Fortnite Battle Royale Encourages Strategic Thinking

By Lin Lin Ni ’19 and Azman Chowdhury ’19

The game, Fortnite Battle Royale, is categorized as a warfare game. The game was released on September of 2017 at the cost of $30 for PS4, XBox One, and PC. It was released as a spin-off from the earlier access title, Fortnite. When playing the game, the player is playing in third-person, over-the-shoulder gameplay. While there’s no gore or blood, the game is far too violent for kids.

Fortnite Battle Royale creates an environment in which players must rely on their teammates to win. One player must build a fort, while another would defend it. This allows the other players to roam around the game and aggressively pursue their opponents. With this in mind,  players will need to use strategic thinking, and planning to win.

It may take a couple of games to get used to the physics of them game. With weapons scattered around the map, players get to decide whether to stay back and let other plays fight, or go into the fight themselves. From shotguns to snipers, players have a variety of weapons to choose from. Each weapon has multiple versions, with the next version being better than the previous one. The higher you get in tiers, the more damage the weapon does. Each tier has its own color with the orange tier being the best and the grey tier being the worst.  

Fortnite Battle Royale combines strategy from games like Rainbow Six Siege, and intense gunfight from games like Battlefield with the addition of building your own defenses that puts the players in charge of how the game will play out.

The game is often compared to PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG). PUBG, as described by many game critics, is the most popular battle royale game on Steam. That is, until the release from Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale. The developer complains about the eerily similarity Fortnite Battle Royale has with PUBG, while Epic denies the accusation. The only difference that PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale has is the fact that one must buy PUBG to play, while Epic Games released Fortnite Battle Royale free.

As a player of Fortnite Battle Royale, I would also strongly recommend not to play with low-speed wifi. It creates the unnecessary feeling of rage the moment you shoot one bullet to the first enemy you spot.

Although being compared with other online survival games, Fortnite Battle Royale feels more relaxed and laid back than other online survival games. When playing the game, I never had the feeling of needing to absolutely win or I would be disappointed with myself, it is more of a stress free gaming environment, that was how it is, until the release of competitive plays.

Players can also choose how they want to play the game, such as taking on the world head and challenging everyone they see. As for me, I would always go for an ambuscade, ambushing others, and getting quick kills, while obtaining and taking all the loot, then retreating back to safety.

The Gameplay for me is just too good to pass up, nonetheless I wish for new updates on the crafting part. Epic Games should add more resources you can get in-game, other than wood, stone, and metal. By adding more resources, it can lead to a dramatic increase in players crafting options.


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