Fortnite Review: Is The Hype Worth It?View All Reviews
Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is available in three distinct game mode versions that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine: Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative shooter-survival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with fortifications they can build.
Fortnite was the game of the year in 2018, but if you judge it by the numbers, it’s the world’s favorite game. As of 2019, 250 million have played it, and over 70 million are playing it actively. Mind you, that is 14 times more than the WoW’s 5 million active subscribers.
So, what’s Fortnite about? Is it just another hyped up game that’s not worth your attention or is it really as good as the number of players suggests? Let’s dig deeper and find out.
What’s the deal?
Fortnite is a battle royale game where the premise is to be the last man standing on the island. The playable area becomes smaller every so often, so in the end, all surviving players will have to fight it out to remain the only person in the circle.
That’s your main goal, and the way you reach it determines what kind of game you’re playing. Want to go full Rambo and shoot everything that moves? Then Fortnite will play like COD on Adderal for you, with bullets whizzing by in swarms and players eliminated in droves.
Do you prefer stealthy gameplay? Snoop around, get the best loot, and leave big battles to the hotshots. You’ll be waiting for those who survive on the last battlefield only to shoot them before they can spot you.
If you get to the place of the last standoff first, you can use the time to dig in and build structures to make it harder to take you out. Set deadly traps near the compound to make sure your enemies don’t stand a chance.
Building is a really big part of Fortnite, which sets it apart from other online shooters. Sure, you can go the whole game without placing a single wall, but if you get into the building, you will have loads of fun. Set up a four-wall compound to fend off multiple attackers, build a defense tower to snipe enemies from a distance, or erect a full-on fort with buddies — it’s all up to you.
The freedom you enjoy in the gameplay style translates into the looks. You can make your character look just the way you want. It’s the aspect that Epic Games focus heavily on, and the skins get more quirky as the time goes on.
The thing that may fascinate you about Fortnite is that you can play it on any platform. Sure, you need the hardware that would be able to process the game, but you can do so on Windows PCs, all consoles, Android phones, iPhones, and even on Mac PCs! Epic Games really went out of their way to make this game accessible to everyone.
The best part
Fortnite is loads of fun. It can offer something for everyone, whether you like stealth, high-octane shooters, or dancing over your fallen foes (yes, it’s a thing). However, the biggest advantage of Fortnite is the community.
As we’ve mentioned, Epic Games estimates that over 70 million people play their game regularly. That’s 3 Texases’ worth of people you can have fun with. Whether you like it or not, Fortnite is a huge part of today’s culture, and sharing that experience with others is a great thing in and of itself.
You can play in solo mode where the general rule is dog eat dog, and few alliances can be formed. But you may find that playing with your buddies is much more interesting. Go for the duo, trio, or team modes depending on how many friends are online. Or go for the PvE mode to fend off zombies with your buddies if you don’t feel like doing PvP.
This game resembles the Halo series with the numbers of online friendships formed.
The memes, the streams, and other content surrounding the game also are plentiful. One of the most intriguing benefits of having that kind of global community is that the developers are investing time and money to entertain you. Fornite gets special events like this Star Wars event all the time.
Even though this game is loved by some 70 million people, it doesn’t mean it’s ideal. Besides gameplay that not all people can appreciate, there are plenty of other problems with Fortnite.
Dropping down from a plane to search for loot and ammo and work your way to the spot of the final standoff sure seems promising but it may not be as epic every time. As a first-timer, you will probably spend five minutes looking for a decent weapon before getting gunned down in a random encounter and that’s no fun.
But neither that nor the nonsensical ballistics are the main culprit here. The main problem is the way Epic Games makes money on Fortnite.
They give the game away for free, and the fortune comes from the microtransactions. Sure, a man gotta eat, but selling loot boxes to a primarily underage audience is nothing short of predatory.
Thankfully, Epic Games stopped doing that after a lawsuit, but microtransactions remain there. Most of it is buying skins and items that do not affect the gameplay, so it’s not as bad as some EA games have it.
Fortnite is one of those games where the hype has it right. Even though it has a fair bit of problems, in the end, it’s a good game. It has a learning curve that’s not too inaccessible and a goal that lends itself to different kinds of gameplay. Go solo, join a team, build a castle, buy a pumpkin head, go nuts.
Fortnite is a community-driven sandbox-ish shooter that will take you dozens upon dozens of hours of playing before you even start getting bored.
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