventory, so players must balance those supplies with their weapons.

In comparison, PUBG's inventory system is clunky and it requires as much management as a traditional RPG. A player can increase their inventory space by finding higher-level backpacks, and the player is constantly limited to two weapons.

Fortnite's inventory system allows players to focus on the game and blowing up houses, whereas PUBG's inventory system is distracting.

8. Color-Coding Weapons

Color-coding weapons in Fortnite is similar to the game's inventory system. It removes guessing from the equation and it makes the weapon system more clear. This enables players to focus on gameplay and reaching the top 10, instead of second guessing themselves and their weapon choice.

It also allows for an additional level of complexity with regard to a weapon's quality. A purple shotgun is going to have better accuracy and damage than a green shotgun, and taking this quality difference into consideration becomes a requirement as you play with more talented players.

Fortnite's map was updated in early 2018.
Fortnite's map was updated in early 2018.

9. Map Size

PUBG's map is large and it holds a lot of cool hidden gems, but its large size also means that I can go 20 minutes without seeing another player. This makes the game take longer to play and complete.

Fortnite's smaller map is also full of interesting towns and weird buildings, but the games tend to go faster since 100 players are packed onto a smaller map.

10. Playerbase Size

Fortnite has 45 million players globally (and over 3 million concurrent users), while PUBG has around 30 million total players.

Why do I care about the number of players? I care because the more active players there are, the less time I have to wait in a lobby.

Plus, more players mean that there are more stream-viewers. If I'm trying to pick a new game to start streaming, the number of players and the number of viewers is very important to me.

The number of players also gives me insight into the health of a game. If a game has a lot of players, that means that it's profitable for a company to continue to invest in the game. A decrease in the number of players could result in or reveal a decrease in a game's quality, an increased amount of cheaters/hackers, or the addition of unfair pay schemes.

Fortnite Is Better Than PUBG

After considering the flaws and assets of both games, I've decided that I'm sticking with Fortnite. I'll hop onto PUBG if a friend needs another member in a squad, but that's not where I'm going to invest my spare time because Fortnite offers a more satisfying experience overall.

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        Lil 3 weeks ago

        Wow, great guide! You must be a skilled player to create such a detailed analysis

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        Lana Kaine 3 weeks ago

        What the hell do you know? Some lame ass "Lady gamer" spewing all this horsecrap. Did you learn all this watching your boyfriend actually play the game while you sit there knitting and petting what is almost certainly a whiny, obese cat?

        Why don't you do us all a favor and knit some itchy fortnite blankets to sell on etsy and save the opinions for real gamers.


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