Fortnite is an online multiplayer action game, where you need to survive on an island, one of 100 armed fighters caught in the coming storm. One of the games that defined the late 2010s, it’s free to join and easy to learn, but full of surprises.
Don’t expect characters and environment to be photorealistic; they’re as convincing as can be, but realism is sacrificed for some game conventions, like obtaining materials from everything you destroy, and performance limitations. Still, the island is large and grand, and characters move naturally. The game features third-person view in full 3D environment. It would be solid 10 if not for some glitches, making characters drown in textures or failing to pick a weapon.
As for sounds, you better put your best headphones on to detect where the fight takes place or where the enemy runs. The soundscape is just as elaborate as the landscape, so you need your ears as much as your eyesight.
Plot and Gameplay 10/10
In the beginning, you’re joining a team of a hundred fighters, and you deploy on a distant island with diverse biomes and lots of abandoned buildings. First, you need to get yourself some weapons and ammo, then kill and not be killed. There must only be one survivor (or one surviving team, if you prefer team mode).
No one can just hide away in some basement, because the island is under the storm attack that leaves nobody alive when caught. You’ll need to make it to the eye of it, where other survivors will head too, for the final combat.
But you can build your fortification from whatever you want, because everything surrenders t the pickaxe you have and provides you with wood, metal, and stone. Build yourself shelters or watchtowers to track enemies from afar.
The game is free, and even a paid Battle Pass brings only more appearance options, with no real advantages. Though, a team play can benefit if the members are easy to recognize from a distance. Still, the only thing you can upgrade is your own skill.
There’s rarely a game that summoned that many hardware gamepads from the depths of Chinese factories. While most of them are compatible with Android devices only, there are some for iPhone and iPad too. They need to be MFi marked to grant full compatibility.
Otherwise, the game utilizes the most traditional layout, with a virtual joystick in the left, a camera control area in the right, and some buttons around; a decent touch-based emulation of a gamepad.
Is It Worth Replaying? 9/10
Of course, it gets a bit dull, with no progress to be saved and no upgrades to run for. But the developers constantly introduce innovations while announcing new seasons. Each new season updates everything, from biomes and buildings to weapons, NPCs, and extra missions. So, after two or three seasons, it’s, in fact, a new game with the same engine.
Despite the promised Battle Royale boom, Fortnite in 2019 has too few competitors to be abandoned. It’s still one of the best games of its sort, and if you have been out for a month or two, you’ll be surprised with changes once you return. If you ever like this sort of action games, you better stay with it.
- Gameplay involves both destruction and construction
- Fully interactive environment
- Constant innovations
- Fair start for paid and free accounts
- Doesn’t take long.
- The game needs up to 4 GB of storage and a good CPU
- Despite cosmetic updates, the core remains unchanged
- Unplayable while offline.