Fortnite Review: Here’s why the game is so popular

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Fortnite Review: Here’s why the game is so popular

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We rate Fortnite an 8.5/10

8.5/10

Quick Summary

Fortnite: Battle Royale is very fun to play, especially with some friends. There’s a great selection of weapons, the skins look great, the “Henchmen” locations can be really fun, and the challenges give you something to do if you get bored. Fortnite: Save the World is also very fun and is a nice change from battle royale mode. Although it can seem overwhelming and a bit confusing at the start, once you get used to it, you’ll really love playing Fortnite: Save the World. Fortnite Creative is another great mode to explore. If you don’t like building your own island, you can easily find a bunch of player-created islands which you can load and play.

Pros

  • Fortnite: Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative are free-to-play
  • Very kid-friendly
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale, Fortnite: Save the World, and Fortnite Creative are all great and fun to play

Cons

  • Fortnite: Save the World costs money, after previous announcements that it would eventually become free-to-play
  • Fortnite chapter 2 significantly slowed down the game - less competitive, more casual

Rating

What is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a cross-platform online game made up of three different game modes: Fortnite: Battle Royale, Fortnite: Save the World, and Fortnite Creative. Fortnite is developed by Epic Games and was released in 2017.

Fortnite: Battle Royale – Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play player-versus-player game for up to 100 players. You can play alone in solos, with a friend in duos, or with up to 4 players in squads. At the start of the game, players will skydive out of the “Battle Bus” which flies above the map. Once you land on the ground, you will need to search for weapons, items, resources, and even vehicles in an attempt to stay alive and eliminate enemy players. As the game progresses, a toxic storm will begin to shrink the map, dealing damage to any players inside of the storm, and reducing the size of the playable area. This will continue to happen until there is one team standing. The last player, duo, or squad remaining is the winner. Check out our Fortnite: Battle Royale review for more info!

Fortnite: Save the World – Fortnite: Save the World is a player-versus-environment cooperative game, with 4 players all working towards a main objective on a range of different missions. This game is set after a deadly storm wipes out 98% of the population, with survivors being attacked by zombie-like “husks”. You will take command of home base shelters, saving survivors, collecting resources, and defending equipment that helps to either collect data on the storm or to push the storm back. Upon completing missions, players are rewarded with a range of in-game items which includes hero characters, weapon and trap schematics, and survivors, all of which you can level up to improve their attributes. Check out our Fortnite: Save the World review for more info!

Fortnite Creative – Fortnite Creative is a sandbox game mode. It gives players the freedom to build whatever they want on an island which can be visited by other players. This allows players to create their own mini-games such as racecourses, parkour challenges, and battle arenas. 

Fortnite: Chapter 2 Trailer

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play player-versus-player game for up to 100 players. You can play alone in solos, with a friend in duos, or with up to 4 players in squads. At the start of the game, players will skydive out of the “Battle Bus” which flies above the map. Once you land on the ground, you will need to search for weapons, items, resources, and even vehicles in an attempt to stay alive and eliminate enemy players. As the game progresses, a toxic storm will begin to shrink the map, dealing damage to any players inside of the storm, and reducing the size of the playable area. This will continue to happen until there is one team standing. The last player, duo, or squad remaining is the winner.

Since its release back in 2017, Fortnite: Battle Royale has become a global phenomenon around the world. It’s broken countless records, pushed boundaries, and quickly established itself in the eSports industry.

Despite Fortnite: Battle Royale being released on September 26, 2017, it wasn’t until October 25, 2017, when the first season of Fortnite: Battle Royale began. Throughout each season, new content is released either through new items or new areas of the map to explore. At the end of each season, large scale events would build the hype and prepare players for the next season. Some of these events included a meteor shower, earthquakes, and even a rocket launch.

At the end of season 10, the Fortnite: Battle Royale map was destroyed by a huge explosion and was then swallowed by a black hole. After this event, for around the next 48 hours, players would be greeted by a black hole whenever they opened the game. After almost 2 days of being unable to play, Fortnite returned with the introduction to Fortnite: Battle Royale chapter 2, season 1.

The introduction of chapter 2 saw many huge changes with Fortnite: Battle Royale, the biggest change being a whole new map. As well as this, chapter 2 also introduced boats, fishing, swimming, hideouts, “Henchmen” locations, and the ability to carry teammates that have been downed.

One of the biggest additions to chapter 2, season 2 are the Henchmen. These Henchmen are easy-to-kill AI enemies which patrol certain locations around the map, often protecting a lot of great loot. These Henchmen and can be found at The Shark, The Grotto, The Rig, The Yacht, and The Agency.

Below is an image of the new Fortnite: Battle Royale chapter 2 map.

Fortnite: Battle Royale map
The new Fortnite Chapter 2 map - Credit: Fortnite

With the introduction of Fortnite: Battle Royale chapter 2, the game feels a lot less competitive, this is because Fortnite has been edging more and more towards a younger audience for a while now. With the addition of player bots, fishing, “henchmen” at certain locations, and a range of other changes, such as a bigger map, the game has slowed down a lot, taking away the adrenaline-fuelled gaming the older audience enjoys.

With that being said, Fortnite is definitely still fun. There’s a great selection of weapons, the skins look great, the “Henchmen” locations can be really fun, and the challenges give you something to do if you get bored. Overall, despite the pretty big changes, Fortnite should be even more fun for the younger ages.

Fortnite: Save The World

Fortnite: Save the World is a player-versus-environment cooperative game, with 4 players all working towards a main objective on a range of different missions. This game is set after a deadly storm wipes out 98% of the population, with survivors being attacked by zombie-like “husks”. You will take command of home base shelters, saving survivors, collecting resources, and defending equipment that helps to either collect data on the storm or to push the storm back. Upon completing missions, players are rewarded with a range of in-game items which includes hero characters, weapon and trap schematics, and survivors, all of which you can level up to improve their attributes.

Fortnite: Save the World review
Fortnite: Save the World - Credit: Fortnite

In Fortnite: Save the World, the player takes the role of a Hero, tasked with upgrading and defending the Storm Shield, fighting against the storm, rescuing survivors, and building and defending structures. The game plays in a third-person perspective and cycles between managing and defending your resources at your home base, where the Storm Shield is located, and going on missions to complete quests to collect resources and obtain rewards to advance the game’s story.

At first sight, Fortnite: Save the World can seem pretty overwhelming, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that Fortnite: Save the World is actually a really good game once you learn the ins and outs. Fortnite: Save the World has a great and engaging storyline based around fighting back against the storm and the many different husks that occupy it. The missions you will have to complete are really fun and work best with 3 other friends that you can communicate with. Whilst on these missions, you can also complete side quests, scavenge for resources, and save survivors.

Fortnite Creative

Fortnite Creative is a sandbox game mode. It gives players the freedom to build whatever they want on an island which can be visited by other players. This allows players to create their own mini-games such as racecourses, parkour challenges, and battle arenas.

Whilst on your own island, you have access to all weapons, vehicles, building blocks and materials, and even have the ability to change your island landscape from one of the many different available island types, and much more!

Fortnite review: Pricing

Fortnite is free to download on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo eShop, and smartphones.

Within the Fortnite game, you can play Fortnite: Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative for free. If you would like to play Fortnite: Save the World, you will need to purchase the game from the respective store. As of now, Fortnite: Save the World costs $39.99 for the standard edition and $59.99 for the deluxe edition.

Quick Answers

Is Fortnite free?

Yes and no, Fortnite: Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative are free-to-play. However, Fortnite: Save the World is pay-to-play and currently costs $39.99 to buy.

Is Fortnite good?

Yes, Fortnite is very good. The constantly changing world of Fortnite keeps the game fresh and fun to play.

Is Fortnite okay for kids?

Yes, Fortnite is suitable for your kids to play.

Fortnite review: Conclusion

Overall, Fortnite is an amazing game. The main mode, Fortnite: Battle Royale is very fun to play, especially with some friends. There’s a great selection of weapons, the skins look great, the “Henchmen” locations can be really fun, and the challenges give you something to do if you get bored. Although chapter 2 is much less competitive and a lot slower paced than the previous chapter, Fortnite is still very fun, especially for the younger ages.

As well as this, Fortnite: Save the World is also very fun and is a nice change from battle royale mode. Although it can seem overwhelming and a bit confusing at the start, once you get used to it, you’ll really love playing Fortnite: Save the World.

If you’re not prepared to pay for Fortnite: Save the World, then Fortnite Creative is another great mode to explore. If you don’t like building your own island, you can easily find a bunch of player-created islands which you can load and play.

Rating

Visually Reviewed Rated 8.5

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