If you've paid any attention to recent trends in games, you're aware of the exploding popularity of the battle royale game mode. This is due in large part to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which sold several millions of copies in its early access period alone, and consistently tops Steam concurrent players numbers on PC today. PUBG is also taking the Xbox One by storm with over three million players. There was bound to be something soon after to capitalize on this trend, and Fortnite was first in line; it's also free to play on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. By adapting its original Save the World mode to the 100-player deathmatch of battle royale, Fortnite presents a distinct twist on the genre.
In the video above, we break down what makes these two seemingly similar games drastically different. If you want to read instead of watch, be sure to read our full feature on what makes PUBG and Fortnite unique and which game you should play.
In a nutshell, Fortnite: Battle Royale offers a fast and loose feel, much like an arena shooter, with simple crafting/building mechanics that are absolutely necessary to master. Being able to construct a makeshift house in the heat of battle or even just a wall for cover are some of the basic practices that give you an advantage. On the other hand, PUBG plays much closer to a tactical shooter: it maintains its military sim roots while giving you a more accessible, streamlined experience. PUBG is all about tension and precision.
We can go on with comparing and contrasting these two wildly popular games, but we'll leave it up to you to watch our video feature above. If you're still waiting for the right game to jump in, check out five games that could use a battle royale mode. For more on Fortnite, be sure to keep with our coverage: Epic is offering players a little something for recent server issues and a limited-time sniper-only event is currently going on. If PUBG is more your style, check out what's new for the game in its latest update or our PUBG review.