I really like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, however taking part in it might probably really feel like banging my head in opposition to an armoured UAZ (with out a stage three helmet). I can play a two-hour session and—if I keep away from dropping into populated areas—see maybe three or 4 intense firefights. Or I would play for half an hour and are available throughout one enemy, earlier than falling to a headshot from a sniper that I by no means noticed. Generally I’m simply not within the temper for one thing that gradual. And that’s the place Fortnite Battle Royale shines.
Some components of PUBG have been transplanted nearly unaltered into Fortnite: the ever-shrinking battle zone, the loot drops, the gliders that ease you from the sky to the bottom. However Epic Video games has inbuilt some key variations, and people modifications make encounters with enemies extra frequent and matches quicker. Extra photographs fired means extra possibilities of getting kills—and the adrenaline rush that goes with them. So whereas a hen dinner is arguably tastier than a victory royale (as a result of getting one is more durable work), I discover Fortnite’s 100-man battles extra persistently enjoyable.
The primary main change Fortnite makes is with its map, which is way smaller than PUBG’s. Packing 100 gamers right into a tighter area routinely results in extra battle. The map is sufficiently small that you could get wherever you need if you dive off the Battle Bus, the equal of PUBG’s starter aircraft. So even in a distant nook of the map there’s at all times one other participant simply over the following hill. I get pleasure from that fixed rigidity—if I choose a much less frequent drop spot in PUBG I can chill out and loot at will. Fortnite doesn’t permit that luxurious, and so my fingers grip the mouse slightly tighter.
Likewise, the sport’s looting programs is designed to make you stumble upon different gamers extra typically. In PUBG you scrape the map for scopes, foregrips, weapon shares, and silencers. Plus, that highly effective Mini 14 or an elusive 8x scope may very well be hidden behind any door in any constructing, so that you’d higher test each nook. Fortnite simplifies that: you received’t discover weapon attachments, and a lot of the great things is housed in chests that glow and emit noise. I by no means really feel like I’ve a motive to hold round after I’ve cleared a constructing—tenting is feasible in buildings, however the race for loot feels fiercer.
That is partly as a result of high-tier loot is extra vital in Fortnite. I do know getting equipped in PUBG is significant too, however the variations between the AK, the M4, the SCAR and M16 should not game-breakers, whereas in Fortnite a gold SCAR and a blue assault rifle are night time and day. Larger-tiered weapons provide you with an enormous benefit, and might prevent even when an enemy has a drop on you (like within the clip beneath). I at all times really feel like I want extra kills and the loot that comes with them to provide me an opportunity within the late recreation, so I’m extra aggressive than I’d ever be in PUBG. I take possibilities that maybe I shouldn’t, however that places me in conditions through which I can gentle up the killfeed and delight in glory.
All these modifications make Fortnite extra of a massacre. By the point the primary circle has closed there could be 30 or 25 gamers left alive. And the numbers don’t cease scaling down. A single recreation might be as fast as 20 minutes. In PUBG, you possibly can go for double that size of time. Since you’re investing much less time in Fortnite you’re feeling like you might have much less to lose, so that you’re extra prepared to go weapons free. It’s fairly liberating understanding that you just may as nicely go for that inconceivable sprint-and-spraydown on the off likelihood that it really works. Should you pull it off then you definitely’ll be on a excessive (and pocket an important gameplay clip), and if goes improper you’ll have one other likelihood in 5 minutes’ time.
Should you do pull off these large performs and make it to Fortnite’s endgame, you’re going to have extra enjoyable than in PUBG. As a result of you possibly can lie susceptible in PUBG, battles between the ultimate few gamers typically descend right into a pair of belly-on-the-ground snakes squirming by the tall grass till one will get bored and pops their head up, or three gamers in ghillie fits cosying as much as bushes to try to keep hidden the longest. You possibly can’t lie down in Fortnite, so should you’re hiding it’s usually going to be in a giant, apparent constructing that may instantly draw fireplace. And even should you do get a great hiding spot, the brilliant color palette makes it simpler for enemies to choose you out. Once more, this encourages aggression.
Fortunately, Epic Video games recognises that it’s this arcade really feel that units Fortnite aside, as proven by current updates. Earlier this month it added bounce pads, which ship you into the sky and allow you to drop into an enemy base. When gamers found an exploit that allowed them to surf teammates’ rockets to get nearer to enemies, Epic left it within the recreation. Each hand the benefit to the aggressor, and make tenting much less viable. It’s absolutely a sign of what’s to come back, and reveals that Epic is aware of there’s an urge for food for a quicker, extra frantic battle royale recreation. Should you like PUBG however yearn for one thing with a faster tempo, then it’s time to purchase a free ticket for the Battle Bus.