Fortnite was released on July 25, 2017. For the early release, more than half of a million copies sold.
For a recently released game with minimal advertisement, Fortnite has turned out to be quite the eye-catcher. Built as a fort building and defense game with nearly open roaming and the option to destroy practically everything, more gamers are attracted by the day.
Fortnite is expected to take off and dominate the gaming world for at least a few months.
The game starts up with an introduction to a post-apocalyptic world; a world in which 98% of the population is dead and strange, zombie-like creatures roam the Earth. It is your goal to kill them, farm resources, and build bases – all while trying to expand your home base and rid the planet once and for all.
In the first chance you have to walk around any part of this post-apocalyptic world, you are told by a CPU to pull out your pick-axe and destroy a tree. This tree is meant to give you enough resources to construct your first gun. This teaches you that you can destroy nearly anything for resources. You can also craft guns, melee weapons, and traps from those resources.
Throughout the game, you are rewarded with llama shaped piñatas that you smash to earn cards. These cards can contain a wide variety of things – survivors, defenders, heroes, or weapon and trap schematics.
Your Hero stats are called F.O.R.T., which stands for Fortitude, Offense, Resistance, and Tech. Respectively, these reflect your health, damage, shield, and technologies.
Throughout the game, you upgrade your skills with skill points and research points.
Regardless of what Hero you choose, each of these skill trees impact your character, your team, and the players in your game.
Through both of these trees, you can access new skills for each type of Hero, new character slots for each of the character types, and sweet new machineries.
Heroes are the main character that you play as. There are four different classes within the Hero role; Soldier, Constructor, Ninja, and Outlander.
The Soldier is well-rounded and is normally chosen by those who cannot make a decision between the four. Soldiers are built with an even balance of crafting, offense, and defense. They are often known as tanks as they cause excessive amounts of damage with their special abilities.
The Constructor is the builder of the group. Not only can they build structures more quickly, but also with less resources. They cause less damage but are able to take more, and can still hold their own in a fight. Personally, I play as a constructor because I enjoy the building aspect of it all.
The Ninja is the fastest, most nimble Hero of them all, equipped from the beginning with a double-jump. Unfortunately, the Ninja does have less defense than other Heroes. However, the damage output is quite high, especially with a sword.
The Outlander has strength in scavenging for loot or resources. In all actuality, they are the outlanders of the group. With low defense and low offense, Outlanders are not likely to last very long in battle. They also lack in building abilities. However, Outlanders are extremely useful for lower-leveled maps and farming resources.