Fortnite: Battle Royale Review

Fortnite: Battle Royale Review

Fortnite Battle Royale. Heard the name yet? Played it yet? If you’re a hardcore gamer, you probably have and even if you’re not, the word will reach you soon enough.

This new simplistic, cartoon-like, battle to the death in a small closure concept game released by Epic Games is taking over the gaming world and has become the talk of the town. The gaming community where games were all about heavy-duty graphics and intensely detailed plots is now welcoming this brand of simple yet intense game with open arms.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale Review

Ring any bells? That’s right. This game isn’t entirely unique. The first game to introduce such a concept was PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), which became popular and a fan favorite in a very little time. It had all the ingredients for the perfect recipe of a gamer’s favorite dish.

Fortnite review 5Fortnite: Battle Royale is a reboot version of its predecessor Battle Royale that did not cause much of a stir upon its initial release. However, Fortnite, even though it takes a lot after its competitor PUBG, is doing a lot well then could be expected. The concept is slightly similar to Kinji Fakasaku’s movie with the same name Battle Royale released in 2000.

What’s all the hype about?

The basic plot of this game is a death match involving 100 players connected online stuck on an island. Once the 100 player slot is filled, the match begins. All players board a virtual hot air balloon bus leading to the island. There’s the initial option of choosing the starting point where the player’s avatar lands by parachute. It typically starts off with an instant killing spree. Depending on the player’s choice to either go out lone wolf style, avoid heavily crowded areas and wait it out while remaining low on ammunition or to go head first in the confrontation zone, take the risk, kill a few players, collect weapons and ammunition and survive.

Fortnite review 1To make things more interesting The Island’s small proximity leads to constant confrontations among the players and that only adds to the intense experience.

It’s in the details.

There are also side factors such as collecting weapons and supplies that are spread throughout the Island, the constant threat of an incoming Blue Storm, which after each passing shrinks the size of the island making it difficult to remain hidden from other players for far too long, forcing a confrontation with time.

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Another factor that makes the experience exciting is players having only one life. You get killed. You’re out. It’s that simple. Out of 100 players, the last one standing, of course, wins.

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Players can play solo, duo or in quad (group) form. This increases the chances of survival initially. Either way, the player count decreases by half in the first while. The Blue Storm decreases the size of the island this is where the tension builds up to almost an agitating level. The classic Battle Royale style starts to come out more at this point. Player’s location is given up in hiding if a weapon is fired. Direct confrontations, weapon control, and fire play may seem less intense as compared to the initial experience.

Remaining in stealth mode and waiting out the entire session where the rest of players are busy finishing each other off is not advised because,

  1. That’s not exactly the point of this game.
  2. Extensive planning does not get you very far unless you are lucky.

The attraction?

The biggest attraction that has been appealing to gamers so far is perhaps Fortnite being free-t-play. This is great for gamers who are not a huge fan of investing in games but love them nevertheless.

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Then comes the resources. Players, who tend to play statistically and enjoy creating advantage points? Well, you’re in for a slight disappointment because, in Fortnite, you can collect all the resources you want and be able to construct quite towering structures to keep you safe from the enclosing boundaries and other lurking players, it is all in the long run destructible. It adds the unpredictability factor to it, which might be thrilling for some but a plain turn off for the others.

Furthermore, it forces you to take risks. Whether you like it or not. It pushes you out of your comfort zone and take the challenges, head on. Because after all, it’s all about the experience. No?

No Consoles? They have a solution.

For gamers who like to play games to kill time while waiting for your turn at the Dentist’s or during a break at any time of the day where you cannot access your consoles. They’ve made it accessible for everyone by launching a mobile adaptation of Fortnite for smartphones. The mobile version of Fortnite is out and available for iOS and will be launching in mid-April for Androids.

The good thing about this is that the gaming experience standard has not been lowered because of change in the medium. The layout is still the same with the complete thrill-packed experience that it has to offer originally. It has in a way, set a standard to bring back games on smartphones as well.

Fortnite has been declared safe for 13+ yr olds. It may be a violent game based on weapon use and killing but there is less visual and nonexistent gory graphics content compared to other games. It’s a fun game to play interactively but the experience blows over after a while. And since its free-to-play, there’s no reason for anyone to not try it out and decide for themselves. The TechSeer will give it an 9.6 out of a solid 10.