Why ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ is crushing the competition

Gabrielle Reyes, Asst. Features Editor

       “Fortnite: Battle Royale” is what everyone has been talking about and playing for the past five months. A game that was thought to be a simple replica of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” is now taking over. But why is “Fortnite” considered the best game on the market? How did it explode so quickly to become the most-played game of the year so far?

      After doing some research, it’s easy to see why people think “Fortnite” is so amazing. The first reason is because of the game’s quickness. What I mean by that is if you lose, you don’t have to wait a long time to start a new game and find new players. “Fortnite” is set up to provide rapid shifts in between games, giving less time for people to stay angry about the loss.

       A second reason people love “Fortnite” is because of it’s the satisfaction you get when you finally win a battle. With numerous people playing at once, it can be a challenge to get through all those people to win. Therefore, you go into the game with the mindset that you will do your best and keep working on it. It is the challenge that has people coming back from more. With each game, you develop a new skill and get closer to winning. Once you do win a game, the feeling is that much greater than a game you know you are going to win.

     Another element about the game people enjoy is the random-generated system. In each game, there is always a different weapon to obtain. No two games will have the same weapons, healing spot or rewards. This part of “Fortnite” is a favorite for many because the element of surprise is what helps you win in the end.

     People enjoy the randomness of the system because it builds up to the challenge, not to mention the building tactic in the game that gives players the ability to protect themselves. This could also be the reason why people can stay on for hours playing and not get sick and tired of it. Plus, it is a good excuse not to talk to your significant other when you’re playing.

     In addition to the randomness of “Fortnite,” the makers are frequently coming out with new updates. These new updates are not only to fix some bugs with the programing, but it also updates in real-time. For example, the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) and Valentine’s Day update. With these updates, players had new style of weapons and multiple other features to the battle.

     Lastly, but no less important, “Fortnite” has created a fun and modern feel to battle gaming. In the game, your player can have any outfit or “skin” you wish. With the Winter Olympics taking place this year, “Fortnite” made it an option to style your player’s outfit for a limited time as the team you want to win. Players could choose from USA, Canada, China and many more. Other fun outfits you can choose from depend on your ranking. The outfits you choose can also be accompanied by a dance, a creative addition made by the makers.

     After seeing all of the reasons why people may like this game, it’s hard to disagree with them. “Fortnite: Battle Royale” presents a modern and simple way of playing a game that anyone can join. There’s no wonder 40 million people are playing online.  However, if you are not a video game person but you are still interested in watching others play this game, you can always go to www.twitch.tv and watch other gamers play “Fortnite.”