You already know that the battle royale concept is very popular, but which one should you choose, now that Call of Duty joined the party with its Black Ops 4’s Blackout?
What to Choose?
Think of Fortnite and PUBG as two games at the end of a spectrum, while Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout should be somewhere in the middle.
Fortnite has a lighthearted nature, and it plays fast, also focusing on evolution and construction, while PUBG is a hardcore military sim. Meanwhile, Blackout focuses on a military style, but also gives its players a taste of the Call of Duty feel, while allowing them some tactical flexibility.
Black Ops 4’s Blackout
Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode comes with the basics of the battle royale concept. A thing you won’t have to worry about is item weight (you have backpacks for extra items), so it’s a middle ground between Fortnite and PUBG.
What you can find in Blackout is the controllable aircraft, allowing you to use a wingsuit to control your fall. You will also see the Asylum area where fighting through the AI-controlled zombie hordes will lead players to high-level gear. There is also a Perk system added to the gameplay which will help you for a limited duration. Specialist abilities will also give you an edge if you choose it wisely for a certain scenario.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is $60, it includes the new Zombies mode and the traditional multiplayer modes, including Blackout – but there is no single-player campaign.
Whoever is a fan of the 15-year old franchise, already knows what to pick if they are also into the battle royale concept.
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Construction and then some more construction – that’s what you’ll see in Fortnite, and that is what’s going to make you win, of course, if you devise a smart strategy. The fact that maps keep on changing according to the new seasons also makes players excited, as the game adds new content and challenges, keeping monotony at bay with festive themes. New weapons are also added over time and don’t forget about the limited-time game modes.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is free-to-play and available on almost all modern platforms – also on Android and iOS. The survival mode Save The World is only available on PS4, Xbox One and PC – for which you must pay $40, but according to Epic Games, it will be free in the future.
As all free games, you will see microtransactions that will grant you access to exclusive rewards – but nothing will affect gameplay.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
The more realistic battle royale comes with a slower pace and realistic damage, also requiring more precision (but you have the scopes and grips to help you out). The supply crates dropped will lure you – or the enemies to get some loot. Combat is more situational awareness and tactical-based, as there are no special abilities like in Blackout or construction like in Fortnite.
There are also different maps for different styles of play – Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok, with a fourth map covered in snow that will appear this year.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is free-to-play on iOS and Android, while on PC and Xbox One is $30. The game also has microtransactions similar to Fortnite.