By Tommy Kulikowski
April 16, 2017
Imagine the most satisfying moment of your life; whether it be winning a trophy, getting a good test score, or meeting the love of your life. Without ever picking up a controller or turning on a gaming console you already know what it feels like to win Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Fortnite is a third-person shooter that takes place on a contemporary Earth where you must survive to win. The game itself has two different game modes, Battle Royale and Save the World, but based on popularity amongst players I’m only going to speak about Battle Royale. One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that Fortnite has managed to take popular concepts from successful games and tie them all together into the perfect game. One hundred players get dropped from a bus in the sky onto the same map at the beginning of every game. Much like The Hunger Games, once you step foot on the ground you either have the option to survive or die. Each player starts with 100 XP (health) and weapons and additional health are scattered throughout the map. Shortly after players land a circle forms on one section of the map and if they are not inside of the circle within a certain amount of time you will get caught in the “storm”. As the game continues, numbers dwindle and you are forced on top of the remaining players until one player is crowned the winner. What makes the game interesting is that you have the ability to build shelters and stairs, much like Minecraft, all while getting the shooter gameplay and weapon variety of games like Call of Duty and Halo.
Over the course of my life I’ve played close to a hundred different video games across all platforms, but none as entertaining or addicting as Fortnite. Immediately after being introduced to the game, I found myself spending hours not only playing, but watching others play online. I’ve yet to figure out what about the game sets its above everything else I’ve played, but recent online numbers have suggested I’m not alone. Fortnite now has close to 50 million players and recently set a gaming record with three million concurrent users.
The gameplay on all platforms is exceptional. Although my preferred gaming device is a PlayStation 4, I spent a few hours getting a feel for it on the Xbox, PC, and my phone. I was amazed at how smooth the game ran on all servers and found that the lobby time was consistent on all platforms.
To my understanding, the game is a couple years old but didn’t skyrocket until late December 2017. For a small-scale free download, Fortnite’s creators and developers have done a fantastic job at managing the updates and fixing any problems with the game. It wouldn’t surprise me if Fortnite’s popularity continued to grow. Nearly every week the developers introduce new content to the game, including weapons, map locations and outfits that you can unlock by leveling up or buy. Players can purchase a battle pass that allows them to level up as they acquire XP, creating an incentive to reach level 100 by the time the season expires and everything is reset. This is where the addictive nature of the game stems from.
Personally, I don’t have the battle pass, but I still spend countless hours every day playing and looking to level up. Every time I lose, it is by such a small margin that I continue to tell myself next game will be better. The game itself never changes, but the players, scenarios and circle drops do and that’s why I would not only recommend Fortnite, but encourage you to download it and become a part of the greatest game ever developed.