Fortnite vs. Minecraft | Or are they just fundamentally different?

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Two of the biggest video game titles on the planet are Fortnite and Minecraft. Players of all ages can be found playing both of these games, especially younger ones. While relatively equal in popularity, both games are fundamentally different for sure.

Fortnite is a third-person action multiplayer game

Minecraft is foundationally a survival game with building and crafting elements

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Despite their differences, though, both games manage to bring together players of all stripes, giving them a space to hang out and enjoy each other’s company.

If you’re finding yourself out of the loop, you can read on to learn how Fortnite and Minecraft are different.

Fortnite: The King of Battle Royale

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Originally, Fortnite was meant to be an action survival game where the aim was to use a variety of characters to build Forts and fend off zombies. Check out my beginners guide for all topics on Fortnite.

With the growing popularity of Battle Royale games, though, Epic Games implemented a standalone multiplayer component to the game called Fortnite: Battle Royale. This is what most people are playing when they talk about Fortnite.

At its most basic form:

  • Fortnite plops you and 99 other players onto a massive island
  • there you must fight until there’s only one player left standing, also known as achieving Victory Royale
  • when you first land, you have no equipment to your name
  • you’ve got to scavenge around for weapons, items and materials
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The main difference Fortnite has from other BR games is that you can build structures which enables you to gain vantage points to pick off enemies from. Millions and millions of player just love this game and many think Fornite is the best game ever.

Minecraft: The King of Everything Else

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It’s hard to lump Minecraft into a single genre of games these days. At its most fundamental, it’s a survival game with blocky voxel-style graphics.

  • you’re placed in a randomised world with a day and night cycle
  • during the day, you can mine for resources and craft equipment, build structures and generally explore the landscape
  • at night, zombies and other creatures come out hunting for you which limits your ability to safely explore
  • part of what you need to do during the day is to build a shelter to keep the baddies from eating you
  • you can continuously expand your shelter into a base where you can store food, items, and other stuff
minecraft building creative mode

Minecraft has another side to it called Creative Mode. This is where people use the game’s mining and crafting tools to create pretty much anything they desire, from simple structures to entire replicas of cities.

Thanks to the wider modding community that exists out there, Minecraft Creative mode can become much more robust. Creators have gone as far as to create entire games within Minecraft itself.

As you can tell, Fortnite and Minecraft have fundamental differences.

One is a third-person shooter while the latter is a gathering and crafting game.

While Fortnite does have a building element to it, it’s not the core mechanic that drives people to play it. Fortnite introduced its own creative mode recently but it’s not yet close to the robustness and moddability of Minecraft.

Check out the Amazon Minecraft Store for all there is on this game.

Both games, however, manage to bring in large crowds of young gamers that allow them to play and enjoy time with others.