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“Fortnite” Frenzy Storms the World

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A player hides behind the ruins of an old house as enemies close in around.
The Fortnite building mechanics allow players to build cover or a base anywhere on the
map, something unique in battle royale genre.

A player hides behind the ruins of an old house as enemies close in around. The Fortnite building mechanics allow players to build cover or a base anywhere on the map, something unique in battle royale genre.

Justin Storrs

Justin Storrs

A player hides behind the ruins of an old house as enemies close in around. The Fortnite building mechanics allow players to build cover or a base anywhere on the map, something unique in battle royale genre.

Justin Storrs, Staff Writer

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“Fortnite” storms the world as players team up across gaming platforms to build, destroy and fight their way to the coveted first place victory.

Since “Epic Games” launched the new gamemode back in September, the battle royale addition to the “Fortnite” game has been attracting millions of gamers from across the world for its unique building mechanics and cross platform gameplay. Plus, it’s free.

Although “Fortnite” mimics other popular battle royale games such “Rules of Survival” and “Player Unknown Battlegrounds,” it brings in new and exciting elements entirely unique to the genre.

“Fortnite,” like all battle royale games, have strong survival and exploration elements. The start of the game see players parachuting to specific areas from a plane or, in “Fortnite,” a flying battle bus suspended by a hot air balloon.  After dropping into the massive map, players scavenge for healing supplies, shields and guns.  After a few minutes the massive map starts to contract.  The storm shrinks in short increments until eventually a small circle or “safe zone” is left, getting caught outside the circle usually results in death.  The safe zones are in a different and random part of the map each round.

Each match can consist of a hundred players or more, however there can be only one winner, whether it be the solo player, the duo or the squad.  Players can queue into a game playing by themselves, with a partner or with a group of friends.

What makes “Fortnite Battle Royale” stand out from competitors is the unique building and destruction mechanics. When players first drop into the world, they are only armed with a lone pickaxe. From there they can mine resources such as wood, brick and metal, along with the traditional search of supplies and weapons. Wood can be taken from trees and houses, brick from the rocks and boulders that are scattered throughout the landscape, and metal from the occasional car.  

Players can then use these resources to build ramps for when they are trying to climb over a mountain or house and walls for when they are caught in the open by enemy snipers and need to quickly build cover.  In the late game, players can build massive bases in the center of the safe zone to protect themselves and get the much-needed height advantage when shooting down onto their enemies.  

“Fortnite” takes on the Minecraft-esqe building culture, although they are in an active and ever changing game, players can build whatever they want as long as it’s in the zone and they have the resources.

“Fortnite” doesn’t only beat other competitors through their success with the building and destruction gameplay, it completely redefines the battle royale. Games such as “Player Unknown Battlegrounds” prioritize the scavenging and looting aspects of the games. Upon first entering the world, players are not focused on fighting each other, instead players spend their time looking for food, medpacks, armour, silencers, extended mags and backpacks. In “Fortnite,” Epic Games streamlined the looting system, players can find a health pack, a gun and a shield all in the same house, all in the same minute and then be ready to fight.  

This explains a large part of Fortnights success, instead of looting, players are attacking the enemy, building, running around the map.  Without the emphasis on loot, “Fortnite” matches are quick and action packed, unlike the drawn out, two hour rounds seen with Player Unknown.

Apart from leading a new looting aspect and building mechanic, “Fortnite” is also a pioneer in cross platform play in the battle royale genre. Sadly, cross platform play doesn’t include connections to Xbox gamers.  Currently only PS4 and PC players can connect with each other.  Even then the process is a bit complicated.  The results are worthwhile however.  

Another component that makes “Fortnite” unique is the art style.  Most battle royale games today have a gritty, hyper realistic graphics. “Fortnite” totally throws that out the window, instead opting for a light hearted animated aesthetic. There is something nice about prioritizing the swaying of the trees and the shimmer of the water rather than the blood and gore that comes from killing the enemy seen in other battle royale games.

Probably the most important factor separating “Fortnite” from the rest of the games in the battle royale genre is how it’s free to play.  The main game, a player versus environment mode, will set players back about 40 dollars, but “Fortnite Battle Royale,” the big ticket item, however, is absolutely free of charge on all platforms and consoles. Epic Games is able to turn a profit on their free game by selling cosmetic skins, items and emotes.  

“Fortnite,” its unique gameplay mechanics, cross platform compatibility and free charge, is a serious contender in not only the battle royale genre, but the entire gaming industry. The game has taken the mistakes of other battle royale games and corrected them, making a truly fun and unforgettable gaming experience. There is no doubt that the game will continue to improve over time, gaining popularity and players, for years to come.  

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21 Responses to ““Fortnite” Frenzy Storms the World”

  1. Max Quirin on March 1st, 2018 2:18 pm

    367 fortnite wins 14.2 kd hit me up

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    guilherme Reply:

    lol i just got 500 wins with a 17 kd this season

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  2. Donovan Birch on March 2nd, 2018 7:34 am

    So it’s basically Minecraft Hunger Games.

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    Jackson Duong Reply:

    Pretty much but with guns

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    NIck Pavlica Reply:

    One can not simply compare a gift from the gods to minecraft that is like comparing fortnite to PUBG you just cant do that!

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  3. Guilherme Coelho on March 2nd, 2018 7:48 am

    excuse me hypixel battle royale is better, you even said fortnite has a minecraft style its a copycat of minecraft 🙁

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  4. Duke on March 2nd, 2018 8:56 am

    no its all about roblox battle royale cuz its better

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  5. Maxwell Yang on March 2nd, 2018 9:45 am

    surviv.io > Roblox Battle Royale >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> PUBG > Fortnite

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    Eli Pregerson Reply:

    surviv.io>breathing

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    Connor Reply:

    Help I can’t breathe

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  6. Owen Nicholas on March 2nd, 2018 10:18 am

    Roblox is better than fortnite

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  7. Isaiah on March 2nd, 2018 10:22 am

    This does not seem school appropriate with those dangerous weapons those muscular men are holding. However, you wanna know something that is school appropriate? Thor: Ragnarok. Ever dream of seeing Hulk in a bath? BAM! Thor: Ragnarok. Wanna see Thor unlock his powers? BAM! Thor:Ragnarok. Now on Blu-Ray and DVD for only $19.99 .

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  8. Marcos on March 5th, 2018 10:21 am

    Hit me up if you want to get carried by me and ninja

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  9. Darius Rahmanian on March 6th, 2018 4:26 pm

    Hit a fella up if you want to play real games like User Anonymous Fight Land

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  10. Kian Foote on March 7th, 2018 10:22 am

    I can’t wait for this god awful game to die.

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    Sam Reply:

    ikr the game makes people brains turn to marshmallow

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  11. Connor on March 7th, 2018 11:05 am

    The entertainment comments section always give me a fresh dose of confusion

    [Reply]

  12. Jake Deroze on March 7th, 2018 11:06 am

    I only take mass dubs

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    Jake Deroze Reply:

    Yeah Jake takes mass dubs

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    Isaiah Reply:

    No, you take big L’s. The kind that ruin your career. That’s a yikes.

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  13. Sam on March 21st, 2018 10:21 am

    but moooooooooooommmmmmm! I WANT TO PLAy FORTNITEEEEEEE UGHHHHHH HECK YOU MOOOOOMMMMMM.

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