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Rival franchises go head to head to determine which title is best


Nathan Martinez, Staff Writer

In the recent world of Battle Royale style games there are two sides: Fortnite and Playerunknown Battlegrounds (PUBG).

It seems that recently anywhere you nd two gamers, there’s a debate bound to happen over Fortnite versus PUBG. Each game has very dedicated fans who will often list out reasons as to why the other is trash and why their game is better.

One of the most common complaints about Fortnite is that people say it looks childish or it’s too cartoony. Critics of PUBG say it’s buggy or it’s graphics aren’t any better. However, they both have pros and cons.

Fortnite is a quick based Battle Royale game lasting about 15 to 20 minutes per match, widely known for giving players the ability to build.
PUBG is a slower paced game that although is more intricate than Fortnite (such as the bullet system) that averages about a 30 to 45 minute game.

Fortnite Battle Royale was released by Epic Games in late September in 2017 and had grown popularity quickly because it was released on PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

This gave it time to grow popularity on all platforms. PUBG, which was originally released in March of 2017, had only been on PC until they expanded to the Xbox One in December.

Fortnite and PUBG’s main similarities is the overall concept. You start o in a main lobby with 100 players total. Go over an is- land and jump and land wherever you choose. You gather up weapons, ammo, and supplies and survive and eliminate players until you are the last one alive.

Fortnite’s popularity seemed to be overshadowing PUBG until both games released mobile versions in March.

The rivalry between these two games appears to be heating up again as the developers work to outdo each other with new features and overall performance.

PUBG was a little late to the mobile release, but has made somewhat of a comeback in popularity However, Fortnite maintains its dominance because of its multi-platform capability that PUBG simply cannot offer at this time.

The leveling system in Fortnite is fairly similar compared to PUBG. In PUBG, players level up and get Battle Points or BP. Players use BP to earn or to buy crates that give them a random cosmetic item. While in Fortnite players earn or buy V-Bucks that al- lows them to purchase a cosmetic item without the randomness of PUBG. And with Fortnite doing updates to the game constantly players can buy a new cosmetic item almost everyday.

Another similarity that both games share is their gun systems. In Fortnite, the guns are based on what type of gun it is and what rarity its is.

In order of rarity the system starts with common (grey) and ranges up to legendary (gold). Plus there are a few different types of bullets that can be used in different guns. For example, bullets for an automatic rifle can also be used in a burst rifle.

And in PUBG it goes by what gun it is and there are a variety of different caliber bullets for certain guns. Such as a .45 ACP bullet can only go in guns that take that certain type of round.

Graphics is also another main part of the rivalry between Fortnite and PUBG. ere is the realistic militarized graphics on PUBG and then there is the colorful cartoonish graphics on Fortnite. But it all comes down to personal preference.

For players that like the grit and realism like of Call of Duty WWII. you would most likely choose PUBG but if you like colorful and bright graphics like in Overwatch you’d most likely go for Fortnite.