There are a growing number of battle royale-style games on the market, and Epic's free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale is second in popularity only to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Both games feature a survival death match among 100 players on a map with a shrinking play zone and collectable equipment. But even if you're a PUBG vet, you shouldn't expect to play Fortnite without facing any learning curve.
Whether you're new to Fortnite Battle Royale or just hoping to up your game, you'll want to check out these tips to help you survive longer and keep the edge in a firefight.
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Just like in PUBG, there's no training mode in which to learn the game's mechanics, and the pre-match lobby lasts only a short while. You'll need to do most of your learning during a live match. To start, try landing in secluded areas, where you can get comfortable with the controls before facing a fight. If you're itching for an early combat encounter, go ahead and land at Tilted Towers.
If you're playing on a PC, rebind a few keys (take your inventory off of the "I" key, for example) and get familiar with the crafting mechanics. This will also ensure that you don't run into someone and get sent back to the lobby in the first minute of the match.
During freefall, try to keep your character oriented at a slight angle downward rather than straight down, and wait until your glider deploys automatically. The goal is to come at your landing zone from a shallow angle, rather than straight at it. There should be a good distance between you and your desired location once your glider is open, so that you drift horizontally toward it. If you try to descend downward with your glider instead, you'll slow to a crawl and let faster players get to the guns before you.
The absolute quickest way to the ground, however, is to jump out over the ocean. Your glider deploys much later and much closer to the ground if you keep your character just next to the island while over the water. You can then go from glider to the ground in a couple of seconds once you get the hang of it, but you'll be on the edge of the map and potentially far outside of the safe zone.
Alternatively, you can take a moment to glide above a location and determine how many other players are landing there. If you're trying to avoid an early fight, this strategy will keep you from being sent back to the lobby prematurely. You may just get lucky and land in a dense town that no one else picked;opening your glider a little early will make it easy to determine that. You can always close it and open it again later if you want to land somewhere else.
If you only have a pistol and you spot someone nearby with a sniper or a rocket launcher, don’t start picking a fight you can’t win. Lay low when you’re out-gunned or when you’re outnumbered in a team match. Even if you think you have the jump on the other player, you’re still playing against the odds when someone has full armor and a powerful weapon and you’re just swinging a pickax.
This tip is good for any shooter. It’s a bad habit to reload every time after firing your gun. Pay attention to your remaining ammo rather than reflexively reloading so you can avoid getting caught defenseless during a reload. If you’re running around a corner after an enemy, it’s probably a bad time to reload. Ideally you should only reload when safe. You also don’t want to forget to reload and run dry during a firefight.
The sound of footsteps will be your first line of defense against getting surprised by someone you didn’t see. You won’t be able to spot all of your enemies so make sure to keep an ear out while playing. If you like to listen to loud music, try turning it down or, better yet, turn it off. Use a good gaming headset to help locate where sounds are coming from.
Remember that it works both ways, other players will be listening for your footsteps. Moving slowly or walking while crouched will reduce the noise you make.
While playing in Duo or Squads, players won’t immediately die when losing all of their life, and instead go into a downed state where they can’t fire back and must wait to be revived by a teammate. Many players will opt to finish the job and score the kill on downed players -- don’t. That person is out of the fight and their teammates are likely aware of your location. Fire on a standing player or simply keep an eye out for other players.
Downed players can attract teammates who want to revive that person, potentially getting them out of cover or revealing their location. This goes double for you if your teammate is downed; try not to rush immediately to their aid. Look for greedy players focused on getting the kill or wait to confirm your teammate is in a safe spot before running over.