The latest chapter of Epic Games’s flagship title, “The Last Resort”, focused on breaking into vaults situated within resort style hideouts located at different corners of the map. These new locations: Sanguine Suites, Relentless Retreat and the most important one, Eclipse Estate, all look like large mansions where you’d likely find some kind of super-villain with more money than brains. Eclipse Estate is the most interesting of the lot because it houses the signature, 100-tier skin, Kado Thorne. Before Halloween, players had the chance to eliminate Kado Thorne to take his key card and unlock a vault that contained mythic guns from past seasons. During a Halloween event, a special vault at Eclipse Estate opened, unleashing a Revenant version of Kado Thorne that not only uses a katana, but also a vampiric attack that drains the player of health. Although the weapon additions this season were quite enjoyable, overall the theme felt flat and I’m ready to turn the page on a new season.
First of all, the addition of the Infiltrator Pump Shotgun and the Sharp Tooth Shotgun added some much needed offensive power, as these shotguns seemed to do quite a bit of damage. The Rocket Ram was the most original addition, it allowed for a unique attack from above, but wasn’t too overpowered as an accurate shot could eliminate players during flight. And finally, it was nice to see a true sniper rifle become unvaulted, as it seemed like there was a lack of good long distance weaponry.
In my opinion, the Battle Pass seemed to be pretty lackluster this season. I would have liked to have seen some more variety to the skins, none really seemed to stand out all that much. Of all the skins added, my favorite was Revenant Kado Thorne as I enjoyed playing as a werewolf during the Halloween season. I am glad that they focused more on spears this season, however the designs that were chosen could have been a bit more dynamic.
The most forgettable part of this season was the heist-style combat if you were brave enough to drop near a resort. Due to my high level, I find myself playing against some fairly pro-level players and nothing is more frustrating than having guards interrupt a battle. The guards themselves were not that difficult to beat, and they mostly just missed unless they were very close to the player, the problem is that there were just too many of them running around.
Hopefully a few of the fun new weapons will find their way into the next season, though word has it that the next theme will be based on the original Fortnite release. I am really excited, because it’s been about 6 years since the Battle Royale edition first released and it would be fun to fight on the old map once again. My biggest hope for next season is that the Nintendo Switch receives more attention from Epic Games as the current version is barely playable. Obviously, it will never be close to the visual fidelity of current generation consoles, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect that the graphics might look better than if you were playing on a Nintendo 64.