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The two biggest battle royale games right now, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and Fortnite: Battle Royale, have been in deep competition since their releases. While players don’t necessarily need to choose which game they like better, there are key differences between the two games that allow for both to be a unique experience.


1. Movement in general makes much more noise in Fortnite Battle Royale, so use this to your advantage when trying to detect other players – and keep it down a bit yourself, eh? If you suspect a player is out in open ground and you have any way of hiding, get into position and keep your ears open for their probably location.

2. Although you can crouch in Fortnite Battle Royale, you cannot lie down and sneak your way to safety. That doesn’t mean you should run around like a lunatic – crouching definitely does help reduce your profile and improve your aim – but be aware that it’s a lot harder to sneak through terrain without being spotted.

3. Unlike in PUBG, any bullets you fire leave a trace element which lets your enemy spot their direction of origin much more easily. This of course also helps you pinpoint where a would-be assailant is attacking you from, which can help you seek refuge in a better direction of travel!

4. We’ve alluded to this in our introduction to this section, but we’ll remind you again that you cannot – currently at least – make use of vehicles in Fortnite Battle Royale. Or at least, you can’t drive them and flee to safety – you can certainly make use of them as environmental cover, and you’re encouraged to do so in a firefight.

5. Although no-one in their right mind wants to spend any more time than is necessary in the restrictive storm, you have a much more generous window of opportunity to get out of it. As we’ve already mentioned elsewhere in this guide, many players actually use the storm perimeter as a strategy, following it inwards as it collapses and picking off targets from the edge.

6. While you can certainly find better versions of Fortnite weapons that you currently have equipped, there are no actual attachment upgrades to be found. This makes it a little easier to quickly spot a pure upgrade (see the section on weapon rarity for more detail), although limits customisation at the same time.

7. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two – you can build stuff. Duels between opponents often encompass more than shooting each other from behind cover and winners are determined by quick, smart building.

8. In PUBG you can go into iron sights with every weapon. Fortnite only allows you to aim from the hip with every weapon except snipers and scoped assault rifles.

9. The map in Fortnite is currently far more compact than those found in PUBG. There are many points of interest crammed into a smaller space, meaning matches are generally faster and more frenetic no matter where you land. Don’t expect to run for long stretches without bumping into someone!

10. PUBG’s inventory is fairly complex when you put it side by side with Fortnite’s. In PUBG you’ve really got to manage your weaponry, attachments and many other goodies. You carry a tonne of equipment in your backpack and micro-manage what you’re currently using throughout each match by occasionally dipping your hands in. Fortnite simplifies the looting experience so decisions boil down to what weapons and meds you want in certain slots.

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