Epic Games has just released for free Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode. This PvP mode puts 100-players on a giant map with destructible environments, where they’ll combine their Fortnite building and combat skills to be the last one standing. Below you can read our first impressions of it, accompanied by a video showing 12 minutes of uncut gameplay footage.
There is no doubt that Fortnite Battle Royale is inspired by PlayerUnkown: Battlegrounds. However, and while PUBG is a really successful product even in its current Early Access stage, we strongly believe that the PC needed more battle royale games. As such, we are thankful that Epic Games released this game, especially since this is a F2P title that everyone can try.
From what we’ve played so far, Fortnite Battle Royale does not feel like a P2W game. Epic Games claimed that it does not plan to sell items that give a competitive advantage, something that will definitely please a lot of players. Players start with an axe and can obtain weapons as they fight to survive. Players can also construct objects that will help them survive.
The game uses a third-person perspective and – compared to PUGB – looks a bit cartoon-ish. The game’s visuals are ok, though we didn’t witness anything that could ‘wow’ us. Thankfully, the game runs without any performance issues at 1080p and with Epic settings even on an AMD Radeon RX580.
Fortnite Battle Royale is a fun game. The shooting mechanics are fine, controls are great, player movement is fluid, and the game does not suffer from any mouse acceleration/smoothing issues. Unfortunately though, we did notice some latency issues so here is hoping that Epic Games will be able to resolve them.
One of my current gripes with the game is its pacing. While in the first few minutes the game feels fine, it gets way too slow-paced when there are 20 or 10 players on the map. This is mainly due to players camping or moving slowly, however I’d like to see Epic addressing it by a) reducing the map size or b) implementing quicker “environmental solutions” via which players will be forced to go to the centre of the island.
Given the fact that this is a F2P game, we strongly suggest everyone giving it a go (you can download it via Epic’s Games Launcher). Below you can find a video showing 12 minutes of uncut gameplay footage.