There are now many Battle Royale games, but Call of Duty and Fortnite are still very popular. Of course, we have also accumulated several hundred hours of playtime in these FPS games. Even though the gameplay of both games is similar, there are many subtle differences that we will show you in this post. If you’ve never played Call of Duty (Warzone) or Fortnite, you’re probably wondering which game is better. Of course, Masakari and I are happy to give you an answer to that as well.
In general, Fornite is more suitable for beginners in the shooter genre. Fortnite is easier to handle and understand. The third-person view makes it easier to move and recognize enemies. Call of Duty requires more overview, discipline, and tactics.
The game world of Call of Duty is much more complex. Different target groups and different expectations mean that each game has found its market and community. Both games are incredibly successful and have also been able to build a competitive scene successfully.
With the following questions and answers, we’ll take a closer look at the differences between the two games.
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Call of Duty vs. Fortnite: Which Game is Better?
Overall, Call of Duty has much more game depth, detailed graphics, and a more mature player base. Call of Duty requires a higher skill level than Fortnite. Call of Duty is the more complex and better game for competitive players, even though the prize money is higher in Fornite.
The Call of Duty series has been around since 2003, with each part published in the top 20 best-selling games of that year. There are also many more developers working on Call of Duty in the background. The history and development budget are reflected in the quality of a game. Even if there are games that impress with their simplicity with more fun to play, Activision has constantly improved the game series Call of Duty in collaboration with the community.
With the free-to-play Call of Duty Warzone, Activision has made a successful move to the free-to-play model, making it easily accessible to younger players.
Nevertheless, Call of Duty clearly stands out from Fornite due to the game’s depth. While not aiming for complete realism, Call of Duty is not as arcade-heavy and playful as Fortnite. Real weapons, financial resource management, and a relatively natural movement require a higher skill level than Fortnite.
We claim from our experience that a Call of Duty player could celebrate success in Fortnite relatively quickly, but a Fortnite player would have to invest much more time in building up skills for Call of Duty.
Qualitatively, we consider Call of Duty to be the better game in the shooter genre.
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Call of Duty vs. Fortnite: Which Game is Easier to Learn?
Fortnite offers casual gamers an easy introduction in terms of controls, graphics, gameplay, and perspective. Above all, the third-person view allows players to steer the character through the game environment more purposefully and with a better overview.
The target groups of the two games are different. Call of Duty is aimed at adult gamers over the age of 18. Fortnite, with its colorful look and arcade-heavy movement, caters more to the desires of teenagers. So it’s only logical that Fornite sets the entry barriers lower. Third-person view shooters are much easier to handle than first-person shooters. The Field of View (FoV) is much larger, and the player can look for enemies from an angled view over obstacles or past obstacles.
In Fortnite, unlike Call of Duty, the player can build defensive or field modifying elements. Still, Call of Duty offers a much more detailed game world with a more complex weapon and equipment management.
In the end, we would recommend beginners get their hands on Fornite first. Even though many game elements can only be unlocked with real money, the game is fun even without money and is therefore free for now.
In both games, all the mechanics of FPS games take effect. If you are ambitious and want to become good at Call of Duty or Fortnite, you can’t avoid improving these five game mechanics:
Why is Call of Duty so Popular and Good?
Call of Duty has been on the market as a game series for almost 20 years now. Millions of gamers have grown up with Activision’s action-packed stories and eagerly await the next installment of the series. So far, Activision has never disappointed its community.
The sales figures of every single part show that the manufacturer understands, takes seriously, and lovingly cares for its target group. To a certain extent, Call of Duty is also always in tune with the spirit of the times and adapts to the changing conditions on the market with new game elements, scenarios, and game modes.
The sophisticated graphics and the depth of play inspire casual gamers, pro gamers, and streamers. The game is not only beautiful to play but also beautiful to look at.
Twitch stats from twitchtracker.com (as of May 2021) show Call of Duty among the top 5 games with continued popularity.
While the number of Twitch channels that show Call of Duty keeps plummeting after an initial euphoric phase (blue line), the number of viewers remains at a consistently high level (green area). This is a strong indication that the game has a long future and will definitely be continued as a series.
Why is Fortnite so Popular and Good?
Fortnite offers a perfect and easy entry into the shooter genre. Fortnite is approved for ages 12 and up and can be installed and played for free in many countries. Many game elements have been specially adapted to the youth target group.
Fortnite has established a connection between the youngest possible computer gamers and the shooter genre like no other game. The shooter has been deprived of what would otherwise be considered psychologically questionable characteristics through the colorful and rather harmless game world, which is decoupled from the real world in its presentation and game mechanics. Even parents like to play a round of Fortnite with or against their children.
Again, Fortnite is not only nice to play, but especially the three-dimensional action with high-built defenses and ramps, have led to a large viewership.
On Twitch, Fortnite still ranks just behind Call of Duty 4 years after its initial release and is also played frequently by the larger streamers.
Popularity also continues to spike seasonally when the World Championship is played out with exceptionally large prize pools. At the 2019 World Championship, the total prize money paid out was over $30 million. In the process, the predominantly very young eSports players became millionaires in one fell swoop. The associated pop star character naturally fuels the popularity of the game among competitive players and newcomers.
Comparing COD and Fortnite: Is it possible?
In general, Call of Duty and Fortnite appeal to different target groups. A comparison of individual game elements or mechanics can turn out differently for the target groups. A direct comparison is only valid under premises that are equally relevant for both target groups. For example, the stability of a game matter for all gamers equally.
Even if both players are shooters, a general comparison would not be purposeful. The target group of Call of Duty has completely different expectations of certain game elements than the community of Fortnite.
For example, the statement that Call of Duty has much better graphics would be true.
However, for the Fortnite community, the more colorful and simpler graphics of Fornite are much more appealing than the more realistic game world of Call of Duty.
Thus, a comparison cannot lead to an objective result.
There are some aspects of a computer game that are relevant for all gamers.
The technical stability of a game must be given as well as a functioning netcode. The community wants to be taken seriously when it comes to suggestions for improvement. And, of course, regular player enhancements should continuously increase the game’s fun or at least keep it at a constant level.
Competitive players want regular leagues and tournaments as well as media attention. Both games fulfill these hygiene themes par excellence, so no game title particularly stands out here.
However, we can compare the most striking differences in a non-judgmental way.
The following table can help you quickly get an overview of the differences:
|Game element/Feature||Call of Duty||Fortnite|
|Squad||Yes (up to 3 Players)||Yes (up to 4 Players)|
|Resource Management||Yes (Money)||Yes (wood, stone, metal)|
|Supply Drops||Yes, pre-selected loadouts||Yes, random content|
|2nd chance||Yes, 1 on 1 fight in the gulag for 2nd life||Yes, teammates have to find and use a reboot card|
|Battle Royale||Yes, up to 200 Players||Yes, 100 Players|
|Other permanent Game-Modes||Yes||Yes|
|Limited Time Modes||Yes||Yes|
|First-Person-View||Yes||Only in Custom (creative) Game Mode|
|Platforms available||PC, Console||PC, Console, Mobile|
|In-game Currency||Yes, CoD points||Yes, V-Bucks|
|Size of Installation Files||Up to 55GB Battle Royale Stand-Alone, over 200GB with all Call of Duty Modes||Up to 60GB|
|Recommended RAM||12 GB||8 GB|
|NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency||Yes||Yes|
Casual gamers should take a look at both games and decide for themselves where their heart lies. Maybe it’s the variety, and both games end up on the hard drive. With both games, you can have hundreds, if not thousands, of enjoyable hours of gameplay.
As usual with Battle Royale games, you have to be prepared for periods of frustration and disappointment as well as incredibly exciting and satisfying victories.
Competitive players will certainly favor Call of Duty more as they get older. Tactical and strategic thinking comes a bit more to the fore here than in Fortnite. Even if the prize money is higher in Fortnite, Call of Duty has created a better structured and more sustainable ecosystem in eSports.
Ultimately, a comparison of Call of Duty and Fortnite is not meaningful.
Both games are free to download and play, so check them out for yourself.
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