Fortnite – Game Review


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     “The storm came without warning and wiped out 98 percent of the world’s population in a flash. Poof. Adios. Sayonara. Then came the monsters, wave after wave, night after night. Destroying everything in their path. But it’s not all doom and gloom. In an abandoned missile silo, we’ve found one of our first weapons against the Storm you. We’re looking for a few good commanders like you to help make a difference, push back the storm and protect those among us who are unable to protect themselves. Explore the world. Rescue survivors. Make hundreds of guns, swords, and things that go boom. Make impregnable forts. Tastefully decorate with sniper perches, poison gas traps, and jump pads. Take back the world. You know, the usual. Welcome to Fortnite”

       Fortnite is described as a fantastic blend of shooting and building game that’s unlike anything else in competitive gaming. A full Battle Royale experience with no compromises. It features the same map, the same content, the same unlockables, gameplay and even the same weekly updates. Users must have an internet connection, and iOS 11 on iPhone 6S/SE and later, or an iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPod Pro and later, to play the app on their devices. Fortnite is actually taking the world by storm. The game takes the battle royale format, made popular by PUBG (PlayerUnknownBattleground) and brings it free to play for everyone and everywhere. During the course of the game, players have to survive by digging and taking items such as weapons and health packs while killing others before they kill you. The area of the island is constantly shrinking as time goes on to encourage confrontation and avoid camping. The last person to survive wins the game. Fortnite introduces the building mechanics from its Save the World mode to the Battle Royale mode. This means that players can build structures in the game to protect themselves or give themselves a tactical advantage. In order to build, you must first gather the necessary materials, which can be done by breaking down trees, walls, and basically everything with your pickaxe. After that, you can use some basic controls to lay down walls, floors, ceilings or ramps with the material of your choice. Regarding the mobile version,, there is only the battle royale mode available. Within, you can choose to play solo, duo or in a squad, with the last two options requiring you teaming up with your friend(s) or randomly selected people. The game uses social accounts to log you in and save your progress. Fortnite supports cross-platform multiplayer gaming across iOS, PS4, PC and Mac. Mobile players will always be paired with mobile players by default. However, if you choose to play with friends in Duo and Squad mode who are on other platforms, then you will be put in a multiplatform server. And because the game uses Epic account to log you in on all the platforms, your progress on one platform syncs across all the other platforms. Due to the account progress is synced, your character from other platform such as PC shows up directly here. Any progress you made there or any purchases also show up on mobile. You can either create a new account here and start from scratch. Fortnite doesn’t really have a character creation mode and you pretty much get a random character every time if you haven’t purchased a skin.

      When you start the game, you are placed in an open area for some time where you can test out your controls and see how everything works. Then, after a few seconds, you are put on the bus and taken over the island, where you can jump off and start the game. The controls in this game are pretty decent; it will all seem usable and easy to remember at a glance. Even the building controls, which have to be accessed by switching over using a button at the bottom, are relatively easy. Unfortunately, it’s still a touchscreen, which it may still be a bit frustrating. After playing the game on PC with a mouse and keyboard, playing the mobile version feels pretty dumb. You can eventually get used to it and maybe even get good at it but you’ll hate every minute of having to use these until then. There is a great variety of weapons in the game. The 19 or so guns all have different types that do increasing amount of damage and are identified by their color. The more powerful ones are more rare and require looking in hard to find places to collect. There are also grenades, crossbows and remote explosives in the game. Unfortunately, none of the weapons are particularly satisfying to use. And this isn’t just a complaint against the mobile version but even on the PC version, the weapons just lack a powerful feel and feel like toys. It could very well be intentional considering the art style but it does rob one of some fun. Fortnite does not have playable vehicles, even though you can spot many cars all over the game. The saddest part is that Fortnite does have in-game items that you can purchase. They require you to spend real money to acquire fake currency, which can then be used to buy these items. All the items are purely aesthetic and have no effect on gameplay. If you have bought them on one platform, they sync over to the other. In terms of visuals, Fortnite on iOS looks stunning. The mobile version of Fortnite looks identical to the PC or console version at first glance. Only in side by side comparisons do you realize that has been downgraded a bit. This includes things like textures, level of detail, anti-aliasing, shadows, lighting, texture filtering,  filtering and draw distance. The resolution has also been lowered. Regardless, the game looks beautiful at all times, with relatively smooth and consistent frame rate.

          Essentially, Fortnite on mobile is pretty much what you’d expect it to be. The game looks fantastic. The cross play feature is really nice, as is syncing all your progress across platforms. An absolutely worth trying app, especially since it’s free and leading the action genre game charts since day 1.

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