If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably have heard of Fortnite. After Gears of War, Epic Games’ has come up with yet another much talked about survival game in July 2017.
When gamers get together, the Fortnite Battle Royale is spoken about as much as its successful predecessor PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battleground).
Thought the similarities between these two games is striking, the arcade shooter style type of play and cartoon-like visuals distinguish Fortnite from PUBG. Another difference is free to play mode which makes it perfect for free game lovers.
In this review, we are going to look at the pros and cons of this game and finally, give a star rating and our verdict on it.
It’s no doubt that players all over the world are enamored by games like battle royale because of the pace, the graphics and of course the ‘arcade feel’ of it. However considering those criteria, Fortnite: Battle Royale is a little disappointing.
A player has only one life, and cautious play doesn’t get you far in the game either. The game also emphasizes on gathering objects which is more distracting than amusing. Its systems force a player into combat rather quickly which is annoying when you want the kind of plot that makes games like these so enthralling.
Distinctive features or destructive features?
This game mimics the standard format of Battle Royale: 100 players enter into an arena and the last person standing is the winner.
Once about 100 players join the match, all players board the hot air balloon which taken them towards a large island. A player picks his starting sport, goes there via parachute (while steering the generic character he picked to the ground).
From there, the race towards the best vantage point and powerful gear begin. Both these ‘advantages’ increase a player’s chance of staying alive in the game. To stop a player from moving or engage with other players, a blue storm shrinks the map which ultimately forces players to move closer to each other.
Hence as you guessed, the primary aim of the game is; if you keep moving and killing you can increase your chance of winning. One can play this game alone, or as a duo or also as a four-person team and the last player/team standing is the winner.
The first couple of minutes of each round is a crazy race for weapons. The more powerful and precious weapons are found in the town areas of the game and are scattered in the central part of the map. The player is given a choice of risking their lives in the pursuit of precious weapons or staying safe without any powerful weapons.
Though the game’s feature feels somewhat unique, it shares most of its DNA with the other run of the mill battle royale games. If a player does end up with different 20 players in view (which happens a lot), the player count more often than not will drop to below 75 within minutes. Half of the field may get eliminated even before the first blue storm shrinks the map.
This is exactly where this game’s distinctive features starts to feel like negative ones. Anytime a player fires his weapon; he gives away his position to others (bullets leave behind trace’s back to the player). Coming to the gunplay, it lacks in precision and ends up feeling more like a scrambling firefight. In PUBG, players continue in the game because of their ability to master the system. But luck is what makes you win in Fortnite.
Is there a way to win?
Though you only have one precious life, the game forces you to take risks till you lose it. When it comes down to the last people standing, the player equipped with resources has a better chance of winning.
Another feature that sets this game apart is the ‘building’ aspect of the game: a player can use his pickaxe to chop trees into wood, stone out of rocks and scrap metal from heavy machinery.
So if a player is trying to cross a river, he can build a bridge or if he’s trying to protect himself- he can make a wall.
Treasure chests and other bodies on the ground contain materials. These resources can be used to build stairs, a wall or whatever the player needs to survive in the game.
So it sounds like you can save yourself by collecting resources, weapons and building an elaborate fortress to live? Sadly these structures can be destroyed as well making the whole scoring for materials a waste of time and energy. Just when you think you’re about to win, a player may blast your fortress with a rocket.
So that leaves the question of ‘Is there a way to win’ unanswered. Fortnite seems to follow the primary rules of battle royal games but also confuses you by ending your life in one way or the other in the game.
Fortnite is supposed to be so much more:
The features that seem odd in Battle Royale include the arcade-type of action, the emphasis on resources and weapons and the building feature. However, these features make a lot of sense in its original game- Fortnite: Save the World.
But in the battle royale, there is too much going on- multiple currencies, an excessive number of point variations and skill trees which distracting from the action and fun that a player looks forward. Another odd feature is that player has to figure out the system, and the process is called a mission.
Fortnite’s mobile adaptation:
The mobile adaptation is almost propelling Fortnite into the present. Out on iOS and soon to be on Android, the mobile adaptation offers the complete Fortnite package. Featuring touchscreen control, cross-play with consoles and PC, this mobile version is in no way a compromised derivative.
However, our experience with the touch controls hasn’t been very satisfying. The touch control does put a player at a disadvantage over players using a console or PC. This is simply because we are more used to the latter control systems and this preference can change from player to player.
PUBG and Fortnite are changing the trend of ‘gamer’ games and making them more accessible on mobile platforms, which is excellent news! We hope this encourages others to follow suit. The PC/ console games that do get mobile platforms end up being cheap versions that lose popularity faster than they can gain it.
Fortnite mobile adaptation is indicative of how seamless the integration of a PC game into mobile space can be. As the technical barriers between mobile and console platforms dissipate, you can play more games in this format.
- It is a fast-paced alternative for PUBG
- The free to play game mode
- The building feature is easy to use and quick.
- The mobile adaptation isn’t a cheap version of the game
- The ‘plot’ is almost nonexistent.
- Gunplay is not precise or efficient
- The player is virtually forced to lose the one life he has.
Our final verdict:
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a good, fast-paced alternative to PUBG. However, in the ‘tension’ and ‘plot’ department, it doesn’t quite measure up. If you’re a player who doesn’t care about winning and is okay with playing with just one life, this game is for you! Both the save the world and the battle royale campaign make promises which they can’t keep. The latter game fails at doing so simply because there are too many features that don’t quite go together: 1 life, too much emphasis on collecting weapons and resources, the survival structures that a player ‘builds’ is destructible. However, if you want to play as a team and have fun, this is a game worth buying.
We give the Fortnite: Battle Royale a 3.5-star rating on five based on its pros and cons.
Is there a better alternative?
If you are okay with a more significant investment, go for them. Not only does the game provide a better battle royale game experience, but the graphics are also better.
However, on PS4, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is not available so for those players, Fortnite: Battle Royale is the game they should get.
Coming to the Fortnite experience, Destiny 2 and Monster Hunter: world offer a more engaging plot.
How long will the game last?
Both the Fortnite games: Save the world and Battle Royale do not have a definite ending. If you can gather enough players online, then you can play the game; And with the way the game is popular, you may be playing it for years to come.
Is it worth investing?
You can invest on the save the world version but the Fortnite: Battle Royale version is free, and there is no reason you shouldn’t give it a good go!