Fortnite remains a complete anomaly. It is undoubtedly the most original and innovative game in the world, and has been for many years now. Its early success was possible because Epic Games was in the right place at the right time to format PUBG’s battle royale mode and make it available to a larger audience across multiple platforms.
She had the cartoonish aesthetic, streamlined fireworks, and the finger on the pulse of a culture that no one else was paying attention to, thus becoming the #1 frontrunner. Nothing really came close to achieving the same level of prominence in the zeitgeist, even as the game approached the likes of Among Us, Apex Legends, and many other competitors to create modes and mechanics that quickly became the center of the conversation. This look hasn’t changed, and we were almost satisfied with how easy it was to get it all off.
heaven It debuted last weekend, and it’s a new season that will run through December as we advance the Fortnite narrative and unlock new cosmetics through the battle corridor. Highlights this time around include Brie Larson, Gwen Stacy, new original characters, and something I can only describe as Jesse Pinkman’s cat. There’s a huge amount of variety on offer as usual, and we’re bound to see more crossovers as part of the surprise events and reveal in the coming weeks. As usual, I’m on board, but the real feature this time around is a new mechanic that turns Fortnite into a form of illicit Splatoon.
A mysterious liquid known as Chrome has begun to take over the island. It spoils the environment and threatens to swallow everything it touches, but that also means it has some valuable applications in combat when used in the right ways. New weapons found in chests across the map take advantage of this new phenomenon, while scientists have also crafted them into strange grenades that give the user temporary powers that go against the laws of Fortnite physics we’re so accustomed to. Chrome Splash – as the stuff is called – is plentiful and adds a whole new dimension to your gunfights.
Use one, and you’ll gain the ability to sink into the ground itself, becoming a liquid metal demon who can move at amazing speeds to sneak up on enemies or escape a sudden skirmish in order to recover and prepare for the next battle. It’s a Splatoon, and it moves similarly to Inklings swimming in its own paint. A clear mark is projected onto the ground so you’re not completely invisible, while out of the ether to deliver a similarly satisfying sudden gun blast to wipe out the enemy team in this colorful Nintendo shooter. It’s totally a shame, but no one seems to care that much.
I play on No Build – because build is for losers – so combat in Fortnite is often a case of positioning, accuracy and response time. You take more shots and start taking over someone who has a lower advantage point and the chances are that you will come out victorious. Chrome changes all of that in a great way, and like the recent Dragon Ball Z crossover, it’s reworking the context of our gameplay after all this time. My usual tactics were discontinued because the moment I figured out some idiot could cast a shadow on the Chrome Splash and head towards me. Next thing I know we’re getting rid of as I’m facing the wall I beg for mercy. I was on the other side of this puzzle too, and I can still remember the fear on Ariana Grande’s face when she blew her minds with a shotgun at Tilted Towers.
Fortnite is a minimalist game on the surface. You jump off the Battle Bus, collect loot, and do your best to survive amid everyone else. That alone is fun, and rewarding thanks to the generous progression system, but Epic Games is always looking to keep things fresh. In this case, that means stealing from another shooter that’s always up to date on the Nintendo Switch. She doesn’t care about obvious comparisons, and she’s big enough to throw her off no matter how screaming she is. Besides, we all have fun and no one gets hurt, so who am I to complain? If you need me, I’ll be soaked in vines.
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