Video Game Preview: Fortnite: Battle Royale
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a Free-To-Play Battle Royale video game, developed by Epic Games and is currently in Early Access. Currently, the game consists of a 100-person PvP mode, pitting you in a fight against everyone else. Following last years equally successful title, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG), Fortnite was immediately a hit with streamers and gamers. The Battle Royale genre was completely new to me, but I wanted to give it a try. Although I didn’t know if I wanted to put my money into PUBG, I could finally try the genre with Fortnite – But what did I think of it?
My First Fortnite: Battle Royale Experience
Fortnite offers a pretty interesting experience, which is what I guess must have made PUBG such a roaring success upon release. When I first opened the game, I was awed by how it looked – Cartoony graphics are way up my street. I loved Team Fortress 2 for this very reason, as I find having nitty gritty shooters a bit too dull on the eye. The game expected my PC could handle it on High settings, which I’d have agreed with. After all, a much more graphically intensive game like Paragon, or even Tekken 7, both run on max settings on my rig. However, this was quickly disproven, as the game struggled at these settings. A bit disappointing, as it feels like this is an optimisation issue, as opposed to a specific machine issue.
Moving on from the optimisation problems, I found that the game doesn’t tell you much of what’s going on when you first go in. Bare in mind that this is still Early Access, so I suspect this is something they’d look to work on in the coming months. The game is set to be coming out of Early Access at some point in 2018, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the game. Furthermore, along with the game coming out of Early Access, the PvE campaign, (in other words, the story) will be made free. At the moment, you can play the story mode, however you do have to pay for the priviledge – and it is expensive. £35 expensive…
… And yet, from what I know of Fortnite, it’s not like it has come up overnight. Instead, it came about from the PvE side of the coin. It’s interesting to see how adding in this Free To Play mode has created a rift between PvE and PvP fans. However, I’m here to review the PvP aspect – The Battle Royale.
In the space of two days, I went from being sniped even when hiding inside of a building, to being semi competent, getting as far as fourth place. Of course, a Battle Royale style game is supposed to be about making it to the end, so that’s not particularly great, but knowing I’ve come fourth in such a highly competitive game was a great accolade for me. I think I’ll be adding that into my resume for years to come – Came fourth place in a Fortnite: Battle Royale Solo game.
You notice I just said “Solo game”. There are currently Four modes to try: Solo, Fill, Squad and 50 v 50. These game modes offer different rewards and challenges:
- Solo – Be the last man standing
- Fill – Try to be the last team standing
- Squad – Try to be the last team standing
- 50 v 50 – Try to be the last team standing
The difference is simple – Solo you go in alone. Fill you get the game to fill you with some team mates. Squad, you go in with friends (or you can just get fill players). 50 v 50 you must be the winning team of 50.
NSFW video (light swearing) – These guys were highly entertaining, so give it a watch if you’d like to see more of what this game’s about!
Whilst I enjoyed my time on Fortnite: Battle Royale, it’s certainly not the best thing I’ve ever played. For a streamed game, it seem hugely entertaining, but I can’t see any longevity in it for me. However, it was entertaining enough for me to do some more games of it in the future. I’m certainly going to keep my eye on the game, especially as it goes fully Free To Play. Are you a Fortnite player? Are you against the idea of it? As ever, let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.