Try-It Tuesday: FORTNITE BATTLE ROYALE

I don’t usually play games like FORTNITE BATTLE ROYALE, a third-person shooter PvP MMOG (that’s “Player vs Player Massively Multiplayer Online Game” for the uninitiated). But getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things is what Try-It Tuesday is all about. Plus, the fact that the game is free doesn’t hurt!

In FORTNITE BATTLE ROYALE, you’re dropped onto an island with 100 other players and nothing but your wits and a pickaxe. You can search for weapons, ammo, bandages, first aid kits, shield potions and other useful items to help you survive. You can also use your pickaxe to collect wood, stone and metal, to craft stairs, bridges, walls, towers, or entire bases. The last one standing wins.

To make things even more interesting, there’s a strange storm surrounding the island. Every few minutes, it shrinks, forcing the players into closer and closer combat quarters. If you’re caught in the storm, you die.

Play alone in solo mode, or team up with others in a duo or squad. Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Mac. Rated T for teens, but be aware there is the ability to chat with other players via a headset, and you never know what complete strangers are going to say.

The game does have a code of conduct, which prohibits discriminatory language, hate speech, threats, spam, and other forms of harassment or illegal behavior, cheating, griefing, exploiting bugs and glitches, impersonating others, or sharing account information. There is the in-game option to report other players, or you can submit a report to Epic Games.

Matches tend to be short and sweet, especially if you suck at it, like me. To watch a winner, check out Starfish_central.

~ J.L. Hilton

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