How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fortnite

I’m sure most people can agree. Thanks to zero build mode now being a permanent feature in Fortnite, the game is having its second renaissance since it first introduced the Battle Royale game mode way back in 2017.

Let it be said. What a celebration of games and pop culture this game is! What other game can I (in any official sense) bump to some Juice WRLD while I’m driving as Blanka from Street Fighter? Not to mention gameplay with a guy in the back seat rocking Wu-Tang wear, while Will Smith is next to him, and Boba Fett riding shotgun. Imagine this squad pulling up and rocking some unfortunate kid’s team at the Daily Bugle. No other game has this level of IP recognition.

I’ll say when Fortnite: Battle Royale first came out, I played it, and I loved it. Not as much as the base game’s “Save the World” mode, but I had fun nonetheless. However, I began to despise the building concept as soon as people found a way to build the Leaning Tower of Pisa in front of my face in T-minus .5 milliseconds.

Zero Build is probably the best thing since sliced bread.

– Me, 2022

I’m serious, I used to hate this game! Now we suddenly no longer have to deal with someone making Fort Knox in the blink of an eye while going for the game winning kill. The new movement options of mantling, a sprint burst, busting down doors, and the addition of a recharging overshield has helped mobility a ton to make the game feel more fluid. I’d compare the movement to Call of Duty’s “good” days of movement. It feels natural.

Some of my friends and others that reside on the interwebs may still make fun of an adult playing Fortnite. But, I’m happy that I checked it out when I did. I mean, I found Dr. Strange as an NPC and accidently shot him. Now he’s chasing me with a shotgun.

See you on the battle bus!


Games Journalist, Competitive Pokemon/VGC Player, Content Creator

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