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Genre(s): Battle royale
Platform(s): macOS
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Xbox Series X/S
PlayStation 5
Fortnite: Battle Royale
macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
September 26, 2017
April 2, 2018
Nintendo Switch
June 12, 2018
August 9, 2018
Xbox Series X/S
November 10, 2020
PlayStation 5
November 12, 2020
Fortnite Creative
December 13, 2018
Fortnite: Save the World
June 29, 2020
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Unreal Engine 5 (chapter 3 -present)
Developer(s): Epic Games
Publisher(s): Epic Games
Gearbox Publishing (retail)
Tencent (China)
Country: United States

Fortnite is a 2017 video game developed and published by Epic Games.

The game is available in three distinct game mode versions that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine: Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative hybrid-tower defense-shooter-survival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with traps and fortifications they can build; Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game in which up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing; and Fortnite Creative, in which players are given complete freedom to create worlds and battle arenas. Save the World and Battle Royale were released in 2017 as early access titles, while Creative was released on December 6, 2018.

While the Save the World and Creative versions have been successful for Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale in particular became an overwhelming success and a cultural phenomenon, drawing more than 125 million players in less than a year, earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month, and $9 billion in revenue in its first two years.

Bad Qualities

NOTE: These reasons mostly only apply to Battle Royale and to a lesser extent, Save the World, as Fortnite Creative is still okay.


  1. The controls, while decent and easy to use, have some bugs. The jump feels heavy and has little momentum and the characters run very slow, which is a problem when you have to escape the storm or escape an enemy. Also, the controls of the cars are not so good.
  2. The optimization, while nowhere near as bad as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, leaves a bit to be desired, with optimization on PC versions being a bit worse.
    • The Nintendo Switch version has slight gradient graphics and the lighting is sometimes very bright and sometimes very dark, while the iOS and Android versions also have gradient graphics.
  3. In 2020, Epic Games tried to bypass the payment cut of App Store and Play Store by introducing its own payment choice, which caused the game to be banned from both stores.

Battle Royale

  1. While the emotes are cool, they have issues:
    • Some of them have questionable sound decisions. For example, the "Laugh It Up" emote has a donkey noise instead of a normal laugh, and most players use it after they kill someone just to make them angry. Some can be horribly choreographed, like the idol series emote "Survivorsault", which is considered one of the most terrible emotes since it only does a single flip and nothing else.
    • Speaking of which, they recently started adding all the dances that got popular on TikTok, which makes players question the originality that Epic Games have when it comes to adding dances to the game.
      • Reportedly, Epic Games didn't give out any royalty payment to the original dancers whose moves were originated from.
    • As some of the dances contain copyrighted music like "Never Gonna Give You Up" when Rickrolling, you can get your stream near-instantly terminated by YouTube or Twitch for copyright violations while performing the dance.
  2. The world, while pretty big, is rather dull and there aren't other maps beside it. There are also too many empty and free spaces where there are almost no weapons, which can hurt the gameplay, you must act fast and get the weapons.
  3. While many of the seasons were very good or even stunning, there are some that were mediocre, or at worst, terrible. Here are a few examples:
    • While Season 1: Chapter 2 was not terrible and had new and different things, it was a rather dull and unattractive season. For example, its infamous duration. Since this was the longest season, it lasted 4 months and 2 week, leading to some players abandoning Fortnite and waiting for the next season every time. It’s also worth mentioning that it premiered on October 15, 2019 and ended on February 20, 2020, and both updates and content received very few changes. Along with that, some players were complaining that some matches had bots which was not enough to kill you due to very clunky and questionable aim.
    • Season 6: Chapter 2 is a really bad season.
      • The concept of it being primitive was not liked by many due to the annoying wolf and velociraptor enemies causing more frustration within players.
      • The collaborations like NBA, Rocket League and Horizon Zero Dawn were disappointing and unappealing.
      • Finally, the one that is worth mentioning is the secret skin of the battle pass, Neymar. While his skin is good-looking, the secret skin was a disappointment since he does not fit the season theme very well (Believe it or not, each battle pass and season usually has its own lore and they become interesting).
  4. Overpriced micro-transactions even for a free-to-play game. Epic Games brought back the original Default skins (Agent Ramirez and Jonesy by their names in Save The World) with clothing variations for nostalgia-baiting. They were also 800 V-Bucks per skin which is overly expensive for something that you already have. The only new thing you get from them is the different clothes they wear.
    • Speaking of which, it costs $10 to get 1000 V-Bucks. The more popular items usually cost 2000 V-Bucks ($20) or more, which can be really expensive even for an in-game character.
    • Several items can even be found in bundles sold at retail for about $30 or more.
    • In rare cases, some of these items are system locked, meaning that you have to buy a special edition Fortnite branded console (or controller in the case of the Neo Versa bundle) to get codes for certain items and some in-game currency for other items, some of which have currently expired. If you are absolutely lucky, you may find these codes individually on eBay.
  5. While there are many skins that are very nice and cool, there are some ugly and unappealing skins (which used to be in the store before) that are not worth spending. Here are some examples:
    • Mincemeat, which is an absolutely hideous and grotesque skin which is of a minced meat pie. But the terrible thing is that its design is inconsistent, as it may look like a chocolate pie instead of a minced meat pie. It’s so grotesque that some people will find it disgusting.
    • Dynamo, which is a skin that has a Mexican wrestler costume. However, the skin is terrible and unoriginal, since the colors that she brings in her costume look mediocre and is extremely questionable, because you easily don't find it flashy not it can attract your attention.
    • Fabio Sparklemane, which is a skin that looks like a unicorium and is in the battle pass of Season 8 of Chapter 2, although its design is not bad, it looks weird and unappealing, but also considered as the worst skin of season 8 of chapter 2. It also shows that nobody uses it.
    • Flytrap, which is a skin that is a combination of a plant and a humanoid, but to see the skin after a few seconds, it's an extremely ugly and horrendous skin, since as mentioned before, it is a humanoid plant.
    • Green Arrow, which is a DC skin that was the second skin of the Fortnite Crew. Although it is not horrible, the skin is completely ordinary, simple and unappealing, since the suit has too off and boring colors and also lacks green. So the question is, if you’re going to name your character after a color, why didn’t you include the color in the skin?
    • Thanos, which is a Marvel skin based on the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame movies. Although the skin is very faithful to the original, it’s actually a terrible skin, since many people and players criticized for the gameplay of the skin, since it felt very clunky and awkward due to it being too big. And also, it can kill you easily, which made many regret buying it.
    • Grimbles, which is a skin that has an ornate goblin design. However, as always, the skin is ugly and awful. The face of the goblin may come as pretty scary, and it was even highly criticized for being one of the worst skins and also the ugliest.
  6. The balancing in the game has been extremely poor in the past.
    • The Infinity Blade item was controversial due to it being overpowered and capable of killing a player in one (or, if you're lucky enough, two) shot. It even ruined competitive tournaments.
    • Mechs in Season X were also extremely overpowered and made the game very unpopular.
    • It could also be annoying to play against someone with the Mythic Chapter 2 weapons, especially the Mythic Superpowers as lots of people will depend on them.
  7. Just like any other battle royale game, it is pretty RNG-based. You can land somewhere and you can be shot to death. Even the weapons are very RNG based.
  8. At the end of Season 10 after the black hole event had occurred, there was no warning given to players about the game going on maintenance to make preparations for Chapter 2, making them believe the game shut down.
  9. The building mechanic is a bit limited since you can't build some shapes due to the type of material you're currently using.
  10. The Playground mode arguably broke the skill level since players were able to practice building, allowing them to build tall towers in a matter of seconds. This has gotten so bad that some have sworn off the game completely.
    • In August 2021, Epic Games introduced an in-game event in honour of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.. However, controversy arises over the fact that Epic Games does not disable most of in-game dances and emotes in the event zone. Some emotes are downright insulting to the context of the event, such as the whip crack emote (in which Epic Games didn't disable due to a licensing issue, as this emote was introduced during a collab with DC's Catwoman), which represented a slavery act.
  11. In July 2021, a new game mode was added that was called Impostors, which is an exact copy of the Among Us gameplay mechanic. To add more salt into the wound, according to Innersloth the developer of Among Us, they have contracted Epic Games for making an official collab with Fortnite. However, Epic Games rejected the proposal and came up with the Impostors mode instead. Although fortunately (or unfortunately) it was removed due to the 21.50 update and to focus on other things in the game.

Save the World

  1. Save the World is pretty much dead, considering that the Battle Royale mode took over in terms of popularity. Epic Games also hasn't been updating Save the World that much, with Battle Royale getting the most updates.

Good Qualities

Despite its flaws, it still has enough good qualities to have a separate article on Awesome Games Wiki.

Game Tips

Battle Royale

  • Doors that are open mean that the house you want to loot is most likely already looted.
  • Be alert of any sound, players might be near and they might shoot you to death.
  • If you get lost in the storm, quickly sprint out of there. If you need to, use bandages to increase your chance of making it alive or, better yet, use a medkit. However, this isn't recommended since it will only waste time.



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