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

Two of the biggest video game titles in the world are Fortnite and Minecraft. Players of all ages can play these two games, especially the younger ones.

While relatively equal in popularity, both games are certainly fundamentally different.

Fortnite is a third-person action multiplayer game

Minecraft is foundationally a survival game with building and crafting elements

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

If you find yourself ignorant, you can read on to find out how Fortnite and Minecraft differ.

Fortnite: The King of Battle Royale

Originally, Fortnite was envisioned as an action-survival game where the goal was to use a variety of characters to build fortresses and defend against zombies. Check out my beginner’s guide to all Fortnite themes.

However, with the growing popularity of battle royale games, Epic Games implemented a separate multiplayer component for the game called Fortnite: Battle Royale. This is what most people play when they talk about Fortnite.

In its most basic form:

  • Fortnite leaves you and 99 other players on a huge island
  • There you have to fight until only one player is left, also known as achieving Victory Royale
  • when you first land, you have no equipment to your name
  • you have to look for weapons, items and materials
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The main difference Fortnite has from other BR games is that you can build structures that allow you to earn strategic points to take out enemies. Millions and millions of players love this game and many think that Fortnite is the best game of all time.

Minecraft: The King of Everything Else

It is difficult to group Minecraft into one game genre these days. In the most basic sense it is a survival game with blocky voxel style graphics.

  • you are in a random world with a day and night cycle
  • During the day you can mine resources and craft equipment, build structures and generally explore the landscape.
  • At night, zombies and other creatures come looking for you, limiting your ability to explore safely
  • part of what you need to do during the day is build a shelter to stop the bad guys from eating you
  • you can continuously expand your hideout into a base where you can store food, items and other things

Minecraft has another side called Creative Mode. This is where people use the game’s mining and crafting tools to create just about anything they want, from simple structures to full-scale replicas of cities.

Thanks to the wider modding community out there, Minecraft’s creative mode can become much more robust. The creators have continued to create complete games within Minecraft.

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

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

While Fortnite has a building element, it’s not the core mechanism that drives people to play it. Fortnite recently introduced its own creative mode, but it still doesn’t come close to the robustness and customizability of Minecraft.

Take a look at Amazon’s Minecraft store to learn all about this game.

However, both games manage to attract large groups of young players that allow them to play and enjoy each other.

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