Fortnite - Review

Author: Austen Golsin
Date: 2021-02-01 18:12:29
Translated from English by IGN France.

Fortnite Battle Royale manages to distinguish itself from the multitude of games of the genre by abandoning the traditional and insipid military simulation approach in favor of a colorful world and a fairly incredible free building system, which do not currently have current no equivalent among competitive multiplayer games. As its name suggests, Fortnite Battle Royale is part of the battle royale genre that exploded last year, and takes all the codes: up to 100 players are dropped on a large map whose surface area decreases over time. of the game, and each player or team must gather weapons and equipment in order to stay alive as long as possible. But on closer inspection, you quickly see that Fortnite is one of a kind, as the vehicle you parachuted from turns out to be a flying bus and not yet another military freighter - a truly refreshing choice - and where you land an amazingly colorful giant island, not a realistic landscape ravaged by a severe storm.

Fortunately, unlike other games in the battle royale genre, like Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, where being in the middle of an area about to be destroyed by the storm is synonymous with the end of the game. Fortnite's map turns out to be small enough (compared to the aforementioned title) so that you do not fear being killed by the collapse of its borders when you have to cross it to put yourself in a safe connection.

On the island are several large and totally unique cities, each with their own style of structures - a quaint suburb of houses, a giant office district filled with skyscrapers, or a retail area with an outdoor mall. Each city is full of vibrant colors, and the map as a whole has hundreds of buildings with randomly spawning loot in the form of guns, explosives, and healing items.

On the island, there are several uniquely designed large towns, each boasting their own unique style of buildings - a quaint residential suburb, a business district filled with giant skyscrapers, or an open-air shopping area with plenty of boutiques. . Each town turns out to be extremely colorful, and the map as a whole is home to hundreds of buildings with random drops in the form of weapons, explosives, and healing items.

This is a fast paced and chaotic game system where fights can end in a split second if you make a small mistake. This creates a stark contrast to other battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, filled with long, breathless head-to-head matches where shooting accuracy often matters more than a single well-placed shot. It is a system as chaotic as it is fun that complicates the clashes that no longer boil down to just aiming at the opponent and shooting, but after spending a few hours in Fortnite, I started to integrate the concept of the "Shoot and change weapon" and this action has become almost automatic.

However, the real aspect that sets Fortnite apart from other games in the battle royale genre and asserting its strong personality comes down to its construction system.

Adapting the building system from the original Fortnite flap is an absolutely brilliant choice that sets Battle Royale apart not only from other games in the genre, but also from most competitive multiplayer games. Anything that is not the floor of the map can be mined to obtain basic materials like wood, stone or steel, which will allow you to build walls, stairs and floors anywhere on the map. map (as long as part of the structure in question touches the ground). This is an imposing system with so many possibilities at first glance that it would become almost intimidating when you first see the massive structures created by other players. But that's precisely what is best about Fortnite: everything is done simply and naturally.

With just three basic types of structures - floors, walls, and stairs - the building tool may seem limited at first, but it actually has everything you really need. Whether it's building a staircase to reach a hard-to-reach loot chest or quickly putting up a wall to take cover and escape enemy fire, you always have the feeling that you have the right item within reach. hand and change the basic structure with disconcerting ease. In fact, changing structures on the fly is so easy that one of my favorite moves is to place a platform, jump on it, then select another during my jump and place it in front of me so that I can land on it. This trick allows you to climb vertical walls or climb a mountain in record time. If this can be compared on paper to a real feat requiring impressive dexterity, in reality it is not, as Fortnite makes this type of manipulation easy. It is a technique accessible to all - and it is obviously no coincidence that it represents the most used means of getting around the island.

It was during a confrontation in Retail Row, one of the many cities on the map, that I really caught the way the shooting phases and the construction mechanics intertwined. I was up against another player and we were both holed up behind the walls we had built. I was running out of ammo for my assault rifle, and I was forced to draw my shotgun - a weapon I had largely ignored until then. With the few resources I had, I built some stairs above my opponent's wall, jumped, then flipped around before knocking him down. Come to think of it, this was quite a mundane scene in Fortnite, but it was an absolute eye-opener for me at the time. Suddenly it all made sense, and that's when I realized that Fortnite Battle Royale was more about building than shooting phases.

While your reasons for favoring its building system might seem obvious - like building stairs to reach the roof of a building or building a wall to protect yourself from enemy fire - it also allows you to let your creativity run wild. For example, you could build a protective barrier around one of your downed teammates that you cannot yet revive, or create a decoy to attract the attention of your enemies and ambush them while you are in hiding. behind a tree. In addition, this system offers effective solutions to escape the deadly circles specific to the battle royale genre that appear randomly on the map: if you find yourself on the wrong side of a lake or a chasm, do not worry - you will get it. you just need to build your own bridge to get to a safe place.

Thanks to this simple yet sturdy construction system, you are able to assemble structures in the way that best suits your playing style. While some people like to build gigantic towers that pierce the clouds, I prefer less constructions. high, which allows me to navigate more easily between my platforms and the ground of the map. One of the players I faced had lured me into its elaborate fortress filled with dead end corridors, hoping to lure me deep into its labyrinth and take me down with a shotgun.

The creative uses made possible by the construction system become much more evident in the heat of the moment. The fact that each of these decisions must be made in a split second pushes each player to develop their own techniques. Some will build a wall to protect themselves, while others will prefer to build stairs to rush at the enemy. If I create an opening in the middle of my wall to have a firing window, another player could try to bypass the building by adding a new section, and what initially looked like a vulgar flight of stairs can quickly transform into an intimidating modern art style building when other players add their own stones to the building. Fortnite's building mechanics are incredibly deep and allow you to express your creativity in ways that are hopelessly all too rare in the world of competitive multiplayer games.

Although the construction remains free, an invisible grid crisscrosses the entire island and helps each of your pieces to fit together correctly, an almost flawless system. Among the hundreds of structures I placed, it was rare for one of the pieces not to land where I wanted them to, and as a result I never found myself blocked or crushed by them. This is a pleasant surprise, considering how chaotic confrontations can be.

All this helps to make this system particularly enjoyable to use. Whenever a matchup arose, I felt a certain excitement as I thought about the strategy I was going to adopt to fight my opponent and get myself out of this sticky situation. Performing a quick calculation to determine if you have sufficient resources to build a staircase that will allow you to rush into the enemy adds additional strategic tension to combat. Each new approach made me feel like I was learning more about Fortnite Battle Royale and the playstyles it allowed - even though most of those situations end with a shotgun blast in the face, that's especially the way that allowed you to place that shot that matters.

Even if you learn effective strategies, you can't rest on your laurels, as much of the beauty of Fortnite Battle Royale is its ability to constantly upend the rules. Epic shows an unwavering determination on this matter by regularly making significant changes in the hierarchy of arms. Who knows, maybe in the next patch snipers will replace shotguns for close combat, and stairs and bridges will give way in the near future to grandiose fortresses dedicated to long-range shooting when construction tactics will evolve to match the new balance of weapons. It is thanks to this that Fortnite Battle Royale has managed to overcome one of the major challenges for a battle royale game: to satisfy its community by constantly renewing the game experience in order to make it exciting and by offering many additions. cosmetics.

The pace at which new content is uploaded has been very impressive. Since Fortnite Battle Royale's initial release in July 2017, Epic has made countless additions, from new cities to the map to new game modes, like this team-based mode featuring 50v matchups. 50 earlier this year, or more recently the Blitz mode which has quickly become a player favorite thanks to its faster resource gathering and higher drop spawn rate.

Even Fortnite Battle Royale's free-to-play structure seems to be way ahead of the competition. Each item sold in the online store is strictly cosmetic in nature, such as new character skins or new pickax models. There's even a Daily Store, where the selection of items changes every 24 hours, as well as a Legendary Store that offers new items every week or so that may never reappear, like this particularly showy pink bear costume. for Valentine's Day or the extremely detailed Wukong skin uploaded for the Fortnite event dedicated to Chinese New Year. Fortnite Battle Royale's most expensive micro-transaction is actually the Battle Pass (around $ 10), a one-time purchase that gives you access to 100 tiers of rewards that unlock as you play and complete challenges. unique. This is a neat idea that constantly pushes you to focus on the next goal.

While the constant influx of major gameplay changes may seem inconsistent or dangerous for such a popular game and risk upsetting the clashes, we have to admit that Epic has so far succeeded in its bold bet, pushing players to adjust their tactics without sacrificing the aspects that make Fortnite Battle Royale so fun.

The only downside to these interconnected mechanics ultimately remains the initial learning curve. While each of Fortnite's mechanics turns out to be simple, sometimes it's hard to understand how they work as a whole - knowing that tutorials are almost nonexistent. In reality, with the exception of a few text windows, Fortnite Battle Royale leaves you to fend for yourself and pushes you to do more trial and error and watch videos on YouTube until you are able to understand how they all work. . For most newbies, this means that the first twelve exits of the bus are likely to be painful ... and often very short. But if you persist, the pieces of the puzzle will eventually fall into place.

This is the ultimate reward offered by the learning process of Fortnite: immense freedom that allows you to experiment with hundreds of solutions, neither good nor bad, to overcome a given situation. The all-too-rare kind of game where each defeat strengthens your resolve and pushes you to improve rather than curse it, and where each death makes you think about what went wrong, in order to quickly correct it. I always look forward to correcting my past mistakes while waiting for a new game to launch - knowing that there is rarely more than a minute between your death and your return to the map thanks to the Fortnite matchmaking speed and huge number of players online.

Your first few matches boil down to chasing your first victory, or Victory Royale, but reaching for it and hearing the pompous fanfare that accompanies it quickly ends up boring you. In Fortnite, beating the other 99 players is obviously the real victory, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with it more than more than makes up for the tasteless victory screen that appears onscreen. Suddenly, every new game started feels like it can be won, and the drive to improve becomes all the more intense. Whether it's your first, fifth, or twenty-fifth win, the excitement you feel after a finely-played game never leaves you. This is all the more valid in duo or team play modes, when the dull victory screen is overshadowed by the screams of your friends who brag about their most incredible moves and evoke the moments when they almost went there.

It's also important to point out that Fortnite Battle Royale performs admirably well regardless of what platform you play it on (iOs, PS4, Xbox One, and PC), never jerking or skipping frames, even in the midst of tense clashes. This is crucial for the speed of construction it demands, and is a distinct advantage over its main competitor in the battle royale genre, PUBG, which in turn suffers from a number of performance issues.

This list of platforms also includes mobile supports, which is extremely impressive, as the proposed version is very close to its counterparts on consoles - so much so that the cross-play between PC, Xbox One and mobile support is possible. Even on a device that fits in front of your pocket, Fortnite Battle Royale remains fantastic, despite having a slightly lower resolution than other media. Overall the only real difference is in its controls, which for a mobile game are far from terrible. In fact, I was able to perform almost all possible movements on PC with my smartphone - despite an execution speed reduced by around 25%. Playing with other users of this version, and therefore suffering from the same disadvantages associated with its slow pace, really gives you the feeling of participating in a slightly slower game of Fortnite Battle Royale. So, while aiming and building skills aren't faithfully transcribed on mobile devices, the iOS version remains a great alternative for those who don't have the console or PC version - or just want to play it somehow. nomadic.