E3 showed us this year that we have some pretty incredible titles coming up, whether it’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins, EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II or Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty: World War 2, it’s safe to say that this year has been a successful year for gaming and digital entertainment. So, with all of the above titles set to be making an appearance on the shelves in the coming weeks, what can keep us occupied for the time being?
Well, this is where Fortnite comes in. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what is this game? Developers Epic Games have used the power of the popular and powerful Unreal Engine to create a visually stunning, arcade, fun-to-play tactical shooter. But is it enough to keep fans engaged? Let’s see.
After spending time on Fortnite, I can safely say one thing, possibly the most important thing when it comes to a gaming title, it’s fun. Oh, did I mention it’s also free? Yes, FREE! So why not download it now on all major platforms? That’s right, Fortnite is now available on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 for absolutely free, so that’s a plus, right?
This review is strictly for Fortnite’s “Battle Royale” PVP mode, however let us know if you would like to see more. ‘
We’ve had some Battle Royale titles come out recently, whether its H1Z1, GTA 5 or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite does have some competition and while there are flaws in the title it’s hard to criticise as the game is extremely engaging and leaves players coming back for more. However, When I say it leaves players coming back for more, that does come with a price, once eliminated the player must leave the current match and re-join the queue and then proceed to find another lobby. To me this seems like it adds some sort of, well, importance to staying alive, I mean, I’ve played some FPS games in my time, whether it’s Call of Duty, CS:GO, the list goes on, but in all of the titles I just mentioned once a player is eliminated in a game mode such as Team Deathmatch, all it takes is a quick span of the buttons and the player is back in and ready to fight. Not so much in this game, but in saying that, this is no Call of Duty.
The match begins with the Pre-Game lobby, where players can run around, jump up and down, shoot a weapon or two, or just do completely nothing. It’s entirely up to you. After a number of seconds the “Battle Bus”, will then take off and all players will find themselves up in the air and it is here the fun begins. Players must choose where to land, when to deploy their glider, where to search and observe to nearby players.
This is tactical, will you risk going in to a highly populated area surrounded by buildings, houses, petrol stations and huts? Where loot may be more likely? Or do you take the undercover route, diving in and setting up on the outside of the map hoping to find a lucky Bolt-Action Sniper? It’s up to you, Fortnite does well in allowing players to play EXACTLY how they like.
Well why not just sit behind a tree for the whole match? Well players of the popular “Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds will know that the map gets smaller in the sense that the game forces players to move in and if failed to do so, a significant health loss will generate over time and if you don’t move quickly, see you in the main menu.
Weapons, well there are many, in terms of strong weapons, understandably there aren’t so many, but it’s extremely rewarding walking into a building and seeing that Bolt Action Sniper that you’ve been searching for, or hearing the tingling sounds of treasure chests which come with both weapons, potions (armour) and ammunition.
There are so many ways to play this game, more than a lot of games out there that force a playstyle on you, but if you want to follow the ring in to the middle of the map when it’s only yourself and another player left, you have zero kills to your name while your opponent has 20 kills to their name, all you need to do is get that kill and you win the game. Congrats.
But of course, it’s all about having fun, and to me running and hiding and sneaking without taking on an enemy isn’t how I personally like to play, but don’t get me wrong, it’s a very plausible technique.
With 100 players on the map, it’s the last kill that matters the most, so aim for that kill any way you feel most comfortable. Seriously, this game is crazy tactical, of course it might not be the most tactical game on the market, but it gets you thinking and it’s very, very fun.
Now let’s talk flaws, Fortnite has them. From the very start I noticed significant Lag in the game but this is still early days and with this game becoming extremely popular it’s entirely understandable and this does come down to personal connection to the server as well. But in saying that, Epic Games are keeping this title up-to-date and for a free Battle Royale shooter, it’s a lot of fun.
In summary, Fortnite’s “Battle Royale” mode is a tactical, fun, challenging and engaging free-to-play game. What more could we ask for?
Final Rating: 7/10
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