In the year 2000 the world was taken by surprise when Kinji Fukasaku‘s final movie dropped. The “master of exploitation” was 70 years old at the time and he obviously wanted to go out with a bang. The movie’s name was Battle Royale and it was absolutely awesome, it was violent, funny, gory and scary as fu#k.
A group of 49 troublesome teenagers are taken to an island (nope, not Temptation Island, that’s sh!t and we don’t write about crap here) , they have some lovely explosive necklaces strapped on and are forced to hunt and kill each other with the goal of being the last one standing. If more than one kid is alive at the end, all necklaces detonate.
The reviews were overwhelmingly positive and the movie has made history even without a hot girl with a bow and arrow from District 12 (see what I did there?).
The plot was that these young people had to mercilessly kill their colleagues and try to make it to the end ignoring all norms of society, friendship, love interests, race, religion or gender. (Remember, kids, there was once a time when people weren’t offended and outraged with absolutely everything and there was still a thing called” creative freedom”.)
Anyway, awesome movie, if you haven’t watched it, you totally should, check out the trailer here.
Years went by as we moved closer into 2017 and the majority of movies and tv shows grew more and more bland and generic, one of the growing forms of entertainment became Gaming ( capital letter ’cause it’s a religion for some folks, respect!).
But then the gods of Gaming said “Let there be a Battle Royale inspired videogame!” and there was H1Z1:King of the kill and the world was quiet once more.
Players got to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and then proceed to scavenge for gear with which to shoot/slash/burn/punch/stab their friends on an island. The playing area restricts pretty often forcing players to relocate and adapt on the go, ensuring the game is packed with firefights and ragequits. People had fun, trolls trolled and youtubers and streamers made a whole lot of money. But then, a young man by the name of Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown modded the crap out of Arma 3 until we got PlayerUnknown’s Battleground or as I call it The ” America after 10 years of Trump simulator”.
Pubg (I know, sounds weird but that’s what the cool kids call it) is a better looking H1Z1: King of the kill, more realistic graphics, a darker feel to it, incredibly addictive. Streamers are all over it, including some of the citizens of our Empire Of Nerds, people rave and bitch about it equally, but let’s all admit it: the hitboxes are complete and utter crap. Still a popular game, Pubg toppled a bunch of records saleswise when it was released and has developed an enormous fan-base worldwide.
However, in the past few days I’ve come to ask myself whether Pubg and H1Z1 really have a loyal fan-base or if it’s the genre that actually has it, it could be that it’s actually the Battle Royale factor that brings the crowds, right?
I am asking the question above because since it was announced last week, Fortnite: Battle Royale, developed by Epic Games has been gaining more and more momentum. We are talking here about a stand-alone Fortnite mod which is set to be released on PC/PS4/XboxOne on September 26th.
Fortnite Battle-Royale is based on Fortnite, a game currently in early acces and launched on July 25th 2017 by Epic Games. The game offers a Co-op experience in a sandbox world where players scavenge for resources, craft bases and fight off zombies.
Fortnite: Battle-Royale follows pretty much the same recipe: parachute onto an island, look for stuff, find stuff, take the stuff and shoot/stab/bash someone with it and repeat. But there are also mechanics that separate the game from H1Z1 and Pubg and actually elevate it: crafting and base building, setting traps. The graphics and style are colorful and easy on the eyes, the game doesn’t take itself too seriously and that’s a plus in my book.
The amount of support for Fortnite: Battle Royale is great to see and it will do the genre a lot of good, because competition will most likely drive up the satandards for all games looking into Battle Royale mods.
Fortnite: Battle Royale launches in a couple of hours. Citizens of the Empire of Nerds will be streaming it and we will be waiting for you guys to join us. In the meantime check out a gameplay trailer HERE.