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Fortnite is the latest gaming craze, but not everyone is buying in.

FORTNITE Game Review: Like it or spike it

March 28, 2018

Fortnite is the video game sensation that has swept the nation. Here’s the scenario: you’re one of 100 people jumping from an airplane onto an island, and you’re fighting to be one of the last to survive. You can play solo or as a part of a squad or duo.

You win if you are the last person standing following a Battle Royale.

According to Vox, the games overall player base has topped 45 million, and in it’s drawing in more than $100 million a month in in-app purchases, despite being a free game.

It’s a phenomenon, but not everyone is impressed. Our writer Quintin Nelson loves the game, while Noah Plank can’t see to understand what all the fuss is about. They square off in this piece over the virtues of Fortnite.

Like it: Fortnite is simply top-notch

Fortnite has taken over our homes. It’s a fact. You can walk into a random group of people and guaranteed almost everyone in the group has played the game.

Much like previous game obsessions, such as Battle Royale, Candy Crush, Trivia Crack, and Pokémon GO!, it seems as if everyone plays it! However, it’s no doubt why. It’s simply well made.

Though the game is still in early stages of development, the design and playability of the game really intrigues players.

When you enter the game, it’s nothing like any of the other popular shooter games. Normally, they are in a war setting, with death and blood everywhere. But here in Fortnite, it’s almost as if Battlefield or Call of Duty were clashed together with a cartoon. It really does give it a fun and colorful feel. Even weapons, actions, and killing in the game have a silly feel to it. It makes it enjoyable.

The open-world abilities you have within the game are also extremely enforcing. In the game, a player has the ability to mine things for wood, brick, and metal in order to build walls, stairways, and floors. This really enhances the gameplay, for one could easily build a huge fort instantly, in which increases the game’s difficulty (for other players that is), as well as its creativity. It really gives it a personal touch.

Also, the game play is intensely addictive. The ‘Battle Royale’ mode is when 100 players are dropped into ‘Spawn Island’ to battle it out until one team/person remains. The present modes of Battle Royale are Solo, Duo, Squad (which holds up to four players), and groups of 20. This really lets you be in control of how many people you want to be in your team, as well as having the ability to ride it solo.

Overall, for as much as the fact that practically everyone is playing it, it is good. There are a lot of really good features in the game, and the design was well thought out. It really lets players to be sucked in, because it truly is an exceptional game.

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Spike it: Good but not worth the hype

Let me make this clear from the very beginning.

I do not like FortNight (Fortnite).

I don’t like the way it looks, the way it plays, the skins, dances, or weapons. It’s all annoying. The building machine is a good and original idea, but it is so weirdly used. Building ramps that match the height of skyscrapers and the weapons system is a stupid idea. Guns that change damage are cool, but you get them by chance, meaning you could get screwed out in a fight because the other guy’s gun is the color purple and yours is white.

These are flaws that I see in it. I’m not saying it’s a bad game, however. The game sticks out by being different. To stick out, a game needs to be unique, which is something Fortnite has going for itself. However, the game fell to a curse in the game industry. It got popular, and that became my main problem and a problem for so many others. Everybody wanted to play it, and it lost its appeal factor.

Just like any game that gets popular, Fortnite has a huge fan base. A fan base is the killer of anything good. Now we got people, young and middle aged, playing Fortnight like it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

That’s my main problem.

The publicity this game has gotten and the fans that came along with it make you feel bad has if you play a different Battle Royale game. It’s not good enough if you play another game. You should play Fortnight. The way social media has been dictated by this game is unbelievable. Suddenly everybody is a Major League gamer who’s skills are outstanding and everyone has to see their winning clip.

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