Even if you do not consider yourself a gamer, you have probably come across Fortnite and Minecraft at some point. Whether you overheard someone talking about it, saw them online, or maybe even seen affiliated merchandise in stores, these two games are everywhere.
Minecraft has surpassed the 200 million units sold threshold, making it the best selling game of all time. Fortnite on the other hand is calculated to have been downloaded by 250 million users making it the most popular game ever.
So these two games are juggernauts in their own right, so which one is better?
Let's start with Minecraft.
Originally released in 2011, Minecraft has found its way to just about every gaming console in the world. This ease of access is a big point in Minecraft's favor. You can play on any system from the previous generation up until now, and you will even be able to play on the next-generation Xbox console.
Along with being easy to find a playable copy, the gameplay itself in Minecraft screams accessibility. The game does not have defined goals, and while there is technically an ending you can go after, it has no impact on the game and is optional.
The goal of the game is really to build whatever you want in a massive open world. This sort of creative freedom makes Minecraft unique and great for gamers of all ages.
Minecraft is also co-op, and you can play with up to four players, even together split-screen on your console. This makes it a great game to play with non-gamers or younger children who are just being introduced to video games.
- Found on almost any gaming console
- Easy to play/understand
- Great for co-op
- Creative and engaging for children and adults
On the other hand, playing without defined goals can be boring or frustrating to some players, and they may not enjoy the open-ended nature of the gameplay. In addition to this, the game is simple to learn and play and requires little practice or mastery.
If you are looking for a challenge, this is not the game for you. You can't lose, you can't win, you sort of just build whatever you want. This has led some to wonder if you could call Minecraft a game at all.
With simplistic gameplay, no defined goals, and the fact that you have to pay money to purchase it, Minecraft is certainly not a perfect game.
- No defined goals
- Maybe too laid back for some
- Can't win or lose
- Gameplay can be tedious at times
Now let's talk about Fortnite. Fortnite is a relatively new game, only coming out in 2017. Considering it is barely three years old, Fortnite has already made a massive impact on pop culture.
Fortnite is a fast-paced battle royale that puts you up against 99 other players in a free-for-all. You all drop onto the map with nothing but a pickaxe, and it is up to you to find the weapons you need and collect the resources required to win the match.
One of the best things about Fortnite is the price. The game is free to download, and you can enjoy the battle royale mode completely free of charge. There are other modes you can purchase, but the vast majority stick to the free battle royale.
The game is fast-paced, and you may die in under a minute if you drop in a bad spot. The gameplay is tight, and the mixture of fighting and building is fun and unique.
There are a lot of reasons to check out Fortnite.
- Completely free to own
- Exciting and quick gameplay
- A Unique combination of building and fighting
- Cool seasonal events
There are a couple of problems with the game as well. The largest issue with Fortnite is its reliance on microtransactions.
As aforementioned the game is free, but there are several skins and other cosmetic items that you have to spend money on. While it is not mandatory to buy these cosmetics, you may be pressured into it when you see everyone else with awesome skins.
Not only that, but since it is free Fortnite has a large player base of children, and some might say that Fortnite markets to children, trying to make the skins appeal to them so they spend their parent's money.
As far as actual gameplay, the battle royale can get stale after a little while, and since that is the only free mode you may get bored of it rather quickly. There is not a whole lot of depth in Fortnite.
- Lots of microtransactions
- Only one mode is free
- The game markets heavily towards children
How to Choose
What is the Difference?
To put it simply these two games are completely separate entities.
Minecraft is an open world Role-Playing Game (RPG), procedurally generated, mining, and crafting sandbox.
Fortnite is a First Person Shooter (FPS) Battle Royale with crafting elements.
Which One Should You Choose?
As you can tell, these games are vastly different.
Minecraft is much better for a more relaxed, laid-back gaming experience with friends and family, or even on your own. Fortnite is better for a more fast-paced and competitive experience.
While I would lean towards Minecraft being a superior quality and deeper game, Fortnite has a lot to offer as well and comes completely free of charge.
Ultimately, the better game for you will depend on your preferences and which gameplay experience you prefer. The best solution is to play them both and pick your favorite one!