First of all, I would like to say after playing Fortnite in both modes, Save The World horde mode and Battle Royale, for about 10 hours in a roughly equal measure. It’s not really for me. Although I do not really like horde type modes such as in the Gears Of War series despite enjoying those games’ campaigns. Battle Royale in Fortnite is also very different from Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds which I do really enjoy.
However, I will try and give you an objective opinion of the game despite it not being something I personally enjoyed playing. So, with that being said let’s dig into the review.
First up the graphics are very good. I like the art style which is very bright, colourful and animated. With the maps filled with grass fields, trees and other plants, towns with houses, vehicles and other machinery scattered about. Most of which are destructible and materials from them can be used to craft many different items in the game, such as wood, steel or brick panels to make buildings with using the game’s building mechanics that make this game quite unique in the horde mode genre.
You can also make traps to defend your base and/or objective against the zombies and other undead monsters. Ammo and new weapons that must also be crafted after getting the weapon’s blueprint. There is a range of customisation options for your characters and a number of other things you can unlock through progression or optionally buying points with real money as the game does offer micro-transactions.
These are for cosmetic items only and won’t give people unfair advantages in either of the game’s modes though. Plus I didn’t find the game too stingy to earn items simply from playing the game. It is worth noting that currently Save The World is priced at £35.99 for the base version of the game with other more premium versions available with a range of perks. Battle Royale is free to play. Save The World will be free to play also at a later date in 2018 that’s not been announced yet.
So in Save The World you and up to 3 teammates have to defend objectives from zombies and other undead creatures in waves. You can set up your defences by building barricades around whatever you are trying to protect, setting traps, mounted weaponry and other things before activating the next wave. Once you have done that you will have to defend against the hordes until the timer expires. Very much like in Gears Of War’s Horde Mode but making buildings, destructible environments and crafting adds a lot of variety to the formula and also this is safe for children 12 and up to play according to the ESRB which I’d agree with.
There are also random enemies that you will come across whilst exploring the map gathering materials, searching high and low and in caves and all the buildings you can enter through the front door or just knock a wall down and get some materials into the bargain. So you can do this in between going to the next objective to make sure you’re fully prepared for the next wave.
In Battle Royale, it is a very different game from Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds and not just aesthetically. The map is a good deal smaller with a more straight into the action focus. There are no drive-able vehicles here so the smaller map makes sense and it means matches are much quicker than the slower paced more tense and strategic gameplay of PUBG.
Where PUBG has a lot more open environments perfect for long-range firefights and stealthily out-positioning your enemies. Fortnite is more run and gun, with players happier to engage you at close range and jump about quickly whilst firing at you to make them harder to hit. Although long-range weaponry and some open spaces are there it’s not as big of a focus in Fortnite.
The building mechanics add another element to the game that separates it from Bluehole’s game. Being able to quickly make cover for yourself and teammates (like PUBG the game can be played solo, duo or in 4 man squads) or making other defences like the horde mode makes it a very different game to play
Taking all of that into consideration is the horde mode worth £35 as it is currently for the base game? No, I don’t think it is. It is one mode and although there is a lot of content, with continuous free updates since it launched late last year, I still don’t feel this is worth the £35 price tag. Especially as it will be free to play in a few months time. There is a story of sorts to it but nothing that’s substantial enough to flesh out the game. If you do want to play this part of the game now I would recommend waiting until it’s at least under £20 in a sale.
As for the Battle Royale mode, I would recommend playing it if it sounds like a game you would be interested in. It is free to play anyway so your only investment is your time. Both modes are well made, look and play good but I just don’t feel there is enough in the horde mode to justify a £35 price tag. I, therefore, have to give them separate scores which is very confusing for me as a reviewer but I hope you understand my reasoning.
Save The World (horde mode): 6/10
Battle Royale: 8/10