Is Fortnite: Battle Royale, Worth Playing?
Fortnite is one of the most influential games in history, and it is almost singularly responsible for battle passes that “pay for themselves”, free seasonal content updates, and cross-platform multiplayer becoming industry norms.

The Lowdown.

Product Details
Genre: Battle Royale
Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Epic Games
Price: Free
Release Date: 21 July 2017
Supported Modes:

Appealing Visuals.

Fortnite Battle Royale has a unique style that is so distinct it has become almost an aesthetic in its own right; with many similar games being accused of ripping off Fortnite or utilizing “Fortnite-like characters”, this phenomenon is nothing new, and previously, many titles were accused of ripping off Overwatch (and many did!) during its heyday.

Fortnite is colourful, fun, innocent and a little cheeky, and I can think of no better aesthetic for a title that enjoys an audience of all ages, from preschoolers to baby boomers and beyond.


Fortnite Battle Royale has always been a very diverse game, offering a wide selection of skin tones and style options since its earliest incarnation; this diversity has only grown as time has passed and now includes various body types, skin tones, cultures and even species.

Playing as a character you feel represents you is very important to many gamers. While I am happy to spend my days as a giant banana, not everyone will be. Being able to play as a character that represents your personality goes a long way towards sustained engagement, + it’s a win-win for everyone involved. I would love to see more developers embrace this philosophy in the future.

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Accessibility and Growth.

Fortnite is easily accessible to a wide audience thanks to its support for all 8th and 9th-generation consoles, PCs and Android Devices.

While lower-end hardware cannot reach the visual or performance limits of higher-end consoles/PC, Fortnite allows people to play together and experience all it offers in a platform-agonistic environment.

As the first title to offer full cross-play between all major gaming platforms, it has continued to enjoy phenomenal growth, well beyond the average for the genre; in December 2020, over 15.3 million concurrent players took part in an event to defeat the evil Galactus, with over 3.4 million more watching via Twitch and YouTube.

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Towards the end of Chapter 1, Fortnite Battle Royale had a serious issue: the loot pool was flooded, and the wide array of items made balancing a near-impossible task, with some items being overpowered and others barely functional in a competitive setting.

Stripping back the loot pool to a much smaller selection of items was the right choice to begin chapter 2, but ever since, Epic has continued to vault the majority of items at the end of each subsequent season; while this does help to keep gameplay fresh, it also strips away the “meme factor” that made Fortnite Battle Royale what it is.

Response to Feedback.

Epic Games, despite what the loud minority cry, have always tried to appease the most vocal aspects of the community, many of whom are found on r/fortnitebr.

Please understand the “loud few” are not bad people, and they genuinely think their experiences and opinions are the only ones that matter; a prime example of this was the introduction of Fortnite Brutes, thanks to a few streamers known for being poor losers and their very vocal fan base Epic repeatedly nerfed the Brutes before disabling them all together well before the end of the season.

The problem with Brutes was not that they were hard to defeat, but rather, people were told they were hard to defeat. I am far from a professional Fortnite player, but I destroyed 100s of Brutes while only being killed by them half a dozen times at most during the entire season.

I believe I have been killed more by pickaxes than Brutes, yet no one would call them overpowered or needing a nerf.

The loud minority deserve to have their opinions considered along with everyone else, but no more than anyone else, and certainly in all cases outside diversity, representation and accessibility, never over that of the majority.



Unlike what its detractors would have you believe, the Fortnite community is nothing special, meaning it is not “full of sweaty neckbeards” or “full of toxic children” but comprises one of the most diverse gaming communities, attracting gamers of all ages and walks of life.

There are toxic elements of the community, and there are “angry squeakers”, but judging a community of over 350 million players by the actions of a small part of that community is immature and toxic in its own right.

Innovative and Accessible:

Fortnite: Battle Royale continues to evolve each season, with new items, characters, mechanics, crossover events,  points of interest, and once a year, an entirely new map to ensure that Fortnite: Battle Royale remains fresh for veteran players and accessible for new ones.

While Fortnite: Battle Royale will not be for everyone, it would be dishonest to deny that it is the perfect example of a successful live service title, which is a large part of why it continues to grow while most Battle Royale games stop growing within six months of launch, and lose the bulk of their player base within 18 months.

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Fortnite, for better or worse, has a consistently inconsistent narrative built upon each season; while it’s sheer madness, this madness makes Fortnite unique, and the lore doesn’t have to make sense. Pirates, spies, aliens, Jedi and superheroes all play a part in the insanity that is Fortnite and honestly, that’s just fine.

While controversial to some, the fact Fortnite can offer crossovers with so many other franchises is not only a major driving force behind the longevity and engagement of Fortnite Battle Royale but also gaming in general.

Too many games take themselves too seriously, and sometimes it’s good to engage Kratos in a dance battle with a giant banana while Master Chief looks on disapprovingly.

Epic Games has continued to amaze (and anger) many with its frequent crossovers. I cannot wait to see what comes next, especially as part of the Gaming Legends Series, which has already given us many memorable characters.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale FAQ

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a battle royale video game developed and published by Epic Games, it was released on 21 July 2017 and it is Free-2-Play.

Platform Availability.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is available on the following platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Are The Developers Active?

No one could say that Epic Games are lazy, and that’s for certain.

Fortnite has continually received major updates for over five years, with new seasonal content dropping every 3–4 months and minor content updates occurring roughly every two weeks (excluding public holidays and summer vacation).

In addition to those moderate-sized content updates, the cosmetic store receives new items every few days, including crossovers with other franchises such as Street Fighter, Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel, the Walking Dead, Destiny 2, and more.

Is Fortnite Battle Royale Worth Playing

How Many People Play Fortnite: Battle Royale?

Fortnite: Battle Royale is very active, with an average of 1.6 million concurrent users across all battle royale sub-modes.

Is Cross-Platform Multiplayer Supported?

Fortnite supports:

  • Cross-Platform Multiplayer.
  • Cross-Platform Parties.
  • Cross-Generational Multiplayer.
  • Cross-Generational Parties.
  • Cross-Platform Progression.

Is There Group Finding/Matchmaking Support?

Fortnite: Battle Royale offers the following matchmaking options:

  • Skill-Based Matchmaking
  • Region-Based Matchmaking
  • Solo Matchmaking
  • Group Matchmaking

Are There In-Game Microtransactions?

The Fortnite: Battle Royale in-game store sells:

  • Cosmetic Items.
  • Cosmetic Item Bundles.
  • Premium Currency Bundles.
  • Premium Battlepass.
  • Starter Packs.

What Peripherals Are Supported?

The following peripherals are officially supported:

  • Console - Controller.
  • Console - Mouse and Keyboard.
  • PC - Controller.
  • PC - Mouse and Keyboard.
  • Mobile - Touch Controls.

Is There Any Mature Content?

Fortnite: Battle Royale is rated PEGI 12+ and contains the following:

  • Violence

Final Verdict.

Fortnite Battle Royale is one of the most influential games in history, frequently enjoying record-breaking engagement numbers; it continues to be the most active battle royale, seeing off very impressive competition by the likes of Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone.

While its cartoon aesthetic is not for everyone, frequent new items, mechanics, limited-time modes, and points of interest ensure Fortnite Battle Royale feels fresh well into its 6th year.

Is Fortnite: Battle Royale Worth Playing In 2024?

Honest Video Game Reviews has given "Fortnite: Battle Royale" a rating of 10/10, indicating that it is genre-defining and essentially unmissable. While it may not be 100% perfect, it comes close, and the average gamer is likely to both enjoy and recommend it to others.

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