A Fortnight ago I knew nothing about Fortnite

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Now it consumes me.  This game has so many features that pull you in that it is hard to believe any gamer would be able to say “no” to this game.  After playing roughly 12 hours in 3 days this game has me thinking why more games do not lump multiple genres into one title.  Let’s discuss a little bit about what entices gamers and how difficult it is to put that into a single gaming experience.  

Immersion

When I play a game the experience hopefully allows me to feel and think as though I am in that world and making decisions as the character I am controlling.  Fortnite does a great job of this by giving you so many heroes to choose from with each having unique attributes to find one that is most like you, or that is most like your play style.  While the variations in characters do not drastically alter the gameplay from character to character, they do add up over time as you develop your squad.  The shear number of choices you have at your disposal practically forces you to immerse yourself in the game.  This tactic walks a fine line with some gamers as it is equally likely to get frustrated by having so many choices; I find the prior has been my experience.  

Collecting Loot

For some reason people like to collect stuff and many people like to collect junk.  This game offers you many resources, schematics and even characters to collect.  One would think that having so many options would make it easier to dispose of them when they are duplicated or seeming to have poor value.  Nope, Fortnite merely gives you options to collect them for reward at the expense of never being able to use them.  This likens my middle school days of collecting basketball cards with the notion of keeping them for their value with no intention of ever selling them.  Loot in Fortnite is abundant and yet also scarce at the same time.  I am finding that the main resources are easy to gather but a lot of the items needed to complete a schematic are difficult to obtain early on in the game.  Hopefully this changes as the game progresses.  I know how frustrated I was when I could never pull a Shaquille O’neal rookie card from a pack and I think I may feel the same way if I cannot pull a Mythic Outlander from a Pinata.  

Exploration and Building

Crossing vast lands to explore what treasures may be waiting for you is a mechanic that many games have taken to extremes.  Open world games have possibly taken this approach a bit too far in my opinion which can leave gamers feeling overwhelmed with so many places to explore.  Fortnite does a great job of providing smaller maps but many of them to adventure across.  Each map does not feel too big or too small, it’s just right.  Building is fun and easy while also prompting you with a desire to explore more because this is how you come across resources to build.  Upgrading your skill tree allows you to modify how your buildings look and further promotes a need to play and explore.  Not since Minecraft have I felt such a need to gather resources by adventuring out from my base just so I can expand upon the fortress I have created.  Another great thing about this game is that it never feels like it is enough, I am always feeling like I can, and should, add more to my fortress to withstand the storm of the dead.  

Pulling it all together

Many games have great qualities but not so many have them wrapped up into one title.  In my opinion Forza gets the gold medal for racing games.  Destiny gets first place for first person shooters, although I know I’m probably in the minority with that statement.  Skyrim takes the cake for open world RPG’s.  And Fortnite, well Fortnite is like the best trifle dessert you’ve tasted.  The bottom foundation is the solid gameplay mechanics; followed by an easy crafting and building component; next is the fun multiplayer action with friends and randoms you come across; accompanied by a pleasant grind to collect and upgrade heroes and skills; and finally topped off by a tasty art style that is appealing to all audiences.  

Not many games can entice such a broad spectrum of gamers and I believe Fortnite is a move in the right direction of getting people to step out of their go-to style of game and tread the waters of other genre types by mashing mechanics of multiple games into one fantastic game.  Although I’m still waiting for a game that allows me to have first person shoot-outs like Halo, getaway racing with Forza caliber mechanics, compelling and impactful story dialogue like Mass Effect, while having serious and comical moments like Borderlands.  Maybe I’ll have to make that game someday.  

 

Justin Thomas
I love gaming! I love being a Dad to two young children!  I love being a husband!  What's great about my life is I've got kids who are interested in gaming and a wife who understands my need to game. I grew up in the 80's playing Nintendo classics and dabbled a bit with PlayStation before seeing "the light" that is Xbox. I love everything about it and am looking forward to sharing my experiences through the lens of a gamer, dad/husband and as a gamer with a Master's Degree in Psychology. Let the analyzing begin!  

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Justin Thomas

I love gaming! I love being a Dad to two young children!  I love being a husband!  What's great about my life is I've got kids who are interested in gaming and a wife who understands my need to game. I grew up in the 80's playing Nintendo classics and dabbled a bit with PlayStation before seeing "the light" that is Xbox. I love everything about it and am looking forward to sharing my experiences through the lens of a gamer dad/husband and as a gamer with a Master's Degree in Psychology. Let the analyzing begin!