Fortnite (Xbox One) Review

By Izzy Lichi 24.08.2017

Review for Fortnite on Xbox One

Fortnite is a third-person shooter crossbred with tower defence and survival - three very popular game types that haven't stopped being pumped out over the last decade, and don't seem to have any intention of stopping any time soon. Fortnite, however, manages to add one more popular trend to its formula, commonly found in mobile games. It is none other than gacha micro-transactions and grindy time constraints.

Trends can be a good thing, but more commonly a bad thing in the game industry. Sadly, Fortnite is a game that managed to succumb to a lot of ugly ones that don't belong on a console. Immensely long loading times, poor stabilisation, and crashes will be commonplace throughout the experience of the current build, but with good patience, teaming up with other players and fighting in a fortified base is a very satisfying experience in Fortnite's world.

Countless drops of equipment will be found or even left on the floor, and tons of upgrading is done in almost every aspect of the adventure. Weapons found will break after enough use has been done; however, the experience gained can be redeemed through recycling, allowing gear progression to not be completely voided due to durability, unlike Zelda: Breath of the Wild, where no single weapon is a permanent upgrade, due to the impending attrition of durability.

Story is pretty much virtually the opening premise. A zombie apocalypse happened. Grab weapons, find some trustworthy friends, play fort, and prevent the heroes from dying while killing countless monsters in the process. The writers certainly did not break new ground when coming up with Fortnite's story, but, luckily, it takes no focus here, as gameplay and structure take a full front seat at the stage of playing with friends or strangers who all have the same common goal of becoming a strong survivor in a dark, yet cartoony world.

Screenshot for Fortnite on Xbox One

Music and ambience is a very illusive subject. A lot of exploration will involve no actual music in an attempt to set a tone for the situation, which seems kind of off-putting, since the game has a very stylized look, but hardly any music to compliment it.

While some of the animations to the characters seem a little wonky, overall, characters manage to fit the cartoony, yet charming Overwatch look quite well. The art style itself can be very inconstant with its tone and setting, though. Farm areas look almost as if they belong in a goofy Saturday morning cartoon, objects and the overall environment don't seem to fit the look of the character models, and it all seems kind of odd at times.

When put separate from the greedy micro-transaction stuff, such as the gacha features and heavy grinding, the gameplay is quite polished. All weapons - from handgun, to assault rifle, to a rocket-propelled grenade launcher - have wonderful pinpoint aiming mechanics, and absolutely no delay when landing hits.

Screenshot for Fortnite on Xbox One

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Fortnite is a semi-addictive game, shining at being a well-polished experience, with a few spots here and there that seem to be getting fixed over time in future updates. Expect a great experience to enjoy with friends if smashing zombies, building fortifications, and finding loot is the goal. Micro-transactions are very present, and are never a good thing to have in any game, especially when being crucial to progression, but if willing to put in the extra amount of training in the otherwise enticingly fun, cartoony and dangerous world of Fortnite, then it's definitely worth a try.

Developer

Epic Games

Publisher

Gearbox Software

Genre

Action

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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