Free virtual survival game, Fortnite, enjoys its rise to the top

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By Peter Nichols ’18

For the first time since seventh grade, online gaming is as popular as ever. Although, really only two games are leading the way: Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG). Even though arguments may ensue whether playing ‘with the boys’ is better on Xbox One or Playstation 4, the real argument is whether Fortnite or PUBG is better.

Imagine combining two of the most popular games of all time, Minecraft and Call of Duty. Together, this combination makes Fortnite. I find absolutely no flaws in this game. Each player starts with the same equipment, emphasizing that there are no advantages or disadvantages to start out with, which is a major problem in today’s gaming industry if one does not keep up to pace with other online players. In addition, each player chooses where they spawn, and thus allows for players to easily form their own unique strategies without one being more overpowered than another. Besides being an overall fun survival game, the main difference between Fortnite and PUBG is that Fortnite is free. It is already hard enough to scrape up some money to buy some Chipotle on the weekends, so it is much easier to download Fortnite than buy PUBG, even since that both games are virtually the concept with the same developers.

When reviewing the game overall, Aymin Bahhur ‘18 states, “Fortnite, as an online multiplayer game, is reminiscent of the Hunger Games. I like the suspense and thrill of this survival game, and I also like the fact that it is free.” Looking back at his first ‘victory royale,’ Bahhur tells, “My first victory was a duo, and the moment of elation was indescribable. I cried for thirty straight minutes. Also, my first solo win I, in fact, had zero eliminations.”

Now, Fortnite faces the test of time to see if it is truly one of the greatest games of all time, or if it is only a fad that will lose popularity soon to come.