Combat! Combat! FIGHT! The 2 massive battle royale sensations are actually obtainable on cell units, and generally, each do a commendable job of condensing the console and PC expertise down into one thing that may slot in your pocket or be performed on the bus.
There can solely be one winner, although. To seek out out which survival shooter is king, we’re pitting PUBG Cellular and Fortnite Cellular in opposition to one another, in classes spanning gameplay, visuals, efficiency, and microtransactions, to see which battler is finest.
Prepare for one hell of a survivalist scrap…
Fortnite vs PUBG: Gameplay
100 gamers enter, one leaves. When it comes proper all the way down to the core, PUBG and Fortnite are indecipherable shades of gray.
Nah, simply foolin’.
Whereas the essential ‘outlast 99 different gamers’ idea intrinsically hyperlinks each video games, there are some key variations between the 2 battle royale rivals. The biggie? Constructing vs autos.
In Fortnite, you chop down numerous wood, brick, and metallic constructions to forage provides, then erect impromptu barricades and different constructions in an effort to maintain you protected from rivals’ bullets. Expert gamers can obtain spectacular feats with these constructible objects – like combining ramps to succeed in in any other case inaccessible areas. Constructing provides a welcome tactical layer to Fortnite, and establishing a fortress then cowering behind a number of barricades is as legitimate a tactic as attempting to aggressively outgun rivals.
In PUBG, the principle function that separates it from Epic’s model of cartoon carnage is the presence of autos. Automobiles, vans, bikes, and even boats all seem in Battlegrounds, and the touchscreen controls for every deal with surprisingly effectively. Autos aren’t simply useful for travelling giant distances in a rush – particularly helpful when the Pink Zone is closing in, making the play space progressively smaller – they’re additionally useful weapons. I’ve seen a number of matches finish with one participant splattering the opposite underneath the wheels of a beat-up van.
As comparable because the core gameplay loops are, relating to the cell variations, I positively favor how PUBG handles. Shifting across the surroundings, opening doorways, and vaulting via home windows feels extra assured and exact in Battlegrounds, and I really feel deal extra snug steering my survivor about than I do in Fortnite.
Aiming weapons can also be a darned sight simpler in PUBG Cellular, because of a beneficiant aim-assist that makes lining up enemies in your sights a relative doddle. By comparability, I actually battle to persistently hit gamers in Fortnite, and customarily really feel the overly jittery touchscreen controls makes capturing people far harder than it needs to be.
There’s a red-faced Dumbo within the nook relating to PUBG Cellular: the sport is padded with bots … at the very least if you’re beginning out. Throughout your first few matches, you’ll most likely trick your self into considering you’re a tremendous participant, after both nabbing a Hen Dinner or making it all the way down to the final 5 survivors. Seems, the sport truly fills early matches with bots to ease you into the expertise.
In PUBG’s defence, this tactic positively gave me confidence whereas I used to be nonetheless studying the controls. Relaxation assured, by the point you hit stage 10, the issue quickly ramps up, with the human-to-player ratio rising dramatically. Nonetheless, even after I hit stage 11 and past, I discovered I used to be recurrently making the highest 20 in PUBG Cellular – one thing I attribute partly to the bot-tastic mild studying curve. As for Fortnite, the problem positively feels sterner, and I’m normally doing effectively if I make the final 50 gamers.
Fortnite cell does have a key weapon underneath its shooty sleeve, although: it helps cross-platform progress. This implies you possibly can carry over your character and rank from the moveable version to the console and PC variations. If you wish to really feel like each second of that battle royale-heavy commute is furthering your general progress, this function means your achievements in Fortnite finally construct to extra/are extra significant than PUBG cell, the place your progress within the cell model doesn’t carry over to different platforms.
Regardless of this, it’s finally PUBG Cellular’s extra snug aiming system, which even helps a good first-person perspective, that edges it above its rival.
Winner: PUBG Cellular
Fortnite vs PUBG: Visuals
Artistically, whether or not you favor Fortnite’s uncluttered cartoon ashtestics or PUBG’s grubbier, but extra detailed visuals actually is a matter of non-public desire. My Terminator eyes can barely have a look at Battlegrounds on Xbox, it’s such a fuzzy, dreary mess. But on my iPad’s Retina Show, PUBG Cellular seems to be significantly sharper than the blurry battle royale skirmishes I’ve performed on my TV. Pop-up is fairly unhealthy in each cell variations of those two survival shooters – buildings all of the sudden materialise alarmingly late if you’re parachuting all the way down to terra firma in PUBG – however after you have boots on the bottom it doesn’t actually trouble me.
To PUBG Cellular’s credit score, at the very least on the excessive preset, there’s a tonne of foliage you possibly can cower in. The results of all these thickets of tall grass and dense shrubbery is that it’s a complete lot simpler to cover in Battlegrounds than it’s on Fortnite cell’s comparatively barren island. Hey, don’t decide. Cowardice is usually a Hen Dinner-winning tactic in PUBG. And for that scrumptious poultry, there’s no stage of yellow-bellied wimpiness I gained’t stoop to.
Fortnite vs PUBG: Efficiency
It is a tough one. Technically, Fortnite is the marginally smoother of the 2, however PUBG Cellular offers you extra choices to tweak efficiency. In the event you’ve acquired a strong sufficient gadget, Battlegrounds will impress. On my 2017 mannequin iPad Professional, Battlegrounds is secure, and extra to the purpose, seems to be extra refined than Fortnite. Contemplating what a persistently uneven, perpetually fugly canine’s dinner the console model is on the bottom Xbox One, the actual fact Lightspeed & Quantum Studios’ cell port is not any technical slouch shouldn’t be sniffed at.
Each titles goal 30fps, and to my frame-obsessed peepers, I not often seen any important dips under that focus on from both sport. My iPad Professional ran each video games easily, though admittedly, it’s a strong, horribly costly piece of equipment.
The ever skilled technical gurus over at Digital Foundry not too long ago did a deep dive evaluation of Fortnite on a number of iOS units, and though it discovered efficiency sticks carefully to 30fps throughout a number of iPhones, the likes of the iPhone 6 drastically cuts again on lighting and texture high quality in comparison with the iPhone X in guarantee a secure body price.
Not like its rival, Fortnite doesn’t provide the possibility to decide on between particular graphical presets, and the one visible setting you possibly can tweak is popping peripheral lighting on or off. That stated, Epic’s builders are such ludicrously gifted technical wizards, the sport cleverly adapts to your stage of gadget to supply easy shootouts regardless.
To PUBG’s credit score, it offers you a number of choices to pare again settings in case your gadget is struggling. If you first boot up the sport, it detects your stage, then chooses between a low, medium and excessive preset relying on the power of your gadget – my Apple-endorsed pill ran the latter setting with out difficulty.
Moreover, PUBG Cellular’s menu has a number of settings that relate to border price and graphics. For me, operating the sport on the excessive fps setting produced secure efficiency, although the sport is up entrance that upping this parameter will increase battery utilization. And hoo-boy if this isn’t an understatement: my first six matches of PUBG took my iPad down from 93% to 17%. Ouch. I additionally set graphics to HD (fairly than Easy, Balanced or Extremely HD), and located this produced steadiness between first rate visuals and secure efficiency.
In the event you don’t wish to undergo the effort of trial-and-error tweaking, Fortnite cell affords an robotically smoother expertise whatever the gadget, requiring no menu fiddling. Nonetheless, with a strong pill, PUBG Cellular can bizarrely run rings round its console sibling.
Fortnite vs PUBG: Microtransactions
Whereas each PUBG Cellular and Fortnite Cellular are free-to-play, they do include microtransactions – strive to not drop that monocle into your tumbler of port in shock. The important thing distinction right here is that, in Fortnite, you need to half with precise human cash to purchase beauty objects, comparable to skins and emotes, with a foreign money Epic calls V-Bucks.
Conversely, PUBG’s objects can solely be unlocked by way of loot crates which are paid with by Battle Factors: a free in-game foreign money that’s rewarded for taking part in matches. For context, the common crate normally prices round 700BP, or 1400 for those who select to open one other one right away.
Microtransactions could also be about as standard as a deep-fried panda burger on an in any other case all vegan menu, however at the very least neither battle royale could be accused of pay-to-win practices. The objects you purchase in each are purely beauty, and haven’t any bearing on the way you’ll honest in matches.
In fact, the actual fact PUBG Cellular has no paid microtransactions robotically makes it the default winner. For context, 1,000 V-Bucks in Fortnite will price you £9.99, and 6,000 a whopping £54.99 – a median character costume normally weighs in at between 800-1500 V-Bucks.
In the event you’d fairly not half with a single penny for the privilege of carrying pointless digital clobber, there’s just one victor right here.
Winner: PUBG Cellular
Fortnite vs PUBG: Winner
This actually isn’t the end result I used to be anticipating. Imagine it or not, I truly like Fortnite a complete lot greater than PUBG relating to the 2 consoles variations. However with the cell ports, I genuinely favor Battlegrounds.
Finally, what ideas this face-off in PUBG’s favour is its extra assured controls and fewer jittery aiming. However make no mistake: each Fortnite cell and PUBG Cellular are two of one of the best conversions to grace moveable platforms in years.
General winner: PUBG Cellular