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Fortnite Battle Royale

2 weeks ago

Feature: Fortnihiliation

Round up: the best of the lesser advertised Fortnite movie tie-ins

I'll be the first to cop to it: we messed up. We goofed. You come to RPS for the latest and greatest Fortnite Battle Royale info. All the Fortnite tricks and tips, the Fortnite patch notes, Fortnite 10 Things You Didn't Knows. Fortnite and RPS are inseparably linked in your minds. We're your first port of call for all things Fortnite. This much is clear.…

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2 months ago

Feature: Fort for the day

Has Fortnite been improved by its updates?

Play games online and you’ll be familiar with the idea of a “skill ceiling”: the concept of how good it's possible to be at something, before there's no more room to improve. Fortnite Battle Royale has one too, except it’s a literal ceiling. I’m trapped underneath it — a flat pane of patchwork brick — by a bunnyhopping bear-person with a shotgun. I try to…

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6 months ago

Feature: Find 5 chicken dinners (area marked on map)

The Joy Of playing Fortnite Battle Royale like an open world game

The purest fantasy on offer in open worlds isn't always discussed. It's the opportunity to take pleasure in being distracted. It's fantasy because, like hurling fireballs, you can't really do it in real life. Distracted driving leads to fenders in horseshoe shapes around tree trunks. Distraction at work leads to empty-feeling EODs. But distraction in a good open world game is a joy; a chance…

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Feature: Listen now or be chicken dinnered

Podcast: A young person explains battle royale to us

 Battle royale games. For a long time the RPS treehouse was unable to comprehend these chaotic, destructive influences on society. Shooters, yes, we understand. Survival games, we get it. But 100-person death marches in a shrinking zone of hate? What’s so good about that? Well, this week we’ve got a young person* to help us decipher this most murderous of riddles.

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7 months ago

Fortnite melts down the Infinity Blade

Epic Games have melted down Infinity Blade twice in one week. First they scrapped Infinity Blade, their mobile action-RPG series, and now they've removed the Infinity Blade they added to Fortnite Battle Royale in homage to it. As I explained after Epic added it, Fortnite's Infinity Blade was overpowered to the point of ruining the game at all levels from pubs to Epic's $1 million…

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Feature: How a Japanese comic gave birth to a video game genre

How Battle Royale went from a manga to a Fortnite game mode

When you hear the words “battle royale”, most people in 2018 immediately think of the trigger-happy Plunkbat or the cheery Fortnite. But a decade ago, those same words only evoked bleak battles between crying teens, fought on the black-and-white pages of a manga -- a Japanese comic. Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Creators absorb ideas and translate them to different mediums, in a web…

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9 months ago

Fortnite introduces automated competition and smashing quad bike

For serious fraggers who wish to challenge themselves and prove their chops, today's Fortnite Battle Royale update introduces an in-game tournament system for regular automated competitions. For twats who wish to lark about making smashing things and making loud noises, the update also added a jet-boosted quad bike with a plough on the front which can smash through buildings. I know which I'm spending more…

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12 months ago

1 year ago

Feature: Listen to this sick filth

Podcast: The naughty games we weren’t allowed to play

Psst. I know mum said you weren’t allowed to listen to those hellions on your favourite podcast anymore, but the hosts of the Electronic Wireless Show won’t tell if you don’t. This week we’re talking about the games we weren’t allowed to play as youngsters, but did anyway. Alice suffered strict rationing of The Sims 2, and Dave (oh hello Dave) was looked at with…

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Feature: Listen to us with your brain turned off

Podcast: Being a critic makes games better (and worse)

Oh no. Somebody sound the “journalists discussing journalism” klaxon. Rattle it as loudly and furiously as possible, because the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is talking about how being a critic changes the way we play. Don’t blame us, blame listener Aleksei, who sent in the theme as a suggestion. But please also forgive Adam, because it’s his last showing on the podcast (he’s…

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Feature: Under siege

Putting forts back into Fortnite

Despite being someone who takes a whole day just to put up a shelf, I’m more of a builder than a fighter. That’s a problem in Fortnite Battle Royale, where forts don’t get much of a look in. The fleeting 50 vs. 50 mode scratched my itch for building citadels but has since left a conspicuous gap. It’s one I’ve spent the last few days…

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2 years ago

Feature: Sieges galore

Fortnite Battle Royale’s new mode needs to be a fixture

There were 30 of us left, down from the 50 we had at the start of Fortnite Battle Royale’s 50 vs. 50 mode. Almost all of us had managed to home in on the new safe zone before the circle closed in. We got to work immediately, silently intuiting what was needed. Walls. Many, many walls. And some elevation -- stairs, in a pinch --…

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Feature: PlunkFort

Fortnite Battle Royale plays second fiddle to Plunkbat

You know the drill. 100 players get dropped from a plane balloon-bus onto an island, where they scavenge for weapons with which to kill each other. A circular wall of death contracts at various intervals to force everyone together, until there’s only one person left standing. Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode was released on Tuesday for free via the Epic Games launcher, and I’ve taken a…

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