Epic Game’s Fortnite has been a big talking point lately, and for good reason. This free to play game has taken the Battle Royale genre by storm, and is posing a serious threat to it’s main competitor, PUBG. I have been playing this game a lot over the last couple of weeks, and it is fast becoming one of my favorite games.
Here’s why; The basic premise of Fortnite: Battle Royale is simple. 100 players drop into a large map and battle it out until there is only one survivor. The fact that the game is so intuitive is one of the things that makes it so wonderful, in my opinion.For donkey’s years the game Othello has used the slogan “A minute to learn, a lifetime to master”, and I really do think that is applies here. As soon as you drop into the map for the first time you feel as though you know what you are doing, and that there is a certain familiarity present that you can’t quite put your finger on. I mean, the concept of the game is so simple, right? Loot, Kill and Conquer. Climbing to number one seems so easy from the get go, and yet it never really is.
Beneath the cartoony, innocent façade, Battle Royale is a complicated mish mash of tactics and play styles that can make or break your game. This level of intricacy in a game so charming to look at provides a gorgeous juxtaposition, which the developers nailed to a tee. Seriously, this game mode feels fantastic to play.
However, Battle Royale isn’t the only game mode under the Fortnite banner. The game also features a “Save the World” campaign mode. This, unlike Battle Royale, costs actual money to play. During the recent sale, I picked it up, and to be honest I regret it. Like its BR brother, it is in early access, and there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. It has potential, and is decently fun to play, but It is nowhere near as gripping or advanced as Battle Royale.
The money it costs is, at the moment, not justified. One of the many problems I have with StW is the menu system. It is incredibly complicated to navigate, and can be incredibly overwhelming for newer players. It took me a good few missions to understand what was going on, and how to progress efficiently. As well as this, when you finally get into the gameplay, in my opinion, it’s simply not that great. The scene is set in a post apocalyptic world, where the storm that is ever closing in breeds monsters. However, the cartoon style which adds so much to the Battle Royale game mode really takes away from the campaign and its setting. It doesn’t feel scary, but also doesn’t feel satirical. This, combined with the frankly crap narrative, has made this a fairly unenjoyable experience for me, and totally not worth paying for.
I believe that if the devs put the same amount of work into this as they did Battle Royale then it will end up being a fantastic game, but it’s not quite there yet. Hopefully it will be by 2018, which is when this section of the game goes free to play.
There are a lot of monkeys that play Fortnite. The staff have noticed this, and as a result we are pleased to announce the latest addition to our game channels, the Fortnite channel. If you haven’t already, please do download the game. It is a great addition to a library at an even greater price. See you in the new channel!