Fortnite Battle Royale Gameplay

You’ll start each battle royale by jumping out of the battle bus and falling/gliding to a location you choose. You’ll also notice you can see all the other players around you, use this to best determine a safe location to land. Once grounded, hunt for a weapon. You can locate weapons on the floor and within buildings. A far more reliable source is to open chests to get weapons and other supplies, more on them later. Now that you have a weapon, you can now at least defend yourself against enemies. If you are unsure if a player is nearby. Visuals and sounds (footsteps, gunshots, explosions) are on hand to assist you. So a headset is must to help locate where the sound is coming from.

In true battle royale style be careful of the storm. In case you’ve been living under a rock and do not know what the storm game mechanic is. The storm game mechanic starts off the map and closes in on you at set intervals. If you’re caught in the storm you’ll start to take damage. (This helps to prevent players hiding all game). The storm will move in stages, each stage will damage you more then the previous if caught. Your goal is to stay within the storm’s eye.

What sets Fortnite apart from other battle royale games like PUBG?

Leaving graphics and cross-platform capabilities aside for a moment. The ability to build structures with the materials they have harvested. Creates a far more dynamic and impactful PVP situation. Having the power to build structures above your enemies and shoot them down at rapid speed. Provides a uniqueness that’s unrivaled at the moment. Building in Fortnite can be core to your success. So the best advice would be to practice practice practice.
 
Once building has become natural to you. You’ll find yourself able to create more advanced defensive structures. Gaining valuable high ground over your opponents and far more victories. If you would like more info on the best types of buildings to create on Fortnite please see. As with most games, there’re perks in the game to help assist you on your way to victory. Fortnite is no different. With many weapons, consumables and bonuses throughout the map for you to collect.

Weapons

You can locate weapons on the ground, within loot chest and inside supply drops. There’s a diverse range of available weapons with 5 different rarities.

Grey = Common, Green = Uncommon, Blue = Rare, Purple = Epic, Orange = Legendary

Legendary weapons are the best variation you can get but are the hardest to get.  Here is a list of all current items in the game and their rarity.

Every Fortnite Weapon

Fortnite Consumable

Like weapons, you can locate medkits and shield potion around the battlefield. Shields are a vital part of your defenses as they act as armor that keeps you safe.  Taking damage from another player will remove your shield before your hp. Keep in mind. The storm’s damage and fall damage will affect your health bar only and ignore any shield you may have.

Heals

Bandages – Very common item used to recover your hp.  You will usually find them in a stack of 5 and are able to stack them to a total of 15.  Each bandage used will heal you for 15hp but caps of at 75/100 hp. This is a channel item that takes 4 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time.
 
Med Kit – Another common item that recovers your hp bar. These only stacks to 3 in one inventory slot. The benefit of a medkit over the bandages is the item fully heals your hp. This is a channel item that takes 10 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time.
 
Slurp Juice – This item falls into health and shield category, as the item recovers both stats.  In total, slurp juice will recover 25hp and 25 shields but not right away. Slurp juice will give you 1 hp and 1 shield every second until you have received 25 hp and 25 shield. This is a channel item that takes 2 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time.
 
Chug Jug – Like the slurp juice. Chug Jug also recovers both health and shield, but, this item recovers your hp and shield fully. This is a channel item that takes 15 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time.

Shields

Small Shield – These potions drop in quantities of 3 and will quickly add 25 shields but just like bandages they’re capped. The small shield potions can only get your shield to 50.  This is a channel item that takes 2 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time.

Shield Potion – The “bigger brother” of the small shields, recovering your shield by 50. Which means you can either use 2 of these to get 100 shield or 2 small shield potions and 1 shield potion to make your shield bar full. This is a channel item that takes 5 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time.

Slurp Juice – This item actually falls into both healing and shield category as the item uniquely regenerates both.  In total, slurp juice will recover 25hp and 25 shields but not right away. Slurp juice will give you 1 hp and 1 shield every second until you have received 25 hp and 25 shield. This is a channel item that takes 2 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time.

Chug Jug – Just like the slurp juice chug jug also replenishes both hp and shield, however, this item recovers both fully giving you 100 hp and 100 shield. This is a channel item that takes 15 seconds to consume which means you cannot move for the allocated time

Other Helpful Items

Fortnite Graphics

Fortnite adopts a cartoon-like style that’s bold and colorful. Due to the cartoon-like effects, Fortnite is playable on PC, PS4, Xbox and even mobile. Here are the prerequisites for the game on PC to help you get an idea.

Minimum Specs:

  • Intel Core i3 dual-core CPU at 2.4GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics

Recommended Specs:

  • Intel Core i5 quad-core CPU at 2.8GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870

Fortnite Popularity

As before stated, Fortnite battle royale is the most popular game in the world right now. But let’s talk numbers to see what that even means.
 
Fortnite has a 16.3% share of all PC players according to the data pulled from Overwolf. (Popular PC software for gamers) Fortnite holds 17.9% of daily viewership hours. Data collected from streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Fortnite Mobile game is the top-selling iPhone app in many countries, including the USA and the UK. Fortnite cross-platform flexibility help secures Epic Games’ stronghold of the battle royale genre. Twitch and Youtube have played their part in making Fortnite the phenomenon it is today. With the game smashing many streaming records on both platforms.

In Conclusion

The appeal of having cartoon-style graphics in games allows for more interesting features. Unlike those with life-like graphics, these quirky features are far more believable. Can you imagine boogie bombing an enemy player in CSGO? That visual image seems ridiculous in games where graphics are as realistic as possible. Yet Fortnite could introduce a remote-controlled sheep squirting toxic rainbow from its eyes. This is acceptable due to the cartoon-like graphics. Although Epic Games could explore infinite possible ventures. They have done a fantastic job at finding the right balance. If an in-game item has not had good feedback from their fan base, they are not afraid to remove it from the game. Which does not always mean the end of the item as sometimes Epic Games will rework the item and release at a later date. Also as seen by the released emotes. They draw inspiration from others (so let’s hope they add that remote-controlled sheep. – credits to L2P Bomb, thanks!).

As of right now, Fortnite is the most popular game in the world. Being played by kids, teens, adults and many celebrities. Epic games’ ability to provide fresh and fun content is the pinnacle of their success. Each week it seems Epic Games brings out new game modes, weapons and emotes. Fortnite’s item store offers a limited number of cosmetics. Which consists of skins, backpacks, gliders, and axes which change daily. It also provides special emotes, some of which are dances from various viral classics. Examples “fresh”  – the Carlton dance from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or “Take the L” – It.

The items in the store are available using epic’s own currency. These are V-bucks which are obtainable by purchasing with real money. There’re also two package deals that you can buy to receive in-game goodies. The first is Fortnite’s starter pack (£3.99). This will bag you 600 V-bucks, the rogue agent outfit, and the catalyst back bling. The second is the Fortnite battle pass. The battle pass gives you more quests weekly and exclusive cosmetics at each new battle tier. Each new season you’ll have to renew your battle pass. (You can only buy the battle pass using V-bucks.)
 
Each day that you log into Fortnite you’ll get new daily quests. If you have the battle pass you’ll also receive weekly quests. The quests grant your character level experience and battle tier experience. The max level for both is 100. The nature of each quest varies from your typical “kill X amount” to “Find X cameras and dance in front of them.” This is the perfect balance between fun and the feeling of self-earned reward.

Fortnite Battle Royale is a ‘must’ play game that you should not miss out on!