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Kevin Li

The Battle Royale that took the world by storm. Will you be the last man standing?

A review by Kevin

Fortnite is a massive battle royale online game developed by Epic Games. It has been released in different modes and on different platforms, all which share the same gameplay and game engine.

Save the World vs Battle Royale

The game modes within Fortnite include Fortnite: Save the World, a Co-op survival game where four players fight off hordes of zombies and build fortifications to protect certain artifacts. The other mode, which is what people commonly known as “Fortnite” (and which is free-to-play) is known as “Fornite Battle Royale”. In this free-to-play game up to 100 players battle it out (as a FFA, or in teams of two or four) in a vast battlefield which becomes smaller and smaller as the game progresses – this is to prevent players from camping and to encourage them to engage against other fights. The last player still alive by the end of the game, is the player which wins the Battle Royale. Battle Royale is available on many platforms, including Windows PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch. These two modes are distributed by Epic Games as two entirely separate games, despite their similarities.

Fortifications and materials

Fortnite has borrowed ideas from the massive online multiplayer game, Minecraft, when it comes to crafting items and building structures. The player can use a pickaxe to break down structures already present on the map in order to collect certain materials, such as wood, brick and metal, which the player can then use to build their own fortifications. These fortifications can range from a simple wall, to entire structures with different doors, windows, storeys and stairs. Each material has an advantage over the other, such as durability (i.e. more resistant to enemy gunfire).

V-bucks

V-bucks is the in-game currency used within Fortnite, and is reminiscent of Robux from Roblox or simoleons from The Sims 4. Using V-bucks you can buy custom skins, and other cosmetic items, as well as allowing the player more items for purchase. V-bucks cannot be gotten for free and must be bought. This is mainly how Epic Games is able to maintain Fortnite as a free-to-play game, due to the sale of V-bucks.

Authors
Epic Games
License
Free
User rating
0/50 ratings
Platforms
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10