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Fortnite – Not Another Zombie Video Game

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Enter Fortnite (from Epic Games), a game that totally isn’t another generic zombie shooter game. In a culture so saturated in the undead, Fortnite is nothing wholly innovative or new. But, it’s tremendously fun. It takes aspects of Minecraft, tower defense games, and Team Fortress and mashes them together into a sort of funhouse, shoot’ em’ up, survival game. What more could you ask for?

Fortnite begins with most of the world’s population vanishing without a trace. Strange storms start brewing and odd, shambling creatures show up. Their sole purpose is to destroy what’s left of mankind. Even if it is a slow, steady shuffle. Enter you; the new leader of the free people, responsible for protecting the helpless and saving the world. Oh yeah, and building forts.

Pickaxe your way through trees, rocks, and cars to obtain wood, brick, and metal. Since you need these materials for your fort, nearly everything is destructible. A school bus will yield metal girders, springs, and mechanical parts. Rocks and statues give you brick, ore, and crafting powder. It’s best not to think too hard about it while you’re mining a park bench. In addition to building walls, floors, and stairs from the variety of materials, you can also craft weapons and traps.

What Fortnite gives you that other zombie survival games do not is an online platform to play with friends and strangers. It also offers four unique character classes to choose from. Feel like diving into hordes of enemies with a  crushing blow? Then the ninja is a perfect choice. Enjoy building forts and electrifying walls? Pick a constructor! Feeling greedy and want to hunt for buried treasure? Meet the Outlander class. Or, is tossing grenades and firing assault rifles more your speed? Pick a soldier!

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Since each mission type has a different objective, it’s ill advised to only play one class. In fact, Fortnite offers an incentive to play all of the classes. Each day brings new side quests to accomplish while you’re completing the main storyline. A Tuesday might offer you the challenge of killing 500 enemies with a soldier. A Saturday could bring you building a radar tower with a constructor. They do their best to force you to test every single character. Of which there are a lot of. Fortnite makes you change the way you play each mission depending on your daily quests and challenges.

All of the missions are repeatable but, the way you approach them will change each time. The first time you play a mission, the defense point might be in a valley surrounded by enemies. The next it will be on a plateau with only one entrance. What material you build in is going to depend on what type of environment the mission takes place. Sometimes you’ll be smack dab in the middle of an industrial zone and have unlimited access to metal and stone. Other times you’ll be stuck in the middle of the wilderness with only trees to harvest.

With so many different ways to play, it’s easy to get sucked into the game. In the past seven days, I have put more than thirty hours into Fortnite. While it’s rather embarrassing to admit, it’s a testament to how entertaining it can be. Fortnite is a highly addictive game with an extensive list of things to do. There’s a collection book to put all your extra guns, survivors, traps, etc. You can send your extra heroes out on expeditions to gather extra materials. There’s skill trees, research trees, and survivor squads. The possibilities of what you can do in Fortnite are nearly limitless. But, don’t take my word for it. Use your hard earned cash to buy the game for the low price of $39.99.

Until next time, see you space cowboy.

 

Born in the mountains of Colorado, it is said that Zach Kimbell has always been a nerd. His passion for art, literature, and video games bloomed at a young age. With a background in illustration, tabletop RPG creation, and IT you can bet Zach will be dissecting everything from new age tech to the brush strokes on a comic panel. Stick around and you just might learn a thing or two.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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