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.
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 headshots 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.
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.
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.
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.
Questions & Answers
Question: Do you, the author of this article, like PUBG?
Answer: I do enjoy playing PUBG. It's not my favorite game, however, I'm happy to play it when friends want to.
Codename-Aqua on November 04, 2019:
Okay,let's just quick this up
1.Well yeah fortnite is free to play.And if you're not a mobile gamer just
download tencent gaming buddy emulator so you can play the
mobile PUBG version in PC.(And yeah mobile version is free and
2.You spell it wrong.Don't type fails(fails mean the player done
something wrong not the game).Type PUBG bugs and Fortnite
bugs.And this is what i found
3.Yeah,Fortnite graphic is clearer because it's more cartoonic.(Which sometimes better)BUT,PUBG graphics is more realistic and it didn't attract some 9yrs old useless kids.
4.Do you even play the game?Full of toxic 9yrs old kids and hacker
5.That what make it really suck,weird costumes that attract 9yrs old and asking their mom for buy the useless skin that they didn't use later.PUBG player doesn't looking for such a stupid and childish update.
6.I don't know if you noticed it but priced games does not have much thing to improve so their updates are less frequent.Which Fortnite are free to play so they must work their souls,mental,and brain to think about a feature that attracted the kids and weird cartoon lover.Which PUBG is not free to play,so they just waiting for the money to flowing.
7.Probably for those 9yrs old kids that easily rage just because they can't adjust the inventory,and if you're one of them,Cry some more.And it make the games more tense and increase the fun.If you are lazy that means you better cure your hangover or your stress because of work/school
8.Again for 9yrs old who can't read(i know i'm abusing 9yrs old too much but it's the truth.)If you didn't know,do you even play the game?
9.It really is your problem. Land on school or other large buildings for example if you cant see any players. You don't even need to land on these large structures to find a player. Again, it really is your problem. And 100 players packed in a small town sounds very cheap to me.
10.95% of them are 9yrs kid that ask their stupid friend for playing fortnite or hacker that create tons of account.(Since it's free to play).aND IF YOU SAYING(welp thatz becoz of da hackerz PUBGUH havz fewerz playerz than forknightz)you know i'm just saying this
So what are you saying is 100% wrong.
Haley (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 29, 2018:
Fortnite is available on mobile as well.
Mansoor on November 28, 2018:
Are you kidding me? Pubg is way better than any of these games. Why? simple answer is you can play it on mobile anytime anywhere. This is single biggest advantage of Pubg.
Sigmaexecutable on August 26, 2018:
There were 8 reasons why Pubg is better and 2 that hold your point
Atif on July 06, 2018:
Well your analysis seems to be Untrue and is attained without playing the game.I am one of the few guys who stick with the motto "Let Video games be Video games"Meaning that fighting over games is not a gamer's Thing.I have played Both found that Pubg sticks with Real and smooth(I have Good PC)And I have never encountered any Glitches on both games.While I love to play Pubg when I want to kill a few noobs I also enjoy fortnite when I want to be adventerous.Both games cover Different areas while pubg Being Superior in Reality where fortnite counters by Giving creativity and a Chance.There are a few Aspects I consider Cheating In fortnite But that is Fine as it is such a creative game that It is allowed.In End I will Say that playing pubg will give you a Heart attack where fortnite will Give you a Fun Ride.Also fortnite's community kinda suck as I am Sick of killing Underage Kids.They need to have some way to counter this due to this reason I have reduced It from 4 5 games to 1 or no game per day.
. on June 22, 2018:
2: It's not true to search for Fortnite and PUBG fails. Fails are those mistakes that were made by players in the game. You need to search 'bugs'. And i did.
When i search for PUBG bugs on youtube, i find 125.000 results.
And when i search for Fortnite bugs on youtube, i find 1.125.000 results
3:It depends on what you enjoy seeing about graphics. Fortnite's graphics are smoother and may be full of light but in my opinion PUBG's graphics looks amazingly beautiful and you can simply adjust graphic settings if you dont have a good pc.
4:Fortnite has better community? boogiedown challenge man thats it. Fortine has a community of 9 year olds if you dont believe me go search it.
5:Bluehole focuses on making PUBG a realistic game. Not like Fortine which they add a lot of weird skins and this makes it less realistic. Just think of it, astronauts and zombies fighting for victory...
It might liven up the game but it sure makes it look like a cheaper game (im not talking about the price im talking about the quality)
6:I don't know if you noticed it but priced games does not have much thing to improve so their updates are less frequent.
7:Please do not attempt to talk about games that you havent played. PUBG allows you to have 4 guns not 2. And you only need a little intelligence to use that inventory.
8:An easy method to make sure kids who arent able to read chooses their weapones wisely.
9:It really is your problem. Land on school or other large buildings for example if you cant see any players. You don't even need to land on theese large structures to find a player. Again, it really is your problem. And 100 players packed in a small town sounds very cheap to me.
10:45 million players that are %90 nine years old
so, i shouldn't even discussing this topic but PUBG is better than Fortnite
And sorry for my grammar mistakes
yup on June 05, 2018:
I will agree that fortnite runs smoother and overall is easier to understand.But at the same time, many of these points were saying Fortnite is better because it's easier, things like inventory management and picking the right weapon are all aspects of PUBG that make it challenging instead of just finding the gold scar. Both games have their positives and negatives and overall I think it really comes down to wanting a fun arcade game or a rather serious competitive experience
Dent Slade on May 30, 2018:
Lol watching the salt pour out of the PubG fanboys. Fortnite is better all around, I can think of another 50 reasons why.
Joe Schmoe on May 29, 2018:
Ding dong your opinion is wrong.
no of your buisness on May 27, 2018:
Your allowed to have 4 weapons in PUBG not 2. Idk what type of weed your smoking
Lil on April 28, 2018:
Wow, great guide! You must be a skilled player to create such a detailed analysis
Lana Kaine on April 26, 2018:
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.