Fortnite: Battle Royale, a video game review

A video game review written by: Lee Sonogan

Early Access (2017) Survival/Battle royale

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This video game is a free to play battle royale game. A battle royal game is a video game genre that blends survival, exploration, scavenging and last man standing rules to win the game. Two weeks after this video game’s release on September 26, 2017, it had 10 million players. By March 2018 it had 45 million players. Not many video games are successful like that and that quickly. It is a spin-off from Epic’s Fortnite, a cooperative survival game with construction elements often referred to as its “Save the World mode.

With the original Fortnight being a survival zombie game, many elements are added to the battle royale gameplay. Construction is one of them. With almost everything in the game being destructible, you can use those resources to build with. Build structures to protect your self, climb mountains or surviving to the end in a base you made in the remaining shrinking safe zone. Also, players must scavenge for weapons and armor to gain the upper hand on their opponents.

Following the rapid growth of PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds the developers of the video game publisher, Epic Games decided to make this video game. Using Fortnight/ Fortnight Battle Royale modes or standalone games, the video game is limited cross-platform between PC, consoles and mobile phones. This video game is entirely supported by in-game microtransactions. Being pointless, they only help with customizing your video game player and helping with the player level experience growth.

The video game has become its own phenomenon. It continues to make profit while still being one of the most popular online stream video games to watch. Making many stats on YouTube and Twitch. My personal opinion of it is that it is overrated or I prefer more realist long-range shooters. I respect the video game’s art style, but playing it, I am not too keen to play again. As the shooting in third person is lame, the weapons are to unrealistic to me. And the construction of the game adds very little to a battle royale mode/experience. I recommend this video game to people only to prepare them self for the superior battle royale video game of PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds.

PS – I know it is still in early access, I just do not see how they will make that better. Playing this video game online with friends is the only way that I would play this video game again.


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