I’m in my Fortnite era in 2022 thanks to a lack of build and quests

A group of Fortnite characters stand together in front of a volcano and near a large pirate chest.

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When FortniteX The new season just came out, I did what I’ve done many times already: reinstalled the game, watched a new video, went to a few matches and stopped. But a day later, something unusual happened: I came back and played a little more. And then more, and more. And now I’m complete Fortnite guy; all it took was to remove the building and Indiana Jones. Let me explain.

I messed around with Fortniteonline PvP since 2017 when Fortnite launched the now popular battle royale mode. Often I have seen people talk about a new season or chapter, get excited, and download the game again. And then there was the frustration of losing a few games and feeling like I wasn’t making any progress and I would bounce back until the new season started and the whole cycle was repeated. (However, I would still spend hours and hours on original Save the World co-op Mode.) So this recent summer update was the last one to grab my attention and enticed me to try Epic’s online shooter again.

While downloading, I discovered a new series of quests related to unlocking Indiana Jones as a playable skin. I love Jones films, and also enjoyed the strange prospect of playing his role in Fortnite, so I looked over the quests and decided that instead of trying to win, I would just try to unlock Dr. Jones. Even if I leave again after a few matches, at least I will have this weird pop culture element in my makeup library that I might pull out the next time the new season gets me back to my senses.

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I know quests and cosmetics are not new here. But before that I always treated Fortnite as a competitive shooter. It was a game that I needed to win, and in my opinion it was a waste of time not to win. Suddenly, after getting a few quests and a fun job reward, I found myself dropping in and having a good time. Sometimes I would finish a quest or two and then focus on winning. On other occasions, I was barely completing a quest before Harley Quinn shot me. “Anyway, I’ve completed my quest,” I thought to myself, and then loaded up another match to do more.

Another important reason for my enjoyment was the relative new Zero Build mode, which takes away all the tedious and boring building and gathering of resources, leaving only the action. I understand that some people love the building aspect, arguing that it gives battle royale a different feel compared to other shooters. And I totally agree, it really is. But I still hate to break down walls and trees to build fortresses against people who are obviously more experienced in all this and who can literally build houses around me in seconds. For me, Zero Build suggests a version Fortnite where his goofy but accurate combat takes center stage rather than tearing down fences to put up walls.

Perhaps the most surprising thing was my new, cold Fortnite mentally that I also started to win more often. And when I don’t win, I at least get into the top 10 more often. I think it’s because challenges and quests have lowered the stakes in some way; many of them can be completed in multiple matches, so I no longer feel that pressure every time I play. And this more relaxed attitude seems to lead to more wins.

The blessed lack of construction, combined with my newfound realization that I don’t need to win matches to have fun, has resulted in me spending the last two weeks playing too much. Fortnite. It has quickly become one of my favorite games that I load up an hour before bed or on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I even started thinking about buying Crew membership. I really became Fortnite guy, and to be honest, I’m fine with that. I realized that Fortniteaside from the memes and backlash, it’s actually a very well made game that always changing and growing. It’s always fun to download it every day to see what new quests or goodies are waiting for me.

So yes, I’m in Fortnite currently. And it only took me five years. Think it’s better late than never?

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