- Easy mechanics and concept
- Great large open world
- Easy to learn, hard to master
- Investments provide no advantage but more fun
- Available for consoles (Xbox, PS4), desktop (PC, Mac) and mobile platforms (iOS, Android).
- You might have got tired of it
- The game may seem too casual for hardcore players
- Android version is still in beta.
If we were to point out one game that defined 2018 in the industry, that would have been Fortnite. Of course, we mean Battle Royale, the most predate and unpredictable mode, available for free on most existing platforms. In 2019 it’s still fresh, due to constant updates and an inexhaustible core idea.
Graphics and Sound 10/10
Great is the word. The developers invite you to the large island with various biomes, varying landscape and lots of buildings, including those players build during the game. And it’s all drawn very thoroughly, in details, making the island come alive. As you approach distant objects, they grow larger and more detailed smoothly. Characters move naturally, though they look a bit simplified, compared to larger games.
To appreciate the sound, put your best headphones on or connect your stereo system. 5.1 sound is not supported, but a regular stereo provides good immersion, and it helps detecting other players around.
The wisest decision the developers could have made is not reinventing the wheel. On touch devices you use a virtual joystick and a camera area, with some buttons for specific actions. Desktop platforms require a mouse for moving the camera and the classic key set, including WASD and some more easy keys. Console players will apply default gamepad practice. So if you have ever played any 3D action game with an over-the-shoulder view, you’ll get familiar with Fortnite in a minute.
Kill’Em All! is the motto. After a hundred players get deployed onto the island, a dog-eat-dog fight begins. In solo mode you have to kill anybody; in team mode, you make an exception for your teammates. The weapons are to be found right where you are, mostly in houses and on roofs.
Your common enemy is the storm that covers the island eventually, driving all the survivors closer to each other. So the final showdown is inevitable, nobody will run or hide. Well, stop… You can hide if you build your hideaway yourself. Luckily, you can obtain materials literally from anywhere. Fortification is an important part of the game, as a good shelter can save your life, and a high roof will help you to trace enemies.
There are more elements to diversify the gameplay. Warehouses with planes parked near, new weapons to explore, various biomes, various ways you move in different environments, and so on. The game introduces innovations in seasonal events, and some of them become a part of the basic version.
Each new game begins anew, with nothing you have looted or crafted previously. The developers preserve the equality between free and paying players, giving the latter no real advantage. Everybody is free to act the way they want. So the island is the territory of liberté, égalité, fortnité.
Lasting Appeal 10/10
It would be less fun to play this game endlessly, but the developers took care of it. First, nothing you gain, find or craft is saved. You enter each new game with nothing but a pickaxe, just like when you just began. Second, you cannot buy a real advantage, though you can spend your money to customize your appearance. So you won’t be the game for those who paid. And, last but not least, special events are frequent, and they feature innovations each week. So the game remains the same but changes constantly.
Fortnite is still great, and though rivals pop up often now, its popularity won’t easily expire. New players can join at any moment, and those playing for long can enjoy updates and special events. So Fortnite is still one of the best ways of online entertainment.