“They can miss me with this trash”. Those were my exact words when I looked at Fortnite gameplay upon hearing that the game’s PUBG style mode would be going free-to-play. If I had a time machine, I’d go back, slap that version of myself, and tell him to start the download for Fortnite the second it became available on the Playstation Store.
I’ve never been a fan of these recent battle royale style games, as I always found them to be camping simulators with the occasional gun fight. But that’s not what Fortnite Battle Royale is. It’s a fun, fast-paced survival game where kills feel ultra rewarding and deaths soul crushing (which I’ve become used to at this point). And Fortnite isn’t just a more polished version of PUBG, like people may think. It has its own elements that add to and make its Meta game unique.
For instance, the ability to construct walls and stairs on the fly allows players to have more control over the environment as well as turning a disadvantaged position into one of strength. Finding yourself in the open with an enemy lining you up with a rifle is usually a death sentence in PUBG. Not in Fortnite. Just slap up a few walls and you can even the odds.
Though the appeal of battle royale style games is quite evident among PC players, I have to admit that I totally underestimated the appeal of this genre on consoles. And if the fun I’m having with Fortnite is any evidence, PUBG will be a hit when it makes its way to the Xbox One X. If you haven’t downloaded Fortnite yet, do yourself a favour and change that. I promise that you’ll have a groovy time.