Battle Royale is a genre in and of itself if you ask me. The game mode was actually a mod for ARMA 2, called DayZ. Later, the developers invested and got the mod creator named Player Unknown onboard, and together they made Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG.
PUBG immediately skyrocketed to fame, along with a few other similar games with the same gameplay. The fundamental and the most important difference of this genre which differentiates it from other shooters is that the map shrinks in time, so things stay interesting. To make things even more exciting, a mass of players are dropped in at the beginning, but only one can be the winner, the one that survives.
“There can be only one!” – Highlander
PUBG looks, feels, and is played as a serious warfare game, with players being able to organize their gear, armor, weapons, and inventory.
But, with Fortnite, the developers went slightly in another direction, and I think it rocks!
The best thing Fortnite: Battle Royale has done for us is that it made things competitive on the market, against other games like PUBG, but it was FTP (free to play). This meant that other games, who were charging through Steam, also had to consider making at least this battleground part free to play. And, as both games are soon transitioning to mobile, they are both free to play.
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Just to be clear, I am talking about the Fortnite: Battle Royale spin-off of the original Fortnite. The game is a free to play battle royale cooperative survival game, with construction elements. Now, as the first part of that genre is well known to anyone who played PUBG or similar games, I’ll go into the construction part in detail later.
It is developed and published by Epic Games and it is made in Unreal Engine 4. The initial platforms it covered were Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the game was recently optimized for iOS with plans to bring it to Android soon.
If you are new to the Battle Royale idea, the cooperative survival genre is played in a very fun manner, let me tell you that. A 100 players start the game and are all dropped on the map. Now, players can all play free for all, or there can be some small squads, but the first fun thing I noticed is that instead of being dropped on the map from a plane, like in PUBG, here you are dropped from a flying party bus. Now, how crazy is that?
This game’s looks is what immediately caught my attention because of the laidback and somewhat cartoonish style it is done in. This is naturally just my personal preference, as some people like the serious look more, like how PUBG looks. But, looking like it does, Fortnite: Battle Royale brings a sort of a fun and relaxed atmosphere to a fast-paced and exciting survival feeling. I should also mention that it doesn’t make this game demanding at all, and it works on all mobile devices perfectly. But, you should probably have at least an iPhone 6s/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or any iPad from 2017 or later.
As far as the power consumption goes, you should probably consider having an external battery pack, because of course, it will suck it dry fast.
Probably the best feature this game has, because it differentiates it from the competition, is the building feature. You have a pickaxe and you can mine anything for building materials that isn’t the ground, like metals, wood, and bricks. Switching to building mod, which means you will only have building plans in your hands and no weapons, lets you instantly build staircases, walls, floors, and roofs.
This is primarily used to build cover or to reach some otherwise unreachable places, but players have long since gone far into the architecture, and some of the buildings I’ve seen lately look amazing. Now, as easy as it is to build, it is even easier to demolish the buildings, as a few bullets take down a wall easily. But, therein lies the catch, for everybody knows that if you shoot in a survival game like this, you are giving away your position, so shoot carefully.
Bluetooth controllers are not currently enabled, but Epic plans to bring them in soon. So, currently you do everything by touch, but the game is simple enough so that you can play it on your iPhone with no trouble, just a bit slower than you would on your PC. The info I found agrees that you will be a bit slower when playing on your mobile than you would be when you play on your PC… About the quarter of the PC speed, that is.
The Game’s Reception
Fortnite Battle Royale reached 10 million players within two weeks after its initial release, and by March 2018 it is said that the game has around 45 million players. This success was due to various factors, as the USGamer stated. Not only is this because of the game’s good gameplay and the fact that it is free-to-play, but it seems that the timing for its release was fortunate, as PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds was struggling with hackers at the time.
The developers also hit the spot with the cross-play feature, making Fortnite available for cross-play, but also for cross-progression. You can play on the same account with the same perks and cosmetics, unlockables and challenges, no matter the platform. All you need is an Epic account.
Fortnite Battle Royale mobile is the same epic game on the mobile as it is on PC or the console. You play on the same map, use the same weapons, same skins, and everything. All features and unlockables are available at the same time and disappear at the same time, and it goes the same for new weapons or gameplay features. The visuals may be a bit compromised because of the pop-ins, but nothing too bad. It is still the same game.
Fortnite Battle Royale mobile is a great and fun game that everybody should try. If you love survival shooters, fast-paced combat, and creative mechanics, this game will hold your interest for a fairly long amount of time.