One of the most popular video games out right now is called Fortnite Battle Royale. It’s a free-to-play game available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and iOS. If you’ve been on any social media platform lately, you’ve surely seen videos of the cartoon-like characters running around shooting each other with rocket launchers. Welcome to Fortnite Battle Royale.
Fortnite is a free-to-play game, but don’t worry, it’s not a scam. They make their money from in-game cosmetic outfits, as well as seasonal “Battle Passes” that can be purchased every few months. Right now, Fortnite is so popular that it’s transcended the world of gaming. It’s become a cultural phenomenon, and everyone from professional athletes to entertainers (such as Drake) are in on it.
Fortnite: The Cultural Phenomenon
To give you a better understanding of Fortnite Battle Royale, let’s take a look at what makes it so popular.
One thing that helped propel Fortnite to stardom is how accessible the game is. Because it is playable across so many different platforms, one doesn’t need to own or purchase a video game console to play it. It can be played on PC, Mac, and even the iPhone X. Those who are looking for a new game to play would be doing themselves a favor by trying out Fortnite.
The presence of social media has really taken Fortnite to another level. Typically, when something becomes popular among high school and college students, it explodes in popularity. This was certainly the case with Fortnite. The game spread through social media like wildfire, grabbing the attention of gamers and non-gamers alike. Popular streaming services such as YouTube and Twitch.tv also saw an explosion in Fortnite related content as news of the game spread.
Another factor that makes Fortnite so interesting and appealing to gamers is its unique gameplay. Typical shooters, such as Call of Duty, have become remarkably predictable over the past few years. They all involve quick respawns, without much of a penalty for dying. Fortnite on the other hand is completely different. There are no respawns, so if you die, you’re out of the game. This alone makes Fortnite feel different than the more traditional shooters. Add in some more unique characteristics, such as the game’s building mechanics, and you’re in for a wild ride.
Gameplay isn’t the only difference between Fortnite and traditional shooters either. It also has a completely unique art-style, which looks, and feels like a cartoon. This gives the game a simple, light-hearted vibe, making it more accessible to kids of all ages, as well as adults.
Because there is no respawning in Fortnite matches, each individual life is far more valuable than in other shooters. This forces the player to play more carefully, as one wrong move or mistake and could end the game. Combine this with the game’s focus on being the last man standing, and you have the perfect recipe for competition.
Perhaps the main reason why Fortnite has been so successful is due to the social nature of the game. Players are encouraged to team up with others before jumping into the battle arena. Inviting friends to a party is a quick and easy process, even if those friends happen to be playing on different systems. If you have a headset, you can communicate with friends and teammates through voice chat. Even if you don’t have one, you can still relay messages through the in-game emote system.
Now that you have a better understanding of Fortnite Battle Royale, give it a try! The game is free-to-play, available on many different platforms, and most importantly, it’s a blast to play. Once you do, let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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