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Fortnite Review

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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is closing in to make the playable area shrink.

This simple play mechanic creates knife-edge finales when just a few players are left in the eye of the storm. Along with an ongoing commitment to adding narrative, geographical, weapon and outfits enhancements the developer has build a huge audience of online players.

Although often bemoaned in the press, Fortnite is a healthy game that encourages "soft" skills like smart thinking, social interaction, planning and strategy as well as "harder" skills like quick reactions and hand-eye coordination.

Fortnite also includes a wide range of other activities as well as the shooting gunplay. There are online concerts, building games and other modes like Prophunt where players can transform into items in the world (bushes, doors, toilets, tractors) and then have the seeker players try and find them.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @EpicGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game. Players are encouraged to quickly jump into the next game which can result in extended play sessions. You can set time-limits on consoles, and on Xbox for the Fortnite game specifically, and encourage them to play other games when the time is up.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online. Split-screen is available for two players to compete in online matches on PlayStation and Xbox.

Cross-Play: You can play against people on different systems: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Mobile.

CostsCosts

Fortnite

Xbox One Free
PS5 Free
PS4 Free
PC Free
Switch Free
iOS Free
Android Free
 
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online. You can buy Loot Llamas using V-Bucks, these offer unseen items when opened. Recently these have been changed to show players what it inside them before purchase. However, if you earn the Llamas through playing the game rather than purchase you can't see inside beforehand.

You can purchase the Fortnite Crew subscription for £9.99/$11.99 a month. This provides a Battle Pass for the full season, 1,000 V-Bucks each month and an exclusive "outfit bundle" each month.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has received a PEGI 12 for frequent mild violence. Violence consists of you using whatever weapons you can find or make to defeat the other players with damage being dealt by numbers and life bars. The players disappear in a blue light when defeated.
 
This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There is an aim assist that makes targeting easier. As this is an online game difficulty depends on the other players in your match. But the game aims to find players of similar ability.

There is some reading required. Subtitles for in-game narration.

Sensitivity and button mapping is extensive with many options. You can opt to toggle rather than hold for sprinting and to tap rather than hold to interact. You can also get doors and pick-ups to happen automatically.

There's a setting to visualise audio cues via a circular overlay that shows the player the direction of any sounds nearby. It also includes icons and colours to give a visual representation of this audio information.

Control music, effects and chat volume independently. Audio cues offer direction and proximity of other players as well as wider activity in the area.
 
Our Fortnite Accessibility Report details 29 accessibility features:

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