Full disclosure: I didn’t know what Fortnite was until my brother, Ryan, texted me and asked if I wanted one of his free game codes. He bought a limited edition pack, which included not only in-game loot, but extra game invites for friends!
I’m never one to turn down a video game from my bro, so I told him yes.
Here’s how it went.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a survival game from Epic Games. Those are the people behind Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, and other popular games. The game is currently in a pay-to-play closed early access period, but will be free-to-play upon wide release in early 2018.
Fortnite was first announced in 2011. It’s been a long time coming. It’s a monster survival game where you can explore, scavenge for materials, make weapons, build forts, and fight off waves of monsters brought by the Storm.
Players can choose characters from four classes: commandos, constructors, outlanders, and ninjas. Each one serves a purpose as a team member:
- Commandos are essentially soldiers, and are great with guns and explosives.
- Constructors are pro when it comes to constructing defensive barriers and bases.
- Outlanders are super efficient for gathering resources.
- Ninjas are the melee damage class, and charge head-first into hordes of monsters.
You start the game with a tutorial. You’re the Commander. It’s awesome. You rescue survivors and bring them back to your home base. You’re a hero!
Only… you get back to base to find that it’s under attack. Ahhhh!
Luckily, you have a team of survivors and soldiers ready to protect the fort. After assisting them with the initial wave, you have to build traps for the zombies, launch some kind of experimental technology, and call in an airstrike to take on the hordes of zombies now coming for the base.
Once the tutorial is complete and you’ve established your home base, you get to go on more quests and do other fun stuff. Here are some of my favorite features:
Loot llamas: Yes! You get loot llamas! They’re literally llamas filled with loot. You can find them in treasure chests or get them as quest rewards. Then, you get to smash them open with a random weapon. Sometimes they turn silver (better loot) or gold (best loot). I recently got a legendary Hero from a golden llama!
Expanding your home base: While Fortnite is a survival game, it’s also about building. It’s like Minecraft meets Nazi Zombies or DayZ. Your home base is protected by the “Storm Shield,” and every so often, you need to expand the shield. This means fortifying the protective base around the Storm Shield generator and killing zombies. It’s a ton of fun. You can destroy basically anything in the game to gain resources, and you can use wood, brick, or metal to build your protective bases.
Group play: When you go into a mission zone to complete a quest or objective, you play as a group. If you already have a group, you stay together, and if you queue solo, you’ll make new friends! Because I’ve been playing with my brother, we typically get teamed up with two random players.
I could go on and on about this game – I’ve been playing every morning before work. But, I’ll keep this blog post manageable, and recommend instead that you check out my stream or my brother’s stream for more Fortnite fun.
Are you playing Fortnite? Let me know in the comments so we can group up!