Free Fire – Battlegrounds and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) are probably the two best mobile Battle Royale games. They may look very similar at first glance, but they differ in a few ways.
Although there is no doubt that Free Fire is directly inspired by PUBG , it has some fundamental changes. To begin with, it was always conceived for cell phones and not as a PC game, as was the case with PUBG .
Both games have their strengths and weaknesses. If you want to find out which is the best Battle Royale to play on your mobile phone, read this guide!
Platforms and Requirements
Both can be played for free on Android and iOS phones. Free Fire is lighter, less demanding, so it can work on modest phones like a Galaxy J1 Mini. On the other hand, PUBG Mobile needs a more powerful cell phone for our games to be fluid, and it also takes up more storage space, especially on iOS.
|Characteristic||FreeFireAndroid||PUBG MobileAndroid||Free Fire iOS||PUBG Mobile iOS|
|OS||Android 4.0 or higher||Android 5.1.1 or higher||iOS 8.0 or higher||iOS 9.0 or higher|
|RAM||1GB||2GB (minimum)||1GB||1GB (minimum)|
|Storage||478MB (minimum)||1.5GB (minimum)||941MB||2.1GB|
Winner: Free Fire, for having less demanding requirements in every way.
Development of The Games
In games of this nature, a certain number of players start with no equipment or weapons, and must try to survive in a hostile environment. Each one faces other players and they are eliminated one by one until only one winner remains.
As in the PC version, PUBG Mobile accepts 100 players for each game, which can last between 25 and 35 minutes. Instead, Free Fire matches last a maximum of 20 minutes and only allow up to 50 players . Naturally, the creators of Free Fire chose this way to force confrontations between players, which makes the game less strategic and action-packed.
PUBG Mobile gives us access to four maps that are exactly the same as the PC version: Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok, and Vikendi. As these are huge battlefields, it is important to find a vehicle to explore and move around the terrain , and avoid the radiation causing us to bite the dust. The Free Fire maps , Bermuda and Purgatorio, are smaller, with less vegetation and poorly differentiated areas.
|Play||Number of players per game||Average game length||maps||modes|
|free fire||fifty||15-20 minutes||two||Solo, Duo, Squad|
|PUBG Mobile||100||25-35 minutes||4||Solo, Duo, Squad|
Winner PUBG Mobile, for having more varied maps and a higher number of players. On the other hand, Free Fire is preferable for those who want short and action-packed games.
Armament and Supplies
PUBG started as a modification of ARMA 3 and always took special care in the realism of the weapons. The recoil or bullet drop (the fall of the bullet over the distance) is very similar in the mobile version compared to the PC version. In Free Fire, this type of detail has been greatly simplified, since the shooting distances are smaller.
The shooting mode also differs a lot between the weapons in PUBG. For example, an AKM and an M416 are very different weapons, despite being both assault rifles. In Free Fire, the weapons of each type are relatively similar to each other, the biggest difference being the damage they cause.
The accessories that we can add to PUBG are very varied and improve different parts of the weapon. In Free Fire, the perks help recoil and ammo count, but the improvement is not very significant.
In PUBG, there is more variety in the type of throwable explosives. We have smoke grenades, fragmentation, blinders or Molotov cocktails. In Free Fire, at most, we have fragmentation grenades and others that create ice walls for protection.
There are different types of healing in PUBG (bandages, medkits, painkillers) and ways to increase sprint speed with energy drinks. In Free Fire, there are hardly any medical kits, all the same and with the same healing capacity.
|Play||Number of weapons to carry||gauge difference||melee weapons||different ammunition|
|free fire||3 (not counting melee)||No||Yes||Yes|
|PUBG Mobile||3 (not counting melee)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Winner: PUBG, for the most weapons, its realism and differentiation between each of the weapons.
In PUBG, competitive matches have always been around at a certain level. Free Fire added this mode later, as a Ranked mode, allowing us to compete against players from all over the world. In both games, we raise our score and experience based on eliminations, final match position, time survived, and other details.
Winner: Tie! In both, we receive rewards in competitive matches and both games have a good player base, although in PUBG there is more movement.
Characters and Experience
In Free Fire, we have a series of characters with special abilities. Throughout our career as a player, we can access new fragments of the history of each character, increasing the power of said ability. We can also customize your equipment on a cosmetic level. In PUBG , there are no different characters, only the avatar of our player and whose appearance we can also modify with clothes, accessories, etc.
Winner: Free Fire, because we can not only modify our appearance but also choose unique characters that give us extra skills.
Time to Choose!
If your phone is not very modern, you may only be able to play PUBG Mobile well with very basic graphics. In that case, Free Fire will be your best option. In addition, Free Fire takes less time to have games full of action, with fewer players and shorter duration.
On the other hand, if your mobile phone allows it and you prefer more tactical games, with larger maps and a good range of weapons and equipment, PUBG is your choice. It is more realistic in the aim and the way the weapons fire, although for this the games are more difficult and slow.
If you still can’t decide between Free Fire or PUBG , jump into the battlefield and try both!